Second Sunday in Sopris Park with the Blue Canyon Boys *** Next Tuesday night with The High Divers *** Voices 3rd Birthday Party and Fundraiser on next Monday Night *** Lipbone Redding on August 21st

Live Music Fans,

Slightly in the recovery mode still after an amazing July of live music.  We put on a fantastic Second Sunday in the park with Pato Banton plus a bunch of shows in and around the 48th Mtn. Fair.  Loved it! My feet are still a bit sore but now it’s time to move on to more great live music in little old Bonedale.  Ready? Well, ready or not I’m game for putting on more acts if you’re up for coming out and enjoying them.  A simple proposition that is truly a win-win thing.

See you at the shows!

AUGUST 11TH – SECOND SUNDAY IN SOPRIS PARK – FREE LIVE MUSIC FROM 4PM TO 7PM – BLUEGRASS SUNDAY WITH THE BLUE CANYON BOYS – www.bluecanyonboys.com

We were really glad that one of our all-time favorite bluegrass bands would be in the area this weekend to play in the annual Marble Fest on Saturday.  This talented Colorado band has been coming our way for years and they have put on some great acoustic string bluegrass sounds for us in past performances.  Here’s a good chance to become fans while enjoying a beautiful summer day in Sopris Park.  Ralph Pitt will be doing the sound once again and KDNK will be live broadcasting the entire show.

“The Blue Canyon Boys are equal parts purists and innovators when it comes to Bluegrass: they stay true to the form’s roots while constantly reimagining their relationship to tradition. The result is a toe-tapping mix of haunting standards, genre-bending arrangements, and catchy original numbers—all built on the bedrock of their collective bluegrass mastery.

Ever since founding members Jason Hicks and Gary Dark launched the Blue Canyon Boys in 2006, the Blue Canyon Boys have raised the bar for bluegrass bands. They bring it all: seamless brother-duet style, crisp instrumentation, unvarnished lyrics and subversive humor.

After winning first place at the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass festival band contest, the Blue Canyon Boys went off at full tilt, taking the bluegrass circuit by storm, performing in illustrious venues across the country as well as internationally.

Their distinctive sound, honed from over a decade of performing together, moves easily from instrumental wizardry to playful ribbing. Ultimately and repeatedly, they hit a high note—the rare confluence of harmony that leaves the soul ajar.

The seasoned quartet features Gary Dark on mandolin, Jason Hicks on guitar, Drew Garrett on bass, and Chris Roszell on banjo. Their latest album, eponymously called The Blue Canyon Boys, is perhaps their most polished and poignant yet. Classic bluegrass, clean and raw, blends effortlessly with the band’s homegrown compositions, then peppered with a judicious cover or two, such as the band’s riveting take on Pink Floyd’s “Time.”

Whether calling on their old timey musical roots or reconnoitering the future, the band’s musical prowess never wavers. This is high lonesome sound at its best: a driving pulse that weaves through harmonies and fierce rhythms, always with the reminder that as long as the music plays we are never quite alone.”  Now that’s a wonderful thought. One reason I keep playing all those old songs in my ancient brain.  Keeps me company.

AUGUST 12TH – MONDAY NIGHT – FUNDRAISER PARTY FOR VOICES NON-PROFIT – PARTY IN THE SHOP FROM 6PM TO 7:30PM –  LOVELY DINNER AT ALLEGRIA AT 7:30PM – www.amplifyingvoices.org FOR MORE DETAILS AND TICKETS

Over the many years, our little historic room has hosted all kinds of fun and fundraising efforts.  I remember we raised $5000 in one night for a local school and another night raising enough for a round trip ticket to Nepal for Hamilton Pevec.  So, I was happy to host the Voices 3rd Birthday Party and Fundraiser.  We are very glad to be a part of the effort.  Check out their website for good reasons to support another valuable local non-profit.  More Voices are needed to bring more peace and sanity in this crazy world, for sure.  Come out and help them thrive while getting a delicious meals from one of the top Italian restaurants in the valley.

Beginning – “I, who had been silent for over 50 years, began to see how important voice is.”

15 years ago, our Founder and Board President, Barbara Reese, was introduced to poetry and it changed her life. She set out to create an organization that would allow others in her community to explore their voices through not just poetry, but also dance, theatre, music, painting, drawing….all of the arts. VOICES was born in 2016, and the power of the arts and the human voice continues to fuel the work of our team.

Mission & Vision – We amplify voices in our community through the arts.

By collaborating with diverse people and ideas, participants develop an understanding of self and other, making choices that connect us rather than divide us. Participants are empowered to live their authentic lives, feeling seen, feeling heard.

