The Midsummer Melt featuring Portugal. The Man

Music fans listen to Portugal. The Man’s Monday evening performance at the Center for the Arts.

After getting through a tricky permit process and loading all of his film equipment onto the back of a horse, Kyle Nicholoff headed out to some of Wyoming’s largest glaciers to film with a 12-day expedition from Central Wyoming College.

“I was literally thrown into it, filming whatever I saw,” Nicholoff said.

After going on that same expedition for three years, he turned his film into a Wyoming PBS documentary, “Glaciers of the Winds,” which recently won an Emmy Award. Though the glaciers Nicholoff shot are in Wyoming, the polluted glacier melt flowing off them is expected to reach other states.

“The goal of the film is to educate the public about what is happening to the glaciers,” Nicholoff said “Not everyone really knows what is happening.”

His documentary has been shown in 41 states and has about 1,200 individual views.

The film inspired Jeff Stanbury to ask his friends in Portugal The Man to perform at the Center for the Arts to benefit three organizations working to make a difference against climate change: Protect Our Winters, Central Wyoming College and the college’s Alpine Science Institute. They did so Monday night at the Center’s “Midsummer Melt” event.

Portugal, a Grammy Award-winning group from Alaska, is dedicated to elevating issues through its platform. As Alaskan natives, the bandmates have seen rising temperature significantly impact their home state.

“It’s an honor to kind of figure out the things you want to champion and to be able to make any kind of difference at all,” guitarist Eric Howk said in an interview before the band’s Monday night show at the “Melt.”

Read more about the "Melt" in this week's Scene section.

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