Summer of Jazz plays on, kids ‘n all in Glenwood Springs
June 26, 2008
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Mary Noone’s message pertaining to the “Increasingly inconsiderate and distracting behavior of certain children and their parents in the front stage area during the performances,” as she stated in a guest commentary in Tuesday’s Post Independent, seemed to have been received loud and clear as Wednesday’s Summer of Jazz show got underway.
There were no unruly kids in front of the stage as the show revved up. Instead, there were people sitting on blankets and in lawn chairs, bobbing their heads, clapping in time and listening to the music of the Davell Crawford Movement.
In recent weeks, or years, some could argue that the Summer of Jazz crowds have gotten rambunctious. And recent letters to the editor ” along with Noone’s commentary ” would suggest there is a growing conflict between those who venture to enjoy the music in the park and those who let their children run amok.
On Wednesday evening, however, as the sunset turned Two Rivers Park into a musical dreamland and jazz filled the air, the atmosphere was pleasant with kids and adults alike.
“We started this event for our kids,” Noone said moments before the show started. “It makes me sad when people don’t think, but it’s all about common courtesy. People need to be responsible for themselves.”
Noone said that in the past couple of years, crowds have been getting slightly more “out-of-control” but she said the band’s have been more of the “party music” type. She maintained that the “kid issue” is such a minor thing in the overall spectrum of what she has to deal with each week that “it’s really not that big of a deal.”
“I don’t blame the kids,” Noone said. “This could be such a downer thing if we let it, but I think we’ll be able to work through it.”
Noone said that her main issue with the “games and things” that were going on in front of the stage in previous weeks was that it had become a nuisance for the performers.
“When I’ve got Ahmad Jamal, (who played on June 11) saying that the kids in front of the stage are distracting, that says something to me,” Noone said.
However, for some Summer of Jazz devotees like Cindy Dempsey of Silt Mesa, who’s been attending Summer of Jazz shows since it’s inception, the kids are a great part of the event.
“It’s always been fabulous,” Dempsey said. “I enjoy the children playing. It’s really the only place kids get to see live music in the valley and without them I don’t think it would be as fun.”
For first-time attendees Doug and Marisa Wilson of New Castle, who brought their two little girls, 3-year-old Paesli and 6-year-old Stella, to the show, they agreed that parents should be responsible for their kids.
“I’m in total accord with the (Noone) article,” Doug said. “If my kids were the ones running around I would reign them in. But it all goes back to the school of thought that it’s all how you raise your kids.”
Contact John Gardner: 384-9114