There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the sun rays of summer in the Nation’s Energy Capital — but we rounded up a few Donkey Creek Festival shows and events to help narrow your list.

 

The Music

The Lique

New Age Hip-Hop

“Wait a minute, you don’t know the Lique?” The Las Vegas-based quintet (pronounced “leak”), dubbed “Best Band” by Las Vegas Weekly and The Trusted Ear, are coming to DCF after having performed at venues like Life Is Beautiful, the three-day music fest in downtown Las Vegas, where they shared the stage with acts including Mumford & Sons, J. Cole and G-Easy. Decked out in suits, this group is everything great about new age hip-hop.

Canyon Kids

Indie Folk Rock

Rafting photographers turned indie folk-rockers Bo Elledge and Dusty Nichols have been called “one of the best and most forward-thinking bands” in Jackson. The duo, often accompanied by a 5-piece rhythm section of like-minded and equally, amazingly-talented musicians, swings seamlessly from folk to rock, pop and hip-hop with a hometown Wyoming swagger not to be missed.

The Opskamatrists 

Ska

Ska’s not dead! And this epic Idaho Falls, Idaho, ska band, formerly known as Super Skunk, is killing it on the scene, and in all the right ways. With a big brass sound and a band history well worth the Google (peep tunecore), roughly 20 years — and 20-plus band members — in the making, The Opskamatrists, much like their music’s genre, has withstood the test of time, triumpetly. 

Cole & The Thornes

Soulful R&B/Reggae

The “soulful R&B-infused reggae band out of Bozeman, Montana,” recorded their first album, “Map Maker,” with the help of a Kickstarter account. They’ve been called an “eclectic, funky group with an infectious, uplifting energy,” and have wowed DCF attendees in past years. No doubt, their powerhouse, sultry vocals, rhythmous horns, island uke and jazz guitar are a welcome (back) addition to Saturday night’s late-night lineup.

Cascade Crescendo

“Newgrass”

Portland, Oregon-based, banjo and mandolin-infused, high-energy outfit Cascade Crescendo has been fine-tuning its sound — and its own brand of bluegrass, “newgrass” — since early 2013. With three albums under their belts and sold-out shows across the Pacific Northwest, they’re “Chasing the Sun” and bringing “Every Little Thing” to DCF as the Saturday night openers for headliners, The Last Revel.

The Last Revel

Modern Americana

Two-time DCF vets, heartfelt songwriters and instrumentalist trio, The Last Revel, bring their honest and modern American front porch music back for another year, this time as headliners. Three-part vocal harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars, upright bass, fiddle and banjo dance between folk and punk for a loud and rowdy grand finale guaranteed to be a knee-slapping, foot stomping good time. If you’re looking for raw musicianship and songcraft, look no further than DCF.

 

The Art

 

 

DCF kicks off Friday, June 21, with local bands the Native of Nowhere at 4 p.m., followed by the Unknown Knowns, also of Gillette, Freddy Rodriguez of Denver, Colorado; Vegas-based, The Lique; and Jackson’s alt-rock persuasion, Canyon Kids. But there’s more to DCF than just the music! Attend the 16th Annual Avenues of Art Reception, hosted by the Mayor’s Art Council Friday night at 5:30 p.m. in the Gillette College Technical Center, where seven new art pieces, sculptures to be displayed around town on Gillette city streets, will be revealed to the public for the first time. Hear from the council about their first-ever increase in artists stipends, which resulted in higher-quality works this year, examine the art up close and personal, talk with the artists, enjoy the live pianist, tasty appetizers and a cash bar. It’s a fun and memorable experience for all ages.

The Grub

 

Today, the tireless efforts talent bookers make to secure the summer’s top acts for the best and baddest outdoor shows and venues is being matched by a similar (and relentless) commitment to equally impressive food and drink lineups. From Austin’s taco, taco, taco craze to New Orleans’ Cajun persuasion, music fests are quickly gaining notoriety for more than just their music, including hyper-local, unique food and drink offerings, and DCF is no exception.

This year’s DCF foodie finds include Gyros and cheesesteak sandwiches, polish and Italian sausages and decadent funnel cakes. And that’s just from JJ’s Concessions — one of the many stands slatted to be in attendance. You’ll also find Pizza Carrello stage side, with impeccable woodfire confections made to order; K’s Backyard BBQ’s smoked brisket, ribs, pork, chicken, mac and more; Las Marg’s tacos, nachos, burritos and agua fresca; handmade ice cream from hometown favorite, Ice Cream Café; Tasty Kettle Corn’s sweet kernels and, of course, booze and brews at the DCF Energy Station Beer Garden.

Cool People

Donkey Creek Festival acknowledges the significant contributions and ongoing support of our board and loyal donors whose generosity allows DCF to present over a dozen musical acts during our two-day event each year. Thank you to all who play their part to ensure the festival’s continued success.

Board of Directors

Jennifer Toscana, Chair

Doug McGee, Co-Chair

Maria Franz, Secretary

Breanne Ramirez, Treasurer

Jody McGee, Member

Elizabeth Albin, Member

Meredith Duvall, Member

Sponsors

Friday, June 21st @ 4 p.m.

Saturday, June 22nd @ 10 a.m.

Gillette College Campus – www.donkeycreekfestival.com

WHAT ELSE?

DCF also boasts incredible food and art vendors, a beer tent for adults, face painting, glitter tattoos and Fun On The Go inflatables for kids.

WHAT’S IT COST?

Due to community grants, fundraising and tremendous support from the City of Gillette and Campbell County, admission to this event is absolutely free. But bring some cash and support the talent and great, local vendors.

WHAT TO BRING?

DCF is an outdoor event. Lawn chairs, blankets, water and sunscreen are a plus, if not a must.

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