In August, 2006, Gillette College began an annual summer tradition when they hosted the first Donkey Creek Concert. Held on the College lawn near the banks of Donkey Creek that first concert included only one band and an audience of about 50 people. By 2010 that single concert had grown into a two day festival featuring two full days of music. The music, food vendors, artist booths, and other activities are enjoyed by thousands over the weekend.
This year’s Donkey Creek Festival will continue the tradition. The audience can look forward to a wide variety of musical genres with jazz from the big band era, New Orleans jazz, avant garde jazz, and New York jazz as well as some blues, reggae, and more. There will be big bands and small combos, instrumental groups and vocalists. Both the City of Gillette and Gillette College are committed to keeping the Donkey Creek Jazz Festival an event the family can enjoy at no cost. Grants from the Campbell County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Campbell County Community Recreation Board are helping make that possible this year.
Big Horn Big Band
The only group to play at every Donkey Creek Jazz Festival, Gillette’s very own Big Horn Big Band has been a highlight in such events as the Sheridan Arts Festival, Haggerty’s Music in the Park summer series, and the Sheridan Airport 75th Anniversary. This well rounded band has is made up of music educators as well as other community members varying from doctors, realtors to electricians. With seventeen members, they perform all over Northeastern Wyoming and have been alive and kicking it jazz style since 2005. Check out their website: www.bighornbigband.com
Blind Dog Smokin'
Blind Dog Smokin' - Wyoming blues rockers Blinddog Smokin', features guitarist Jason Coomes. While blues.
Donkey Creek Festival Concert Program Line Up
Schedule of events (All events free to the public!) Gillette College Friday June 22nd
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Food & Art Vendors Open 5:30 p.m. Avenues of Art Reception 6:00 p.m. BOOM CHICK in concert
8:00 p.m. HEADLINER Sophie B. Hawkins in concert!
9:45 p.m. Outdoor movie
Saturday, June 23rd
7:00 a.m. Donkey Creek Festival 5K walk/run
8:00 a.m. Pancake Feed sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America
8:00 a.m. Welding Rodeo begins (competition over at 5 p.m.)
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Classic Car Show
11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Food and Art vendors open & serving
12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - Beer Garden open
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Wine Tasting
11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. - Live Music
Big Horn Big Band Freddie Rodriguez Big Swing Trio Pam Drews Phillips Euforquestra 9:00 p.m. - HEADLINER Pokey LaFarge and the South City 3
Sunday, June 24th
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Gospel Brunch with "The Steeles"
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Food & Art vendors open
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Motorcycle Show
12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Live Music Lineup Joe & Vickie Price Square Peg Keith Phillips Sunday Night Headliner - James McMurtry
Look for information on the 2012 Donkey Creek Festival web site: http://donkeycreekfestival.com/or on their Facebook page!