Pianist, David Korevaar, is performing Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Littleton, Colorado with the Littleton Symphony at the United Methodist Church

Listen to my interview with pianist, David Korevaar, on my author website because I was having technical issues on my end. Go to www.karencotton.net for the interview that I did with pianist, David Korevaar who will be performing Friday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. in Littleton, Colorado with the Littleton Symphony at the United Methodist Church.

From press materials:

“It is my pleasure to invite you to experience acclaimed pianist David Korevaar hailed for his “wonderfully warm, pliant, spontaneous playing” by the Washington Post.  The award winning pianist will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Littleton Symphony on May 18 and 20 at 7:30 pm at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S Datura Street in Littleton.  The program will also include works by Debussy, Satie, and selections from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite under the direction of Catherine Sailer. Tickets are $5 to $25, must be purchased in advance, and available at www.littletonsymphony.org.  Masks and proof of vaccination are required for attendance. 
 David Korevaar is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborator and has performed and given master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. Highlights of last summer included performances at the Music in the Mountains Festival where he was in residence, and performances with the Carpe Diem String Quartet at the Snake River Music Festival and The Academy in Boulder. The program featured the modern premiere of the Piano Quintet by the unjustly forgotten Italian impressionist composer, Luigi Perrachio, as well as the Dvorak Piano Quintet.  Korevaar discovered the original, unpublished Perrachio manuscript in Turin, Italy; his most recent addition to his extensive discography of over 50 titles includes a highly praised disc of world premiere recordings of Perrachio’s piano music. Recent performances include a pair of solo recitals for the Western Slope (Colorado) Concert Series, a solo performance at the Kawai Piano Gallery Concert Series in Dallas, a recital with baritone Andrew Garland, a solo recital in Houston, TX, as a featured artist at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, performances with the Takacs Quartet, and appearances with orchestra of the Saint Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor and Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5.   Previous performances include concertos with the Rochester Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Japan’s Shonan Chamber Orchestra, Brazil’s Goiania Symphony, and with acclaimed conductors including Guillermo Figueroa, Per Brevig, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and Jorge Mester.   Korevaar is a regular guest with the Takács Quartet, and recently performed with them on the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center in New York.  He is a frequent collaborator with acclaimed violinist Charles Wetherbee, with whom he has recorded numerous albums including Tibor Harsányi’s  A Hungarian in Paris and an album dedicated to the works of Iranian-American composer Reza Vali, which AllMusic praised as “an important release in the field of 20th century chamber music,” and which just won the Iran’s Bârbad Award, the Iranian version of a Grammy Award. Their recording of three violin sonatas by Russian/German composer Paul Juon was recognized by American Record Guide as “expert, sensitive, and committed performers who bring this forgotten music to vivid life”.  Following the release of his world premiere recordings of piano music by Lowell Liebermann and Luigi Perrachio, Korevaar returned to the recording studio to record Richard Danielpour’s The Celestial Circus for two pianos and three percussionists with pianist Angelina Gadeliya.  In June 2021, Korevaar performed Price’s original piano work, Fantasie Nègre No. 4 as part of the Denver Chapter of Music for Food virtual concert, which can be viewed at:https://youtu.be/IVWnnQzF5lA Of special interest, Korevaar has also concertized and given master classes in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan as part of the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Envoy program and taught at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) in Kabul. More information, including hi-res images of David Korevaar may be found at:www.davidkorevaar.com

David Korevaar, world-known pianist is performing Friday, May 20th at 7:30 p.m.

CMA FEST and summer news

Sweet as Cotton Candy has a lot of exciting things happening this summer! First I want to introduce you to my new reporter and one of my best friends, who has literally saved my life TWICE now, Rachel Maycard!

Rachel will be covering arts and entertainment events for Sweet As Cotton Candy.
Both Rachel and I will be covering CMA Fest in Nashville in June and we are excited to announce that if we get 200 subscribers you’ll be able to read Sweet as Cotton Candy in print and you’ll get to read the interviews from the country artists exclusively in Sweet as Cotton Candy only in print! Right now we’re trying to figure that all out 🙂 But look for our flyers in town soon ! Http://www.CMAfest.com

Cheyenne Frontier Days announces this year’s lineup for the Night Shows

Press release is from Cheyenne Frontier Days media relations ….a story will follow

Cheyenne Frontier Days announces 2022 concerts 

Frontier Nights® lineup announced and tickets on sale March 16

CHEYENNE, WY – March 10, 2022: Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) announced the 2022 Frontier Nights® entertainment series tonight. The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will return with its new Team Series event and the complete concert schedule was released. In addition, the 126th annual “Daddy of ‘em All®” will feature nine days of PRCA professional rodeo that will conclude with Championship Sunday, where champions are crowned and legends are made. 

