Galactic Cowboy Orchestra featured at Glenwood Springs’s Summer of Music concert |

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra featured at Glenwood Springs’s Summer of Music concert

Christina Brusig
Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts
Galactic Cowboy Orchestra
Staff Photo |

Bluegrass and an eclectic blend of world fusion music will fill Two Rivers Park with delightful sound to celebrate the fourth week of the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music at Two Rivers Park on Wednesday.

Local talent Matt Haslett opens the show at 6:30 p.m., followed by the infamous “Galactic Cowboy Orchestra” (GCO) at 7:40 p.m. Get ready for a fiery display of fiddle playing, as GCO’s Lisi Wright will set this show on fire with her incredible sound.

I believe this is a week that Glenwood Springs has been waiting for all summer. In the past, we produced concerts presenting “The March Fourth Marching Band” in 2012, and “Euphorquestra” in 2011, high energy shows that set the bar for the Summer of Music. This show with the GCO is in that category for sure!

In addition to the excellent music selections this week, mouthwatering festival cuisine fills Two Rivers Park. You can enjoy a fine spread of fresh smoked barbecue by visiting the 19th Street Diners booth … you can even order ribs. Or, you can enjoy delicious farm fresh, local selections and top quality meats from the booth of the New Castle Diner. You can sip and swig with sweet delight at the Deja Brew Tea and Coffee tent, or take your palate on a trip to India at Ghandi’s booth and naan oven. Jason from The Lazy Bear Restaurant serves his famous gyros and falafel, and Jeffreezz Sorbetto offers the best natural, homemade sorbetto around. (Did I mention Jeff is also serving his famous homemade rhubarb syrup?)

The Summer of Music Committee says, “A special thanks to all the vendors who provide food for the concerts, you add so much to the life to the series.”

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

“The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra is a unique and powerful musical ensemble that combines original and traditional bluegrass-edged tunes with jazz and world/fusion elements — it’s basically like Willie Nelson meets the Mahavishnu Orchestra in Glenwood Springs,” says Chris Bank, director of the Summer of Music at Two Rivers Park.

The band comprises Dan Neale on guitar, one of the Twin Cities’ most adored pickers. He has played with Bo Diddley and Martin Zellar, and is a semi-regular on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” He was most recently seen in the house band (along with Rolling Stone’s keyboard player, Chuck Leavell, Bonnie Raitt’s bass player, Hutch Hutchinson and John Mellencamp’s drummer, Kenny Arnoff) in the 50th Anniversary Buddy Holly Tribute, backing such greats as Graham Nash and Wanda Jackson.

Lisi Wright is on fiddle. At the age of 25, Lisi has begun to make a name for herself in the Twin Cities’ music scene, playing with Martin Zellar until his retirement and Mick Sterling. Lisi’s background spans the genres of classical, country, bluegrass and rock.

John Wright on bass celebrates his 10th year with the Celtic/American folk/folk-rock band Lehto & Wright. Wright’s background spans many different musical styles including blues, fusion, pop Latin and rock.

Mark O’Day on drums/percussion is a graduate of the world renowned Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood, Calif. He studied with Joe Porcaro (Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard), Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa, Barbra Streisand, Rita Coolidge) and Dave Beyer (Melissa Etheridge, Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman, Michael McDonald). He has also been on numerous European tours with Minneapolis blues legend Willy Murphy.

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra’s first album, “Lookin’ for a Little Strange,” was released in November 2009. They have set the pace for new grass and bluegrass music creators worldwide with their unforgettable sound. Glenwood, you are in for a treat.

The Matt Haslett Band

Matt’s music is a blend of many styles, mainly consisting of blues, bluegrass, jazz, rock ’n’ roll and traditional folk. His voice is soothing, and his original lyrics are easy to connect to. His band’s melodies will ring through the mountains this Wednesday as Matt’s music, at its best, is both inspired in its creation, and inspiring in its expression.

The Summer of Music Committee would like to thank Matt for providing music in conjunction with the local band All the Pretty Horses for the Summer of Music Benefit concert held at the Center for the Arts in February. Matt’s music is not only delightful, but he is someone who believes in community music to the point that he helped to host a concert to keep this summer series alive.

His debut album was released in January. Titled “Amuse,” it will be available for purchase at the park this week.

Business of the week

W.J. Bradley and Community Banks of Colorado are the businesses of the week.

You will see volunteers from these organizations helping to collect donations at the park for the series.


We ask that concert-goers avoid blocking the Union Pacific train tracks while parking. Authorities will be towing illegally parked vehicles. The Ramada Inn has opened their parking lot to the public as a free park and walk-in location. You can also park at the free city lot downtown and take a quick walk in. The Kiss a Pig Foundation will be charging for parking at the Dalby Wendland lot this week. Bring $5, support another great community cause, and park very close to the park.

Please don’t forget to bring a donation for the series even if you pay to park. Proceeds benefit different organizations, and the Summer of Music still needs your financial support.

Speaking of Support, this series would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Alpine Bank, Bighorn Toyota, the city of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, KMTS Radio, Paragon Technology Group and the Ramada Inn. Many thanks to our other major sponsors: Gould Construction, The Glenwood Hot Springs, Garfield and Hecht P.C. Attorneys at Law, Glenwood Sunset Rotary Club, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, KSNO Radio, Pioneer Steel Inc., Stifel Nicolaus & Co, Wells Fargo Bank, the Gear Exchange, Copy Copy, Dodson Engineered Products, First Line Security, MRI Inc., KDNK Community Radio, Holy Cross Round-Up Foundation and KUUR Radio.


Please follow the simple park rules: No pets, no glass and no smoking at the concert series. (Yes, we realize the concerts are at a park, but for the sake of everyone’s enjoyment and safety, please respect the rules.)

Text survey

Please bring a donation to support the series, and help the series out even more by texting the word Arts to the number 37404 and taking our quick three-question survey to collect tourism info for future large grant applications. Last week some concern arose that this was a spam program, so please know, it is not at all. This survey simply provides us with much-needed demographic information. That is all the info we collect, and we will always protect your privacy. If you have questions about this text survey contact Christina at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 945-2414.

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