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Cole Swindell Opens for Florida Georgia Line, Cheyenne Frontier Nights 7/30/2016

Cole Swindell, Country music singer, and songwriter opened up the final night of Cheyenne Frontier Nights for Florida Georgia Line.  He has written songs for Luke Bryan and more.  Now out on his own.  He will be headlining CMT on tour starting in October.

Photos by Karen Cotton

Jake Owen with Special Guest Old Dominion play Cheyenne Frontier Nights 7/28/2016

Jake Owen with Special Guests Old Dominion played Cheyenne Frontier Nights.

Photos by Karen Cotton

Courtney Cole performs Cheyenne Frontier Nights 7/27/2016

Nashville recording artist, Courtney Cole warmed the crowd up before Kenny Chesney took the stage.

Photos by Sheila Loney

Cheyenne Frontier Nights 7/29/2016

KISS with special guest Aaron Watson played Cheyenne Frontier Nights.  

Rock icons, KISS, performed their Freedom to Rock tour with the usual blast of hard-hitting rock and roll, lights and pyrotechnics.  Before the curtain dropped, the fog machines went off filling the floor with thick misty cloud and then over the PA you hear “You wanted the best, you got the best.”  The curtain dropped and there was the four-member group opening the show with their smash hit Detroit Rock City and it only got better from there, with hit after hit.

Gene Simmons spewed fake blood, breathed fire and of course had his trademark tongue-wagging all while crushing on his bass guitar.

Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist, thrashed out riff after riff, Eric Singer hit the drums with precision and vigor.

Paul Stanley talked to the audience announcing that they were playing smaller cities that do not regularly see larger nationally known acts.  He also let the crowd know that on every stop they had a member of the military acting as “Roadie of the Day”.   He thrilled the crowd by flying through the air on a harnessed cable to a circular, stage that slowly spun in the middle of the floor, where he was able to be closer to the enthusiastic crowd.

Cheyenne Mayor, Rick Kaysen, presented the band with the key to the city and the band presented veterans with a sizable check.

KISS, still has the talent of years past.  It was an energy filled night of rock-n-roll and patriotism.

Review by Sheila Loney
1st group of photos by Karen Cotton.   2nd group of photos by Sheila Loney



KISS WAS FANTASTIC.  More photos to come from Karen.
AARON WATSON.  What a treat.  More photos to come from Karen.

Bullriding Cheyenne Frontier Days 7/27/2016

1 (1 of 1)The Rodeo clowns taming the beast.

2 (1 of 1)

Eli Vastbinder of Statesville, NC rode his bull for the full 8 seconds with a score of 82.50.  Such an exciting event.

Photos by Sheila Loney

U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds. Cheyenne, Wy. 7/27/2016

Photos by Sheila Loney, owner, Silver Negative Photography

Karen and I had the honor of receiving media passes through Cheyenne Frontier Days, to photograph the United States Airforce Thunderbirds, at Laramie County Community College. The excitement was palpable as the spectators came in and set up their perfect spots to observe all the action.  The talented Air Force band played a variety of music to help entertain the crowd while we all waited with much anticipation for the main event to start.  

  We were escorted to the rooftop of one of the buildings where we were able to be closer to the action without any obstructions. It was such an exhilarating experience to be able to photograph these talented pilots perform such amazing aerial acrobatics with their F-16 Fighting Falcon Jet planes. 

For more information on The Thunderbirds and their schedule check out their website at 

More Cheyenne Frontier Days coverage coming soon/ Just LeDoux It!

Check back for photos of the parades, Indian Village, the Denver Post train No. 844,  and rodeo at Cheyenne Frontier Days 2016! On Wednesday we will be posting photos of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Show!!

Sweet as Cotton Candy will be conducting an interview with Ned LeDoux, son of the late country star, Chris LeDoux, who is making his own name in country music. Ned is honoring his father in the process of his tour while he is playing some of his dad’s hits at his shows. Ned is also featuring new songs that he wrote, and co-wrote, such as “The Hawk,” at his concerts like the one he just performed at the Daddy of ‘Em All!

Click on this link for: Ned LeDoux’s official website


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