Rodeo and PBR tickets have been on sale since December, and Season Ticket memberships were made available in November for those interested in purchasing all performances for rodeo, nightshow or both.

Concert tickets will go on sale March 16 at 9 a.m. MDT at www.cfdrodeo.com

The Cheyenne Frontier Days Ticket Office will not be open for in-person or phone sales on March 16. Tickets will be sold online only that day to accommodate the volume of announcing the full lineup. 

The ticket office will re-open for in-person and phone sales at 9:00 a.m. MDT on March 17. 

“We are excited to share this lineup for 2022 tonight,” Contract Acts Chairman Scott Lewis said.  “We worked hard to put the full lineup together so that fans would know who is coming each night.”

The PBR Team Series’ inaugural 11-event season will include a three-day homestand event hosted by each of the eight founding teams. The 2022 season will begin in Cheyenne and will culminate in a team championship at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas November 4-6, 2022.

There will be hundreds of vendors, a full carnival, artists, food and music that celebrate the history and culture of the American West.

Concert ticket prices range from $54 – $105, rooftop starts at $175. Daily rodeo tickets range from $18 – $43, rooftop starts at $80. PBR tickets range from $25 – $105 with special Elite Seating and V.I.P. tickets also available at various prices.

A $3 discount is offered on rodeo tickets and $5 discount on concert tickets purchased before July 1. 

Fans can upgrade to a Frontier Nights® Fast Pass for early admission to the Party Zone, a voucher for best-available same-day rodeo tickets and a souvenir rodeo program. For a full events schedule and profiles of musical acts, go to www.cfdrodeo.com.

The CFD Ticket Office is the only authorized source of tickets for our event.

All tickets for all concerts will go on-sale March 16 at 9 a.m. MDT

2022 Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Entertainment Schedule

July 22:         Jason Aldean with Gabby Barrett

July 23:         Dierks Bentley with Chancey Williams

July 24:         Parker McCollum with Ian Munsick & Brett Kissel

July 25-26:     Professional Bull Riders – Team Series

July 27:         Kid Rock with Night Ranger

July 28:         Koe Wetzel, Jelly Roll and Nelly

July 29:         Sam Hunt with Russell Dickerson

July 30:         Brooks & Dunn with Elvie Shane

July 23 – 31:        PRCA Rodeo Action

Laramie County Community College Music … Literally !concert is this Sunday March 6 at 2 p.m.

The Laramie County Community College’s Music Department is presenting a concert this weekend on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. at the Sprubrugg/Prentice Auditorium, which is located on campus, by the Fine Arts Building. The college is located in Cheyenne, Wyoming at 1400 College Drive. The Music … Literally! concert is free and open to the public. The music the ensembles and choirs are performing are based on literature. The concert also features art and theater students. A lot of hard work and dedication went into this show and it’s one you shouldn’t miss. There’s a lot of talented students and community members performing.For more information go to http:// www.lccc.wy.edu or 307-778-5222

Cheyenne Frontier Days 2022 Rodeo, PBR, Ticket Packages and Gift Cards on sale December 15


Cheyenne Frontier Days Gears Up for 2022 Season

Rodeo, PBRTicket Packages and Gift Cards on sale December 15

CHEYENNE, WY  December 1, 2021: Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) announced tickets for the 2022 event will go on sale December 15. Tickets for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR)Last Cowboy Standing series, CFD Ticket Packages, Carnival Armbands and Gift Cards (redeemable for tickets or merchandise) will go on sale.

Tickets go on sale December 15 at 9 a.m. MT at www.cfdrodeo.com, and by calling (307) 778-7222. The CFD Ticket Office will not be open for in-person sales at this time.

The 126th annual “Daddy of ‘em All®” will feature nine days of fast-paced PRCA rodeo culminating in Championship Sunday where champions are crowned, and legends are made.

For two nights, the Top-40 stars of the PBR will return to attempt to conquer the sport’s rankest bulls on the historic Wyoming Dirt. The grueling match between Man and Beast continues until one prevails and is crowned the Last Cowboy Standing.

There will be hundreds of vendors, a full carnival, artists, food,and music that celebrate the history and culture of the American West.

Daily rodeo tickets range from $18 – $43. A $3 discount is offered on rodeo tickets purchased before July 1. PBR tickets range from $25 – $105 with special Elite Seating and V.I.P. tickets also available at various prices. Carnival Armbands will be $35 per session or $140 for all 10 days.

Cheyenne Frontier Days has partnered with AXS, a global leader in ticketing for the entertainment world. Through this partnership, the latest innovations in mobile ticketing, ticket forwarding, online account management, payment plans, and resale are available to our ticket purchasers.  

