Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams play Summer of Music
Ryan Summerlin July 30, 2014
Season four of the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music ends on a high note with Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams at 7:15 p.m. tonight at Two Rivers Park. Local opening act The Smuggler Mountain Boys take the stage at 6:30 p.m.
Equal parts Hank Williams and Johnny Depp, front man Halden Wofford pours forth a potent mix of honky tonk, western swing, Dylanesque originals and spaghetti western epics. There is no creative limit to the songwriter, illustrator, author, storyteller and singer. Each outrageous tale Halden spins is met by the whine and wail of the steel guitar, the furious double-neck electric guitar and mandolin, and the relentless thump of the upright bass and drums. To say the least, the final week of the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music is one that celebrates a true Colorado edge, with the Center for the Arts presenting a band that extends favor to a variety of musical genres.
One of Colorado’s most popular and enduring acts, the Hi*Beams celebrate 14 years together this year. Rootsy but not revivalist, the Hi*Beams’ rollicking stage act features rocked-up original and classic favorites that have taken them from Red Rocks to rodeos, the Fillmore Auditorium to the back of a flatbed truck, national venues like Prairie Home Companion and performing arts centers. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams deliver an unforgettable and original night of American music.
Bring a donation to help keep the series alive. Representatives from WJ Bradley serve as the Business of the Week and will be walking the crowd collecting donations. Please remember to follow the simple park rules: no pets, no smoking and no glass at Two Rivers Park. For more information on the series or to view all the happenings at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, visit www.glenwoodarts.org or call 970 945 2414.
Lead sponsors for Summer of Music are Alpine Bank, Bighorn Toyota, the city of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County and KMTS Radio. Composer sponsors are The Ramada Inn, Gould Construction, Glenwood Hot Springs, Garfield and Hecht PC, KSNO Radio, KSPN, The Lift FM, KNFO Radio, and VIA/Paragon Technology Group. Virtuoso sponsors are Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop, Pioneer Steel Inc., Stifel, Carpet One Floor and Home, Copy Copy, Microplastics, Western Colorado Community Foundation, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, First Line Security, Mountain Roll Offs Inc., Roaring Fork Liquors, Glenwood Music and the Gear Exchange.