Buckin' Summer Nights Welcomes SEAN CURTIS & THE DIVIDE

Buckin' Summer Nights Welcomes SEAN CURTIS & THE DIVIDESpectra, the providers of Venue Management to the Casper Events Center, and Sinclair Casper Refinery are pleased to announce that Sean Curtis and the Divide will be the headlining performance on the outdoor stage on Friday, June 29th as part of the inaugural Buckin' Summer Nights. Sean Curtis and the Divide will also open for the Eli Young Band in the arena on Saturday, June 30th.

Born in FT. Morgan, CO then moving to Wyoming shortly thereafter, Sean grew up a Cheyenne country boy. Cheyenne, Wyoming is still where he and his wife Amy make their home and his love and pride for the state and the Rocky Mountain Region shows in every aspect of his life. Sean has always indulged himself in music, even thru his college and independent league baseball career. Most of his influence is comprised of country music well-knowns such as, George Strait, Blake Shelton, Chris Young, Merle Haggard, and "Texas Country" artists like Randy Rogers and Chris Knight. When asked what sub-genre of country music he belongs, he simply stated, "none. We do our own thing. I am a country music singer and my band has roots and influences all their own which make this something unique and special. We have ventured far enough out to go ahead and loosely call it Rocky Mountain Country." Call it what you will, but, with Sean's writing style and the eclectic backgrounds of all band members, their original material is indeed something special!

Sean has searched for any and all avenues which to pursue his music career. That career really started taking off as he competed in contests for 97.9 Big Country, winning Big Country Idol in 2012 and Big Country's version of "The Voice" that same year at Cheyenne Frontier Days. He also won Cheyenne's got talent for 1007 Kolt FM that same year (2012). That same year, also, American Idol came through Casper, WY where on a "why not" sort of whim, showed up and made the cut! Through the American Idol process he kept advancing finally finishing in the Hollywood rounds in the top 80 contestants. That opened the flood gates and inspired him to go all-in and search for musicians. He says "I feel blessed to have found the group of people that make up the Sean Curtis & The Divide." We think as things turn toward the national eye, He and the band are prepared to show the country what ROCKY MOUNTAIN COUNTRY sounds like!!


Sean was awarded the 2016 Entertainer of the Year award at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards. In addition the band took home 2016 Album of the Year with their first album, Kind Of Like Wyoming. Their single, "I Take This Beer" from their debut album, hit the new artist country top 40 countdown at best country radio, and debuted at #9 and reached #8. The song "Nowhere Road" has also had extensive radio play and has become Sean Curtis' biggest hit.


The Sean Curtis has played side by side with Cowboy Troy during Cheyenne Frontier Days and have set the stage by opening for national acts such as: Trace Adkins, Gary Allan, Easton Corbin, Thompson Square, Aaron Watson, Craig Campbell, Cody Johnson and more. Sean has also shared the stage with Marshall Tucker, Zac Brown Band, Randy Hauser, and Alan Jackson amongst others during music competitions.


Sean teamed up with his longtime friend Bob Benson to collaborate musically and to form his band The Divide. The Divide is made up of the following musicians. Bob Benson - Lead Guitars, Tim Hughes - Back Ground Vocals and Keyboards, Dale Bosley - Bass Guitar and Jesse Villarreal - Drums.

"Buckin' Summer Nights is about "Kickin' Off Summer 307 Style"! Sinclair Casper Refinery is proud to welcome Sean Curtis and the Divide to Casper to help us do just that! This event is meant to highlight every community in Wyoming in one way or another; so growing up a Cheyenne country boy and still being a resident there, Sean Curtis and the Divide seemed to be a perfect addition to this event. They are a great representation of what makes the "307" special to all of us!" Tanya Lewis; Community Relations Specialist, Sinclair Casper Refinery


Buckin' Summer Nights, presented by Sinclair Casper Refinery, is kickin' off summer 307 style! Our focus is to kick-off the summer and provide a family-friendly weekend of entertainment. This two-day, outdoor community event, on the grounds of the Casper Events Center, features Wyoming-made, based, and sold products, food trucks, vendors, games and contests, kid-friendly activities, live entertainment, beer garden, music and dancing and more.

Each week, we'll be announcing more special events and activities related to the Buckin' Summer Nights every week. Be sure to check back weekly for the latest and greatest #307Summer announcements.


Parking and gate admission are free all weekend. Parking will be available through Gate #1 and Gate #2 and in Lots 2, 3, 4 and 6. Marked ADA spaces will also be available.


The KID'S AREA is located in Parking Lot #5 and will feature kid-friendly activities throughout the weekend. Activities will be available for free or for a small charge. *Volunteer Opportunity* to assist leading kids in different games and activities.


Be sure to bring your photo ID so you can enter the Adult Playground in Parking Lot #7. There will be cash bars and tons of cool activities. *Volunteer Opportunity* Referees needed for a variety of games.


Conveniently located in Parking Lot #9 near the outdoor stage, will be our giant dance area. There will be live performances, contests, and lessons of all types. Sean Curtis and the Divide will perform on Friday, June 29th on the outdoor stage in this area. So come ready to have a great time! *Volunteer Opportunity* Judges, teachers and participants wanted! We're also looking for stage talent.


A major hub of activity, the Ranch Rodeo Zone will offer a variety of family-friendly rodeo-themed events that you can either participate in or watch. We'll be making announcements about this area in the next few weeks!


Here's where you'll find many of those old-fashioned country fair activities: pie and watermelon eating contests, ring toss, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and more! *Volunteer Opportunity* Assist with leading families in activities, judges for contests, and team leaders needed.


We don't want to spoil the surprises, but if you like trucks, tractors, or heavy machinery you'll enjoy this area.


Interested in volunteering or learning more about possibly volunteering? Stay tuned for information on how you can learn more or apply to volunteer.


Want to be on the outdoor main stage? We're looking for groups (dance groups, cheerleaders, musicians, entertainers of any kind) to provide entertainment. Stay tuned for information on how to submit an inquiry to participate.

Buckin' Summer Nights is presented by the Casper Events Center and Sinclair Casper Refining Company and sponsored by Loenbro Industrial Insulation, Loenbro Industrial Contruction, Hat Six Travel Center, and Townsquare Media.

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