Sweetwater County Concert Association in Rock Springs, WY
PHOTO CREDIT: J. Kyle Keener
Concerts showcasing music of all kinds can be found in Sweetwater County, thanks in large part to the Sweetwater County Concert Association.
The nonprofit group books five musical performances each year, with a wide range of offerings – from classical and big band to jazz and country.
“We’ve also started doing some fundraisers that are more popular than our concerts,” says Dr. Bernadine Craft, concert chair and treasurer for the organization.
One example is Bite Night, a casual event that brings together local restaurants, wine vendors, food vendors, live music and activities – an auction, silent auction, door prizes and more – to offer partygoers a taste of Sweetwater County.
Another favorite is Jazz From the Bayou, an elegant, dress-up occasion featuring dinner and live music from the New Orleans-based Ronnie Kole Trio. Proceeds from this popular event fund a scholarship program that helps Sweetwater County students – those who need financial help and are nominated by a teacher – cover expenses related to the fine arts.
The Sweetwater County Concert Association works to get music in the schools as often as possible, and many performers who come here for concerts stay an extra day or two to perform in the schools.
Still another popular fundraiser is Event in the Tent, held at Currant Creek Ranch.
“We try to have a lot of different styles and different kind of venues,” Craft says. “Some people are intimidated by the thought of going to a concert, so we try to offer different options so they can see what a really fun, exiting thing it can be.”
Another group that offers top-notch entertainment is Actors’ Mission – a local community theater troupe that performs shows at the Elks Lodge on C Street, with a dinner option being part of the evening’s experience. The troupe is known for producing unusual, avant-garde plays that not only please the critics, but also keep audiences thinking long after the curtain falls.
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