On Thursday, Sept. 15, Wild Roses performed at North Platte’s September series of live music called Beat on the Patio.

Featuring some of the best musicians in the North Platte area, the patio shows are hosted by Visit North Platte from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday during the month on the patio of the Visitor’s Bureau.

The Wild Roses rocked for an hour set of mostly original songs. Their sound and style are reminiscent of classic ‘70s and ‘80s hard rock. Their fast-paced original songs include Rock This Town, Wasted Time and their latest single, Medicine.

Two of the members are North Platte natives – Cassie Brown (St. Pat’s ’19) and Steven Koehn (NPHS ’17). Brown plays guitar and handles lead vocals. Koehn belts out the percussion. Bassist Ryan Swenson of Kearney ties it together.

Formed in Kearney in the spring of 2020, Wild Roses has risen to be a key player in the Nebraska rock scene. With live shows, the self-recorded “Wild Roses EP” and another studio EP on the way, the band has driven into the broader mix. They have played frequently this summer in the west central Nebraska area, including appearance at the Ft. Cody music series in North Platte as well as the Music on the Bricks festival downtown.

Wild Roses is currently working on an EP of new material with Kent Lutt and Tone Tree Audio of Kearney.

Next, classic country music performers Barb Dvorak and Brenda Cohn will perform on Sept. 22.

There is no charge to attend. Bring a camp chair and any refreshments you like. The patio is on the east side of Jeffers St./ US 83, between I-80 and the South Platte River. Turn east into Halligan Drive and take the first left turn to the edge of the river.

Top photo, from left: Cassie Brown on guitar and lead vocals, Steven Koehn on drums, Ryan Swenson on bass. Photo by George Lauby. Tap image to enlarge.

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