10 shows in 5 states. That’s all.
4th Annual WYOmericana Caravan Tour
The 4th Annual WYOmericana Caravan Tour | Sat May 7 | Swing Station in LaPorte | 9p | $10
A unique music tour is returning to the FoCo/LaPorte area tomorrow night, Sat. May 7 at The Swing Station featuring Screen Door Porch (Americana, roots-rock), Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons (jazz-funk, groove), and The Littlest Birds (old-time, folk). Last year’s show at Hodi’s was a super turnout and they are hoping for the same momentum at the legendary Swing Station tomorrow night!
Described as “a traveling concert circus of sorts” by The New York Times, the WYOmericana Caravan Tour is a rolling representation of Wyoming’s burgeoning songwriter scene. From acoustic to electric music representing Americana, funk, bluegrass, rock ’n’ roll, groove, soul, folk, alt-country, vintage slide blues and beyond, the tour features three engaging acts “caravanning” down the road together. Each act performs an individual set, often calling on musicians from other bands for exciting ad-libbed collaborations. A “Last Waltz” style encore with all members of the tour closes each show, adding a camaraderie element absent from most modern day traveling shows.
Hop on board The Caravan – it’s a grassroots music tour you won’t soon forget!
Quartet Screen Door Porch (Jackson Hole, WY) delivers a Wyoming- grown fusion of Country-Blues, Roots-Rock and soulful Americana akin to “Stevie Nicks meets The Band, with Ryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt hanging out backstage” (605 Magazine). It’s grooving, electrified porch music adorned with the soulful pipes of Seadar Rose and propped-up by Aaron Davis’s gritty slide guitar, quirky banjo pickin’, and the pair’s infectious female/male vocal harmonies. Touring as a rocking four-piece with drummer/vocalist Andy Peterson and bassist David Bundy, Screen Door Porch’s third studio album Modern Settler was voted #1 Regional Album of 2015 by WPR, and the band’s performances from Treefort Fest to SXSW have been noted by many including Paste Magazine, which called the band “an impressive musical discovery.” The band is currently a focal point of Wyoming’s 2016 national ad campaign. ScreenDoorPorch.com
Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons (Jackson Hole, WY) is a five-piece that channels original music through a lens of “high-altitude stink funk.” The diverse web of inspiration flows from the raucous street parades of New Orleans to smoky jazz clubs, exotic Latin ballrooms, intergalactic spaceships, and late-night laser-filled clubs. Debut album Breakfast reached #5 on Relix Magazine/Jambands.com Radio Chart, during which the magazine observed, “their tight, practiced musicianship is on display and a pulsing groove remains.” The Weapons have developed a reputation for energetic personas from stage—just ask the 500+ folks who have been attending their last few sold-out headlining shows or the thousands that grooved at the band’s recent festival appearances (Rendezvous Fest, Treefort, Contour, Groovin’ on the Gallatin). SecretWeaponsMusic.
The Littlest Birds (Laramie, WY) After touring the US, Canada and the UK over the last six years as a duo, Sharon Martinson is reinventing Americana banjo music as a solo act with a progressive-meets-old-time sound. Born in the winter in the mountains of Wyoming, Martinson’s singular banjo playing, hauntingly beautiful voice, innate grasp of traditional music and history of the banjo have given her the ability to create a path of her own, following none, and inspiring many. “Think instrumental virtuosity balanced by breezy, backwoods soul…music that is both intellectual stimulation and emotionally soothing” (Seven Days Weekly, Burlington VT). Martinson is also apart of The Banjo Babes crew, a collective of professional women banjo players that curate an annual calendar, album and national tour.LittlestBirds.net