WTUR’s annual concert, Tutupalooza, is set to take place on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s featured band is the up-and-coming indie-pop band Leland Blue.
Hailing from Midland, Michigan, Leland Blue features brothers Connor and Ben Robertson and their cousin Satchel. They’re best known for their song “Sofia,” which has over 2 million streams on Spotify.
In 2020, they debuted their second EP, “Another Night,” which features singles “Lying to Myself,” “Restless” and “Starting Over.” According to sophomore Nathaniel Boer, director of public relations for WTUR, Tutupalooza will be the first live performance of the band’s newest music.
Originally scheduled to perform at last year’s Tutupalooza, Leland Blue was featured on WTUR’s Instagram page to bring live music to the COVID-19 shutdown. Boer said they’re excited to have the opportunity to host Leland Blue live and in-person this year.
The Taylor University Film Department has also previously featured Leland Blue through the work of alumnus Landry Long (‘20,) who produced the music video for “Lying to Myself.” The video featured multiple Taylor students, including alumnus Connor Legge (‘20,) the protagonist of the video. “Lying to Myself” also received the award for the best music video at the 2020 Envision Film Festival.
Additionally, junior Jordan Scott, seniors Clarisa Paschall and Micah Hardesty and sophomores Israel Smith and Trent Repass will perform as opening acts for the band.
“We are looking forward to seeing some artists that don't normally play together or perform in front of Taylor,” Boehr said. “There is even an artist with original music, which is super sick.”
Tutupalooza is a free event that is set to take place on the lawn between the Euler Science Complex and the Reade Center. Popsicles will be provided free of charge.