Bluegrass that Rocks: The Infamous Stringdusters Live at the University of Wyoming Union in Laramie

Not a fan of bluegrass?  Try listening to grammy-nominated bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters and you’ll start to see that although they may seem like your traditional bluegrass band from the outside, once they start to play together they can tear down the house with the same energy and soul as a rock ‘n’ roll band.  7220 Entertainment brought the band to Laramie, Wyoming to perform an epic three hour set with not one but two encores on March 22nd, 2017 in the University of Wyoming Union where they did just that.  These guys played with a fire that tore down the house in an intimate setting on a warm spring Wednesday in Wyoming.

If these guys are playing in your town and you’d like to hear some great live music, definitely get yourself a ticket to The Infamous Stringdusters!  They play in a genre of their own where bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll lovers can find common ground.  Take a listen for yourself at http://www.thestringdusters.com or pick up a CD.

Click here to see all of the photographs from the evening.

5 Drummers and One Studio: Drum Jam at The Recordium

What happens when you invite 5 killer drummers over to your music recording studio for a jam?  We were lucky enough to have front row seats for a local Fort Collins, Colorado drummers going away party at The Recordium after photographing local artist Timothy John live in the studio recording his debut album and got to witness the musical event for ourselves.  Drummers Ikaika Pekelo, Don Stahl, Nate Brown, Andrea Spadafora, and Jesse Villarreal all took turns for a spin on the drum kit and had a great drummers jam.

SenecaCreekStudios.com by Allison Pluda - drum jam at the Recordium in Fort Collins, Colorado

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SenecaCreekStudios.com by Allison Pluda - drum jam at the Recordium in Fort Collins, Colorado
SenecaCreekStudios.com by Allison Pluda - drum jam at the Recordium in Fort Collins, Colorado

Hosts and owners of The Recordium studio Mer Sal and Jasco Duende let us see for ourselves the power of sound isolation and Richard Bender brought some wonderful gifts to share as well.  For a taste of the volume and energy these drummers have, here is a video of a piece of Ikaika’s epic 17 minute drum solo and jam:

Mer Sal from The Symbols hopped in on bass for a bit and everyone enjoyed each others company playing some music together.

SenecaCreekStudios.com by Allison Pluda - drum jam at the Recordium in Fort Collins, Colorado

SenecaCreekStudios.com by Allison Pluda - drum jam at the Recordium in Fort Collins, Colorado

Thank you to the musicians who dedicate their lives to their art form and for sharing it with the world.  We feel truly lucky to have been able to listen in on the pure joy and friendship of this night as a little good music and good friends can go a very long way in life.

 

2016 Laramie Pop-Up Art Walk at the Studio

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With over 50 participating locations and over 100 artists, musicians, and performers, the 2016 Laramie Pop-Up Art Walk is an example of how to throw the biggest exhibition of local creativity you can in only one weekend.  Each location all around town, whether an established fine art gallery or a local business or shop with a pop-up exhibition, featured local artwork, music, dance, and theater for two days only.  We each put one BIG red balloon out from Poppy’s and opened our doors to the community ready to turn downtown Laramie, Wyoming into a dynamic space celebrating the entire creative community.

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Our new fine art gallery and portrait photography studio was pop-up location number 8 on this year’s Pop-Up Art Walk, put on by the Wyoming Art Party with support from the Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming State Legislature, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Laramie Main Street Alliance.  We were lucky enough to have Melinda Cummings of Vivé and Visions as our featured artist and she filled up our back wall with a small exhibition of some of her gorgeous paintings of aspens.  Her use of color and light really is spectacular and she is a true master of perspective!

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For the opening reception Friday night, local Wyoming musician Timothy John serenaded us with some of his original songs on piano and acoustic guitar.  Listening to his unique fingerpicking and smooth ballads really set the mood and filled the room with music just as beautiful as the art hanging on the walls.  The back chalkboard wall was decorated and ready to go for the weekend of art, music, dance, and theatre!

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After a wonderful Friday evening full of guests and music, the art walk continued for most of the day Saturday as well.  The weather was beautiful and the sun was shining warm for a mid-September weekend.  On Saturday, we had The Cluster Plucks play an absolutely delightful acoustic set at the studio.  This soulful and fun group played some original songs mixed with some old folk classics.

