Johnny O, Rock Ridge and Sol de Mexico were a huge hit, judging by the number of people who attended, danced and had a great time at our Oct. 20 street dance. The weather was perfect and the crowd enthusiastic for all of the entertainment. Rifle does show up for a good time and a good show.
How many other music performances have you enjoyed in Rifle in the last few years? If you like music, there are a lot of choices. There's music at Centennial Park, music at the Bookcliffs Arts Council park, music at several commercial venues in town, Symphony in the Valley, the awesome Academy of Western Slope Artists and Musicians concerts, and school district and Colorado Mountain College programs.
How many of the performances you wanted to attend were rained on or rained out?
As much fun as outdoor concerts are, wouldn't it be terrific if there was a place to go, if weather required it? Someplace that had wonderful, state of the art acoustics, and sound system, a dance floor and choice of cabaret or stadium seating? We could have music year-round.
Obviously, Rifle is a town that enjoys musical events. Think about the possibilities with a state of the art performance venue: musical theater, headlining groups on tour, the Metropolitan Opera on streaming live video (OK, so I'm probably the only one who wants that), children's concerts, symphony performances, fabulous recitals. We have so much talent locally that could benefit from a great place to perform, and we could all benefit from expanded opportunities.
In the words of Johnny O, "Please support the New Ute Event Center. It's such a beautiful, historic building. ... It's the best thing you can do for the town of Rifle. I'm sure of it."
If music is important to you, the New Ute Events Center needs your support. Financial support would be much appreciated, but we also need enthusiasm in the community, and people who care to help spread the word that it is possible, if we are willing to go for it. Visit us online, write us a note, let your voice and/or your pocketbook be heard.
Largest donor for October: Anonymous. Second largest donor: Grady Hazelton, WingNutz.
Thank you all.
Elizabeth Stuver is a board member of the New Ute Theatre Society. For information about the events center project, call (970) 414-0834 or go online to utetheater.com. Mailing address is P.O. Box 907, Rifle, CO 81650.