LOGAN – There will be a mix of Utah State University students and others enjoying the local music scene this weekend as the Logan City Limits festival takes Downtown Logan once again. The annual event, hosted by Aggie Radio, will take place each evening from Thursday through Saturday at several different locations, including WhySound, The Cache and the Ballroom in the Taggart Student Center on campus.
The festival started as a much-smaller, campus-only event almost a decade ago, but event organizer Isaac Morales said it has now grown to the point where it is well-known and anticipated.
“Over the last three or four years, we’ve really just branded ourselves and people are actually paying attention and looking forward to Logan City Limits, because Logan doesn’t really have a lot of music festivals,” he said. “It doesn’t have music festivals at all, so when someone hears music festival in Logan it surprises them, and that surprise is going away in a good way. Instead of being surprised they are expecting it.”
Morales said his focus this year was to create the lineup with as many local bands as possible. That means groups like Strange Familia, Panthermilk and Fairpark Twins.
“We were very locally oriented this year,” Morales said. “I really wanted to highlight local Logan musicians.”
Those interested in getting familiar with the music that will be played can go to the Logan City Limits website and check out the Spotify playlists, but Morales said the best way is to do it is to just show up.
“The only thing that keeps music alive is the people involved,” he said. “If you don’t come out to the shows and you sit in a room and you listen to a Spotify song, you’re isolating yourself. I know in my personal history if I love a band and I go to a show, oftentimes I’ll end up falling in love with the opener.”
But the festival isn’t just about music, Morales said, there are also film and art aspects to it. Logan City Limits has coordinated with the Cache Valley Center for the Arts Downtown Gallery Walk on April 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. Films will be screened Saturday, April 7 starting at 5 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center Auditorium.
“Come to Logan City Limits,” Morales said, “because if you want music to live on in this town and you want to propagate the music scene all it takes is to step inside a venue and dancing around a little bit.”