Grammy-winning rock band Survivor headlines this year’s Beartrap Summer Festival along with country star Mark Chesnutt.
The annual festival celebrates its 25th year Aug. 3 and 4 at Beartrap Meadow on Casper Mountain, with Wyoming native Ned LeDoux as the opener for Chesnutt among a varied lineup, organizers announced Friday.
“This year brings a wide-ranging line-up of national and regional musicians to the Hilltop Bank stage,” the press release said, “from traditional roots styles to genre-bending acts that aren’t afraid to mix bluegrass with grunge.”
After “The Eye of the Tiger,” theme from “Rocky III” won a Grammy and was nominated for an Oscar, Survivor followed with hits like “I Can’t Hold Back,” “The Search is Over” and “Burning Heart,” according to the press release. New lead singer Cameron Barton brings energy, charisma and “seamless fusion with the band’s ‘80s roots” while Frankie Sullivan’s lead guitar still “throbs at the heart of Survivor’s sound,” according to the release.
Sunday headliner Chesnutt’s three decades of hits includes “Brother Jukebox,” “Too Cold at Home” and a country version of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” among his 14 number one hits, 23 top-10 singles and four platinum albums, according to the announcement.
“Mark has remained true to himself and his honky-tonk heritage while keeping up with the ever-changing landscape of country music,” according to the press release.
LeDoux started his musical career as the drummer for his father and country star Chris LeDoux’s Western Underground, according to the press release, “and soon found that he had inherited that unmistakable voice and a love of songs that reflect the Wyoming way of life.”
The music kicks off Aug. 3 with 2015 FreshGrass Duo Contest-winning Zoe and Cloyd, indie folk-rockers The Woodpile out of Laramie, The Ransom Notes and Wyoming’s own “finger-style guitar wizard” Jalan Crossland, according to the press release. The Saturday lineup also features indie folk group The Riverside from Santa Barbara, whose “unique style of gathering around a single mic will take you back to the golden era of live radio broadcasts” and the return of Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband, who’ve been described as “a cross between Dave Matthews and the Dixie Chicks, without the political agenda” and dubbed their own sound “PostHeeHawFunkadelicHipHopNewGrass,”according to the press release.
A group of local bagpipers begins another day of music Sunday morning, followed by alternative folk/rock trio Whippoorwill out of Fort Collins and the all-instrumental The Jon Stickley Trio, “who take on anything from bluegrass to metal, Chuck Berry to grunge,” according to the release. Also taking the stage Sunday are Sheridan country band and runner-up for NPR’s Wyoming Album of the Year, Tris Munsick and the Innocents, as well as the Brooklyn-based quintet the Rad Trads, with “punk-rock energy, horn-drenched soul, and jazz precision” according to the press release.
The two-day festival features vendors, an open-air food court, a beer garden, a VIP area, a kids area and camping spots available adjacent to the meadow. Tickets, camping reservations and more information can be found at beartrapsummerfestival.com.