Elton John has helped Australia with a $1 million dollar donation along with AEG Presents, Chugg Entertainment and Frontier Touring

Elton John just posted this on his official Facebook page about wildfire relief funds for Australia ..

“When I was in Australia earlier this year, I was heartbroken to see the effects the bushfires have had – taking homes and lives, and devastating wildlife.

At my show in Sydney on January 7, I pledged to help and I’m now incredibly proud to announce that together with our friends and partners at AEG Presents, Chugg Entertainment and Frontier Touring, $1 million has been paid out to @WIRES Wildlife Rescue, Wildlife Victoria, Australia Zoo Wildlife Rescue, the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal and South Australia Bushfire Appeal.

My heart goes out to those of you have lost loved ones and lost your homes – I hope your lives will be repaired very soon. I love Australia and can’t wait to return. Elton xx 🚀 🇦🇺“

Catch Trish Yearwood and Garth Brooks, with Scotty McCreery in less than thirty minutes on Circle Sessions

Catch Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks with Scotty McCreery hosted by Bobby Boney in less than thirty minutes on Circle Sessions from the Grand Ole Opry. The livestream starts at 7:30/630 pm CST with Circle Sessions. You can watch the show on the Opry Livestream At 8/7 pm CT. You can also watch the show on Circle Television, Dish Network and Sling TV. For more info go to Http://CirclePlus.com

Or on Garth Brook’s facebook page live. Http://m.facebook.com/GarthBrooks/

photo of Bobby Bones, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood taken off Garth Brooks’ Facebook Page

photo of Scotty McCreery taken by Karen Cotton of Facebook live show on Garth Brooks’ Facebook page

One World: Together at Home concert photos

There were some incredible performances tonight on ABC for the Global Citizen and World Health Organization’s Together At Home concert on ABC that celebrated heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the heroes that were mentioned are EMTs, nurses, doctors, sanitation workers, restaurant workers, grocery store clerks, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, hospital staff, janitors, truck drivers and more! Some legendary performers were on the TV program that was also live streamed on Facebook such as Sir Elton John, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, BillIe Ellish and Finneas, the Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli. And some of the speakers were Oprah Winfrey and Former First Ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush. The event was hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon.

Sir Elton John performed I’m Still Standing

Former First Lady Laura Bush spoke along with Former First Lady Michelle Obama
Former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Billy Ellish performed with her brother Finneas

Global Citizen and the World Health Organization present Together at Home right now

If you have ABC on Cable or have Facebook go onto ABC News’s Facebook page and watch the Global Citizen and World Health Organization Together at Home concert now. According to ABC News it is a global concert event in support of health care workers on the front lines of COVID-19.

So far, Paul McCartney of the Beatles, Elton John and Kasey Musgraves, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots with health care workers have performed.

Go to https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/watch-world-home-special/story?id=70194853

Elton John plays for the Global Citizen online concert live right now April 18 photo by Karen Cotton taken by her iphone

Laramie County Library info Official press release


March 20, 2020

Laramie County Library System Closure Update

Due to continued concerns over COVID-19 and for the safety and well-being of our community, Laramie County Library System will remain closed until at least April 3, 2020This closure applies to all library facilities, including Laramie County Library in Cheyenne, The Library Café, Burns Branch Library, Pine Bluffs Branch Library, and the bookmobile.

All library programs and events will be canceled until May 31, 2020 as well as all community meetings in all facilities. For events and meetings that are not part of the library’s programming, please contact the event organizer, not the library, for further information. Over-due fines will be suspended during this 3 week closure. Items may still be returned to the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne, Burns Branch Library, or Pine Bluffs Branch Library.  

The Laramie County Library System Board will continue to reassess the library services offered during this closure on a weekly basis. Below are some helpful resources and services available during this closure.  

·         Wifi services are live at all facilities and can be accessed from a vehicle in the Cheyenne library’s parking lot or in front of the branch libraries using a personal device.  

·         eBooks can be accessed by downloading the CloudLibrary app from Google Play or the Apple Store. 

·         Gowyld.net provides access to other resources such as eMagazines and databases using a library card number and PIN.

·         To access and print tax forms, go to irs.gov/forms. If individuals are unable to print tax forms from home, they can go to https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/forms-and-publications-by-us-mail and order them. Individuals can also call the library for assistance with printing and mailing tax forms. 

The library will be taking phone calls between 10am and 5pm, Monday through Saturday, to answer reference questions and to connect you to other resources within the community. Updates to available services during this closure will be posted at www.lclslonline.org.

Thank you for your continued support of Laramie County Library System as it continues to make decisions that help ensure the safety and health of the Laramie County Community.

