The Patti Fiasco
The Patti Fiasco - 7pm
Jet-fueled by powerhouse front woman Alysia Kraft, The Patti Fiasco rides the edge of emotional extreme, delivering a brash yet fiercely soulful brand of rock and roll with a heavy dose of rockabilly, blues, and ballad. At times raw and volatile, and at others, sweet and lilting, the band fuses a hard-rock swagger with the two-step of its Wyoming roots. It’s the attitude of Joan Jett with a Steve Earle twang, the soul and slide of Bonnie Raitt, Black-Keys-style dirty blues-rock, and the lyric edginess of Shovels and Rope.
In 2017, the band won a nationwide contest sponsored by Live Nation and Bon Jovi's management to open for the rock icon at The Pepsi Center before a sell-out crowd in March of 2018. Alysia Kraft’s unrelenting energy, inspired songwriting, and vocals “as pure and clean as they are powerful” (Westword) earned her FoCoMA’s 2013-15 Best Front Person award. The dobro, handmade and electrified—literally—by band member and 2007 RockyGrass dobro competition winner Ansel Foxley, builds the band’s signature blend of rock, country, and Americana. Lead guitarist Dee Tyler’s riffs range from gritty and driving to pensive and melodic, and his backing vocals add warmth to Kraft’s pointed lyrics. On bass, Niles Mischke anchors the sound with solid, feel-good grooves, delivering an irresistible dance-floor appeal. Formidable drummer/percussionist Peter Knudson’s smart yet gut-driven rhythms drive the group with a primal energy tempered by subtle sophistication.
Conceived at a Wyoming open mic in 2008, The Patti Fiasco quickly earned wide critical acclaim, a devout fan base spanning the West and Midwest, and radio play across the nation. The band has shared the stage with legends Bon Jovi and Blondie, renowned acts Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Justin Townes Earle, Great American Taxi, Cracker, Greensky Bluegrass, The Futurebirds, Born in the Flood, and Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real.
Their 2016 release, "Saved By Rock and Roll" was SCENE MAGAZINE'S Album of the Year. Their 2013 release, “Small Town Lights,” has garnered multiple accolades, including Wyoming Public Radio's Best Regional Album award, FoCoMA’s Best Album award, and high positioning on the Colorado charts. It finished in the top 10 most-played Colorado records of 2013. The single of the same name received national radio play and was featured in the film “Whensday.” “Nobody’s Girl,” from the band’s self-titled 2011 debut, was that year’s top-spun single in Colorado.
Angus Mohr - 5:30pm
Just as watery mist remakes the world and whisky remakes the man, Angus Mohr revitalizes traditional Celtic music’s brogue with an American blues accent while rejuvenating rock ’n roll’s broad spectrum with bagpipes and pennywhistles. No one is ever going to mistake Angus Mohr for a cover band. Sure, they play songs like “Foggy Dew,” the 1916 Easter Rising ballad, and “Whisky in the Jar,” a sixteenth century tale of love and betrayal, and their set list is peppered with songs penned by Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, and the Ramones. But you’ve never heard “Ring of Fire” or “I Wanna Be Sedated” until you’ve heard it with the pipes’ spiraling keen.
Angus Mohr’s piper, Matthew McDaniel, plays penny-whistles, guitar, and keyboards–sometimes all in a single song. He also shares lead vocals with bassist and frontman Paul McDaniel. Drummer Steve Mossholder takes a turn at the mic as well, lending his tawdry rasp to “Drunken Sailor” and Flogging Molly’s “Devil’s Dance Floor.” Michael Aggson brings his unique edge to the band, wielding his guitar with power and authority.
Welded together not by genre, but by a philosophy that embraces resistance to oppression and the fight for freedom, Angus Mohr crosses musical boundaries to pull in a diverse audience where fans steeped in blue collar classic rock, hippies old and young, grown-up metal heads, and the occasional post-industrial punk, dance to timeless music about timeless ideas. Music that is, like mist and whisky, the water of life.
Fridays on the Plaza
1 Depot Square
Capitol & W15th St
Cheyenne, WY, 82007