Looking for new artists to add to your playlist? Are you an enthusiast for lesser-known artists or are you someone who wants to be ahead of the curve in the music scene? If you have any free time around noon on Thursdays, it’s your time to check out some up-and-coming musicians on campus.

Pacific University is rolling out its slate of rising stars for the Noon Tunes event every Thursday during the month of September. A new band or solo musician will rock the stage in Trombley Square and this year’s lineup includes something unique and exciting every week.

According to Steve Klein, Director of U.C. & Student Activities, this annual event has been going on for almost 20 years, known as “Hump Day Classics” until it was moved to Thursdays.

Created as an event to take advantage of the outdoor atmosphere of September, it originally featured artists mainly from Portland, eventually expanding its slate to national artists.

This year’s lineup includes the bluegrass stylings of Student Loan, the unique funk of The Loop Ninja, the country rock melodies of Vagabond and Tramp, and the soulful grooves of Brownish Black, on Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, respectively.

These artists are no stranger to the spotlight. According to Peter Erschen, ACE Board Adviser, Student Loan has performed internationally, while Brownish Black opened for the renowned funk band War. The Loop Ninja won third place at the 2010 Boss Loop Station National Finals in Las Vegas, while Vagabond and Tramp plays prominently in locations across Portland.

Check out Noon Tunes this year, because this will be your only opportunity to catch these artists fresh, free and on campus. Oh, and did we mention there will be free ice cream?

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Kicking off the annual Noon Tunes event, Student Loan played in Trombley Square on Sept. 6, featuring a bluegrass swing mixed with several other genres.

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