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Lagoon Summer Concert Series starts June 18!

June 12, 2014

One of the gems of 'the Fort Collins experience' is the Lagoon Summer Concert Series, hosted by the Mantooth Company and Colorado State University. Sizzling (whew!) summer evenings become something to celebrate when you can escape to the cool, spacious lawns under the shady trees on the West Lawn of CSU Lory Student Center.

The Tumbling Dice, left to right: Art Noble, drums; Andre Dufour, guitar/vocals; Tom Duke, bass guitar/vocals; Annie Gavin, vocals; and Bill Kerr, guitar.Opening the 2014 Lagoon Summer Concert Series (in its 19th year) on Wednesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m., is Tumbling Dice, known for its dynamic country music sets—a band that loves its fans and is loved by its fans.

Telling tales out of school

Band member Tom Duke agreed to talk a little “out of school” about each of the Tumbling Dice musicians (even himself)!

Annie: Our trouble maker

“Annie (Gavin) used to have terrible stage fright. You wouldn’t know it now. Annie is a trouble maker.  

"She can get very social and distracted by the crowd and has been late on stage several times. At a recent gig, she had everyone leave the stage and hide during a song so that Art was the only one left onstage.

“She's is also known to turn up in the middle of the crowd or dance on the bar, singing with friends and fans.”

The 'tamer' members of the band

“Bill (Kerr) knows the location of every Del Taco up and down the Front Range. He loves burritos at 3 a.m. on the way home from gigs.

“Myself, I'm the cowboy of the band, but I won’t wear cowboy boots because they hurt my feet.

“Art (Noble) is a drum teacher and teaches an 'Advanced Cowbell for the Working Drummer' class.

"Andre (Dufour) used to play guitar and sing Johnny Cash songs in the streets of Stuttbart, Germany when he lived there as a kid. He and Annie play off each other and bring some awesome, energetic performances to the stage.”

New songs in repertoire

"Since we added Andre as our newest member," Duke said, "we’ve added more Johnny Cash songs. We are always adding Miranda Lambert songs (Annie’s favorite).

At the Wednesday, June 18 concert, look out for the awesome Johnny and June duet, Jackson, by Annie and Andre."

New to the Lagoon concerts?

If you've never been to a Lagoon concert before, here are some tips: bring your family, friends, a picnic, lawn chairs, and blankets. Dance or sing along, whatever you like! 

  • Wednesday nights, June 18 through Aug. 13
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • West Lawn of the Lory Student Center
  • Live music by some of Colorado’s best
  • Free admission
  • Opportunities to win great CSU prizes
  • Food vendors on site


Parking is limited on campus. If you drive to the concerts, we ask that you park in the Moby Arena, Lory Student Center or Library lots.

Want to go green? Walk, bike or take MAX Transit to campus. MAX is free this summer for all riders.

It's easy—just take MAX to the University Station – located at University Ave. and Mason St.  Walk west on University Ave. Just past the Lory Student Center is the Lagoon Concert Area.

CSU sponsors

The sponsors for the June 18 concert are the College of Agricultural Sciences, Surplus Properties, and RamTrax. Stop by their booths for information and SWAG! Pizza Casbah will be onsite selling pizza, gyros, and snowcones.

The Lagoon Concert Series is owned and hosted by Mantooth Company.

What do the trees say?

What do we know about the huge, old trees that offer shade to the Lagoon concert venue? Well, if they could talk, it'd be interesting. They've been witness to decades of CSU's history.

Scott Simonds, arborist and horticulture supervisor for CSU's Facilities Management, says that the American elms in this location have been there for at least 80 years.

If you look at aerial photos of CSU's main campus in the 1930s, you can see a small farmhouse surrounded by outbuildings and farm fields in the location where CSU and Mantooth now host the Lagoon concerts.

Contact: RamTrax
Phone: (970) 491-6621