Art Scene: The making of the music |

Art Scene: The making of the music

It was November 2016, and upstairs at the Art Center we took our seats around the table to begin a process. There may have be frost on the windows but the minute we hit the play button, it was June 28 at Two Rivers Park. The opening band of the Summer of Music 2017 grabbed the audience by their senses and wouldn’t let go for the next three hours. During the next several weeks, we listened to more than 100 bands to design this year’s knock out lineup.

Seven years ago, the Center for the Arts took the hand off from Mary and Bob Noone, who ended their astonishing 25-year run with Summer of Jazz. We expanded the genres and, each year, spent a great deal of time assessing what worked and what didn’t. We kept the good and risked changing everything else. The results were amazing. Our top-flight team works above and beyond dedication with an outstanding commitment to our community.

The SOM reputation has grown and bands from around the country vie for a spot on the roster. The word is out there that they are coming to a beautiful town with a big audience of dedicated music fans that any musician lives for.

This is the second-largest public event in the valley, and we are proud that every year we raise all $106,000 in operating expenses through fundraising donations and sponsorships alone. This closely managed budget represents the cost of six terrific bands, opening acts, Two Rivers Park rental, sound equipment, musical director, security team and complete marketing costs.

Be a corporate sponsor and put your name in front of 15,000 or be part of our loyal individual base. Visit our website at, drop by the Center at 601 E. Sixth St. or give us a call at 945-2414 and donate to the most popular community event in the valley. It will be music to our ears!

Here’s this summers line up:

June 28: The Spicy Pickles featuring Jesse Carolina. Denver’s premier, award-winning vintage jazz band puts its spin on the classics that says one thing: “Get up and dance!”

July 5: Battle of Santiago. This Toronto-based group combines classic Afro-Cuban rhythms and vocals with a distinctly Canadian post-rock spirit and sensibility.

July 12: Major and the Monbacks. Hailing from Norfolk, Virginia, they have created their own blend of rock ‘n’ roll, merging retro ’60s, psychedelic twang, soaring three-part harmonies and Southern soul.

July 19: Taylor Scott. This international touring Denver-based artist brings a new hybrid of soul, funk, blues, jazz and rock to town. Scott and his band deliver.

July 26: The Black Lillies. What began as a group of friends making music in a living room became an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between folk, soul, red dirt country, blues and jazz.

Aug. 2: Peter Rowan. Grammy-award winner, six-time Grammy nominee, and 2015 IBMA Award winner for Recorded Event of the Year, this bluegrass master is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning more than five decades.

Noemi and the History of Glenwood

This astonishingly gifted artist and member of our art staff has done it again. Noemi Kosmowski delved into the history of our town and created 30 paintings of Old Glenwood. These sepia-toned masterpieces will be on exhibit/sale at the Center with an opening reception April 14 from 6-8 and will run through April 28. Purchase a piece of history and an original work of art for your home or office.

Mark your calendar for the History of Glenwood and Summer of Music 2017. We’ll see you there!

“You cannot leave a place where there has been music and not be changed. It’s just not possible.” —Carla Jennings

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

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