2022 event attendees will use AXS Mobile ID technology through the AXS App which provides contactless, secure, and personalized fan experiences. Attendees will need to download the AXS App to access digital ticket purchases for 2022.

Artist Announcements are coming in Spring 2022. For the full range of pricing and more event information, please visitwww.cfdrodeo.com.

Comedian and actor Bob Saget coming to Cheyenne on Nov. 18

Cheyenne has been blessed with comedy greatness. The Lincoln just posted this announcement today on their official Facebook page that comedian/actor Bob Saget is headed to Cheyenne on Nov. 18th. Saget’s friend and fellow Full House and Fuller House cast mate Dave Coulier, who played Joey Gladstone in the sitcoms, was recently in Cheyenne performing a comedy show for the F.E. Warren U.S. Air Force Base members.. For tickets for Saget’s show go to http://www.thelincolncheyenne.com

Rock musician Brandon Gibbs’ stellar interview

Sweet as Cotton Candy was lucky enough to get an interview with Brandon Gibbs back in September. 

For more information about Brandon Gibbs go to www.Bgibbsmusic.com

About Brandon Gibbs from press materials: 

Brandon Gibbs is best known for being a cryptic, spiritual and radiant songwriter, as well as a national live performer. Brandon’s songwriting takes you on an incredible journey throughout each performance, often transcending genres of rock, blues, pop and country, while still remaining his signature sound in every play. The cocktail that is equal parts songwriting and performing compels his fans to continue to support his journey. His heavy measure of explosive guitar work, instilled in the 36-year-old artist since the age of 8, keeps his fan base nothing short of included! He’s also a public speaker and a major advocate for anti – bullying.
 At the age of fourteen, Gibbs and his twin formed The Gibbs Brothers Band, performing together for the next 10 years while writing and recording. Their reputation for harmonies, instrumentation, and pure entertainment earned them more opportunities than most unsigned bands ever see. Some of their shows included The Doobie Brothers, Poison, Bret Michaels, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, George Thorogood, the late Jeff Healey and many others.

Brandon Gibbs, courtesy image

 When Gibbs and his twin parted ways musically in 2010, Brandon began traveling extensively as a solo artist. In 2012, he formed the band Cheap Thrill, which featured two members of multi-platinum band Cinderella. The band toured internationally and still performs today. Brandon, while on tour, would write and record during his downtime and his song ‘This Town’ was picked up by the John Force Racing Team, which was eventually used for ESPN’s NHRA division for three consecutive seasons.
 In 2014, Gibbs joined forces with Rikki Rockett (Poison), Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), and Eric Brittingham(Cinderella) to form Devil City Angels. Their first single ‘All My People’, which was previously written and recorded by Brandon and his twin brother, was used in the State Farm segment on the 2014 Monday Night Football Countdown. Devil City Angels was quickly signed by Century Media Records and released their self-titled record in September of 2015. (In 2020, DCA surprised their fans and released a video called ‘Testify’ which Joel Kosche (Collective Soul) co-wrote, produced and performed with Brandon, Rikki and Topher Nolan. In 2015, Gibbs was asked by Bobby Dahl, Rikki Rockett, and CC DeVille, members of iconic band Poison, to perform hits from the Poison catalogue. They were called The Special Guests.
 In 2017, Gibbs created an incredible guitar driven show called “Planet Axe” featuring Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper) and Joel Kosche (Collective Soul). This show was extremely well received by fans.
 Gibbs and Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Cher, TSO), from 2016 onwards, perform together in an acoustic show called “The Campfire Tour”, an intimate vibe with a BIG sound that fans love!
 In April of 2019, Brandon signed his first deal as a solo artist with Golden Robot Records, releasing the single ‘Rain Whiskey’ fall of 2019, ‘Leave’ in 2020 and his third single ‘Lost Boys’ with the label early 2021.

Q and A with Brandon Gibbs with editor of Sweet as Cotton Candy, Karen Cotton: 

Cotton: How would you describe your music on your solo album? 

Gibbs: “Rock n’ roll probably defines me the best. Rock n’ roll and maybe even a slight bit of country to be honest with ya. Yeah, my affiliations with the projects I’ve done, call it glam bands or super groups or whatever, does kind of lead everyone to believe that if you weren’t familiar with my music that I would be a heavy metal guy, or perhaps my image, but it’s more rock and roll, a little blues undertone and country like the country story telling kind of thing, it’s kind of in its own category. I don’t know if that’s not a good thing or a bad thing. If it comes to me naturally in a song or a melody I always explore it. So far it’s straight up the rock n’ roll, rock and country avenue.” 