Go to www.lclslonline.org or call 307-634-3561 for updated information

Music and hope in the midst of Covid-19 crisis

A lot has happened since I last logged in. A coronavirus pandemic is happening but people are resilient and aren’t letting them stop having fun. The Michael W. Smith concert has been postponed in Cheyenne. So has school and a lot of other things people like doing for fun. The CDC is suggesting people stay home mainly to stop the spread of the dreaded Covid-19 everyone is sick of hearing about and dealing with.

Musicians are having online concerts including Garth Brooks, a favorite performer in this area whom everyone adores it seems because the last show he performed at was in Denver at Mile High Stadium. You can catch him on Facebook in Studio G. I will add that info soon. I have asked him for an interview. I hope he does one with me. He has always been one of my heroes. I have been to many of his shows, I asked a dj at 107.9 if they could share Garth’s publicist contact with me but he refused and said Garth contacted Them so forget it! In this time of uncertainty wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could share the love of music ? I just wanted my readers to be able to know about Garth’s online concert in these troubled times we all could use some uplifting music, and more importantly some hope.

CFD night show announcement for 2020

Cheyenne Frontier Days™ announces 2020 entertainment

Frontier Nights® lineup announced from WNFR in Las Vegas

Official press release from CFD follows…..

CHEYENNE, WY – December 5, 2019: In an announcement made from the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Cheyenne Frontier Days™ (CFD) announced all but two of the nights for the 2020 Frontier Nights® entertainment series. The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will return with its exclusive Last Cowboy Standing series and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo will return to the arena in 2020.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, December 13 at 9 a.m. MST at www.cfdrodeo.com, the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Ticket Office and by calling (307) 778-7222.

Performers announced were Cody Johnson with Aaron Watson, Trace Adkins, Thomas Rhett with Hardy, Eric Church with Ashley Mc Bryde and Blake Shelton with John King.

“We are thrilled with the lineup so far for 2020,” Contract Acts Chairman Randy Krafft said.  “We are still working on our remaining shows and will announce them as we get them signed.”  

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 at Cheyenne Frontier Days, strapping in for their shot to make the buzzer. A rider must stay on his bull for 8 seconds to have the opportunity to advance. If he gets bucked off, he is out of the competition. The grueling match between Man and Beast continues until one prevails and is crowned the Last Cowboy Standing.

Additionally, the 124th annual “Daddy of ‘em All®” will feature nine days of PRCA professional rodeo that will culminate in Championship Sunday where champions are crowned and legends are made.

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 $39 to $89, with daily rodeo tickets costing $18 to $35. A $3 discount is offered on rodeo tickets and $5 discount on concert tickets purchased before July 1.  PBR tickets range from $22 – $102 with special Elite Seating and V.I.P. tickets also available at various prices.

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.   

All tickets for all performances will go on-sale December 13 at 9 a.m. MST.

2020 Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Entertainment Schedule

July 17: Cody Johnson with Aaron Watson

July 18: TBA

July 19: Trace Adkins

July 20-21: Professional Bull Riders – Last Cowboy Standing

July 22: Thomas Rhett with Hardy

July 23: TBA

July 24: Eric Church with Ashley McBryde

July 25: Blake Shelton with John King

July 18 – 26: PRCA Rodeo action

Marie-Claire Follett founded The ABBA SHow tribute band and performed at the Cheyenne Civic Center November 4, 2019

