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Hilltop series offers more music in Rifle

The Bookcliffs Arts Council in Rifle presents the third season of the Hilltop Summer Music Series. The next free Thursday evening concert is July 25 with Electric Lemon, at the Bookcliffs Arts Center, 1100 E. 16th St., Rifle.

The arts council’s five-acre property is up the hill from town, hence the series’ name. Cindy Dempsey, vice president of Bookcliffs Council on the Arts & Humanities and chairperson for the Hilltop series, says the property is a beautiful site with great views. The council owns the Stone House, a 1904 building being remodeled as a classroom that will also be used for artist openings. In past winters the Stone House has played host to the Cabin Fever Music Series, intimate events with 35 people in attendance.

In addition to art classes, the council has put on art seminars for the Garfield School District Re-2 and has provided sand painters and Navajo dancers for the Rifle Rendezvous. In short, Dempsey says, “The council is trying to broaden arts and humanities in Western Colorado.”



But the council is about more than food for the soul. It’s property is also home to the Rifle Community Garden’s 26 6-foot-by-20-foot plots. For $40, gardeners get a plot, a council membership and free water.

While most of the Hilltop series shows are free, the finale is a fundraiser with a price yet to be determined.



There have been three shows so far this summer and four more to go. Electric Lemon plays original blues and funk. The Carbondale band features Marc Bruell on guitar and vocals, Mean Ol’ Mr. Gray on guitar and vocals, Patrick Fagan on bass and vocals, Marilyn Lindquist on vocals and Dan Rosenthal handling all things percussion.

On Aug. 8, The Leonard Curry Trio brings its spirited musical mayhem, weaving a wide variety of styles including folk, bluegrass, swing, Irish, Cajun and rock, with a few original tunes thrown in. The band is Elliott Leonard and Craig and Lorraine Curry.

Longmont’s Kevin Dooley plays American folk with an Irish feel on Aug. 22.

The season finale is from 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. David Star opens for the Three Twins, who play groovy, funkin’, southern fried-roots music. The band was formed by and still features former Subdudes members. There will also be poi jugglers, barbecue and a silent auction. Dempsey says tickets will most likely be limited to 300 for the finale.


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