ROCK SPRINGS – Performing Arts student Steven Davis, who is in his second year at Western Wyoming Community College, is the opening act for the new Broadway Theater series ‘Live in the Lobby,’ which debuts Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. Davis’s performance, and the series’ subsequent shows, will be held in the Broadway Theater lobby, and tickets are only $5.
Davis is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from Green River who recently auditioned for the TV show “America’s Got Talent,” which he expects to appear on this summer. He will perform many of his own compositions during the low-key Broadway Theater concert, for which approximately 50 tickets are available. Tickets may be purchased at the Rock Springs Main Street/URA Office at 603 Main Street, at the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce on Dewar Drive, or from Katie Pastor in the WWCC Performing Arts Office at the Rock Springs campus.
“I think it’s going to be a really good chance to have a more intimate setting for a live performance,” Davis said of the lobby venue. “I will perform original songs and tell some stories. My mom used to throw poetry jams all the time, candlelight-and-tea kinds of settings, so I’m used to performing in this kind of environment. This will be a good experience.”
Davis was born and raised in Green River, but he always had his eyes on the horizon. Music became a very special and important part of his life at age 13, when Davis’s mom bought him his first six-string guitar. He began writing his own songs within one year.
At 19, Davis embarked on a grand adventure, leaving town with a group of transients and “riding the rails” into California and across the country. The blissful sense of freedom he experienced would change his life and inform his music.
During his travels, Davis encountered French photographer and filmmaker Debra Kellner, who was writing an article about the American transient subculture. She accompanied Davis on the rails, and he became the subject of a story in the distinguished magazine Paris Match. He traveled to France for the article’s debut and subsequently traveled through Europe before returning to the United States.
Davis later worked in the North Dakota oil fields for two years and spent his down time continuing to see the world. He also created music for several commercials during this time. Eventually, Davis returned to Rock Springs, fell in love, and committed himself to finishing the college degree he had begun working toward at Western before taking his globetrotting hiatus.
“I’m a full-time music student here at Western, which means I have the privilege to learn with Dr. Joshua Wentz,” he said. “My classes are music theory, aural theory, singing, guitar lessons. I am pursuing all the options that are available to me (that relate) to a professional career and making it as a musician. It’s a really good program. And I’m also just taking some general classes so I can graduate from Western with my associate’s degree.”
“My experience has been awesome,” Davis said of the College. “Western has always been really welcoming. My favorite (part) is working closely with the teachers.”
Davis said he hopes to schedule a Sunday radio show on the campus’s station, Mustang Radio 91.3 FM, this semester. He plans to play live music in the studio. Mustang Radio can be streamed live at http://ow.ly/XnJva
“It’s just a really cool place where there are opportunities like that,” Davis said of Western.
For more information about upcoming ‘Live in the Lobby’ performances, contact Rock Springs Main Street/URA at (307) 352-1434.