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NIC Fest 2022 announces music lineup, kicking off with ‘Battle of the Bands’

Patti Fiasco plays during NIC Fest 2019. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — On Friday, the Nicolaysen Art Museum announced the music lineup for NIC Fest 2022, with the festival set to return to Casper from June 10 through June 12 after a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NIC Fest will kick off with a “Battle of the Bands” from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 10. Ten bands will compete for $1,200 and a new electric guitar from Rockstar Music, according to the NIC. The cash prize will come from $120 entry fees paid by the musical groups chosen to participate. Bands can apply online to enter the competition through May 18.

NIC Fest will continue from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 11, with Jason Michael Carroll set as the headliner for Saturday night. Saturday’s lineup also includes performances by Justin Baxter, Patti Fiasco, John Kirlin & the High Plains Drifters, Mastermind of Monkey and Sugar Britches.

Sunday activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with performances by Casper Pride, the NCHS Commercial Band, and Amy Gieske & Cory McDaniel. The final concert will be by Zack Scott. The NIC said it will provide updates about the music lineup online.

In addition to the music, NIC Fest will feature a family fun zone, a community marketplace and food trucks. Vendors interested in participating can find application information online. Artists interested in showing their work in NIC Fest’s Artist Alley can find application information here.

The music festival coincides with the first weekend of the College National Finals Rodeo, which will take place June 12–18 at the Ford Wyoming Center. The CNFR schedule is available online.