Naia Izumi, Winner of the 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Concert Live with Timothy John and The Sarah Slaton Duo at Fridays in the Asher, Cheyenne, Wyoming | Laramie Band Photography

In 2018, there were roughly 5,000 entrants to NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest. There was one winner. His name is Naia Izumi. Centennial, Wyoming musician Timothy John and Denver, Colorado band the Sarah Slaton Duo (Sarah Slaton, former lead singer of Edison, and Sarah Joelle of Lola Rising) opened up for Nia’s 2019 Fridays in the Asher debut in Cheyenne, Wyoming February 15th, 2019 for an unforgettable evening of live music. Photographing these musicians was a true pleasure, especially in such an intimate setting with a supportive and energetic crowd.

Naia Izumi is a one of a kind musician. With his dazzling, experimental, soulful compositions and incomparable vocals and guitar playing, Naia Izumi has drawn comparisons to singular talents such as Gary Clark Jr, Daniel Caesar, and the late Jeff Buckley. He’s the experimentalism of Tash Sultana and Erykah Badu.

Independent artist and Centennial, Wyoming based soulful songwriter Timothy John’s debut album, “Hand of Help,” released in 2018, is full of original blusey acoustic folk-rock songs and melodic ballads that feature his unique percussive fingerpicking style blending soft and subtle elements with hammer hitting intensity. “Hand of Help”showcases eleven of Tim’s favorite acoustic songs written over the course of fifteen years ranging from the light-hearted rocking single “The Peanut Song” through the melodic ballad “Stand and Fight” to the romantic “If Love Has A Reason.” You can hear more of tims music on his website

Fridays in the Asher has hosted some truly incredible concerts over the past few years and they have strived to continue to push their boundaries to bring top-notch talent to Cheyenne – this concert is perhaps their biggest step yet. They are calling this concert one of the most exciting acts they’ve ever had the privilege of hosting and are saying this is the best year for live music in Cheyenne, Wyoming yet. Thank so so much to Mike Morris at Fridays at the Asher and Bill Lindstrom at Arts Cheyenne for brining supporting live music and bringing top-notch bands to Wyoming.

Thank you again to Mike Morris, Fridays in the Asher, and Arts Cheyenne for a wonderful evening of amazing music!

Listen to Naia Izumi:
“Soft Spoken”

Listen to Timothy John:
Debut album “Hand of Help”:

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