The ABBA Show

The ABBA Show

The ABBA Show

By Karen Cotton

Marie-Claire Follett has been keeping Swedish sensation ABBA’s music alive in tribute bands since she was a teenager in London. Her tribute band, The ABBA Show performed at the Cheyenne Civic Center on November fourth.
The original ABBA band hasn’t performed together for 35 years. ABBA was huge in the early 1970s and 1980s and the music is still popular today, from “Dancing Queen,” to “Mamma Mia” and “Money, Money.”
Follett and her husband Andy Marshall founded and are in The ABBA Show, a tribute band to ABBA. The California cast that Follett and Marshall are in are performing their first North American tour this winter.
Both Follett and Marshall have three casts of The ABBA show. Two are in Europe and one that works in the United States. Follett portrays ABBA’s Frida Lyngstad beside her husband, who plays Bjorn Ulvaeus in the show, the other members of the American cast include Julianne Ruck as Agnetha Faltskog and Robert Gonzalez as Benny Andersson.
Follett said in a phone interview with Sweet as Cotton Candy that she was chosen to portray Frida Lyngstad in The ABBA Show when she auditioned when she was a teenager because she had brown hair.
“The other girls were blonde,” she said. “It was as simple as that.”
Follett comes from a musical family.
“My big brother had a band and I used to watch them,” she said. “They were older than me.”
She said her brother’s band mates kept saying to him, Marie-Claire should play in the band, so eventually they persuaded him.
“They must of heard me singing around the house or at the rehearsals,” she said. “So, my first job was in the band.’
She said her brother’s band later landed a record deal. So from the age of 15 she was working and singing with them and loved singing with her brother, Emanuele Follett.
“He started a recording studio eventually,” she said. “He is still in the music business, but he just plays for fun now. He still lives in London.”
Marie-Claire and her husband moved to California because of the miserable weather in London.
“We had three years in London where we didn’t get a summer,” she said. “It rained all summer long. We had a baby and we couldn’t take the baby out. We would have to walk from building to building and we wanted to be outdoors. It was driving us crazy because we wanted an outdoor lifestyle.”
They wanted to live in America.
“We looked at places where we could work in the music industry, of course we went L.A.,” she said. “It took us two and a half years to get the right paperwork and do the move and so on. We moved to L.A. and it was everything it was supposed to be. The weather in L.A. is gorgeous all of the time and we have an outdoor lifestyle.”
Believe it or not, Follett and her husband didn’t run The ABBA Show when they first got to L.A.
“We avoided it,” she said. “We came here to do something different. We had been running the ABBA Show in England and we had been touring for a long time. When we left sold it to our friends, who run it in England. We thought we had done that and had moved on. For a couple of years we did other stuff.”
Follett did TV hosting and her husband played in tons of bands.
“People kept asking about it because we kept the website up,” she said. “We thought if people are interested and they contacted us and we got enough calls and requests, we started to think OK we have to do this. There is definitely market for this. People love ABBA.”
L.A. has a number of fabulous brilliant musicians, she added. They found a singer who was important as well.
“For a while we did local gigs, but we quickly became a theater show and we do civic centers, but we did it with resistance because we did that in England.”
She said she and her husband wanted to do something fresh and they did.
The ABBA Show’s members not only performs ABBA’s biggest hits like “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Money Money” and more, but they also have a theater show where the portray the original band member’s lives on stage.
Their show brings audiences of all ages to their shows, especially people with little kids who know the lyrics to ABBA’s hits.
“That is just incredible and it is eye opening in theaters,” she said. ‘These little kids sing to ABBA and it must be the ‘Mamma Mia’ films, one and two, have brought in a new generation and audience.
“They seem to pick up the lyrics so quickly the kids. There is a gaggle of girls up front and they are singing. People in their 70s and 80s come on get up and everybody in between 20 somethings and 30 somethings. They will dress up in 70s gear for a good time,” she said.
Of course The ABBA Show has costumes based on ABBA.
“They are direct replicas of what they have shown,” she said. “We get a ton of costume changes into there every second that we can. We go racing off stage and are putting stuff on. That’s the fun of the whole show.”
She said it depends on the size of the venue you are doing whether they have people to help
them change costumes. The bigger theaters help with costume changes
“Julianne had disasters that are worth talking about,” Follett said. “She was so rushed, she had 20 to 25 seconds maximum to have a whole new outfit on.”
She said the girls wear fabulous light up wings that they start the second set with.
“She got the hanger caught in it and she went on stage with the hanger caught in it,” she said. “She couldn’t get an arm up in it and she was floundering and she realized, oh my goodness she had a hanger stuck in it.
“We also have short dresses in one of the numbers with shorts in them,” Follett laughed. “We also wear platforms boots and one time she put both legs in one of the short legs, and she was dancing very oddly. I was like, ‘what’s going on?’ I realized she had two legs in one shorts and she even spent a few moments like that.”
Marie-Claire said The ABBA Show is like any stage show that you go and see at the theatre.
“I play the part of Frida from the minute I am on stage I am Frida,” she said. “When I talk about my life and my monologue we are the characters. We are ABBA that causes confusion sometimes. Sometimes when we do meet and greets before the show people don’t know you aren’t the original group because we do the meet and greets in character as well.”
When Marie-Claire came to California with her husband she said she had to teach the Californians in the band how to do the Swedish accent. They have even watched interviews with the original band ABBA.
“You can YouTube loads of ABBA interviews,” Marie-Claire said. “They are quite shy. We are very much bubbly.”
The original ABBA band members are all in their late 50s.
“They are quite young you see,” she said. “They look great. They were clean living pop stars, not like Aerosmith, they look like they have eaten their vegetables.”
Frida even married a prince.
“The prince of Germany and they were married in Denmark – German Prince Ruzzo,” Marie-Claire said.
Marie-Claire hasn’t ever met any of the original members of ABBA, but she said she would like to some day.