1:33 p.m., Jan. 24, 2013

JByrd Concert Productions brings metal, ska bands to city

Cheyenne will host two vastly different types of music on Jan. 27 and Jan. 29. The alternative metal band Nonpoint and the ska band The Toasters will play in the Historic Atlas Theater.

The shows were booked by JByrd Presents, a local concert production and promotion company that has helped expand the Cheyenne music scene.

Heavy metal with a flare of South

Nonpoint, featuring a heavier type of music born out of the South Florida metal scene, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. The show is open to all ages, with tickets at $18 presale and $20 the day of the concert. As with most JByrd Presents shows, tickets are available at Ernie November before the show. Nonpoint was formed in 1997 and has since toured with bands such as Flyleaf, Buckcherry, Drowning Pool and Disturbed. The band was also on the U.S. leg of the 2001 Ozzfest tour. With songs like “Left for you,” “Bullet with a name” and “Alive and kicking,” Nonpoint beckons moshpits and people ready to rock.

Music blends reggae, punk rock, jazz, soul

The Toasters originated from a New York City comic book store in 1982. Rob "Bucket" Hingley managed the comic book store and created the band from employees in an effort to put ska music on the map. Ska music, originally from Jamaica, combines a reggae feeling with fuller instrumentation, with influence from punk rock, jazz and soul. Because ska was not one of the more popular genres, many recording labels did not have complete faith in The Toasters. Thus Hingley’s label, Moon Ska Records, was born. It is now the largest independent ska label in the U.S.

The lineup of the band has changed much during the years, but it remains one of the more popular and influential bands of the ska genre, grabbing the attention of those who enjoy upbeat, peppy songs such as “Don’t let the bastards grind you down,” “2-tone army” and “Sweet home town Jamaica.” The Toasters will perform at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, as a stop on its 2013 national tour.

Once again the show is open to all ages. Ernie November will offer presale tickets for $10 until the day of the show when tickets will increase to $12 at the door.

JByrd Presents has brought other bands like Memphis May Fire, Alien Ant Farm, Afroman and The Casualties to Cheyenne.

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