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Their energy and talent totally captivated the room as everyone sat back and enjoyed just listening to the band play.

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Sharon Martinson wailed away on her unique and alluring fretless banjo like a musical siren while Shaun Kelley blended in perfectly keeping the beat going with his electric bass.  Kelli Trujillo added the perfect mix of rhythm guitar and harmonies while Jon Gardzelewski mixed it up by adding some classic fiddle and guitar solos as well.

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It was a real treat seeing how many people were out walking around holding artwork maps and going in each mini-gallery and artistic space mingling with the community.  Each location was different and unique in it’s own way and was a great representation of how much talent can be hiding out in your town without you even knowing it!

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Thanks so much to everyone who came to our studio or purchased artwork during the art walk.  Your support really matters and is felt directly by the local art and music community, and for that, we thank you!  Thanks especially to Melinda for taking over our studio for a few days and lighting up our world with your vibrant outlook on life and art.  If you missed it this year, get on our mailing list here and we’ll let you know when the next one is.  You can purchase Melinda’s work online here or follow her on Facebook here and see her latest projects like her new color pop series.  Stop by our fine art gallery and portrait photography studio in historic downtown Laramie, Wyoming to see our latest landscapes and starry metal prints, although we might not have all the cookies and donuts out like we do for special receptions 🙂 Thank you so much again to everyone who helped to bring the 2016 Laramie Pop-Up Art Walk to life.  It really was an special event and is a beautiful sight to see artists and community working together, supporting each other, and lifting up and celebrating each of our unique creative spirits together, and for that, we tip our hats!  We really enjoyed meeting everyone and participating in this event!

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Jalan Crossland’s Trailer Park Fire

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Its not too often that you get the chance to listen to great live music on a gorgeous piece of land on the river AND burn a trailer at the end of the night, but that’s exactly what happened at the Huffer Hideout in Centennial, Wyoming on June 18th, 2016.   Jalan Crossland’s famous song “Trailer Park Fire” literally came to life with this once-in-a-lifetime event.  I had the opportunity to make the event flyer, and used a photograph I took of one of the largest fires I had ever been to, although I must say, this one was bigger.

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People started to arrive for the show early, and there was a steady line of cars coming in for hours.

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The trailer was prepped by the Centennial Valley Fire Department and we waited for the sun to go down before the burn.  The event was hosted by the Huffer’s, who have an absolutely gorgeous property which quickly filled up with tents.

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Local musician Timothy John kicked off the whole event followed by 10 Cent Stranger, The Peculiar Patriots, and J Shogren and the Shanghai’d.

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As the sun went down, the atmosphere became more and more festive as anticipation built when Jalan finally took the stage.

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The trailer was lit and the REAL party began as we all go to witness the burn while listening to Jalan Crossland play on the stage just out of the reach of the flames tucked away in the woods.

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There was hooting, hollering, and celebration as Jalan played his “Trailer Park Fire” song to the flickering flames of an actual trailer fire!

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It was a truly electric and memorable event celebrating the freedom of music and friends.

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Thank you so much to all the local musicians who played and everyone who pitched in to make this event happen including Chris at the Yard, BendeRuble Sound, Square State Film, The Huffer Family, and the many many others who chipped in.  It makes me so thrilled to live in Wyoming where such gatherings still take place.  Thanks so much to the Huffer’s for allowing us all to enjoy their beautiful piece of land and for generously donating your hospitality to us all.  I doubt any of us will forget it!

 

Click here to view the full gallery of photographs from the event.

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GEAR USED

 

RJD2 at Studio Wyo in the University of Wyoming Union Gardens

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Hip Hop DJ RJD2 brought his rock infused electronic music to Studio Wyo at the University of Wyoming Union Gardens in Laramie, Wyoming on April 7th, 2016 and gave a truly memorable performance.  The light show set the mood and the crowd grooved to the music while RJ Krohn worked his magic.  If you haven’t heard RJD2 before, be sure to check out what beats he has on his new album!

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