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Naia Izumi, winner of NPR's 2018 Tiny Desk Concert, live with Timothy John and SARAH SLANTON at Fridays in the Asher, February 15th, 2019, in Cheyenne, Wyoming

In 2018, there were roughly 5,000 entrants to NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. There was one winner. His name is Naia Izumi, and we are beyond thrilled to welcome him to Fridays in the Asher 2019 in Cheyenne, Wyoming February 15th! Sarah Slaton Duo (Sarah Slaton, former lead singer of Edison and Sarah Joelle of Lola Rising) of Denver and Timothy John of Centennial, Wyoming will get an unforgettable night started.

Naia Izumi is a one of a kind musician. With his dazzling, experimental, soulful compositions and incomparable vocals and guitar playing, Naia Izumi has drawn comparisons to singular talents such as Gary Clark Jr, Daniel Caesar, and the late Jeff Buckley. He's the experimentalism of Tash Sultana and Erykah Badu. His trajectory is rapidly on the rise, so you'll want to be sure to catch Naia here or else you might never see him in such an intimate setting again!

Timothy John, of Centennial, is one of the Cowboy State's most soulful singer-songwriters. Timothy has received acclaim at numerous songwriting competitions in the region and is a regular in the Southeast Wyoming scene. This is his debut on our music series and we are thrilled to welcome him to the 2019 Fridays in the Asher lineup when he joins up with Naia Izumi and the Sarah Slaton Duo on February 15!

Sarah Slaton, former front for the band Edison and Sarah Joelle, from  Lola Rising, will be treating you with some awesome harmonies in this stripped down duo set.

Fridays in the Asher has hosted some truly incredible concerts over the past few years and they have strived to continue to push their boundaries to bring top-notch talent to Cheyenne - this concert is perhaps their biggest step yet. They are calling this concert one of the most exciting acts they’ve ever had the privilege of hosting and are saying this is the best year for live music in Cheyenne, Wyoming yet.

Friday, February 15th, 2019
The Asher Building
Naia Izumi live with Timothy John and The Sarah Slaton Duo
500 W 15th St, Cheyenne, Wyoming
$5 at the door; all ages admitted
beer and malt beverages available for those 21+
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Listen to Naia Izumi:

NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (full set)

"Soft Spoken"

Listen to Timothy John:

Debut album “Hand of Help”:

“Stand and Fight” Live Video: 

RSVP on Facebook:

Fridays in the Asher is Cheyenne’s premier independent music and arts series. Established in 2012, we are a 100% not-for-profit and volunteer-organized series committed to providing high-quality entertainment and art to the community of Cheyenne for a low cost of admission. We operate through Arts Cheyenne, a 501(c)(3) organization, and run an annual concert series in the winter and spring months. Concerts are $5.00 admission at the door and beer and wine spirits are available for purchase for those 21+.

Fridays in the Asher/Hynds headlining alumni include:  Matthew Santos (Los Angeles, CA), Ayron Jones & The Way (Seattle, WA), Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers (East Lansing, MI), Dirty Revival (Portland, OR), The Sink or Swim (Tempe, AZ), Wildermiss (Denver, CO), The Reminders (Colorado Springs, CO), Sur Ellz (Denver, CO), YaSi (Denver, CO), Gipsy Moon (Nederland, CO), Edison (Denver, CO), Slow Caves (Fort Collins, CO), Jalan Crossland (Ten Sleep, WY), The Patti Fiasco (Fort Collins, CO), Grayson Erhard (Denver, CO), and many others!

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Vote for Timothy John at the Wyoming State Singer/Songwriter Competition Qualifying Round

Watch Timothy John perform his best songs along with some of Laramie and Centennial, Wyoming's top singer/songwriters as they compete in the Wyoming State Singer/Songwriter Competition Qualifying Round on Sunday, August 19th, 2018 at 6pm at the Beartree Tavern and Cafe in Centennial, Wyoming at the base of the Snowy Range Mountains.

In the Fall of 2012, the First Annual Laramie Singer-Songwriter Competition was held at the Buckhorn Bar in Laramie, Wyoming. Since that first night, there have been over 50 separate contestants across 18 nights of great music including 13 qualifying and 5 final rounds. The event has become an important cultural event for the Laramie community, bringing together musicians, poets, academics, lumberjacks, you name it -- a melting pot of great art. 

Each year leading up to the Laramie Singer-Songwriter Competition, a couple Wyoming residents have reached out and asked if they can compete, and every time the answer has been that this event is for Laramie residents only, but there was hope to expand Statewide eventually. Now it's finally happening, so come join the excitement, be ready to make some new friends and meet some new heroes telling Wyoming stories through original poetry and music.

"No matter how you finish, everybody wins by sharing their art in a unique and supportive environment."  

Hidden throughout the small towns of Wyoming are many talented troubadours and song-smiths of all ages, styles, and experience levels.  Some play for their chickens, some play at local open-mic nights, while some tour the country with a full ensemble.  Each one has a story to tell, and each one contributes to the evolving culture of the great State of Wyoming.  The purpose of creating a singer-songwriter competition in Wyoming is three fold: 

1)   To bring together talented artists spread far across the State
2)  To give aspiring singer-songwriters a chance to perform their works in great venues with a listening audience.   
3)  To promote and recognize excellence in songwriting, an under-celebrated skill with the power to bring people and cultures together- ultimately creating a culture unique to Wyoming.    

Each contestant will perform 3 songs they have written for fellow contestants and audience members following along with printed lyrics sheets. During regional qualifying rounds, the judging will be done by fellow contestants who recognize both the top songs as well as the top singer-songwriters. In each qualifying round, up to 5 contestants can advance to the final competition held in Laramie on the weekend of Sept 15-16. A number of prizes will be awarded to the top finishers of the final round. For more information visit and hope to see you at the competition Sunday, August 19th, 2018 at 6pm at the Beartree in Centennial, Wyoming! Tim will be there with copies of his debut album "Hand of Help" for sale as well or take a listen ahead of time at RSVP on Facebook at