Lander LIVE season line up with nationally acclaimed bands, starting off with SUSTO

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SUSTO is in a genre all their own! 

The Lander LIVE 2018 music season will kick off this coming Thursday, July 19, featuring headlining band, SUSTO. Starting out the evening will be the Canyon Kids, all located at the Chamber/Jaycee park located at North First and Main Street in Lander, WY.

SUSTO has been given many labels—Americana, alt-country, southern folk, indie rock, even gospel—and though none of these descriptions are inaccurate, they only provide part of the picture. Bandleader and songsmith Justin Osborne’s lyrics bring the full picture into view. He weaves catchy hooks into honest storytelling, utilizing gothic imagery, wry humor, and social commentary to convey his confessional tales. His gravelly, pitch-perfect voice is the ideal vehicle to bring these heartfelt expressions to the listener and the sincerity he exudes while performing is palpable. Pair that with perfectly nuanced folk-rock instrumentation, and SUSTO remains in a genre all its own.

The Thursday show will begin with the Canyon Kids. As their six piece outfit, Canyon Kids are always at the top of the game. Forged on the banks of Wyoming’s Snake River, with an unwavering love of the American West, Canyon Kids are students of Americana, rock, and folk, but also pioneers of something entirely new.

Gates open at 5pm. Lander LIVE organizers ask the community to support the concert series through “bucket donations.” “These concerts are admission-free,” said Dot Newton, Events Coordinator. Lander LIVE is supported and paid in part by Fremont Toyota, the Shoshone Rose Hotel and Casino and sponsoring companies, along with grants and donations. “However,” Newton adds, “personal donations make up the remainder of the funding to bring in bands from across the country.” She continued, “Thanks to everyone who has already donated. This season is made possible thanks to you.”

Future shows will be held on Thursday, July 26 with the Main Squeeze bringing hip-hop to the LIVE stage. Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons will be the opening band. On August 9, Shovels and Rope will be on the Lander stage. Finishing up the season will be the Futurebirds.

All shows are open to the public and will go rain or shine. Food and beverage vendors are on-site and invite participants to sample local fare. No outside coolers or glass are allowed in the park. Dogs are discouraged for the safety of the pets and people alike.

“Lander LIVE is a summer concert series that brings high quality live music to the residents of Lander, Central Wyoming, and beyond,” Newton said. “One of our main goals is to connect folks together and to our wonderful community. Over 1,200 people attended each concert in 2017 and we expect more to join in the fun this year.” More information is available at www.landerlivemusic.com or at the Lander Chamber of Commerce.