BUFFALO, Wyo. – Saturdays in the Square, a free summer concert series in downtown Buffalo, will return to Crazy Woman Square on Saturday, July 24 from 1 to 9 p.m. Wood Belly, a bluegrass quintet from Denver, Colorado, is the headliner, joined by talented local musicians April June, Prairie Wildfire, Caleb Olsen and Jordan Smith. A variety of vendors including Hetty’s Pizza, Mickory’s, Un’Wine’d and Blacktooth Brewing Company will have food and drinks available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public.
Buffalo nonprofit Lobban Street Music hosts Saturdays in the Square. The free series is run entirely by volunteers and was started in 2018 to bring more live music opportunities to residents and visitors of Buffalo. Since then, Saturdays in the Square concerts have featured nationally and internationally touring bands from around Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and New Zealand, and showcased many local artists, including from Buffalo, Gillette, Sheridan and Big Horn.
“We are thrilled to be able to put on another great concert series this year featuring talented musicians from across the state and region thanks to our generous sponsors,” said Dustin Hill, president of Lobban Street Music. “Don’t miss this free opportunity to enjoy live music in a beautiful setting.”
For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.lobbanstreetmusic.org or @SaturdaysintheSquare on Facebook and Instagram. The next Saturdays in the Square concert will be Saturday, Aug. 21 featuring Jalan Crossland.
Wood Belly exploded onto the scene in 2018 with the release of their debut album Solid Ground, a first-place finish at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Band Competition and an IBMA Momentum Band of the Year nomination. Since then, the quintet has worked tirelessly to make a name for themselves in the crowded front-range bluegrass scene and, with the release of their sophomore record, Man on The Radio, they are positioning themselves for big things.
Wyoming native singer-songwriter Jordan Smith delivers a rare authenticity that cuts to the core of his listeners’ emotions. With a passion for music running through his veins from an early age, Smith’s original lyrics and American-infused melodies showcase a talent that is genuinely soulful and provokes a response from listeners. His highly anticipated debut album “American Dream” is set to release summer 2021.
Caleb Olsen was born and raised in Gillette Wyoming and is a mining engineer by day and musician by night. His heart and soul resonates with the acoustic guitar as his instrument of choice. He enjoys constructing original songs and formulating ideas to balance the day to day grind of life as well as breathing new life into cover songs.
Prairie Wildfire, from Buffalo, Wyoming, features lead singer Sage Palser on mandolin, Morgan Blaney on bass and Tessa Taylor on banjo. They have built a remarkable resume, performing at festivals, in the historic Occidental Saloon, at dude ranches and at music venues throughout the region. Prairie Wildfire has opened for Greg Blake, Front Country, and Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and Dale Ann Bradley. Mentored by songwriter David Stewart (“True Grass,” “Blue Moon over Texas,” “Key of Love”), the girls are ‘frequent flyers’ at the renowned Occidental Thursday Night Jam.