Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Creative placemaking in downtown Cheyenne

Abby Rowswell
Very encouraging to see the Cheyenne Arts Council add music to the gallery walk held the second Thursday of the month in central Cheyenne. I should say "music and the written word." I was the featured writer at AD&D last month at Clay Paper Scissors. Melodic I was not. But there was some humor.

There will be two venues hosting musical performances at the August 11 art tour. 

First make your way to the Cheyenne Artists Guild at 1701 Morrie Ave (in Holliday Park) for a duet by Harpist David Shaul and Oboist Abby Rowswell. The concert will have two sets. The first from 5-6 p.m. and the second from 7-8 p.m.
Abby Rowswell recently graduated from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and French. Most recently, she played with the Beijing International Chamber Orchestra while working in China. Music is one of her many passions, including knitting, cooking, and reading good books. 

David Shaul is a Wyoming native who studied pedal harp with Suzanne McDonald. Over the years his range has expanded to include cross-strung, Celtic, Latin, and Asian harps. He has been principal harpist with symphony orchestras in Arizona and California. A virtuoso performer on both folk and pedal harp, Dave does concerts, workshops, and lectures on World harps, pan-Celtic, and Renaissance/Baroque harp music. Dave's harp styles range from Latin to European to Asian. With a Ph.D. in anthropological linguistics from U.C. Berkeley, he speaks two Native American languages.

From 6-8 p.m., enjoy the fiddling fingers of Phil ‘N' The Blanks at Deselms Fine Arts at 300 East 17th Street. 
Phil ‘N’ the Blanks is a family band from Cheyenne. Julee and Dave Kramer (Mom and Dad) have been performing together since high school so when little Phil started fiddling in the 4th grade it was only a short time before he was begging to go gigging too. Since 2005, the band has performed a mix of bluegrass, Celtic, swing and gospel music in a variety of venues throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

This month's music has been provided through the Cheyenne Arts Council

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