Centennial Concert Series debuts Sunday
The third annual Centennial Concert Series debuts from 5-8 p.m. this Sunday, June 23, with Ivory Drive at Rifle’s Centennial Park. Ivory Drive is an alternative/indie band from Boulder that describes its sound as a savory stew of rock and jazz, flavored with blues, world, folk and even bits of classical. Ivory Drive features piano, organ, drums, bass, trumpet, and sax.
The series continues from 5-8 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 18 with free concerts performed by a variety of artists.
A special concert by the Symphony in the Valley is planned for 8:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. The city fireworks display can be enjoyed from the park, too.
Again this year, enjoy quality food and arts crafts from area merchants and farmers at the Centennial Market.
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On June 23, Fifth Reel will play. Consisting of piano, fiddle, clarinet, saxophone, hammered dulcimer, bodhran and vocals, Fifth Reel plays a variety of music including Irish, Scottish, American Old-Time, and jazz. The band has been playing for contra dances, events like Robert Burns Suppers, weddings, parties, and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations since 1996.
The July 7 show features After Midnight. For many years, Clarinetist Roger Campbell dreamed of playing the music of the Benny Goodman Sextet. In 1997, that dream became reality when he teamed up with vibist Rick Weingarten to play some of the best swing music ever written — but with a little modern twist. Rather than recreate what Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa and Charlie Christian mastered, After Midnight injects some modern style into those hits. They also incorporate music from Artie Shaw and his Gramercy Five plus other great swing music recently made popular by the likes of Dianna Krall, Norah Jones, Madelline Peroux, and Harry Connick, Jr.
Matt Skinner plays on July 14. A musician, singer, songwriter, artist and traveler, Matt follows the traditional path of the “poet and a one-man band” where he holds fast to artistic integrity and truth with each earned note. A native of the Big Bend of Texas, graced with a keen eye for detail and imagery and coupled with a powerful, cultivated tenor voice, Skinner commands any stage with a tender ferocity and presence that is spellbinding in its organic honesty and mercurial resonance.
Urban Island, which plays July 21, is a dynamic ensemble showcasing the versatility of the beautifully melodic sounds of the steel drums of Trinidad & Tobago — refreshing sounds which contain the fascinating power to transport audiences from urban jungles to breezy islands. Urban Island was formed in 2009 by Rick Henson, the steel pan performer and educator who founded Rocky Mountain Steel Bands in Denver, Colorado.
Todo Mundo (“All the World”) plays July 28. The band blends the musical flavors of Rumba, Reggae, Samba, and Gypsy styles into an irresistible groove that has been moving dance floors and connecting with audiences throughout North America, South America, and Europe since 2009. Todo Mundo’s “Organic Fire” was voted Best World Music Album at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards,
Through their music, Todo Mundo transmits messages of equality and diversity. Led by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Santiago Orozco, a native of Colombia, the band contains talented musicians from all over the world (Jamaica, Israel, Venezuela, & the U.S.). Their music and performances possess explosive energy that celebrates life and unity, with the aim of connecting with people from all over the world.
On Aug. 4, Country Music Project brings its mix of male and female four-part vocals and instrumentation that includes acoustic, electric and steel guitars, mandolin, banjo, keyboards, bass and drums. The band says it keeps alive the old sound of country music, but has the power to punch out the popular sounds of today’s new artists making enjoyable, danceable music.
Leveraction plays southern and country rock on Aug. 11. The band comprises Jimmy Snowden on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Scott Mueller on drums, Dennis Ward on vocals and lead guitar, Steve Harding on rhythm guitar and Mike Deere rattling stuff off the shelves with his bass guitar.
Treeline plays the final show of the Centennial Concert Series on Aug. 18. Treeline is a five-piece band that features guitar, bass guitar, drums and keyboards that plays “cover” rock, classic rock, funk, blues and country and occasionally will slip in an original when things are going strong on the dance floor.
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