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Published 6/12/2013 6:00:00 AM
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Not everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the long, lazy days of summer. Samantha Gunning, however, said it's important for people to use this chance to get involved with their community.

Gunning, a summer coordinator for the Department of Student Involvement at the University of Idaho, said the summer concert series Daytime Distractions provides a break for the community in the middle of the day.

“We try to schedule (the concerts) so that the majority of students would be out of their summer classes, professors would be out of their classes,"she said.

Gunning said all of the musicians participating in these concerts are from the Palouse area. She said this series will help expose students to the Moscow culture.

“It’s important for people to be involved in their community and this is an opportunity to come and listen to an artist who came from here, who is inspired by the Palouse,” Gunning said.

For the first concert, local artist Bart Budwig will be singing and playing the guitar. Gunning said his well-known name may encourage people to come to the concerts in the upcoming weeks.

We’ve had him perform as an opener at a couple of our events,” Gunning said. “He opened for Palousafest last year and another artist.”

In an email to The Summer Evergreen, Budwig, a singer and songwriter, said he is returning for another year of Daytime Distractions.

“As a member of the Moscow/Pullman area, I enjoy playing shows for the universities,” he said. “It is a good way for me to stay connected with the university communities and also a way for me to get the university students involved in the vibrant local scene.”

Besides acting as a source of entertainment, these concerts encourage people to perform and help with behind-the-scenes work, which Budwig said he loves.

This year marks the start of something new as well, Gunning said. Besides the music, there will be activities available for people to participate in including eating root beer floats, tie-dyeing, kite-making and yoga.

“This isn’t just ‘come sit and listen to for a while,’” she said. “There’s going to be something for everyone.”

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