CHEYENNE – As the temperatures drop, the arts activities in Cheyenne are heating up – and thankfully they’re all indoors.
Art Cheyenne’s Fridays in the Asher concert series announced on its Facebook page Friday that the 2020 series will run from March 27-April 15, and the first band to be announced is Flipturn.
This Fernandina Beach, Florida-based indie rock group was already headed to Denver for its upcoming Something You Needed Tour, so organizer Mike Morris said the timing was perfect. He hadn’t heard of the band previously, but was immediately won over after watching a live acoustic performance on YouTube.
“Sometimes, when bands are routing, it’s a good opportunity to pick up someone who’s totally new and a different sound for Cheyenne,” Morris said. “They seem to be rising and picking up steam … and it’s always a possibility for people (later) to be like, ‘Oh, wow, I remember seeing them in Cheyenne.’”
Morris described Flipturn’s sound as quite melodic and a sort of spacey rock, also calling its vocals excellent.
“They’re certainly indie rock, but they rock hard,” he added. “(In the video) their singer absolutely nailed a falsetto – quite a wide vocal range.”
The group states on its website that it originally formed as high school friends (Dillon Basse on lead vocals/rhythm guitar, Tristan Duncan on lead guitar, Madeline Jarman on bass, Taylor Allen on synth and Adrian Walker on drums) jamming in someone’s garage in their free time.
“Fans are drawn to the rarity of both strong female and male presences within the band that foster a sense of inclusion in the musical experience,” the website biography section states. “The fever dream energy of their live shows has positioned Flipturn as a metaphorical musical sun, holding fans in a trance-like orbit.”
The all-ages Flipturn concert April 3 will open with a performance by Laramie-based spaghetti western/surf music band De Gringos y Gremmies and an additional band that has yet to be announced.
Morris said Arts Cheyenne will start releasing the other bands on the Fridays in the Asher lineup one at a time in the coming weeks, so everyone should continue to check the concert series’ Facebook page periodically.
The next step for him and the rest of the Fridays in the Asher team, he added, is to go out and fundraise, because community sponsors make these events possible. Those interested in supporting the series can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Every year we’ve done this, we’ve tried to expand the breadth of it and the reach. I think we always try to aim a little bigger,” Morris said. “Everything seems to be elevating (artistically) in this city … for example, Edge Fest and the Sugarhill Gang concert, these are big-time productions, and we’re trying to elevate our game, too.”