is the place to be for fans of Americana music this Labor Day weekend with two separate music festivals offering a variety of bluegrass and cowboy entertainment. 


The Cheyenne Heart of the West Festival showcases cowboy poets, western musicians, storytellers, and artisans Friday through Sunday (Aug. 29-31, 2008) at The Plains Hotel, the Cheyenne Depot, and the Atlas Theatre.  The festival celebrates historic traditions of the authentic Old West through concerts, a craft show, a chuck wagon dinner, and a Cowboy Church service.  


The Magic City Bluegrass Festival features four top-notch bluegrass bands performing Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 30-31, 2008) at Cheyenne’s Lions Park Amphitheater.  In addition, the festival will feature a hands-on workshop where audience members can learn from the musical talent from the bands.  All performances and activities are free.


Friday, August 29, 2008

Heart of the West Festival Concert at the Historic Atlas Theater    7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

7:007:30       Prickly Pair

7:40—8:10       Long Road Home

8:209:00       Jon Chandler & the Wichitones


Prickly Pair plays cutting edge western music that blends old time fiddle, cowboy tunes, vintage Western, and folk songs.  Jon Chandler is well-known for his unique perspective on Americana music and as a best-selling author of western novels and poems.  Long Road Home plays traditional and contemporary bluegrass and features a 2-time Grammy winning bass player.


Friday night concert tickets are $20 and are available by calling the Plains Hotel at

307-638-3311 or the Depot Visitor Center 307-778-3133.   



Saturday, August 30, 2008

Heart of the West Cowboy Music Roundup

At the Historic Plains Hotel & Cheyenne Depot 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Day Pass for the 2 stages at the Plains Hotel - $12; Depot Stage is free. 


Plains Hotel 1st Stage

10:00-11:00                Mike Hurwitz

11:15-12 noon             Otto Rosfeld

12:15-1:15                   Andy Nelson

1:30-2:15                     Blue Water Cowboy Band

2:30-3:30                     Jon Chandler & the Wichitones

3:45-4:45                     High Plains Traditions


Plains Hotel 2nd Stage

10:00-11:00                 Robyn Schuppan

11:15-12 noon             Jon Chandler & the Wichitones

12:15-1:15                   Blue Water Cowboy Band

1:30-2:15                     Andy Nelson

2:30-3:30                     Mike Hurwitz

3:45-4:45                     Otto Rosfeld


Depot Stage  

Ray Delgado

Tim and Deb Nolting

Tina Willis

Miles Apart

Merita Miller


Magic City Bluegrass Festival at Lions Park Amphitheater 10:00 a.m.–9:45 p.m. (Free)


10:00-12 noon             Public Workshop – Hands on training for banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass- BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS!


12 noon- 12:45            Long Road Home

1:00-1:45                     High Plains Traditions

2:00-2:45                     Matt Flinner Trio

3:00-3:45                     Palmer Divide

3:45-6:00                     Break

6:00-6:45                     Palmer Divide

7:00-7:45                     Matt Flinner Trio

8:00-8:45                     High Plains Traditions

9:00-9:45                     Long Road Home

High Plains Tradition is a Denver-based bluegrass band that styles their music after the
forefathers of bluegrass, with a little
Rocky Mountain flair thrown in.   Long Road Home plays traditional and contemporary bluegrass and features a 2-time Grammy winning bass player.  The Matt Flinner Trio is led by a national champion mandolin player and banjo prodigy.  Palmer Divide is a well respected bluegrass band that has played at the Grand Ole Opry and the White House.

Chuck Wagon Dinner at Cheyenne Depot Plaza  4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy a hearty, authentic cowboy meal with all the fixin’s.  Tickets cost $25.


Evening Outdoor Concert/Dance at Cheyenne Depot Plaza 7:00 p.m. (Free)


7:00                             Whisky Trip


Whiskey Trip brings back the danceable, hard-edged honky tonk country music of the 1960s and 70s, when such artists as Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens and others made country cool.



Sunday, August 31, 2008


Cowboy Church  in the Historic Plains Hotel Ballroom 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Free)


Cowboy Brunch at the Plains Hotel 10:30 a.m. 

A full offering of cowboy grub to close out the Heart of the West Festival. $15.95.


Blue Grass  & Gospel at Lions Park Amphitheatre 10:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. (Free)

10:00-10:45 a.m.          Palmer Divide-Gospel

11:00-11:45                 High Plains Tradition - Gospel

12 noon – 12:45           Matt Flinner Trio

1:00-1:45                     Long Road Home



The Heart of the West Festival is sponsored by the Cheyenne Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority, the Historic Plains Hotel, and the Cheyenne Depot.  The Magic City Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by the City of Cheyenne, Cheyenne Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Walmart.


For more information on the entire weekend, go to  All tickets for the Cheyenne Heart of the West Festival are available by calling the Plains Hotel at

307-638-3311 or the Depot Visitor Center 307-778-3133.    All events at the Magic City Bluegrass Festival are free.


The Historic Plains Hotel is located downtown at 1600 Central Ave, Cheyenne, WY.

866-2-PLAINS (866-275-2467) or 307-638-3311.


The Atlas Theatre is located at 211 W Lincolnway, Cheyenne, WY.  307 635-0199.


Lions Park Amphitheater is located at 4603 Lions Park Drive, Cheyenne, WY.