Free Summer Jazz Series Brings Stars—and the Community—to PLU
16th Annual Jazz Under the Stars Kicks Off July 10
As a gift to the community—and really, to everyone who attends—the Pacific Lutheran University Department of Music kicks off its free summer concert series, Jazz Under the Stars, on July 10.
The 2014 professional concert series, now in its 16th year, focuses on the wealth of jazz talent in the Northwest, as well as nationally known performers with PLU connections.
The 16th Annual Jazz Under the Stars Summer Concert Series
The concerts are sponsored by the PLU Department of Music and KPLU 88.5 FM and are held at 7 p.m. Thursdays from July 10-Aug. 14 at the open-air Mary Baker Russell Amphitheatre at PLU. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and picnic food (though, in the event of rain, the concerts will move indoors).
And, if you’d like even more star power after enjoying the big-name performers of July 31, Aug. 7 and Aug. 14, the PLU Physics Department will open PLU’s Keck Observatory for stargazing those evenings, weather permitting.
Here’s the lineup:
Luigi LaCross is a four-piece combo from Olympia featuring John Croarkin (flute, bass flute, harmonica, alto and soprano saxophones), Drew Gibbs (piano, hand percussion, drum kit), Phil Lawson (guitar) and Steve Luceno (string bass, seven-string guitar, vocals). The group’s first CD was released in May. In performance, the band plays originals, Brazilian music (modern choros and Hermeto Pascoal tunes) and a mix of personalized jazz and pop standards.
The Luigi LaCross Quartet
Stuff the Bus
In association with the Community in Schools of Tacoma and the Tacoma School District, PLU’s Administrative Staff Council will conduct a Stuff the Box campaign at all Jazz Under the Stars concerts.
Boxes at the concerts—as well as in the PLU library, Garfield Bookstore, Neeb Center and the Anderson University Center—will collect donated school supplies, backpacks, clothing and shoes for Tacoma-area schools.
The goal this year is to provide these items for up to 3,000 children.