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Between winter holiday festivities and summer festivals, spring brings a variety of options to Wyoming’s entertainment scene. A spate of Grammy winners and platinum-selling rock and pop artists stop at Wyoming venues in the next few months, and it’s time for season finales for symphonies and other performance groups.

The Star-Tribune’s spring entertainment guide gives some highlights of the major names and off-the-beaten track ideas for all ages. Stay tuned for more upcoming events. To let us know about an event, e-mail features@trib.com.

Rock and pop Concerts

Grammy Award-winning guitarist Peter Frampton at age 18 co-founded one of the first super groups, Humble Pie, and his session work includes collaborations with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ringo Starr, according to a Cheyenne Civic Center announcement. He’s been inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and his album “Frampton Comes Alive!” remains a favorite after 40 years and among the top-selling live records of all time.

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center, 501 W. 20th St.

When: 7 p.m. April 2

Tickets & info: $58-$250 including VIP/meet & greets at 307-637-6363 or cheyenneciviccenter.org

Heavy metal legend Judas Priest will promote its new album, “Firepower,” in Casper as part of its “Judas Priest: Firepower 2018 Tour.” The band began a four-decade career in early 70s in Birmingham, England, and this year was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Where: Casper Events Center

When: 7 p.m. April 10

Tickets & info: $45-$69.50 at sinclairtix.com, 307-577-3030, 800-442-2256 or at the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center or at any of the six statewide Sinclair outlets.

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Judas Preist

Heavy metal legend Judas Priest is slated to stop April 10 at the Casper Events Center on a tour promoting the band's new album,  “Firepower." 

Platinum-selling pop-rock artist Richard Marx brings three decades of romantic hits, including “Right Here Waiting” and “Now and Forever,” “Don’t Mean Nothing” and “Hold on to the Nights.”

He remains the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach Top 5 on the Billboard charts, and he went on to create more than a dozen No. 1 hits as a performer, songwriter and producer, according to a Cheyenne Civic Center announcement. He won a 2004 Grammy for co-authoring Luther Vandross’ “Dance with My Father.”

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center, 501 W. 20th St.

When: 7 p.m. April 15

Tickets: $35-$65 at 307-637-6363 or cheyenneciviccenter.org

Five-time Grammy and two time Dove Award-winner BJ Thomas has sold more than 70 million records and stands among Billboard’s Top 50 most-played artists with his 50 years of pop, country and gospel hits, according to a WYO Theater announcement. His Academy Award-winning “Raindrops” re-emerged in 2004’s “Spider-Man 2,” and Thomas continues to tour internationally.

Where: WYO Theater, 42 N. Main St., Sheridan

When: 7:30 p.m. April 27

Tickets & info: $35 at 307-672-9084

Soul duo The Righteous Brothers topped charts with “Soul & Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” “Rock and Roll Heaven” and the most-played song in radio history: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” according to a Cheyenne Civic Center announcement.

The duo’s Grammy, Oscar, Golden Globe and an American Music Award-winner Bill Medley continued performing after the death of Bobby Hatfield. Medley joins acclaimed performer Bucky Heard.

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center, 501 W. 20th St.

When: 7 p.m. May 13

Tickets & info: $45-$75 at 307-637-6363 or cheyenneciviccenter.org

Multi-platinum hard rock band Five Finger Death Punch is set to play in Casper with Bad Wolves and Of Mice & Men. Five Finger Death Punch recently released its greatest hits album, “A Decade Of Destruction,” with hit singles “Trouble” and “Gone Away” receiving critical acclaim and success, according to a Casper Events Center announcement. The band’s consecutive RIAA Gold-certified albums and two platinum singles culminated on their gold-selling #1 album “Got Your Six.”

Where: Casper Events Center

When: 8 p.m. May 30

Tickets & info: $29.50-$49.50 at sinclairtix.com, 307-577-3030, 800-442-2256 or at the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center or at any of the six statewide Sinclair outlets.

Rock band The Flaming Lips is known for lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements with lyrical elements of space rock, as well as for elaborate live shows, “featuring costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne’s signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience,” according to the band bio on the venue’s website.

Q magazine in 2002 listed The Flaming Lips among “50 Bands to See Before You Die.”

Where: The Center Theater, 240 S. Glenwood St., Jackson

When: 8 p.m. May 31

Tickets & info: $109-129, $3 processing fee at 307-733-4900 or jhcenterforthearts.org

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The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips is set to play May 31 The Center Theater in Jackson. 

Comedy and family fun

“Whose Line is it Anyway” stars’ show “Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless” is described by Sherwood as “the world’s funniest improv show, featuring the brilliant comic stylings of Brad Sherwood and his addle-brained sidekick, Colin Mochrie. It is the longest running international improv show on planet earth, we think,” according to the UW website.

