Carbondale Summer of Music kicks off Sunday |

Carbondale Summer of Music kicks off Sunday

Jessica Cabe
A crowd gathers at the stage during Mountain Fair in 2013. Carbondale's Summer of Music concert series began as an offshoot of Mountain Fair and offers a more laid back alternative to Mountain Fair music.
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Who: Valle Musico, opening for the Fireside Collective

What: Carbondale Summer of Music

When: 4-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Sopris Park

How Much: Free

Apres Park Show

Who: The Fireside Collective

What: Apres Park concert

When: 8:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Steve’s Guitars

How Much: $20 suggested cash at door

For the past 20 years, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) has put on the town’s Summer of Music concert series in Sopris Park. This year, the series is finding a fresh perspective in Steve Standiford, owner of Steve’s Guitars.

“The CCAH historically has put on these concerts in one form or another over the last 20 years,” said CCAH Executive Director Amy Kimberly. “But this year we have passed the baton on to Steve at Steve’s Guitars, who organizes it in collaboration with the Town of Carbondale.”

Kimberly said the CCAH passed on the responsibilities of the concert series because there was too much on the organization’s plate.

“We’re getting deeply involved in this Creative District planning, and something had to give,” she said. “Also, it’s good to bring in fresh eyes.”

Another reason Standiford is the perfect solution is that neighbors to Sopris Park expressed that they would prefer more acoustic music, and Steve’s Guitars is known for bringing in great acoustic local and touring acts.

The concerts will take place every second Sunday in June, July and August. Each show will feature one local opening band and one touring act, and there will be an “Apres Park Show” each time at Steve’s Guitars.

The first concert features local openers Valle Musico, a band consisting of two guitars, an acoustic bass, percussion and vocals by Lee Martin. The headliners, the Fireside Collective, is a touring bluegrass band that specializes in both traditional and contemporary string music. The group will also perform at Steve’s Guitars at 8:30 p.m. for an Apres Park show.

Standiford said the Summer of Music series started as an offshoot of Mountain Fair and has become a town tradition he and Kimberly both felt should be kept alive.

“I think it’s great to allow families and basically anybody who wants to come and listen to enjoy free music,” he said. “I think it builds community. We’re just trying to have an old-school community gathering.”

There will be food and drink for sale at the park, but no alcohol, making the Summer of Music a perfect opportunity for a family picnic or a low-key alternative to Mountain Fair music.

“The community wants it,” Kimberly said. “They really feel that this is an opportunity for people of all ages to come together and enjoy some culture, which builds a better community.”


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