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By Marcus Huff
Staff Writer 

Nowoodstock keeps rockin' the Big Horns

17th annual festival this weekend in Ten Sleep


August 12, 2017

Marcus Huff

Volunteers clamor to get things ready to transform the Ten Sleep Town Park into a concert venue for this weekend's Nowoodstock music festival.

TEN SLEEP – What began as an acoustic jam session for Wyoming musicians in 1999 has grown into an annual event that continues this weekend in Ten Sleep, home of the Nowoodstock music festival.

Back in 1999, local musicians met regularly at the Per Cup coffee shop, clanging out bluegrass and western tunes to an audience of entertainment-starved locals and the occasional pack of town dogs. After more than a few successful get-togethers, an idea was born: a music festival.

In 2000, Per Cup owner Janna Hampton, Worland-Ten Sleep Chamber of Commerce director Mike Yauck, and Worland radio personality Pat O'Brien decided to move the jam down to the town park to see what would happen. To ensure that Ten Sleep musician Jalan Crossland could headline the show, the first Nowoodstock was slated for the second weekend in August, where it has mostly remained.

Seventeen years later, Nowoodstock has played host to more than 200 Wyoming and national touring acts, and has provided an end-of-the-summer celebration for over 20,000 visitors and music lovers, along the banks of Tensleep Creek.

This year, with state budget cuts affecting Wyoming Arts Council grants, the festival was forced to crowd-fund to offset costs, after receiving only 8 percent of their usual grant, totaling only $7,000.

As of Friday, Nowoodstock's GoFundMe account had raised a little over $1,500.

"Our ultimate goal is $12,000," noted O'Brien upon learning of the reduced grant money. "We had to do something rather than just watch it die."

This year, artists include Ten Sleep native Jalan Crossland, The Two Tracks, The Jackson Six, Blind Dog Smokin', Sugar Still, Chad Lore & Free Bier, Chanman Roots Band, The Symbols, Knock On and DJ Haley.

The festival will conclude Sunday evening, and features local vendors, food and beer, and all-ages activities in the park.

For the second year, RT Communications will live stream the entire event online on their Youtube channel.


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