Mochrie calls it, “An evening of interactive comedy with big belly laughs supplied by improv icon Colin Mochrie and eye candy for the visually impaired by Brad Sherwood. The most fun you can have with a theatre full of people that’s legal and doesn’t include washing up.”

Where: University of Wyoming Arts & Sciences Auditorium, Laramie

When: 7:30 p.m. April 6

Tickets & info: $25, $20 for seniors and $15 for students at uwyo.edu/fineart_ticket/eventsticketed.aspx

Musical “PJ Masks Live!,” based on the hit animated Disney Junior TV series, brings to stage the adventures of three friends who transform into their alter egos at night, according to a Cheyenne Civic Center press release. The interactive show features familiar and original music.

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center, 510 W. 20th St.

When: 6 p.m. May 23

Tickets & info: 307-637-6363 or cheyenneciviccenter.org

Symphonies

The Powder River Symphony finishes its season with “Spring Gems” featuring Music by George Chadwick, Aram Khachaturian, Harry Lockwood and Edvard Grieg, according to its website.

Where: Cam-Plex Heritage Center, 1635 Reata Dr., Gillette

When: 3 p.m. April 15

Tickets & info: $20, $15 for seniors and military and free for ages under 18 at 307-682-880 or cam-plex.com

Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra’s “Pathétique” features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” and trumpet soloist Brandon Ridenour, according to the venue website.

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center, 510 W. 20th St.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 28

Tickets & info: $15-$45 at cheyennesymphony.org, cheyenneciviccenter.org or 307-637-6363

Violin virtuoso and international star Alexander Markov returns for the rousing Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s season finale in “An All Tchaikovsky Spectacular,” according to the WSO website.

Where: John F. Welsh Auditorium, Natrona County High School, Casper

When: 7:30 p.m. May 12

Tickets and info: $22-42 at 225 S. David St., Hill Music, Wind City Books or the symphony office at 307-266-1478 or wyomingsymphony.org

Visual Art

National Museum of Wildlife Art offers a sneak peek at “Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone’s Great Animal Migrations” at 12 p.m. May 31 with a free, guided tour. The multimedia exhibition opens June 1 and examines migrations of Wyoming ungulates including elk, pronghorn, and deer. The show features stunning photographs, paintings, videos and an interactive map to chronicle herd animals’ difficult journeys, according to a museum press release.

Where: National Museum of Wildlife Art, 2820 Rungius Road, Jackson

“Lineage & Legacy: The Imaged Horse” explores horse and human interactions through works by 10 artists in a variety of mediums, including printmaking, painting, photography and film, according to information from Ucross. University of Wyoming art professor Mark Ritchie spearheaded the show based on the Horse and Art Research Project artist residency in Hungary. Artists will lead a drawing and photography workshop April 29 at The Ranch at Ucross involving horses. To register, call 307-737-2291.

Where: Ucross Foundation Art Gallery, 30 Big Red Lane, Clearmont

When: Reception with artists talks 3 to 5 p.m. April 29

Regular gallery hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday or by appointment

Cost: Free and open to the public

Info: 307-737-2291 or info@ucross.org

“Lucas Foglia: Frontcountry” features the award-winning photographer’s scenes through some of the country’s least-populated regions in Wyoming and the west, according to his artist statement. His photographs are published, exhibited and collected internationally, according to his website. The Yale University graduate has won numerous awards and his work has appeared in an extensive list of publications, including the New York Times. His photography is housed in collections from the Art Collection Deutsche Börse to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Where: Nicolaysen Art Museum, 400 E. Collins St., Casper

When: Artist talk and reception 5–7 p.m. April 5, exhibit on display through April 22

Cost: Reception is free and open to the public during the Casper Art Walk

Regular museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Admission: $5, $3 for ages 3-17, seniors and students, free for military, members and children under age 2 as well as free admission for all every Sunday

Info: thenic.org or 307-235-5247

The University of Wyoming Art Museum features interactive events along with some of its exhibitions including:

  • Free public workshop 7–8 p.m. April 18, featuring a public art project for Laramie with Calgary-based artist/architect team Sans façon.
  • Adult photography workshop featuring the “Warhol in Wyoming: The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Gift” exhibition 10 a.m. to noon April 28 and May 5. Cost is $65 and registration due by April 20.
  • A gallery walk-through of “Jon Lodge: Interface” with the Montana artist 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 25.

Where: University of Wyoming Art Museum, 2111 E. Willett Dr., Laramie

Info: 307-766-6622 or uwyo.edu/artmuseum

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