Pacific Lutheran University shut down Garfield Street Saturday to open up the annual LollaPLUza music festival to the greater Parkland community.
LollaPLUza, more commonly known as Lolla, is a free music festival organized by PLU to bring PLU students and the Parkland community together. The music festival started up in 2001 as an attempt to bring PLU closer to the Parkland community, and it is arranged by ASPLU [Associated Students of Pacific Lutheran University].
Free entertainment, food and snacks are synonyms to Lolla, and with bouncy castles, give-aways and music, it’s a knock-out to many.
Kindra Galán, a first-year at PLU, attended Lolla for the first time this year and seemed to enjoy herself like so many others.
“It was vivacious. I had so much fun and it’s best PLU event for the end of my freshman year. I recommend everyone to follow this PLU tradition because it’s amazing. I honestly can’t explain how much fun and how good the performances were,” Galán ’16, said.
Every year, Lolla has artists who represent many genres, ranging from folk to hip-hop and indie. Seattle’s Beat Connection and Puget Sound’s The Good Husbands were two of the bands at Lolla this year. PLU’s own Housecats and Yours, [Yours Comma] were also playing. This year, Lolla attracted a crowd of about 500 people.
Lolla isn’t all about music. Free give-aways henna tattooing, face paint and various other activities for both students and children were also there as part of this year’s Lolla.
“This is truly a family-friendly event,” Sharon Potts, a Parkland resident said. “This is the second year I’ve brought my kids here [to LollaPLUza], and PLU never fails to attract a crowd. It’s great to see the university making an effort in engaging with the Parkland community.”
“Lolla has something for everybody,” Clara Olson ‘15, said. “They have the bouncy castles and candy for the kids, and the music for the students and parents. I missed last year’s Lolla, but I’m here this year and it’s just great.”