DIY ex cowboy bars and snowflakes

Wyoming is a totally different world than Ohio. The winding mountains that we drove through were covered lightly in snow- which I guess is common fall weather in this part of the country. None of us were expecting snow in October, so we spent 45 minutes in the car when we got there being paranoid hypochondriac midwesterners, putting on every single sweater and flimsy scarf that we owned, and taking extra doses of vitamin C and weird hippie Chinese health pills. We probably looked like the least hardcore folks ever- but whatever, man- it is cold in the west!

The town that we played in was Laramie- a semi liberal (ish) college town, surrounded by mountains and filled with every stereotype of the west that I could imagine. Everything felt kind of like a hollywood set of a Clint Eastwood movie. We played at a bar called Shoktober. Shoktober has been around for over a hundred years, and had a very old-time feel to it. Thegreen walls had the tetons hand painted on them, and were decorated with german beer paraphanelia. The bar itself had handmade clay mugs, christmas lights draped over the polished glassware, and was run by an incredibly charismatic and kind gentleman named Mike. Mike was an immediate friend, and told us tons of stories about Wyoming, his time working overseas, and also gave us great advice on what local brews to try.

The show was a lovely time. A solo artist named Jay Eeger Wright started the evening off with a looped guitar singer songwriter set, and the night was finished with a Laramie indie rock staple called Elk Tongue. 

The night was pretty relaxed, and the people we met came and went with the evening. The best moments were standing out in the quiet parking lot, and watching the snow come down from a purple pink sky. 

We are now driving through Wyoming, and are headed to Salt Lake City- where we will hopefully have just as great of a night and be slightly less cold.

Huge thanks to Chloe for setting up the show, Mike the bartender for making us feel at home, and also to Michael, the sound engineer for making things sound fantastic and for giving us a place to crash for the night!

We played at Shoktoberfest- but the city declared the bar to be a historic site, so they had to leave the original "Cowboy Bar" sign out front.

We played at Shoktoberfest- but the city declared the bar to be a historic site, so they had to leave the original "Cowboy Bar" sign out front.

early evening drive to Wyoming.

early evening drive to Wyoming.

October snow. Photo credit:: Rachelle Caplan =)

October snow. Photo credit:: Rachelle Caplan =)