August 22, 2017

Dawg Fest Features Free Concert

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Dawg Fest 2017 is a chance to get in the Saluki spirit.

Set for 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 8, the event features a free outdoor concert by the Natu Band, which stars rock/country singer-songwriter and former Saluki football player Natu Visinia. SIU men’s football coach Nick Hill and other SIU athletes and spirit team members will also be on hand for the festivities on the steps of Shryock Auditorium.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are welcome to attend the free event. Dawg Fest participants may bring lawn chairs or blankets for the event, which will be similar to the popular summer Sunset Concerts but with a decidedly SIU flair.

Saluki Athletics will be selling fall football game tickets on site. Students can sign up to participate in the Saluki Sprint and join the famous “Dawg Pound” that evening, too. Members of this fun student cheering section get a T-shirt, discounts at local businesses, prime seating at Saluki athletic games and first chance to reserve a spot on buses for road trips to away games for a $20 signup fee.

In addition, various campus offices and units will have information tables set up at Dawg Fest, giving all who attend the opportunity to learn more about activities and opportunities available at SIU.

Glass bottles, pets and smoking are prohibited. Those attending may bring only single-serve containers, and underage drinking laws will be enforced.

New Student Programs and the Student Programming Council are sponsoring Dawg Fest. For more information, visit or call 618/536-3393.