Goals – Build strong partnerships

WITH SCHOOLS – Build arts projects with two partner schools each year

WITH YOUTH – Assemble a diverse Youth Advisory Board with representation from each Roaring Fork Valley High School to help guide the vision, planning, and operations of Voices

WITH TEACHING ARTISTS – Partner with excellent local and regional teaching artists from various art disciplines and backgrounds to bring dynamic and diverse programming to students

WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS – Contribute to a strong landscape of community services by focusing on connection, sharing, and collaboration, while avoiding redundancy and competition

AUGUST 13TH – TUESDAY NIGHT – THE HIGH DIVERS – 8PM – www.thehighdiversmusic.com

We have hosted some amazing bands in the past on weeknight while they were around the old town on tour.  Some of our favorite surprises in the past have been: Lake Street Dive, The Band of Heathens, John Oates and friends, Tim O’Brien, Trampled by Turtles, The Infamous Stringdusters and a number of others.  Here comes your rare opportunity to see one of the best bands that South Carolina has to offer.  Great original songs delivered with style and skill.  Just what I look for!  So, check out their videos then come out and have another wonderful time enjoying live music with us in the little room.  Why not?!

“The High Divers have been covered by Paste, Performer Magazine, KDHX, practically every outlet in their hometown of Charleston and are consistently named one of the best bands in South Carolina. Now, with their new Sadler Vaden-produced EP, Ride with You — an emotion-clad and wholly triumphant project — this four-piece are poised to break out on a national scale.

Charleston is a great fit for The High Divers. The band pulls from a variety of classic influences from distinctly American rock n roll bands like Tom Petty and Wilco, to modern influences like Dr. Dog and Father John Misty. Lately they’ve been listening to a lot of John Prine whose seen a revitalized career in the twilight years of his life. Prine is a true song craftsman with a story to tell and is most deserving of a second wind in his career.

“This year, the High Divers had time to tour, make an album, tour, shoot a video, tour, and make yet another album, the latter of which is the ever so festive, A Very Divers Christmas. Dropped on Fri. Nov. 23, the new EP is begging to be on repeat as you decorate your tree, drink adult egg nog, and think about how much you could have gotten done in 2018 were you as talented/skilled/efficient as the High Divers.”-CHARLESTON CITY PAPER

“A crisp and pretty love song, “Let Your Love Be Known” features sprightly guitar, delicate keys, and swirling background noise, all of which cushion the elegant harmonies of husband-and-wife bandmates Luke and Mary Alice Mitchell.”-PASTE MAGAZINE

“Their new single offers the charm of Neil Young and the quaint rebellion of Tom Petty. It’s a track that further reflects upon rock and roll tendencies, while seamlessly blending in the notions of a ballad.” -NOCTIS MAGAZINE (Premiere of new single “Fall In Love So Fast)

“The High Divers Have Gone And Made The Perfect Classic Rock Album”- DEMUR MAGAZINE

“You’ve been waiting for it. We’ve been waiting for it. And now it’s here. The High Divers never left us wanting after the utterly perfect debut Riverlust, but there is more where that came from. Hallelujah, Chicora has arrived.” -CHARLESTON CITY PAPER

“Best of all, even with the fact that this band obviously knows how to craft a great studio album, its live game is strong too. It will be a true crime if The High Divers aren’t the darlings of the national rock scene by this time next year.”-South Carolina Music Guide (Top 5 bands to watch, 2015)

“This is a good-vibe, rock-n-roll album reminiscent of Tom Petty, with a beautiful pairing of harmonies and melodies to keep these tunes stuck in your head for days.”-Greg Slatterly, STEREOFLY (Review of Riverlust)

“I am not sure South Carolina realizes what it has in The High Divers. That group is special. There wasn’t a record released in 2015 better than Riverlust and I’m standing by those words.”

AUGUST

11  –  Second Sunday in Sopris Park – Free Concert with The Blue Canyon Boys – www.bluecanyonboys.com

12  –  Voices 3rd Birthday Party & Fundraiser – 6pm – www.amplifyingvoices.org

13  –  The High Divers – www.thehighdivers.com

18  –  The Outer Vibe – www.theoutervibe.com

21  –  Lipbone Redding – www.lipbone.com

23  –  Molly Healey Trio – www.mollyhealey.com

27  –  Maybe April – www.maybeapril.com

SEPTEMBER

 8   –  Second Sunday in Sopris Park – Free Concert

12  –  Dan Bern – www.danbern.com

13  –  Standup Comedy Night

And, we are looking at booking the following acts, as well: Natalie Spears, Sam Reider and the Human Hands, Noah Adams and the Louisiana Natives (formerly with Dirty Bourbon River Show), One for the Foxes Irish Band, Marbin, Moors & McCumber, the Deer again in November and even more.  Keep your eyes and ears open for more details. Leave the house and enjoy this wonderful entertainment every chance you get.  Why not?  And, remember live music promotes improved mental health and feelings of well being.  It does work.  Give it a try.

Musically Yours,

Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon