#Activate10: Local musicians working to create a year-round music scene

A grassroots effort is underway to create year-round music in Lander. Spearheading the effort is Tony’s Pizza owner and musician Adam Kirkpatrick and Austin-based musician Garrett LeBeau, who is originally from Fremont County.

They hope to encourage a variety of outside acts to come here to perform, and foster the local scene, Adam shared as the goal. While doing so, create a funding source so local musicians and bands can make money.

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Two concerts at the Pioneer Museum are planned on October 30th and November 7th to kick-off the music club. In addition, several musicians are currently participating in the 10 Day Challenge for singer-songwriters. “It’s a fun thing to do to motivate and network,” he explained.

The 10 Day Challenge is a shorter iteration of the 100 Days Challenge Adam did a few years ago. Musicians write a song a day, perform it, and share it on Facebook. Below is one from Adam this week titled “County 10” (no, it’s not about the news 😉). You can find more music on the 100 Days Challenge page here.

10 day challenge. Day 5. "County 10"Special thanks to BLACKBLOOD TATTOO and FREMONT MUSIC for sponsoring these shenanigans. You guys kick ass.

Posted by Adam Kirkpatrick on Monday, October 19, 2020

The first event on Friday, October 30th (time is TBD) is going to be a “hodge-podge” of musicians, according to Adam. Everyone who participated in the 10 Day Challenge has been invited to perform. They plan to do a “pass the hat” fundraiser to help get the club going. Fremont Music and Blackblood Tattoo have sponsored the event.

The Saturday, November 7th concert features a headliner performance from Garrett LeBeau. A few local bands, including Adam’s band The Dystopians, might be joining as openers for the evening. Details are still being confirmed. There is no admission to the concert thanks to the following sponsors: Wyoming Community Bank, Fremont Toyota, and the Lander Community Concert Association.

While there are other local organizations also working on the local music scene, Adam made it clear that they “have no interest in squashing any attempts that other organizations are doing.” They just want to do everything they can to promote local music.

Attendees at both concerts are asked to be COVID-responsible. Mask use and social distancing are encouraged. County 10 will keep you updated with more information as the club forms and the concerts draw closer.

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