Wyoming Arts Council

WIMI: Showcase and Beyond

With attendance coming in well over the 400 mark, the Wyoming Independent Music Initiative (WIMI) Showcase exceeded all expectations. The Double Dub’s food truck sold out of 300 lbs worth of wings. The venue sold out of beer. With music ranging from Americana to punk to “psychedelic desert rock,” the crowd kept cycling throughout the night as new attendees came through the door. You can check out some of our event photography over here, and rest assured that the night was every bit as fun as it looks. It was, in a word, a success.

Make no mistake though: this inaugural concert is only the beginning.

Elk Tongue

Last Saturday’s showcase in Laramie was the pilot program for the Wyoming Independent Music Initiative. Launched earlier this spring, WIMI is designed to strengthen the independent music industry in Wyoming. Ten Laramie bands have participated in professional development activities, business counseling with the Wyoming Technology Business Center, panels relevant to artists, and showcases with national industry leaders in music.

In the coming months and years, there will be more concerts and showcases all around the state. There is plenty of talent in every corner of Wyoming, which means that you’ll want to watch for WIMI in your community. Or if you want to be proactive about it, you can also call or email the woman behind the initiative:

Danee Hunzie
Community Development & Independent Music Specialist
307.777.7473 | danee.hunzie@wyo.gov

As the program expands, we want to hear from everyone. Musicians, venues, cities, community members… It takes a village to make a music industry, and WIMI would not be possible without our partners. Speaking of which, thanks once again to our co-sponsors: Wyoming Technology Business Center, The Gryphon, BHP Imaging, Square State Media, Wyoming Public Media, BendeRuble Sound, Weitzels Wings aka Double Dub’s, and Coal Creek TAP for donating kegs.

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