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Bluegrass, country, electronic and blues: The must-see music set to ring in 2015!

3 Dec

By Kylie Bovenzi

There is a light at the end of the tunnel

It’s called the end of the semester. As the school semester hurtles to an end, it may seem impossible to focus on anything other than the next two-and-a half weeks, what with finals bearing down on the student body. Fret not, my dear friends, because you are as ready as you will ever be, and two weeks after finals is something fantastic to look forward to: New Year’s Eve. How will you celebrate your successes and your achievements of the past year, and toast to the fresh start given at the stroke of midnight?  If you have been too consumed by finals to give this a thought, fret not again because I have compiled a list for you! You are welcome. 🙂

The String Cheese Incident

Where: First Bank Center, Broomefield CO
When: Monday, December 29 – Wednesday December 31st.
3 day passes starting @ $192
Single Day passes starting @ $49.50

A smoothe, easy to drink blend of bluegrass, rock, electronica, country, funk, jazz, reggae, psychedelia, calypso and Latin, The String Cheese Incident is a band out of Boulder, CO. Composed of six members, this band includes a variety of instruments in their live performances including acoustic and electric mandolins, acoustic and electric guitars, violins, drums, lap steel and electric slide guitars, piano, organ, accordion, bass and auxiliary percussion. Many of the songs are original, but covers are seamlessly blended in from such musical greats as The Talking Heads,The Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix. Each song leaves a plethora of room for innovation, and each jamming tune flows seamlessly into the next creating a ‘can’t stop won’t stop’ fervor and energy within the crowd never before seen. This, coupled with insane visuals being projected on and behind the stage either through LED lights or screens, proves to be an experience you would be CRAZY to miss. The whole event spans three different nights, but single day passes are available if you can only steal a day away. The only place to be this NYE in the Colorado and Wyoming area is getting CHEESY.

Some friends and I getting ready to check out Cheese in 2013

Some friends and I getting ready to check out Cheese in 2013

Cheyenne Depot NYE ball drop

Looking for something closer to home and a little bit more financially friendly? Head to the Cheyenne Depot at 4pm on December 31st, 2014 to enjoy arts, crafts, fireworks, music and the friendship of your town! This event is free, family-friendly, and a fantastic way to end 2014 and start 2015 the right way. For more information, check out the facebook page.

New Year’s Eve Cowboy Style

Where: Little America

When: December 31st, 4-1am

Tickets are $75 per couple, $40 for a ticket that discludes food and gaming

If keeping your cowboy boots and hat on sounds like your kind of evening, head over to Little America for their New Year’s Eve celebration which includes a buffet, a cash bar, gaming, and country western dance with the Boom Twang Band. At midnight, complimentary champagne will make the perfect accompaniment to ringing in the new year!

Fort Collins Brewery New Years Eve Party

Where: Fort Collins Brewery in Fort Collins, CO

When: 6pm December 31st, 2014

This 1940s speakeasy themed bash is sure to blow your socks off! $100 per couple includes a four course meal, music, champagne toast at midnight and a free cigar. Oh, and did I mention their craft beer selection? Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Whatever you decide to do for New Year’s Eve, celebrate it gloriously! Although I am sure each and every one of us has had our shares of trials and tribulations, take time to reflect on the positive strides you’ve made as well. You would not be able to appreciate them as acutely if you had not made a few mistakes along the way. Remember to designate a sober driver (or sign up for uber) and to take care of one another. Here’s to a wonderful future for all of us, may it bring happiness and joy and good grades come semester end!

‘Deck The Hall’ with Free Entertainment

19 Nov

By Kylie Bovenzi

Embracing the Holiday Music Spirit with LCCC’s Holiday Gala

As the school semester draws to a close and the negative degree weather begins to wear at your bones, rejoice my fellow students, in the opportunity to kick back and be immersed in the warm glow of the Holiday season with Laramie County Community College’s annual Holiday Gala on December 6th, 2014.

This holiday extravaganza held at the Cheyenne Civic Center is the perfect opportunity to gather friends, family, coworkers and random people off the street in celebration of the season and the friendship it harbors. LCCC’s entire music department is invested in putting on this FREE event, so there will be a little something for everyone whether it is Jazz Band,  the a Cappella group Cantorei or the Collegiate Chorale.

Once again, I must stress that this event is free. All the payment needed will be the smiles on everyone’s faces as we gather to celebrate the family, food, traditions and music that brings people of all cultures together. Come be a part of the Holiday Spirit with your Laramie County Community College family!

