Eclipse Fest

Vibes Fine and Performing Arts Drum Line warms up Friday for their battle against Northstar Drum Line from Idaho.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune

The David Street Station’s inaugural musical lineup began Friday with a drum tap off and cymbals crashing. A crowd lined the astro-turf step seating and gate as the drum battle started.

The outdoor performance and gathering venue opened earlier this week, in time for the Wyoming Eclipse Festival drawing what could be up to 35,000 visitors to Casper.

The free Wyoming Eclipse Festival at David Street Station continues 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Monday as one of many entertainment options in Casper.

Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band headline the festival with a performance slated for 4 p.m. Aug. 21.

Other musical acts include the Barrel House Band, Chad Lore and the Lore Four, John Kirlin, Steve Frame & his Western Rebels, John May, JD Blues Band and the Oil City Slickers. The activities and performances also include local dance troupes, magic shows, trucks, beer, a market and a kids’ zone, according to a news release from the Downtown Development Authority.

“Everything is going great, we’re all set up, we’re ready to go. The weather is beautiful, it couldn’t be any more perfect out here,” said Amy Crawford. “This is what people can expect to see at David, Street Station in the future: live music, food, vendors, family and lots of fun.”

The second act for the venue, but first to take place Friday on the Brian Scott Gamroth Community Stage, was Chad Lore and the Lore Four. Longtime local music staple Lore even wrote a song about the eclipse to perform this weekend.

“It is the best feeling ever, I am truly honored,” Lore said.

The drumline battle started Friday when Casper’s Vibes Drumline and the Northstar Independent from Eastern Idaho faced each other. Vibes started the show with a peppy beat, twirling sticks and drummers hitting their cymbals together in a crashing high-five.

Northline also impressed the crowd as one drummer twirled gold-colored cymbals high above her head in a dancing maneuver for the cheering crowd.

The two lines took turns, trying to outdo each other every time.

“Look how many people showed up,” Vibes Fine & Performing Arts owner and director Amy Munsell exclaimed to a parent after the show.

“It’s a great honor for sure,” Munsell said before the performance. “It’s a very historic moment and to be a part of all of this, it’s bigger than we are. We’re excited to be here and being out in the community and enjoying all of the festivities.”

Vibes Drumline snare drummer Trynitee Heaton, 14, said she was a little nervous and excited before the show started.

But they had tricks up their sleeves, like playing a number blindfolded, “just to show off,” she said.

She’s no stranger to crowds though, and was part of another first for the group when the Vibes Drumline in March became the first in a drumoff against the Denver Nugget’s Skyline Drumline at the Pepsi Center. They also hold the honor of first drumline to perform with the Denver Broncos Stampede and the first to challenge the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps to a battle, Munsell said.

The audience’s applause deemed the Vibes Drumline the winner.

Bass drummer Zach Hawley, 12, the youngest member of the advanced Vibes group that performed on Friday described the battle as “super fun.”

He enjoyed the open air and watching people walking around on the streets hearing the music and gathering around.

Abby Baker, 16, is the oldest member of the Vibes drumline, and said she was honored to break in the David Street Station and play for a supportive hometown crowd and visitors.

For more about this weekend’s events at David Street Station, go to davidstreetstation.com.

Follow reporter Elysia Conner on Twitter @erconner

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