HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Harrisburg University of Science and Technology kicked off its summer concert series in Riverfront Park on Thursday, July 14, with American rock band Death Cab for Cutie. This year’s series will now continue in August with five more national artists.

“HU Presents’ Summer Concert Series attracts thousands of guests to the city of Harrisburg. These visitors take in the city before and after enjoying great music in a beautiful riverfront setting,” said Dr. Eric Darr, president of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

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Harrisburg University’s director of live entertainment and media services Frank Schofield said the university is excited to be bringing in some big names.

“We’re really proud to be putting on these shows,” he said. “Two back-to-back big shows here at Riverfront park celebrating all that Harrisburg University has to offer.”

First up on the performer’s list was American rock band Death Cab for Cutie at 8 p.m. on July 14 and The Roots on July 15. The bands to perform in August include:

  • KALEO with special guest White Reaper on August 17
  • LANY with special guest SURFACES on August 19
  • Lord Huron with special guest First Aid Kit on August 20
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweat with special guest HISS Golden Messenger on September 20
  • The National on September 24.

“We are thrilled to present seven incredible artists in Riverfront Park this summer – shows we would not be able to put on without our sponsors,” Darr said. “This program boosts the local economy, bringing guests downtown who will frequent city restaurants, businesses, museums, and more, experiencing all the great things Harrisburg has to offer.”

Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries echoed the economic boost to the area, saying, “It’s a win-win for the local economy, the city of Harrisburg and Dauphin county as far as the tax revenue that’s generated.”

The university works with county commissioners to host the concerts.

“It really showcases the diversity and vibrancy of the region,” Pries said.

abc27 asked Pries if safety is a concern after a fight at Harrisburg’s July 4 fireworks show, also at Riverfront Park, caused a panic. He said people should feel safe.

“There will be ample security at the show, and there will be a visible police presence there and screening at the gate,” he said.

Harrisburg University has also partnered with Tröegs Independent Brewing for this year’s series. The company will be on-site at the series to provide their crafted beverages. There will also be a variety of food trucks on hand for concert-goers.

“We jumped at the chance to be a part of this concert series,” says Tröegs co-founding brother Chris Trogner. “A beautiful outdoor venue, great music, and local beer … what more could you ask for?”

To learn more about the concert series click here. To purchase tickets visit Harrisburg University’s concert series website by clicking here or at Ticketmaster by clicking here.