HIGHER GROUND CONCERT MUSIC STAGE

Welcome to the 2019 Higher Ground Concert Music Stage!

The Higher Ground Fair features two music stages for a weekend filled with songs, artists, and music of the Rocky Mountains. The Concert Music Stage is jam-packed with performances throughout the weekend and the Dinerside Stage features emerging regional artists all weekend long!

Don’t miss them this year - some of our top favorites returning, and some extraordinary debut bands on the Higher Ground Fair Concert Stage in 2019!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019

With a theme of “A Cultural Heritage Shared Through Dance and Songs,” the Wind River Dancers perform a variety of American Indian dance styles, which includes men’s traditional, grass and fancy feather and women’s fancy shawl, jingle dress and traditional. All of these dance styles are described and explained to the audience in order to share Native American culture and heritage. Included with performances are drummers and singers. The music is also explained to the audience so everyone who has an opportunity to see these performances will have a better understanding of Native American culture.

Saturday, September 21, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Wind River Dancers

X Factr was created by singer, songwriter, vocal coach, and Blues in Schools educator Rex Peoples in 2007, and is intentionally spelled without the “o” to represent the intangibles that make the religious shout, the partiers dance, and remind us of the emotions that make us say, “That’s my song!” Their album, Fried Food / Hard Liquor, was the 2nd most played single on Kai Turners "Strictly Blues station in 2016.  The band was also a semifinalist in the 2016 International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis. Their title cut song was also covered on Chris Daniels and the Kings CD...Blues with Horns, which so far has climbed the charts to #4 in the Contemporary top fifty chart in 2017.

Saturday, September 21, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

REX Peoples & X Factr

The Jacob Larson Band is a funk and soul ensemble combining powerhouse vocals, classic instrumentation and an old-school approach to music that just about everyone loves. Digging inspiration from the roots of soul religion, the band shares their own take on such notable influences as Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke and Earth, Wind, and Fire. Jacob, a prodigious entertainer with a strong and soulful voice, leads the band with true dynamic flair and presence, delivering the goods with a performance that moves and excites concert-goers of all ages. Combining some of the best musical talent around, the band is available for booking as a 10 piece unit including horns and accompanying vocalists.

Saturday, September 21, 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Jacob Larson Band Funk & Soul

From the moment Sandy and the band start to play it's a show. The crowd is engaged and blown away by the energy, vocal and musical talent. With power and charisma Sandy owns every song from ol' classics like Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt to the newest and most popular Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and the Band Perry tunes. Sandy is an accomplished songwriter and mixes her own original tunes in to make up long sets and short breaks. Occasionally the band throws in a few rock tunes and some other fun favorites. Whether you need it acoustic style or to rock the house Sandy doesn't disappoint. Sandy's voice is strong and sultry with hints of Country, a bit of Blues and Rock n' Roll.

Saturday, September 21, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sandy Wells Band

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019

J Shogren Shanghai’d from Centennial WY (pop 100, 4 bars) have a singular vision of what they are doing musically—Roots & folk music filtered through a contemporary dissonant transmitter. Shogren calls their music “catawampus American music”. He shows up with a lived-in rasp of a voice, acoustic guitars, a mandolin and a batch of his own songs and some well-traveled numbers by cohorts from another time. Shogren has released numerous albums over the last decade, played all over the Rocky Mtn region & Europe, and International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Shogren played the Lincoln Center in NYC and the Kennedy Center in Wash DC (with Max Hatt & Edda Glass), as part of the NewSong Music Series.

Sunday, September 22, 11:15 PM - 12:00 PM

J Shrogren

LWho Do's are the Colorado Groove Band, Current and past favorites with a solid beat, Soul, R&B, cajun, blues and more. An experienced eight piece that will have you grooving the whole show!

Sunday, September 22, 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

The Who Do's

Los Bohemios are an acoustic ensemble composed of some of the best musicians in Colorado. They play Cuban Son, Salsa, and Boleros (ballads in Spanish with Afro-Cuban rhythms). They also cover other Latin styles such as Bossa Nova, Latin Rock, Latin Jazz and even Mexican Mariachi repertoire. They feature great 3-part harmony, Spanish guitars, acoustic bass and Latin percussion to create danceable salsa rhythms in the style of Buena Vista Social Club or Gloria Estefan, and romantic ballads in the style of Los Panchos. Many people are discovering and enjoying, thanks to Los Bohemios, the wonderful music of Boleros and Los Panchos (a worldwide music phenomenon of the 40’s and 50’s) and the cultural heritage of Cuban and Latin American music. 

Sunday, September 22, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Los Bohemios

The Hazel Miller Band has toured North America, Europe, Far East, Middle East and Central America.  Always led by Hazel and her powerful voice, this audience favorite has appeared in countless festivals, concerts and fundraisers to the delight of her loyal fans. Hazel is always backed by some of the finest musicians and vocalists in the world.The band performs original, Jazz, Blues, R&B and Top 40 music. Book the HMB to headline your event, or as opener for world class International acts.

Sunday, September 22, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hazel Miller Band

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about us

The Higher Ground Fair celebrates rural Rocky Mountain living - the traditional to the innovative - with the goal of a better future for all of us. The organizers have a commitment to find, showcase and promote music, agriculture, art, culture, and food from the six Rocky Mountain states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and the Native First Nations that also call this region home. The fair is brought to you by and benefits the nonprofit work of Feeding Laramie Valley and Action Resources International.

2019 dates & hours

Saturday, September 21: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 22: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Contact

Mailing Address

PO Box 536

Laramie, WY 82073

Office

968 N 9th St

Laramie, WY 82072

Get in Touch

info@highergroundfair.org

307-223-4399

fair location:

Albany County Fairgrounds

3510 South 3rd Street

Laramie, WY 82070