Art Scene: Year six and rockin’ |

Art Scene: Year six and rockin’

Christina Brusig

The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music has been bringing the best of Blues, R&B, Afro-Cuban and Rock to the valley and keeping the tradition of free concerts at Two Rivers Park alive for 5 fabulous years. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better than Season Five, wait ‘til you see who’s coming to town!

Long Run steps up to the mike, June 29th, and will make you understand why they are Colorado’s matchless Eagles tribute band. These guys reproduce The Eagles’ hits with “an organic 70’s sound, spot-on lead guitarists, multi-instrumentalists, and a lead-singing drummer” that will take you right to the doorway of the Hotel California.

We’ll give you a week to settle down, then on July 6, Onda, one of the best dance bands in Boulder, will bring you to your feet with a sound that is “a wonderful mix of original, traditional Latin standards and Afro-Cuban rhythms.” Add funk, salsa, R&B, cumbia, boogaloo, reggae, boleros and modern jam arrangements and you have every reason to get there early and stay late.

That’s just two of the six bands that will make Season 6 of the Summer of Music a knockout. There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation of any amount to support one of the largest community events in the valley. Be a banner sponsor and have your business recognized at all 6 concerts that reach over 18,000 spectators. Visit our website at to donate online or call us at 945-2414 until 5:00 June 1 and I’ll create the prefect sponsorship package for you or your company.

A Celebration of the Spirit

Two years ago, May 30, 2014, I accepted the position of Executive Director of the Center for the Arts and Brie Carmer agreed to assume the role of Assistant Director. We’ve never looked back.

We made a creative contract with our town to discover every way we could to make sure that the arts were for everyone. We introduced new learning environments, expanded our educational reach and discovered the talent and the desire to create in all of our students. We learned more and we built on that knowledge and along the way, we created new bonds with a community that honors the arts.

It’s been an astonishing time and we are more excited and more committed than ever to keep that spirit alive. Thanks to all of you for your support and partnership in this community of the arts.

You Can Get There From Here

The Hawaiian Islands may be about 1,860 miles from the nearest continent but we’ve figured out a beautiful way for kids to have an authentic Island Experience.

The Center’s newest faculty member, Meghan Owens, spent years in Hawaii and brings to the Valley the real deal! Meghan will be teaching kids from 6 to 12 years old to dance the hula, play the ukulele, sing traditional island chants and create native art and pottery. Campers will visit all 8 islands in 8 weeks beginning Wednesday, June 8th and every Wednesday though July 27 from 9:00 – 3:30. Tuition is $165/mo plus a one-time materials fee of $30. This incredible camp will conclude with a celebration of the culture, art, history, food and dance of these enchanting islands.

As a special bonus for these Island Campers, the kids will take part in National Lemonade Day by building a lemonade stand and participating in the August 21 national celebration. Lemonade Days “helps children become successful, independent, and goal oriented. When a child does their own Lemonade Day, they learn to manage a business, create a plan for success, and follow through.”

Sign up online at or give us a call and be part of the Summer Magic.

“Hey, I didn’t make a big deal about the Hotel California. The 18 million people that bought it did.” Glenn Frey, Founder of The Eagles

So cool.

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

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