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Art Scene

Christina Brusig
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It’s conscious, it’s subconscious, but we all respond to it. It takes you out on the dance floor or back to the time you first heard it. It makes a promise it always keeps — it will change you.

Our Summer of Music team was busy doing what they love to do — listening to hours of music from some of today’s most outstanding bands, out of which came the Season 5 lineup, and we can’t wait to deliver the sounds.

The Afro-Cuban Jazz Project opens the season. Direct from Cuba, via the United States, they are a Who’s Who of former members of some of Cuba’s greatest jazz and dance bands (Piloto & Klimax, Haila, Maraca, NG La Banda, and Grupo Afrocuba) who throw down some serious Timba (Cuba’s hottest dance music), traditional Son (Salsa Cubana) and contemporary Afro-Cuban jazz. They will grab you with the beat and not let you go at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24.

We have never had a tribute band before at SOM because we are always looking for the original sound, the unique interpretation and not the sound once removed. But then we heard the U2 tribute band, Under a Blood Red Sky, and there was no looking back. This acclaimed band passionately recreates authentic U2 concerts, amazing fans and solidifying their reputation for sold-out venues. Check them out at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

The spotlight on Nashville, with its musical values and timeless traditions, is currently bright. No band embodies what’s right about 21st century Nashville more than the quintet known as Humming House. They weave together threads of Music City’s folk, soul and bluegrass legacies presenting mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar and bass in new roles. Hear them at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8.

This just keeps getting better and better when Otis Taylor and his killer blues take the stage. It’s best to expect the unexpected, but it is precisely this element of surprise that makes him one of the most compelling artists to emerge in recent years. In fact, Guitar Player magazine writes, “Otis Taylor is arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time.” Whether it’s his unique instrumentation (he fancies banjo and cello), or the sudden sound of a female vocal, or a seemingly upbeat optimistic song takes a turn for the forlorn, what remains consistent is poignant storytelling based in truth and history. Have a listen at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15.

The renowned Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, will always be know as the place where 6-year-old Lionel Young picked up a violin and began his steady rise from classical protégé to national blues artist. Fans of the driven, classically trained Young love his distinctive brand of blues on the electric violin that features the strength and passion of his playing, as well as his smooth vocals and unique translations. Check them out at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22.

In the early 2000s, the 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, they became a professional band with more than 60 original songs ranging from jazz to reggae, blues, rock, funk and fusion and an international reputation. This phenomenal family will weave their unique magic to wrap up what promises to be our best Summer of Music yet at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29.

MAY 15

That’s the deadline to add you or your company name to the sponsor banners lining the Summer of Music stage. You will be supporting the second largest community event in the area and reaching more than 14,000 people in six nights. Your message will be clear: You believe in the arts, and you are an important part of the art vibrancy of Glenwood Springs. Give me a call at 970-945-2414 to put you or your company center stage.

So there it is — Season 5 — and we can’t wait for the downbeat. Bono said it best: “Music can change the world because music changes people.”

See you in the park.

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

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