(LANDER, Wyo.) - The fourth and last Lander LIVE of the 2016 season is this today, August 25th featuring headlining indie rock band, Fruit Bats. The night will also feature the Lander Community Foundation Challenge for Charities Award Ceremony where the 35 participating nonprofits will receive their community fundraising awards. Doors will open at 5pm with the Awards Ceremony around 6pm and Fruit Bats taking the stage around 7pm. For more information go to www.landerlivemusic.com or visit the Lander LIVE Facebook page.
Presented by Fremont Toyota, Lander LIVE has had a stellar 2016 season with three concerts averaging 1,300 people at each show. The last show on August 11th, Lander LIVE brought in Lake Street Dive with a record attendance of 1,500 people. Rose Burke, Event Coordinator for the Lander Chamber of Commerce, said “Lake Street Dive was a record breaking show--people came from all around Wyoming to see them.” The free all-ages shows have been a popular gathering place for Fremont County residents too, who make up the majority of the concert go-ers. “Once again this year we have seen a wonderful mix of our community show up for each show,” adds Burke.
Thursday’s show will feature Fruit Bats, an indie, folk rock band that has evolved around the talented career of lead singer and guitarist Eric D. Johnson. In addition to Fruit Bats, Johnson has also been apart of bands such as Califone, Vetiver and The Shins. Since 2002, Fruit Bats have released five studio albums including the 2016 released Absolute Loser, which was highly anticipated after a few year hiatus. In 2016 Fruit Bats have been touring with My Morning Jacket and have a jammed packed touring schedule through the end of the year. Lander LIVE is the band’s only scheduled date in Wyoming.
In lieu of an opening band, the Thursday show will begin with the Award Ceremony for the Lander Community Foundation’s Challenge for Charities fundraiser. This year 35 area nonprofits participated in the community-wide fundraiser. The ceremony is an opportunity for nonprofits to receive their checks and get recognized for the important work they do. Additionally the ceremony will thank the larger Lander community for helping to raise over $300,000 both in direct donations to the nonprofits as well as through the matching grant pool. “The Lander Community Foundation is so proud to be apart of a community that can year after year raise significant funds to support our amazing nonprofit organizations,” said RaJean Strube Fossen, the Lander Community Foundation’s Board Chair.
Lander LIVE organizers ask participants to consider a final “bucket donation” to continue to help offset the cost of their 2016 season. “We set the goal of $15,000 raised through the community, and we are 80% there.” says Burke. She adds that it would be great to meet that goal at the last show. “Another $3,000 and we are there.” Lander LIVE is supported and paid for thanks to Fremont Toyota and 14 sponsoring companies, along with grants and donations. Burke adds, “a huge thanks to everyone that has already donated. This season was made possible thanks to you.”