Forever West Songwriter Festival: Live Music & Stunning Landscapes

Key Takeaways:

  • Legendary songwriters and local Wyoming icons alike perform at Forever West Songwriter Festival
  • Set against the backdrop of the Bighorn Mountains, this music festival is breathtaking in more ways than one. 
  • Want to learn more about what Wyoming’s vast landscape has to offer? Explore Century 21 BHJ’s in-depth area guides, and contact our team for more hyper-local information!

The Fine Points of Forever West 

The Forever West Songwriter Festival brings songwriting icons from all over the map to the beautiful landscape of Bighorn Mountain Country. This four-day festival features both legendary songwriters who are recognized among the masses and homegrown talent from right here in Wyoming. The special events throughout the weekend will take place in the Bighorn Mountains and in the heart of downtown Sheridan.  

As the local area experts, Century 21 BHJ loves to let people know what’s going on around here—so now we’re here to fill you in on why Forever West is one of Wyoming’s most popular festivals

The schedule 

playing guitar

Starting on Thursday night at Spear-O Wigwam Mountain Resort, Forever West’s opening night will be in full force. On this night, songwriters can socialize under the stars while marveling at Spear-O’s surrounding natural beauty. The following day, festival-goers will spend Friday evening listening to legendary songwriters perform at the WYO Theater. Then, Saturday’s festivities will begin with a special performance from local Wyoming icons, followed by an encore from the legendary songwriters that evening. 

The venues 

Bighorn National Forest landscape

Imagine listening to live music against the backdrop of the breathtaking Bighorn National Forest at 8,300-feet above sea level—now, come and do just that at Forever West. The festival’s opening night events will take place on Spear-O’s 16-acre mountain resort, where backcountry camping meets lakefront living.  

The WYO Theater will house the remaining weekend events in its historic downtown Sheridan location. The WYO was originally built in 1923 as a vaudeville theater, then closed its doors in 1982 after nearly 60 years of entertaining Sheridan residents. Since reopening in 1989 as a roadhouse, the WYO has brought hundreds of hours of live entertainment to the community, in addition to hosting a number of local events. 

And what you’ve been waiting for…the songwriters 

songwriter for forever west songwriter festival playing guitar overlooking the mountains

The main purpose of Forever West has always been, and always will be, to celebrate songwriters. The festival highlights the exquisite works of songwriters while also honoring Wyoming’s western heritage. The festival’s five-star lineup includes songwriters Cory Leone Johnson, Frank Myers, Anthony Smith, Wynn Varble, Brice Long, Sarah Sample, Dugan Irby, and Malik Grant. These artists have written chart-topping hits for the likes of Brad Paisley, Lonestar, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Chris Young, Hank Williams Jr, Reba McEntire, and Chris Stapleton.

Want to Explore More of Wyoming?

Forever West Songwriter Festival is just one of the many ways you can experience Sheridan and the surrounding Big Horn Mountains. Here at Century 21 BHJ, we’d love to show you around our spectacular communities—and we’ll even let you in on a few more local events that you won’t want to miss! To find your dream home here, just reach out to our team and we’ll embark on your personalized real estate journey today! 

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