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Christina Brusig
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Four Will Get You Six

Any competition in any field shares the same elements. There is the preparation, the planning, the work and the delivery. Add the unknowns of the playing field, the odds and the outcome, and you are challenged at every level.

Well, I’m pleased to report that our four outstanding competitive dancers Yanisha Miranda, Brittany Gould, Gabriella Cooper and Bailey Barnum brought home five Platinums from the Showstoppers National Finals in Anaheim. They triumphed over a temperamental sound system and some of the most accomplished dancers I have seen in our three trips to the Nationals. As the awards ceremony was coming to an end, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts received a Crystal Award as one of five studios in the country who has competed and won three years in a row. Brava!

None of this happens in a vacuum. A heart-felt thanks to the dancers for their dedication and hard work, the teaching faculty that keeps on innovating and the families and friends who support the dancers and the Center.

Bow Wow Film Tour

The reviews are in, and last Sunday’s sold out crowd at the Bow Wow Film Fest was a smash hit. Money was raised for C.A.R.E., and the audience laughed a lot, cried a little and left with a greater understanding of the vital work done by everyone who knows the importance of the pets in our lives. Thanks to everyone who shared the night and supports the essential work of Colorado Animal Rescue.

The Art Center Wants You!

August is Membership Month, and we invite you to become a member of the award-winning Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Individual, Family and Business 12-month memberships are $30, $45 and $100. You receive discounts on our growing variety of children and adult classes and discounts on annual events like our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest, returning to the historic Hotel Colorado in October. Your membership also includes an invitation to our annual Membership and Sponsor Appreciation evening. Your new or renewed membership supports year-long arts experience for everyone in the extended community and says that “art matters.” Go online at glenwoodarts.org or give us a call at 970-945-2414.

Summer of Music — Season Five

I cannot believe this year’s Summer of Music will conclude next Wednesday night. We set out to bring some of the best local and national musicians to Two Rivers Park to deliver another gift of music to our community, and we succeeded. We are ending on the same high note that was struck that first night with the Afro-Cuban Jazz Project.

GrooveTrotters

A Groovetrotter family fun weekend project quickly changed when it became apparent that the four kids had more than just average musical talent and drive. Before too long, Claude, Pierre, BJ, Jerome and their dad, Marcel, became a professional band with more than 60 original songs ranging from jazz to reggae, blues, rock, funk and fusion with an international reputation.

Claude, 14, the youngest member of the band, was playing drums when he was a year and a half old sitting on his drummer dad’s lap, drumsticks in hand and having his way. When he performs, his relaxed, boyish smile belies a rock solid beat, great finesse, speed and control.

Pierre received an African drum for his birthday and, without any coaching, began to define his style and carved out his place in the band. More birthdays and more percussion in the form of congas, timbales and bongos entered his life. The Groovetrotter sound was building with Pierre’s complex rhythms, vocals and impeccable sense of timing. The fusion of Afro-Cuban and Latin grooves brings the spice so necessary to complement the Groovetrotters magic. Pierre’s percussions are also part of the Groovetrotters Unplugged experience.

Jerome, 18, started as the drummer for the original band (a power trio). Jerome developed a special interest in the keyboards. Being heavily influenced by Herbie Hancock and George Duke, hundreds of hours of research and practice produced his electrifying yet controlled command of the keys.

BJ, 20, Groovetrotters’ lead singer, was drawn to his dad’s bass playing at a very young age. Soon the student exceeded the teacher, and his solid style, great range and soulful voice emerged. You can hear the influence of bass player Markus Miller as well as Nathan East and Victor Wooten as he has developed an incredibly solid bass style with remarkable confidence.

Marcel Groovetrotter’s vision and passion, together with his wife, have resulted in a family band becoming an international band with 20 years of making musical magic.

See you at Two Rivers Park next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a night of magic. Thank you for being there and supporting the second largest public event in the valley. We will soon start planning Season Six in the universal language of music.

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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