P O W E L L, W y o. - Fireants are scheduled to make their way to Park County Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21. But they won't be wreaking ecological havoc - they'll be singing and playing music from around the world.
The four-member Fireants band, based in Sheridan, brings its brand of traditional and international music over the mountain to perform in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the Trapper Rendezvous Lounge of the DeWitt Student Center at Northwest College.
In addition to their own original music, the Fireants' extensive repertoire includes Caribbean dance tunes, Cajun and Creole favorites, calypso sounds from Trinidad, music from the Basque country, plus much more.
Band members are Cindy Baker on bass and vocals; Margo Brown on percussion, piano and vocals; Courtney Caplan on guitar and vocals; and David Romtvedt on button accordion and vocals.
Romtvedt, poet laureate of Wyoming, is the reason for the Fireants performance in Powell. He was asked to speak at the American Association of University Women State Convention held on the NWC campus Friday-Sunday, April 20-22.
In addition to his Saturday engagements, Romtvedt will also present a one-hour program titled "Music and Poetry" at noon, Friday, April 20, in the Nelson Performing Arts Center Auditorium. Later that night, the award-winning writer will appear as the final guest of the NWC 2006-07 Writers Series at 7:30 p.m. again in the Nelson Performing Arts Center Auditorium.
Admission to all three public programs is free of charge, and both buildings are wheelchair accessible. Romtvedt and the Fireants were brought to Powell through collaborative sponsorship from the AAUW, Wyoming Arts Council, the NWC Visual and Performing Arts Division and NWC Writers Series.