When: December 6th, 2014 @ 7pm

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center, 510 W. 20th Street Cheyenne, WY 82001

Attire: Be festive, be funky, but most important, BE THERE!

Can’t wait a whole two weeks until this shindig??

Check out the talented LCCC Jazz Band in this sophisticated, classy rehearsal jamming out some of their tunes for the Gala. How can you say “No” when they already sound so good?! This Ensemble is led by the wonderful LCCC instructor Jeffrey Bowell.

 

Hula Hooping: Not your Grandma’s Gym Routine

7 Nov

By Kylie Bovenzi

For this week’s section, I am going to veer slightly to the left and bring you into the wonderful world of dance, specifically the rising trend of Hula Hoopers. If you ventured outside over the summer to one of the parks Cheyenne or Laramie has to offer, you may have seen the occurrence of hula hoopers more and more. Certainly if you have traveled to any music festival you saw not only spectators engaged in dancing with a hoop, but also performers, onstage alongside various musical acts, shaking what their mama gave them with some flashy hoops along for the ride. Although hooping is not a new thing, it’s resurgence among live music lovers has catapulted this exercise into a whole new genre of performance art; and it doesn’t take years to gain knowledge of the hoops powers.  In fact, at the end of these five steps, you guys will have all the essentials needed to tape up your own hoop and start experimenting with some moves!

Hula How To: Five Steps to Boogy

Brooke Gritten with her $400 LED Hoop. I could not make this stuff up.

Brooke Gritten with her $400 LED Hoop. I could not make this stuff up.

  1. Every great Hooper (and believe me, there is one residing in you) must first procure their greatest asset: the hoop. Although your first thought may be to run to Walmart, those hoops are not heavy enough to keep a solid momentum up. You would be shaking your hips to no avail, while simultaneously cursing me for suggesting a fun “easy” past time. The best route is to make your own, which is extremely simple. Size the hoop to your liking, insert a connector piece, tape that baby up and BOOM. You are ready to start moving your hips. For a step by step guide, click here. If arts and crafts aren’t your thing, buy some cheap practice hoops here.
  2. Now that your hoop is ready to be hooped, there is one other must: music. If you are outside, I recommend putting in earphones. Pick something you enjoy, and something you know you can’t help moving around to. Hooping technique is important, but the hooper themselves is responsible for the dance and the feelings portrayed. It’s not about being perfect, but about moving around to your music and forgetting about other stresses for ten minutes at a time. This isn’t exercise, it’s YOU time.
  3. With your hoop in hand and music blasting, it’s time to start with some basics. Although it seems like common sense, practicing keeping it up around your hips is a must. This seems simple, and a bit redundant, but basic waist hooping must be perfected before you can even DREAM of some fancy isolations or tosses. The best stance to take initially is with your feet shoulder width apart. Isolate your waist and abs, concentrating on using those two parts of your body to guide the hoop in a circular motion. Hooping is more comfortable on one side rather than the other, much like being left or right handed. Practice both sides until you can keep the hoop up for longer spurts of time. Don’t feel discouraged if it doesn’t happen right away; this is the most basic and most frustrating part of hooping. Once you get comfortable though, tricks are easier and easier to learn.
  4.  While waist hooping, begin to alternate sliding one hand in and out of the gap the hoop makes as it is circling your waist. This is called ‘finding your gaps’. Being able to slip your hands all over the place without disrupting the flow of the hoop is a must for tricks; many tricks, like throwing the hoop over your head, entail seamlessly grabbing the hoop and guiding it up and around your body.  It is important to know the timing of when you can reach your hand(s) down or behind you without disrupting the hoop. Practice putting your hands in front of you and behind you.
  1. Practice practice practice! Hooping does not take much skill initially, and knowledge is gained extremely quickly. You will get out of it what you put into it, and even ten minutes a day will enable you to be better. Don’t move on to another trick until you have one down. For a list of tricks that are fun to try, click here.
Another one of my superior friends, Hanna Schulz, demonstrating hooping on the foot while performing at a show in Fort Collins... let's just say I would not look like this!

Another one of my superior friends, Hanna Schulz, demonstrating hooping on the foot while performing at a show in Fort Collins… let’s just say I would not look like this!

The most important thing to remember is to have fun. Hooping is the type of thing that need not be taken seriously. This is not your ballet class from k-12. Rather, it is a way to get up and moving in a fun, danceable way. It provides a way to express oneself that is different from other forms of dance, and boy will you look fantastic spinning an LED hoop like this one at next summer’s family BBQ or that concert you’ve been waiting all year for.  Enjoy yourself, lose yourself in the music and the atmosphere, and see what it does for your state of mind.

You’re Invited

23 Oct

By Kylie Bovenzi

It’s that time of year again my fellow students. The leaves are changing and there’s a chill to the afternoon wind, allowing for only one thing: an intense craving for a delicious home-cooked meal, and music by P.D.Q Bach. Alas, while winter break still eludes us by a couple of months, luckily the Music Department of Laramie County Community College has got your back. Come one, come all to the

MADRIGAL DINNER: The Case of the Missing Hanky (Panky)

The What?

Stop asking questions. All you need to know is food. FREE FOOD. Okay, so it may be included in the price of your $20 ticket. HOWEVER,  tis truly a paltry fee to pay for the intrigue, laughter, music and drama promised on the night of November 14th, 2014. The Case of the Missing Hanky Panky is a sordid tale, complete with a scandalous queen (played by moi- you may call me Queen Bitch), an unfortunately dimwitted King, and a missing handkerchief. The hanky, given to the Queen by her King, is not only missing; but has been spotted in the hands of various other men. WHERE is the hanky? HOW did it get there? WHO will face the wrath of the King when it is all over? Luckily for the audience, all ye must do is show up, stuff thy face, and be thoroughly entertained by the dram-o-rama directly in front of you.

Want a short preview? Click here.

It feels as though this crown has always fit.

It feels as though this crown has always fit.

So What You’re Saying Is

This is an interactive event; you are not an LCCC student supporting the Collegiate Chorale. Rather, you are Knights and Ladies who have been invited to a wonderful medieval celebration by the larger-than-life King Kong. Dress up, grab your little ones, but most importantly grab your appetite. By the end of this singing, acting and dancing comedic spectacle, your soul will be as full as your stomach.

The Case of the Missing Hanky (Panky)

Friday, November 14th 2014 6pm

St Mark’s Episcopal Church

Tickets are $20 each

Reservations for tickets must be made by either calling the Theater Box Office @ 3074321626 OR

by email: boxoffice@lccc.wy.edu

Lovin’ Laramie: Local Band Rocks

9 Oct

By Kylie Bovenzi

What better way to spend a Saturday night than supporting a local band whilst sipping on the craftiest of craft brews and gesticulating mounds of greasy, delicious food? If you happen to not have a loving family or any friends or even any hobbies whatsoever awaiting you at home, the answer is NOTHING. Nothing is better than this exact scenario, and luckily it is coming true this weekend at The Library Sports Grille and Brewery, brought to you by a special performance from local jamsters Harriman Exit.

Harriman Exit, Really? Yes Really.

If this band’s name does not sound familiar to you, you clearly are not from the Cheyenne/Laramie area. The name is indeed an homage to one of the band member’s homes, located-you guessed it-right off of Harriman Exit. This house saw friendships cultivate and grow over a mutual love for music, and eventually sprout into the quartet now officially known as Harriman Exit. With overtones of indie rock, jazz and disco (think a fully instrumental cover of Sister Sledge’s ‘We are Family’) Harriman is the perfect pairing for some food and libations at The Library. Come for the hip swaying tunes, stay for the Summit Pale Ale.

Cost: Free!

Beer and food menus here.

Harriman Exit in the buff here.

Three of the band members in their natural environment, from left to right: Shawn Hess, Keaton Elsasser, Seith Leineinger Vedauwoo, WY

Three of the band members in their natural environment, from left to right: Shawn Hess, Keaton Elsasser, Seith Leineinger
Vedauwoo, WY

No Spare Time this Weekend?

Luckily, a more nationally known band will also be gracing Laramie’s presence next Thursday, October 16th at the Cowboy Saloon. Guttermouth, described as “American punk craziness” by Michelle Horton, will be delivering what is sure to be an interesting performance. They are known for their onstage antics, and Michelle, a long time fan, warns that anyone who may be offended by vulgar language or politically charged rants will probably not enjoy their particular brand of performance. They will follow up this performance with a show at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, so be sure to catch them while they are in our neck of the woods.

Ticketing information here

Sample up some Guttermouth music here.

Can’t Get Enough Live Music?

It’s okay, me either! Here’s a few more events, some here some there, that will be coming up in the next two weeks. Most are under $20, so get out and shake what your mama gave you!

  • Dead Floyd: a Pink Floyd and Grateful Dead Tribute
    • Oct. 18th 7pm at the Aggie Theater Fort Collins, CO
    • Rock, Jam band
  • The Story So Far with the Wonder Years
    • Oct 23rd Atlas Theatre Cheyenne WY
    • Pop/Punk
  • Rusted Root,
    • October 24th Gryphon Theatre Laramie, WY
    • Acoustic Rock
  • Minnesota with special guests
    • October 24th, Hodi’s Half Note Fort Collins, CO
    • Glitchy-trippy dance music

Everybody’s Working for the Weekend

26 Sep

By Kylie Bovenzi

Tale as Old as Time

It’s that time of year again folks. The days are getting shorter, the cold weather is creeping in, and soon enough you will be shuffling your kids around door to door, asking strangers for candy.  As the cold weather begins to hover, sheltered activities become a must. Start your winter off right and grab your kids, some costumes and perhaps a single rose to gear up for October 16th: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is coming to the Cheyenne Civic Center.

With it’s life-size costumes and larger-than-life musical numbers, Beauty and the Beast makes for the ultimate family night out. Young kids will be captivated learning the story of Belle, her father, Beast, and their friends for the first time, while parents may sit back and enjoy a spectacular retelling of a classic. For extra points in the parental category, dress your children up in character so that they may feel they are a part of a faraway land as well. Who needs Disney World when Disney comes to you?

Me as a 6ft. Plate in high school. Let me repeat. Six. Feet. Wide.

Me as a 6ft. Plate in high school. Let me repeat. Six. Feet. Wide. Did I mention we were also apparently showgirls?

When and Where

  • October 16th, Cheyenne Civic center
  • Tickets range from $42-$72, and may be purchased here.

Seating is assigned, so be sure to purchase tickets with everyone in your group.

If sugared up kids under the age of ten aren’t your thing…

You can Dance if you Want To

Several local live music events will also be happening between now and Beauty and the Beast.

  • Fort Collins Symphony
    • FCS will be opening their season on October 4th at 8pm, at the Lincoln Center. With selections from Debussy, Swindler, Hovhannes, and Dvorak, this night of music entitled “Nature’s Wonder” promises a moving look into the beauty of the world around us
    • Tickets

If classical is still not what you are looking for…

  • Eric Paslay
    • Eric Paslay will be performing at Gryphon Theatre on October 8th,  at 8pm. This country superstar has won the hearts of many a cowgirl, crooning songs like “Friday Night”, “Song About a Girl” and “Here Comes Love”. A guitar player since the age of 15, Eric Paslay is one country act that is too good to pass up.
    • Tickets

Finally, if you just absolutely cannot wait until October to shake your rump, there are multiple events happening this weekend, September 26th- 28th:

  • Paper Bird, You Me and Apollo, Mosey West
    • September 26th, 8pm
    • This trio of musical acts will be throwing down some harmonic, whimsical folk tunes at the beautiful Mishuwaka Amphitheater right outside of Fort Collins, CO. The Mishuwaka is an outdoor venue tucked into the Poudre Canyon, with the Poudre River serving as eye candy for the concert goer. It is a place of magic, where music and the smell of burgers, steaks and chicken being grilled up entice your nostrils and your mind. If you are free on Friday, the 26th, do not miss this!
    • Tickets
Dark Star Orchestra @ The Mishuwaka Ampitheater

Dark Star Orchestra @ The Mishuwaka Ampitheater

  • The Patti Fiasco
    • September 27, 6pm
    • The Patti Fiasco is coming to Cowboy Saloon and Dancehall in Laramie, WY. Fiasco is the brainchild of a group of friends, brought together by chance in a Laramie coffee shop. If you are into electric and eclectic live music, this party open to the public is not one to miss, especially at the cool price of $5. Come support your local music scene!
    • Tickets are available at the door

Strollin through Kylietown

11 Sep
Phish @ The Gorge Quincy, WA

Phish @ The Gorge
Quincy, WA

And Who are You?

Kylie Bovenzi is a student at Laramie County Community College, as well as a Bartender and Server at Olive Garden. She is all about cats (meow!), live music, dancing her booty off, appreciating good food and beer, and all around enjoying this little thing called life.

Money, money, money, monnnnneyyyyy, money! (or lack there of)

Because of her lack of control over not buying concert tickets, you can expect Kylie to contribute several posts to the music scene in and around Cheyenne, Wyoming. This will probably include events at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins, CO, as FoCo is as far away from Cheyenne as Laramie, so she thought it would be appropriate.

Joyous, joyous libations

Kylie also spends an obscene amount of money on craft beers (Odell’s) and food, so she would be thrilled to tell you all about what you should splurge on too, because if everyone does it, it makes it okay.

Umphrey's McGee @ Red Rocks Amphitheater Morrison, CO

Umphrey’s McGee @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
Morrison, CO