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Dubois hosting a backyard dance

Dubois hosting a backyard dance

Jul 15, 2013 - From staff reports

Mike Hurwitz and the Aimless Drifters of Alta will perform a selection of cowboy blues favorites at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dunoir Dance Pavilion in the backyard of the Dubois Museum. Attendees are invited to "kick up their boots" at the concert and dance.

Hurwitz is a Wyoming-based singer/songwriter with a style that falls somewhere between the delta blues and Western cowboy swing. High plains ranching roots going back four generations, his long days in the saddle, haying, branding calves and fixing fence taught him the value of hard work, good horses and friends, and a love for the land and its history.

Initially Hurwitz was influenced by the country and cowboy music he heard growing up in rural Wyoming. His mother turned him on to the Southern country blues and jazz from her Mississippi home.

NPR music critic Meredith Ochs describes Mike as "...(a) dusky baritone (that) resonates with the sounds of mountains he's pondered, horses he's wrangled, and the land he's traveled. He's the real deal."

Hurwitz's long-time band, the Aimless Drifters, shares his unique vision of country-blues and cowboy music. There's pedal steel, piano, accordion, mandolin, fiddle, harp, bass and drums.

The Rustic Pine will host a cash bar and light refreshments will be available.

The concert is partially funded through a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Opportunity Shop.

The concert will last until roughly 9 p.m. Concertgoers are asked to bring a chair or blanket for comfortable seating on the lawn. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside the Dennison Lodge.

For more information, call the Dubois Museum at 455-2284.

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