Humming House, Leonard Curry Trio play Summer of Music
Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts
When a sizable portion of the audience wants to run away from home and hit the road with the band, you know you are doing your job. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts continues its SOM musical home runs with tonight’s award-winning quintet, Humming House.
Craig Havighurst, music critic with Nashville’s Music City Roots, has followed the timeless traditions and musical values of that city for years and says, “No band embodies what’s right about 21st century Nashville more completely than the quintet known as Humming House. It’s the way they weave together threads of Music City’s folk, soul and bluegrass legacies. It’s in the inspirational and revealing songwriting. It’s in their acoustic instrumentation, presenting mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar and bass in fresh roles. It’s in the pleasant tension between rousing energy and nuanced arrangements. And it’s in the voices, with two complimentary stylists up front and backed by the full band’s rapturous harmonies.
“Vocals are the emotional core and lure of Humming House. They are five voices deep, with a galvanizing male/female twin attack over the top. [Justin Wade] Tam and [Leslie] Rodriguez sing as soloists or a duet, depending on the song. Humming House works out careful hand-offs and big harmonies, including frequent passages that are just vocalizing, chanting beautiful music on top of their robust instrumental attack.
“If the new Nashville means anything, it’s about musicianship and authenticity. Quite often that results in sounds that are fascinating and appealing to critics and fellow musicians. Occasionally, artistry emerges that’s both profound and widely appealing. And when it does, as with Humming House, it’s cause for revelry.”
Opening for Humming House is the extraordinary Leonard Curry Trio, who knows a lot about musical artistry and wide appeal. Lorraine and Craig Curry and Elliot Leonard deliver the best of swing, bluegrass and folk with Lorraine on bass, Craig on mandolin, Dobro and guitar, Elliot stepping out on guitar and banjo and, joining them Wednesday, Suzanne Porter on violin. Top it off with wonderful vocal harmonies, and the audience is fine tuned for the rest of the night.
Stepping up the energy are Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts dancers. Nine members of the Junior Dance Company will perform “Mambo Italiano” with the trio. The combination of gifted dancers, terrific musicians and the rhythms of this famous ’50s song will be a showstopper.
Eleven dancers from the Senior Dance Company and Advanced Dance Company will dance to Humming House’s “Great Divide.” Director of Dance Maurine Taufer says, “In listening to the song and watching the video on the band’s website, I felt that this Nashville band captured the love many of us have for the mountains. In the dance, we attempt to capture the feeling of adventure and joy we have living here.”
Remember! No pets, no smokes and no glass. These are city of Glenwood Springs public safety regulations.
Join the revelry tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Two Rivers Park for another incredible night at the Summer of Music.
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