It has included such bands as Hectic Hobo, Hoodoo, The Three Suns and the Fool’s Progress and this Sunday, Stokes Nature Center will feature the latest Canyon Jams concert with a Father’s Day performance by The Way Down Wanderers. Erin Anzalone, director of education for the center, said concert goers are in for a treat.
“The Band that’s actually playing this Sunday is from Chicago and they’re supposed to be very eclectic and kind of more of an alternative sound and some of their music involves some rapping, so that will be a totally new band for the nature center to have there,” according to Anzalone.
Anzalone said the concert series emerged from the nature center trying to branch out to different groups of people, who may have seen the center on their hikes along the Logan River Trail but saw the organization as a place mostly for younger patrons with their summer camps and school programs.
Anzalone explains, “I really wanted to bring a high school to college and older crowd to the nature center. And one of the biggest things I thought that Logan doesn’t have on a regular basis is live music.”
Anzalone said the response has been very positive and they’re aiming for a concert each month. This time around the concert is on a Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. and it’s outside the Nature Center. Anzalone said because the center operates on a tight budget they ask bands if they could perform without compensation as a benefit for the center.
“We started talking with some of the people that were interested in joining the series and kind of throwing out the idea ‘would you play for us pro bono where whatever money we make on these tickets would go back to the nature center and provide more programming opportunities in the valley.'”
Anzalone said the musicians have not had a problem with that and they’re still able to come and play their music, sell their merchandise and interact with audience members who may not have come to their show elsewhere. She thinks many of them too like the fact they’re playing for a cause. So it’s kind of a win-win situation for everyone.
Those wanting tickets can get them at the door, but Anzalone recommends getting tickets ahead of time at www.logannature.org. You can also call Stokes Nature Center for more information at 435-755-3239.