Live bluegrass, food trucks, art giveaways — Ucross Foundation is hosting its first-ever festival on Sunday, Aug. 22, from 4-6:30 p.m.
As part of Sheridan County’s Celebrate the Arts series, Music in the Park will be a free, family-friendly event held throughout the artist residency campus.
The afternoon will feature live music by acclaimed bluegrass musicians Laurie Lewis, Darol Anger, and Sharon Gilchrist. Popular Sheridan-based singer-songwriter Sarah Sample will give the opening performance. The concert will be held at the Park at Ucross.
The festival will also include art giveaways and gallery tours in the iconic Big Red Barn.
At 4 p.m., drive straight to the art giveaway in the iconic Big Red Barn, where you can select a piece from our archive, free of charge! Then, tour the Ucross Art Gallery's summer exhibition, American Memory: Inside Out.
Then, at 4:45 p.m., head to The Park at Ucross for the bluegrass/folk concert featuring Laurie Lewis, Darol Anger, and Sharon Gilchrist with Sarah Sample.
Notes for guests:
• Bonafide will be onsite with their food truck's refreshments available for purchase. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic.
• Plan to bring blankets and camp chairs.
• Please carpool with your household, as parking will be limited.
The Park at Ucross is located at the intersection of Highways 14 and 16 East in Ucross. The Big Red Barn is located at 30 Big Red Lane, a half-mile east of the intersection.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Lewis has twice been voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association and has won the respect and admiration of her peers. She is a Ucross Fellow.
Fiddler, composer, producer and educator Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous path-breaking ensembles, such as his Republic of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall and others. He has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Bill Evans, the Detroit Symphony and many more. Anger is a Ucross Fellow.
Sharon Gilchrist has long made her home in the American traditional acoustic music scene. Whether she's playing mandolin or upright bass, singing a traditional ballad or performing original material, you hear an artist steeped in traditional Appalachian music relaying those sounds through her own diversified musical lens. Gilchrist has performed with Darol Anger, the Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet, Scott Nygaard and John Reischman, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Uncle Earl, The Kathy Kallick Band, Bill Evans, Scott Law & the Bluegrass Dimension and the Ger Mandolin Orchestra directed by Mike Marshall. She is currently based in the Bay Area of northern California.
Sarah Sample is an award-winning songwriter with a “raw, graceful voice” (Salt Lake City Weekly) and beautiful songs that weave a trail of stories through folk, Americana and country and have garnered comparisons to Sheryl Crow, The Weepies and Bonnie Raitt. Sample has played several prominent festivals, including Merlefest, Cayamo, Folks Fest, Sisters, Telluride and Kerrville. She has also warmed up stages for artists such as Darrell Scott, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Marketa Irglova, and Over the Rhine. Sample lives in Sheridan with her husband and two daughters.
Ucross Foundation acknowledges with respect that it is situated on the aboriginal land of several Indigenous communities, including the Cheyenne, Crow, and Lakota nations. Indigenous people continue to live in this area and practice their teachings and lifeways. Today, this region remains an important place for many Indigenous peoples. As a Wyoming institution, we recognize and respect this historical context and are working to build reciprocal relationships with the Native nations on whose lands we are situated. In partial fulfillment of that commitment, Ucross established Fellowships for Native American Visual Artists in 2017 and Native American Writers in 2020.