Pato Banton and the Now Generation on Second Sunday in Sopris Park *** Jeff Plankenhorn on Sunday Night in the Shop

Live Music Fans,

This week, we have two excellent musical options for you to enjoy.  This coming Second Sunday in Sopris Park features a special performance by Pato Banton and his Now Generation.  Pato has been a force in the Reggae scene for decades while sharing his musical vision of peace, positivity and Ja Love all over the world and across the country many times.  He has worked with legends like Sting and Peter Gabriel and has performed hundreds of shows in his productive career dating back to the early 1980’s.  Wow.   This promises to be a wonderful time in the park.

And, if you can’t leave the house or car, you can hear the beautiful live music on KDNK starting at 4pm with the opening act, Jeff Plankenhorn; a fantastic guitarist and songwriter from Austin. But, remember, it always sounds way better in person.  Here’s a perfect chance to have a picnic on the green grass while looking up at Mt. Sopris and hearing great live music.  What’s not to like?

See you at the shows!


“A Pato Banton concert is an event not to be missed and an experience not to be forgotten.  Positive Vibrations abound with a beat to keep you on your dancing feet, while Pato delivers a message that is food for the mind and soul. Many have considered his charismatic performance as live theatre where no show is alike and audience members become participants in the experience. Pato dialogues with the crowd on a range of topics including current day events and spiritual freedom while keeping the vibes upbeat and fun!  The direction of the concert is totally based on the feedback Pato receives from the audience as there is no fixed set list.” Can’t wait to see and hear what our Carbondale audience brings out in the amazing Pato.

Here comes a rare opportunity to see an iconic Reggae master with his great band for free in the park.  Spread the word to your friends and fellow music fans and then come join the positivity party with Pato.  Why not?


We are always looking at booking great artists like Pato and Jeff.  I booked Jeff a couple of months ago before getting the reggae act for the park.  It seemed like a great way to open the Sunday series with one of the best guitar players on the Austic music scene.  And then enjoy his guitar skills and songs later that night in the shop at 8pm.  Come on out just for the night show with Jeff in the shop or go out and hear it all starting at 4pm in the park.

Check out the websites for Pato and Jeff and then check out their amazing musical skills in person.  Here’s a few words about Jeff.


“AUSTIN GUITARIST JEFF PLANKENHORN SHIFTS FROM SIDE (AND SLIDE) WORK INTO THE SOLO SPOTLIGHT WITH ASSERTIVE SINGER-SONGWRITER SHOWCASE, SLEEPING DOGS, AVAILABLE NOW.   Roots-rocking follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed SoulSlide finds the Ohio-born, Texas-based artist expanding his musical playing field with help from friends Ray Wylie Hubbard, Patty Griffin, and co-producer “Scrappy” Jud Newcomb.

AUSTIN, Texas — When Jeff Plankenhorn, arguably one of the busiest and most highly regarded guitar players on the Austin music scene, tells you that he “hardly ever takes sideman gigs anymore,” take it with a grain of salt.  Yes, it’s true he’s made a concerted effort to carve out more time for his own solo career ever since issuing his breakout second studio set, 2016’s SoulSlide — and he aims to find even more of that “me time” come the May 4, 2018 release of his new album, Sleeping Dogs on Spike Steel Records.But as far as scaling back on the whole sideman thing goes … bear in mind that there’s a big difference between “hardly ever” and never. Namely, the former still leaves the guy just enough wiggle room to happily say “yes” when legends (and friends) on the level of Ray Wylie Hubbard or the Flatlanders need a can-do guitar man for a sold-out theater engagement. Or, say, when fellow A-list Austin sideman “Scrappy” Jud Newcomb — the MVP co-producer of Sleeping Dogs — finds out he can’t make it to a very special Johnny Nicholas gig in Hawaii, and asks “Plank” if he’d be up for subbing for him. Who in their right mind is going to say no to that?

Plankenhorn still selectively takes those kinds of calls not because he gets them, but because he’s earned them. For the better part of the last 17 years, ever since he first moved to Texas with nothing to his name but a Geo Prism, $100, seven guitars and the generous hospitality of Ray and Judy Hubbard, the gifted multi-instrumentalist from Columbus, Ohio has busted ass to prove himself not just able and willing, but above all worthy of playing with the best of the best. And the reason so many song poets like Hubbard and Joe Ely like having Plank at their side is not just because of his prodigious chops on all things stringed (especially those played with a slide), but because of his intuitive knack for knowing when to hold back, always allowing the singer room to land a lyric and go for the proverbial kill. “That’s just part of the skill set I learned very early on: ‘When in doubt, layout,�” Plankenhorn explains with a chuckle. “That joke about knowing when not to play? It’s true.”

“The Plank guitar came from me wanting to mix together the two worlds of bluegrass dobro and the sacred steel tradition, and my whole last album was dedicated to that one instrument — to get it out there,” he says. “SoulSlide also really helped put me on the map as a solo artist, which is why I’ve moved on to focusing more on doing my own thing and only doing a side gig once in a while when I really want to, with people that I really respect. But now, with Sleeping Dogs, I wanted to take a bigger look at how the whole world of music is available to me; it’s not about just one guitar or sound, but rather about using all of the instruments I play and bringing all of my influences together — and about really wanting to bring my songwriting to the forefront.”

“I had just started out playing some of my own songs at these little acoustic gigs, but I remember telling him, ‘Ray, I don’t think I should be doing this — I’m just a side guy.’ And he said, ‘Where’s your proof? Are people coming to your shows? Are people listening to your songs? Yes? Well, there’s your proof.�”

Now doesn’t that seem like two excellent options for your musical enjoyment this week?  We sure hope so.  Hearing good live music is always good for what ails you.  Good medicine for the soul.  And ears.  Give it a chance every chance you get.  I’m always willing to bet that the music will always improve your mood.

Musically Yours,

Steve, Margaret and Shannon