Tag Archives: Music

‘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.

 

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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.

White Collar by Day, Blue Collar by Night

28 Sep
Boys Pre-Show

The Boys Pre-Show

Southern Fyed Begginings

Russ Brown, frontman for the band Southern Fryed, along with his Bassist – Andy Woods, Lead Guitarist – Jack Porter, and Drummer – Jeff “Jefé” Gapter, started their band back in 2008.  Deeply rooted in Southern Rock, the boys have performed many covers all around Cheyenne.  They have also performed at The Famous Comadore Bar in Wheatland, WY, Scully Scooters in North Platte,NE, Gambler in Greely, CO, and Bucket Harley’s in Denver, CO.

Southern Fryed Corn Huskers

Friday Sept. 27, 2013, I was given the amazing fortune of going with the boys  to Kimball Nebraska’s Farmers’ Days.  While there, the boys and I toured the featured events of Farmers’s Days, including spectating at Kimball High School’s rivalry football game, meandering around the Craft Fair, and ended with tearing up the stage along side Stahla/Ford Band.

What is Gettin’ Southern Fryed Next?

Southern Fryed is currently working on their debute album Blue Collar Town.  Around November, the band also plans to start their Get Fryed Tour.

Get up, Put in Yer Dip, Check Em Out

http://www.reverbnation.com/southernfryed

The Moods that Move Us

29 Nov

Psychedelic music and coffee provide the perfect middle ground for artists such as Lindstrom and Gill to make their music make acoustic waves. Who said psychedelic music had to be put in the proverbial box? Who said you  need wailing electric leads, mashed bass lines, and relentless drumming? All it takes is a mood and dude with a guitar (And an array of effects….but you get my point).

Ross Lindstrom

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ross-Lindstrom-Musician/179834258739855

Soothing. Its almost as if Lindstrom’s guitar and his vocals are telling to different stories; each with the same meaning and equally as beautiful. The dynamic between his vocals and guitar work blend effortlessly. Even Lindstrom’s covers had a touch of his own influences. Ross used classic acoustic techniques combines with a reggae ambiance, and the campfire qualities of Jason Mraz. Simply, Ross is meant to sing you songs.

 

Clancy Gill (Goofball)

Give his new song a listen!

 

Introspection. When its just Clancy and the crowd its hard not wander. Clancy’s music is so inviting and haunting at the same time. He’s so creative with his loops that he builds a song from the ground up until its in full bloom, and fully enveloping you. Its unassuming in nature but has a compelling quality that gently takes over. It makes it easy to get lost in a room full of people.

 

All in all the mood and music was wonderful. Its hard to beat a show with such a personal quality to it. I was unable to get any pictures! Make sure you check out Ross’ facebook as he just announced he is in the process of recording! Be on the look out for new tracks by Goofball!

Until next time.

 

Interview with cheyenne band ‘The Smart Set’ part one

23 Nov

The Smart Set

The Smart Set is currently a Cheyenne based indie rock band that plays fun dancey pop influenced music.
I had the opportunity to interview them via email recently. Today I will Post my questions as answered from the first half of the band. Tomorrow I will Post the second.

A few questions with Cade Weidenhaft from The Smart Set

What are your names and what do you do?
My name is Cade, and I play drums.
How did you guys meet?
We met back in junior high. Dillon was the cool kid. i was a fan boy, i just pestered him enough until he hung out with me.
How did you guys come about forming the band?
We had talked about it for like 2 years but never actually did it. I broke my neck this summer and had nothing to do, and we both had to move back to Cheyenne, so we started working on a few songs.

Style

What style of music do you play?
I’d say we are a garage/pop/indie rock band.
What do you do that makes you …well you?
Being a two person band makes us…us. We’ve had people not know our name, but know us as the two piece from Wyoming. That, and I think this band is the band that we both have wanted to be in for awhile. We both had played with other people, and in my case for certain they were the driving force of the band. In this one, I take a bit more responsibility. I know that being 50 percent of a band is heavy duty, so i think I’ve tried to step up and be more involved with song writing.

Name origin

Where did the name The Smart Set come from?
It actually came from an episode of This American Life. Two sisters had this club called the smart set…we were listening to it and when we heard their club name I think I told Dillon that would be a sweet name. I wrote it down in my phone, and a few month later when we started playing we went with it.
Why are guys only a two-piece band?
I think partly because when we started it was only the two of us, and we just kept playing that way. We have played with people doing cover songs for a few shows, and have talked about how nice it may be to add synth or another guitar or something, but I like playing with just two. Its nice for loading and unloading things. Set up is super easy, and like I said it gives us a little, and emphasis on little, edge.

Working away

I noticed you guys have played Laramie County Community College a bit this semester, how did that come about?
It came about by a really nice guy named Mark at LCCC. He had gotten us shows at the Plains and then told us about a battle of the bands here. He and all the ladies and gents at the student activities council. They have been really really great to us. I think they do a heck of a job trying to have things to do for the students and faculty at LCCC.
Do you have any releases that are are available?
We have an Ep out called Tito Loves It! There are two versions, one with real artwork and production value in the packaging, and the cheap-o version, with just the songs.

Playing Soon

Do you have any upcoming shows?
We play in Ft Collins with The Photo Atlas December 10th. We are always looking for shows around town, so we may be playing here soon. Know of any good house parties? Do you own a venue and need an opening band…we would love to play!
What is in The Smart Set’s future?
The future of The Smart Set is going to be out on the West coast. We are moving to San Francisco in the middle of January, and hopefully we can get do a tour soon. That’s a goal of mine to tour by the summer of next year.