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ToUs steps off campus

Fresh off the college campus with four shows under their belts and a growing fan base, alternative rock band ToUs will play its fifth concert this week at the Bear Creek Amphitheater.

The free concert will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, in the amphitheater at Bear Creek Park on Siskiyou Boulevard in Medford.

The band is made up of five juniors at the University of Oregon — guitarist and lead vocalist Dash Hillgartner, bassist Paul Hume, lead guitarist Jason Lohman, drummer Kai Evoniuk and keyboardist Spencer Stevens.

Although none of the members is majoring in music, they all have a mutual appreciation of music.

"We formed this five-piece band out of friendship and musical compatibility and capability," says Hume.

After more than a year of "quiet" jamming from inside college dorms and apartments, ToUs played its first gig last spring in Eugene.

The band's high-energy, Third Eye Blind-style rock was well-received and gave it the boost of confidence it needed to continue, says Hume.

A typical set list will feature about 95 percent originals, as well as ToUs interpre-tations of covers such as "Copperline" by James Taylor, "Rock & Roll" by Eric Hutchinson, "I Ran" by a Flock of Seagulls and "Bonfire" by Third Eye Blind.

"The songs are arranged to have an appealing, original sound that is open to many genres," writes Hillgartner in an e-mail.

This summer, ToUs will play 11 shows in five cities throughout Oregon and, this fall, will record its first album.

Hume, Hillgartner and Evoniuk were friends as youths raised in the Ashland area. They later met Stevens and Lohman, who lived on their dorm floor.

The concert in the park is part of the State Farm Summer Concert Series.

Left to right: Jason Lohman, Dash Hillgartner, Spencer Stevens, Paul Hume and Kai Evoniuk are all juniors at the University of Oregon and members of ToUs. - Photo by Megan Frankle