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Christina Brusig
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…and 5, 6, 7, 8

They’re dancing, leaping, turning and striking poses for the big finish. Our competitive dancers arrived in Anaheim on Tuesday for the National Showstoppers Competition and began competing Wednesday. These amazing young women have been practicing and rehearsing for months, and that enormous amount of time, concentration, perseverance and passion is making the judges sit up and take notice. We all wish them the very best as our Art Center ambassadors.

You can watch them live at goshowstopper.com, select Webcast and see them do their stuff. Here are the Colorado times our dancers will be performing: Bailey Barnum, 9:49 p.m. and 10:34 p.m. on Friday, July 17; Yanisha Miranda, 9:37 a.m. on Saturday, July 18; and Gabriella Cooper, 10:05 a.m. on Saturday, July 18. Go girls!

Bow Wow Film Tour

There won’t be a Best Actress, Best Actor or Best Screenplay, but there will be a delightful evening of purebred entertainment with the Bow Wow Film Tour. We are proud to co-host this event with Colorado Animal Rescue in the gallery at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Tickets can be purchased at CARE at 2801 County Road 114 in Glenwood Springs or online at http://www.bowwowfilmfest.com by clicking on Tickets and Schedules. Presale: $12 General Admission/$7 Child (age 12 and under) Door: $15 General Admission/$7 Child. Proceeds go to CARE.

They’ll be ready for their close-ups at 7 p.m. this Sunday, July 19.

Summer of Music — Season Five

We opened the Summer of Music three weeks ago, and our lineup for Season Five has been everything we knew it would be. You think so, too, from the emails and phone calls we have received since the Afro-Cuban Jazz Project filled the night with solid jazz. Under A Blood Red Sky and last week’s Humming House were unbelievable, making us 3 for 3.

Boogie ‘n blues are up next with The Lionel Young Band. Lionel Young is a high-energy performer with a bent for the blues. Winning two times at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) band competition made Lionel Young the first double champion in the 31-year history of the IBC.

Born in Rochester, New York, Lionel Young began taking violin lessons at the age of 6 with Anastasia Jempelis at the renowned Eastman School of Music. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Opera-Ballet Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra, which commissioned him to play bluegrass and blues for its summer festival and on a tour of Japan, Taiwan and Korea during the 1988 Summer Olympic Music Festival.

Throughout his career, Young has won numerous awards, including the Young Artist Award (Pittsburgh Symphony); The Concerto Contest (Carnegie-Mellon); The Passamenic Award (Branchwood String Quartet); and the award for the Best Blues Band in Westword’s Best of Denver. He’s also won a position with the Denver Chamber Orchestra and premiered a solo piece by William Hill.

Lionel has worked with such music legends Count Basie, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Doc Severenson, Linda Ronstadt, Living Colour, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman, Stanley Turrentine, Homesick James, Homer Brown, Hamlet Bluiett, Chief Bae and Johnny Long.

Opening for Lionel Young is Glenwood’s own Rich Ganson. A regular at Aspen hotels, clubs and regional music festivals, Rich has had the opportunity to sit in with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Patti Austin, Amy Grant and Vince Gill on guitar, banjo and harmonica. Ganson and his Crystal River Band have made country music a vibrant part of the musical fabric in the Roaring Fork Valley for more than 30 years. But country isn’t all of it when he picks up his banjo and puts a twist on a Rolling Stones standard. Audiences love the moment when they recognize the song.

Making music is just part of Ganson’s impact on the area. He has been a PSIA Level III skiing instructor for the last 25 years, with much of his time spent with Challenge Aspen working with kids and adults with physical challenges. Find out more at http://www.richardganson.com. Great job, Rich!

See you at Two Rivers Park next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a night of rock, blues and the full-tilt boogie!

Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at christina@glenwoodarts.org.


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