Thursday, August 19, 2010

Labor-Less Music Fest Sept. 4 in Cody

Miss V the Gypsy Cowbelle called us from the wilds of Cora, Wyoming, with this news:

A new music festival kicks off Labor Day weekend events in Cody Country on Saturday, Sept. 4.

The Labor-Less Music Fest offers music enthusiasts a full day of free music in downtown Cody at the City Park band shell. Entertainment begins at 9 a.m. and continues nonstop until 10 p.m.

The festival highlights local and regional musicians The Paris Family, The Rewinders (Lovell), Samantha Rawlings & Friends, Miss “V” the Gypsy Cowbelle (Cora -- shown in photo), Sage Crik Entourage, and Jeff Troxel & Trevor Kreiger. The day culminates with special guests The Hot Seats, a bluegrass stringband from Richmond, VA (see for more information).

Event organizers hope this first-ever event can turn into an annual tradition, capping the busy tourism season and keeping locals and travelers close to town on the holiday weekend.

“Anytime you have local talent and entertainment in Cody you’re going to have an enjoyable time,” shares Samantha Rawlings who will perform acoustic music solo and with a variety of other musician friends at the festival. “It’s great, too, to have it on a holiday when people are still around.”

The City of Cody has offered FREE Summer Concerts in the Park for many years with great attendance and interest from both residents and visitors to our community. This year the concert committee was contacted by several performers from outside the region interested in performing at our City Park venue. The committee decided to expand the concert offerings and musical variety based on that interest.

In addition, the committee applied for funding through the Wyoming Arts Council and was graciously awarded two grants which will help fund the new Labor-Less Music Fest. Other festival sponsors include the Park County Travel Council, Prevention and Wellness Department of West Park Hospital, and many generous local donors. We are very grateful to everyone for their very generous support of live music in our community!

The Cody event committee encourages festival goers to take advantage of other activities in Park County and check out Meeteetse’s 98th Annual Labor Day Celebration. Head to the small burg just south of Cody September 4th through 6th for a street dance, rodeo, parade, Absaroka Mountain Run, and more! Find out why they ARE Meeteetse! Yee Haw! For details, contact the Meeteetse Visitor’s Center at 307-868-2454 or

For more information about the Labor-Less Music Fest or any of the Concerts in the Park series, please contact Amy Quick at 307-587-0400 or You can also visit the City’s website at for updates.