Lander LIVE is gonna be a smash this summer
Lander LIVE is a live music concert series featuring nationally touring bands that are paired with regional musical groups, and the season is gearing up. These concerts bring the Lander and Riverton communities together in a fun event and cultural performance, a unique opportunity offered in our small, rural mountain towns. The shows, located at the Chamber/Jaycee Park at 1st and Main Street in downtown Lander, feature local food vendors, beverage merchants and sponsor informational booths. All ages are welcome to these grant, sponsor and donation-supported concerts.
The 2017 season line-up is on fire with shows on Thursdays July 20, July 27 and August 10 starting at 5:30 pm and on Monday, sharing the stage with the Great American Eclipse, on August 21 starting at 3:00 pm.
July 20 will feature The Marcus King Band, along with our special Eagle Spirit Dancers. King, at only 21 years old, has developed his own brand of “soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock” and is recognized widely in the blues world.
On July 27, Sneaky Pete and Secret Weapons from Jackson will open up for The Itals – who’s reggae beat and messages of oneness – will be new to the LIVE stage.
Taking over the stage on August 10 is The Commonheart, featuring eleven mega-talented artists led by front man vocalist, Clinton Clegg, who commands full attention with his limitless onstage energy and vocal range. Local non-profit organizations will be recognized at the Challenge for Charities awards ceremony.
Finally, but definitely not least August 21 – three bands will be coming together to take Lander/Riverton and the multitude of eclipse guests by storm. Starting earlier than usual, at 3:00 pm, Shotgun Rider will take the stage, followed by Screen Door Porch band from Jackson and then Reckless Kelly will perform his brand of outlaw country attracting fans from across the nation.
In total, last year’s concert series brought out just over 5,000 attendees with an average of 1,200 people at each show. Comments received are always positive ranging from, “It is a great way to have fun in our community,” to “Best thing ever,” to “I enjoy the entertainment and social time with our community,” and “Wonderful community event.” By providing professional music performances, coupled with high quality, outdoor events, Lander LIVE achieves its goal of bringing the community together and promoting a high quality of life in a rural area.
The Lander LIVE series creates new opportunities for businesses and visitors alike. Anecdotal evidence received from member businesses suggests that local commerce was up on the days around the concerts. Also during the summer, the Chamber of Commerce & Lander Visitor Center staff talks with many visitors who come to Lander just for the concerts and extend their stay.