Concerts are Magical Moments in Redstone
Redstone’s Magical Moments Summer Concert Series kicks off Saturday with Midnight Mesa playing from 6-8 p.m. The series includes seven Saturday concerts, ending with Strolling Scones on Aug. 31.
Lisa Wagner has been involved in the series for 12 years, and now does pretty much everything, she says, from selecting the acts to finding sponsors. She says turnout is typically 150-200 for the concerts, which isn’t bad for a town that the 2010 Census says has a population of 130.
First band Midnight Mesa has been playing its mix of country, swing jazz, reggae and blues since 1997. Based in Montrose, this five-piece electric string band is focused on recording and performing the original songs of Nick McMahill. They have recently added vocal numbers to their repertoire.
Kort McCumber plays July 6. McCumber is regarded as an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist, dedicated performer, prolific songwriter and gifted and expressive vocalist. After moving to Colorado in 2003, Kort’s music took a decidedly more country/bluegrass turn and dug deeper into the roots of his Scotch-Irish heritage. His most recent CD, “Ain’t The Same As Before,” is less country, more gritty; less acoustic, more electric; less tentative and more confident. It puts Kort into a broader category of Americana, with an increased social and musical consciousness.
On July 13, Honey Don’t hits the stage. Honey Don’t is the musical union of Bill Powers and Shelley Gray, a duo also well-known as half of Paonia’s old-time bluegrass band, Sweet Sunny South. Their music is acoustic and based in the folk tradition yet crosses over into the Americana realm. The songs are catchy and engaging, funny, sad, lonesome and uplifting. Most of the songs are original, but select covers and traditional tunes are part of their repertoire as well.
Steamboat Springs-based string band Old Town Pickers play July 20. Bluegrass, newgrass, slam, smokin’ or jamgrass — call it what you will. Just as the band members come from various places and backgrounds, so does the inspiration for the music. Genres that are easily identifiable while giving these boys a listen are delta blues, Appalachian roots, Texas country, jam and, of course, bluegrass. With originals that can be sad, humorous, and often both and playful covers of songs spanning decades and genres, an Old Town Pickers show is exactly how they would describe it: Fun!
Giddyup Kitty, an all-female, high-energy group from the Boulder area, play Aug. 3. The band plays contemporary country-grass music with a sweet southern flavor, like Bill Monroe meets Dolly Parton. With mando, guitar, dobro, fiddle and bass, the band plays original material and fine feline interpretations of some of the better-known classics. They call themselves Giddyup Kitty because the name captures the enthusiasm, excitement and energy they feel about their music. In 2009, the band placed third at the Telluride Band Competition.
Sticky Mulligan, playing Aug. 24, started out as a one-man band back in 2008, performing at venues and festivals all over the east coast. From Maryland up to New York, North Carolina down to Tennessee, and back up again. Since releasing his debut album “Showtime” in November 2009, Sticky Mulligan has grown into the four-piece band it is today. The band is based out of Paonia and has played the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music, Redstone Concert Series and Marble Fest as well as many other venues throughout Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
The Strolling Scones close out the series on Aug. 31. The band’s sound invokes many of the qualities of the music that you might have heard had you turned on the radio in the summer of 1967. Musical experimentation and passionate guitar playing was in the air, and melodic, memorable songs and vocal harmony ruled the day. All of these qualities can be heard in their music, infused with 21st century consciousness and sensibilities. Although the name Strolling Scones may have a familiar ring to it, they are no clone or tribute band. Still, you may hear echoes of the Stones, Hendrix or the Beatles wafting through their groovy, guitar driven sound.
Redstone’s Magical Moments Summer Concert Series gives you seven more reasons to cool your heels in Redstone this summer.
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