Lunchtime series rocks the university

“Imagine this scenario: you’re navigating through a crowd of people at a concert, fighting your way to the front to be inches away from the great band playing. The sun is shining, you have a cold drink in one hand and a hot dog in the other. Just another concert day at Blossom Music Center, you think? Even better, this is happening right here at The University of Akron.”

Imagine this scenario: you’re navigating through a crowd of people at a concert, fighting your way to the front to be inches away from the great band playing.

The sun is shining, you have a cold drink in one hand and a hot dog in the other.

Just another concert day at Blossom Music Center, you think?

Even better, this is happening right here at The University of Akron.

The Rock the Roo lunchtime concert series is launching its third season of bringing great entertainment to the heart of campus.

Sponsored by Zips Programming Network, Residence Hall Council and Residence Hall Program Board, the organizations are hoping for great turnouts throughout the concert series.

The bands take the stage at 11:30 a.m. on the outside plaza at the EJ Thomas Hall in true rock and roll fashion – rain or shine.

Beth Lynch, a representative from E.J. Thomas, says they expect great things from this concert season.

This year, they’ve included a variety of musical genres that guarantee everyone can find something they like.

Along with the free lunch, there will also be free giveaways at every show.

There’s no better way to show your Zips spirit than to have a Rock the Roo shirt, wrist band, Frisbee, or pen, just a few of the items that will be handed out during concerts.

The four week concert series starts on Student Appreciation Day on Sept. 9 with alternative rock band Needmore.

Saving Jane takes the stage on Sept. 16, sure to be singing one of their major hits Super Girl.

Country fans should be sure to wear their cowboy hats while listening to Tennessee native Natalie Stovall on Sept. 23.

Acoustic soul band Shayna Zaid & The Catch, one of Scope Magazine’s 2009 Artists to Watch, take the stage on Sept. 30.

Further information and links to the artists’ Web sites are available on the UA events Web site.

The lunchtime concert series is just one integral part of EJ Thomas and its contributions to the Akron cultural scene.

Last week, over 1,200 people attended Music Fest, and the Rock the Roo After Dark music series is due to start this month.

The staff at EJ is working hard to bring new and exciting programming to the ever changing Akron artistic arena.

We want people to know what EJ Thomas is. There’s always something going on, day or night. We want everyone to enjoy what we’re doing, Lynch says.