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Old 06-02-2007, 05:56 PM
 
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Can anyone please tell me about the live music scene in Cheyenne (and perhaps Laramie)? I'm a blues musician (guitar) and I'll be moving out there in the years to come and was hoping the scene is good or improving. I realize Cheyenne is a relatively small town, but any insight is greatly appreciated.

Cheers!

...Ty
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Old 06-02-2007, 07:54 PM
 
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Can anyone please tell me about the live music scene in Cheyenne (and perhaps Laramie)? I'm a blues musician (guitar) and I'll be moving out there in the years to come and was hoping the scene is good or improving. I realize Cheyenne is a relatively small town, but any insight is greatly appreciated.

Cheers!

...Ty
Used to live in Wyoming, am now in Boise, ID. The live music scene is quiet. Most of the live music scenes stays south in Ft. Collins, CO, Boulder, CO, and Denver.
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Old 06-02-2007, 09:24 PM
 
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Other than during Cheyenne Frontier Days ... which is probably not a venue for jazz music ... there's very few places for a live band in either town.

For the most part, there's only two types of live music played here ... country or western.

There's also a small concert series each year with classical music.

Live jazz will more likely be heard in Boulder, Ft Collins, Denver ....
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Old 06-02-2007, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I really am no expert on this one. But let me offer my 3 cents worth. (you know, inflation)

I have been to both. Going through and I lounged in the hotel bar and heard what they had. Never ventured out in town because when I'd get there, it would be 8 or 9 and I needed to be back on the road at 5.

However, having said that, I would think that Laramie would have something. Laramie is a college town and should be a little more diversified. But again, I don't know. My brother in law lived there and we visited once a year. But we stayed at his house and bar-b-qued some steaks. Never went out.

But Laramie seemed more on the go. Cheyenne seemed more at home.

Maybe some people that lived there could add to this. Hope so.

By the way, when I say Cheyenne seemed more at home???? That was a good thing. I'm getting too old for Jazz. However, I will take a good jitterbug.
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Old 06-02-2007, 10:30 PM
 
Location: My heart is in Wyoming, my body is soon to follow.....
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Oh my goodness sunsprit you need to get yourself to Laramie and listen to the bands playing in the bars other than The Cowboy.

The Buckhorn Bar in Laramie is a good place to start, also many of the restaurants in downtown Laramie have live musicians during and after dinner, many of them double as bars. I would just go downtown and start talking to people when you arrive.

That's one of the things I miss the most about Laramie is the music. There are some really good bands in the area, granted some of them come up from Fort Collins and Boulder areas but there are some good ones right there in Laramie too.
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Old 06-02-2007, 11:00 PM
 
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How about bluegrass? I've got to hit one good BG festival a year!
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:11 AM
 
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How about bluegrass? I've got to hit one good BG festival a year!
Bear Trap Meadow Festival, Casper Mountain, Casper, WY

Summer, can't remember exact time
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Casper, WY
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Beartrap Festival, Casper, WY

July 21 & 22, 2007

Beartrap Summer Festival - Casper, Wyoming
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Old 06-03-2007, 02:15 AM
 
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Tyster, come on out and get your music started. Put an add in the paper and see if any others reply. I think people would love to hear ya play. In my experience , there is all sorts of musicians , all over Wyoming. You just have to get out there and make the connections.

Beartrap is a lot of fun.
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Old 06-03-2007, 10:01 AM
 
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Efan ... FWIW, I had a friend in Cheyenne recently stationed here for three years by an engineering company for projects with Warren AFB. He's a highly talented jazz guitarist, comes from a very famous musical family that has many platinum R&B albums over a period of 25 years (and he's a nice guy, too). In short, he could have made a career out of music with the family, but choose to play on the sidelines of his architectural career. He's someone well known enough in the music industry that he'd be welcome to sit in almost anywhere, or to be in on a recording session for many artists ... which he's done many times through the years. He's a rep for an in the pro trade custom guitar company, too, and does demo's for them for professional musicians ....

He could not find gigs in the Cheyenne and Laramie area. He'd drive to Ft Collins or Boulder to play on weekends, or fly out of the area for the weekend gigs.

He's since moved on to another locale where he can work and find local gigs ... left his high paying job here in Cheyenne just so he could have a combination of a good job and local gigs. Took a lower paying job in a more expensive place to live just so he could have that combination ....
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