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By Tesia Galvan
Staff Writer 

Grammy-nominated band to play at Nowoodstock music festival


August 12, 2016

WORLAND – The 16th annual Nowoodstock music festival starts today and continues through Sunday.

Pat O’Brien, the organizer of the annual Nowoodstock, said the three-day event is going to have incredible musical lineup including the Grammy-nominated Blinddog Smokin’, who will play Friday and Saturday night.

O’Brien said, “They are an eight-piece blues showband, and they were nominated for a Grammy in 2014. They have played with some of blues icons like Carl Weathersby, Bobby Rush and Dr. John, just to name a few.”

“The bands are going to be incredible,” O’Brien said. There’s a few we haven’t heard before that are definitely going to raise eyebrows.”

Another new band O’Brien is excited for attendees to hear is ZamTrip from Rock Springs. They’re three brothers from Rock Springs and a 21-year-old lead singer doing hard driving blues-based rock and roll. “Samantha, the lead singer, really has some pipes and belts it out.”

In addition to the music, O’Brien said Nowoodstock will be doing new things to introduce activities for children.

“We are going to have the Wyoming high school art students doing face painting (on Saturday), and from noon to 6 p.m. we’ll have Miss V The Gypsy Cowbell giving musical instruction on homemade instruments for kids ages 6 -80,” O’Brien said.

“On Sunday (Worland High School art teacher) Pam Greek will be conducting rock painting for kids,” O’Brien said. “It’s definitely a family event,” he added.

“What we’re doing with the arts, it’s a prelude to next year when we do something more serious with art education … to introduce the arts, other than music, to kids,” O’Brien said.

Other new additions to Nowoodstock include the livestreaming of the event by RT communications, O’Brien said.

“We’re going to have a free Wi-Fi hotspot, a portable ATM … and food and crafts vendors,” O’Brien said.

Additional information

O’Brien said overflow RV parking will be in the rodeo grounds, no pets are allowed and as always no cooler or carry-ins allowed.


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