CHEYENNE – After months of anticipation, the City of Cheyenne has announced the 2019 Fridays on the Plaza lineup.
A number of returning faces will perform at the Cheyenne Depot Plaza this summer, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some new acts for locals to discover.
Like last year, the shows will be divided up with an opening act that will begin at 5:30 p.m., playing for around an hour. Then, there will be a headliner that will start performing at 7 p.m., with their act lasting around 90 minutes.
Food and alcohol will be available for sale, and seating will be provided, although guests are welcome to bring their own folding chairs.
The ever-popular summer concert series will kick off at 5:30 p.m. June 7 with Denver-based Celtic-themed rock group Angus Mohr opening the show and famed Front Range-based band The Patti Fiasco headlining.
Local groups such as The Josh Gonzales Band, Redswing and Whiskey’s Alibi will perform at Fridays on the Plaza during the summer.
“We’re grateful we’ve been able to provide an event that Cheyenne has loved for the past 14 years,” said Jason Sanchez, deputy director of Community Recreation and Events for the city.
“Each year, our goal is to top the previous one. So with support from a number of different people, we’ve come up with what we think is the best year yet. Have you seen who is coming?”
Some of the new changes this year will include a larger stage at the depot; upgraded production quality, with new lighting and audio systems; a VIP garden; a variety of food vendors; and additional outdoor team games like giant Jenga and cornhole.
The series will wrap up Aug. 30 with a performance by Denver-based blues group the Delta Sonics and a show headlined by New Orleans-based blues musician Tiffany Pollack.
With the series getting a revamp, there also will be two more concerts this year called Fridays Extended. The city is taking what used to be Rhythm by the Rails and transforming it into a two-day concert series that will be held during Cheyenne Frontier Days.
The first event will be July 20, with legendary rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot performing and celebrating the 25th anniversary of his smash single “Baby Got Back.”
The next takes place on July 24, Cheyenne Day, with performances by Thumpin’ and Boogie Machine.
The city hopes to grow Fridays Extended and the number of opportunities for community members to gather outside during the summer.