Cotton: “You have a new single out how’s it doing?”

Gibbs: “It’s doing very well, especially in the United Kingdom. It’s been a minute since I’ve played over there, but it makes me want to increase my presence over there more. We had a tour that was tentatively booked there for ten days. I hope I get to go over there and jam my stuff for them. 

“I got signed in 2019 just as Brandon and I’ve been signed as the Devil City Angels before and that was a big milestone to get one on my own. That was a weird time to get signed and release stuff, so we are ripping off a Bandaid and that’s what everyone has missed during this time. There’s a lot of new music coming out right now. It’s exciting and I am glad people are able to hear it and focus on the new stuff that’s coming out and not worry so much about the state of the union.” 

Cotton: Speaking of the state of the Union did the pandemic affect you financially at all?

Gibbs: “You know this is what I tell everyone. I didn’t mind the break. I’ll be honest with you I’ve been doing this for 22 years now, I’m 36, I’ve been doing this since I was a kid. I didn’t mind the break. I just didn’t want it to last that long, so yeah, financially it was a total bummer. I am like a farmer in the realm of when things are going well for me in my career I live within my means and I try and save as much as I can, because we all have seasons in music, even without the pandemic we have seasons and people have short attention spans. So, I’m not one of those rock guys who is saying I’m broke because of the lack of shows. I’ve handled things probably smarter than some, knowing that this ride won’t last forever, or knowing there will be a dry season. It happens with every business. I know I’ve lived off of what I’ve made over the years, and I had a good time hanging out with my daughter.

 We started a neighborhood car detailing business. She got to buy her own big girl guitar with the money she made that summer.” 

Cotton: How old is your daughter? 

Gibbs: “My daughter is seven is going on fifteen.”

Cotton: How do you know about car detailing?”  

Gibbs: “In my early years, when I was playing bars and trying to get exposure, I was always on the road doing that but it didn’t pay to just do that. So, I worked in a car dealership detailing cars, and a friend of mine said they were looking for someone, and I had a passion for cars. Well, I still have a passion for cars. When we got shut down and everything got cancelled, my daughter said she’d like to have her own guitar and I said, ‘She is swimming in guitars here, pick one that you’d like and play it,’ and she said, ‘No, I want my own.”

“We put the tablets up and said on Facebook we’re detailing cars and the next thing I know we are turning people away because we had so many people wanting it and we didn’t have enough time. My little partner took care of the booking part and the money, and she is one hell of a window washer.

“Me and my daughter have a very special relationship and anything she wants, it’s ok, but lets just learn for a second here that money doesn’t grow on trees.” 

Cotton: Do you teach your daughter guitar?

Gibbs: “She’s picking which one she wants to go to. She takes piano lessons from my mother, I have a drum set she likes playing, but she really excels at singing. Have you seen that movie ‘Field of Dreams’ with Kevin Costner?’ So, we were asked a little bit ago, to play at the ‘Field of Dreams’ event and she was going to sing with me, but a big storm came in and we weren’t able to.

“We were the headliner for that night, it’s a double edged sword. I’m completely honored living in Iowa to be called to do something that iconic in sports, to see my name on the posters and flyers, it was a popular thing in history. I was completely stoked, but then we had the sound check, and the storm came in. The police officers and security told us to take cover. After the storm they said they can’t get the staging built back up, so we had to call the show.

The fans were hanging on for the long haul. We also had a convoy that day of family who wanted to be part of the event and the band vehicle. And followed us and asked, ‘Why won’t Brandon play one song?’

We said, ‘We would love to but this whole thing’s rained out.’ This guy said, ‘Would you ever consider playing one song on my porch?’

“I looked at the guys and said I’m doing this. So, we got our acoustic guitars, and a cajon, it’s an acoustic thing, and we sat on a guy’s porch in the festival area. People came over and we played four songs for a bunch of beer drinking Iowans. They recorded it on their phones, and I felt like we turned a negative into a positive by being vulnerable and letting our guard down a bit. I went home with a smile because you know it meant something to them. I look at the pictures and I can’t believe we did that, but I didn’t want to go home tomorrow, and have everyone fly off and not play.

But, normally my management won’t let me do something like that.  What if someone gets sick, hurt, or has an accident or something you know, but we said let it be.

“Anything can happen. I love mixed martial arts, but I read something with mixed martial arts and their fans. They’ll say put me in a half head lock and they’d say oh yeah I’d do that, but then there’s a lawsuit for wrenching a guy’s neck. It doesn’t always happen but it could.

“You could hit your head, or maybe have an underage drinker there that could be drinking and you could get in trouble.”

You can catch Brandon Gibbs this month on the road in the New York area.