Students, community members and visitors alike are invited to downtown Laramie tonight for live music and dancing.
The Downtown Mash Up is set to start at 7 p.m., following the close of the Downtown Laramie Farmer’s Market, and continue until 1 a.m. at the corner of Second Street and Grand Avenue. The free event is scheduled to include entertainment from a slate of local musicians and a street magician, while food trucks and local restaurants will have offerings for sale.
“It really is a mashing up of everybody in the community,” event co-chair Jessica Romero said.
The University of Wyoming football team is scheduled to play the University of Oregon at 5 p.m. Saturday at War Memorial Stadium, and a large crowd is expected to fill the venue. That means downtown Laramie might be even busier than usual throughout the weekend.
“It’s going to bring in a bunch of people — so there will be new faces — and students will be back, and as always, locals are invited to come,” Romero said.
The Jalan Crossland Band is scheduled to headline the night in one of its last performances. The group announced in August its last show would be Sept. 22 in Lander. Crossland said he would continue as a solo performer.
“We feel like we lucked out on that,” Romero said.
Laramie groups Tie Hack and the Boogie Woogers will open the evening, while Party Pros Entertainment will close the night.
John Rotellini, a street magician based in Las Vegas, will step in between musical acts to perform for the crowd. The Sheridan native and University of Wyoming graduate has an interactive style he takes on tours around the country.
“We’re really excited to have him back,” Romero said. “He’s high-energy, and he’s a lot of fun.”
Local food trucks will be on site, while downtown restaurants will also have food and drinks for sale. The Laramie Main Street tent will have Pepsi products and water.
The Downtown Mash Up is Laramie Main Street’s annual fundraiser, with proceeds to support the organization’s work to revitalize and preserve historic downtown Laramie. Some of Main Street’s more visible projects include downtown murals and colorful bike racks.
“The goal is to create a really thriving district, and with that comes a million different projects,” Romero said.
Another goal of the event is to bring UW students into downtown Laramie.
“(We want) to invite the students away from campus to come down and see what we have going on, to experience the local entertainment and the local food, to have fun while the weather’s still nice, and to celebrate another year back in Laramie,” she said.