Art Scene: Oh, what a night |

Art Scene: Oh, what a night

Christina Brusig
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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. We launched Year 6 of the Summer of Music on Wednesday night, and there’s no looking back. We heard “better than ever” more than once and, I promise, it wasn’t just one of my relatives.

Next Up: The Confluents and Onda

We’ll give you some time to settle down, then on July 6, Onda, one of the best dance bands in Boulder, will lay down their vibe and bring you to your feet with a sound that is “a wonderful mix of original, traditional Latin standards and Afro-Cuban rhythms.” Add funk, salsa, R&B, cumbia, boogaloo, reggae, boleros and modern jam arrangements and you’ll know why you’ll get there early and stay late.

Opening the show is The Confluents who always nail it with the best funk, reggae, and blues music in the valley. Remember, the city says no smoking, no pets and no glass containers. Please bring a donation and join us, July 6, and get ready to rock.

The Game Changers

They know the importance of the arts to the community and these stalwarts continue to support the Center with unwavering commitment:

A big thanks to the Summer of Music donor/sponsors that consistently support the arts and make this annual series possible: Alpine Bank, city of Glenwood Springs, Coldwell Banker, Bighorn Toyota, KMTS, Glenwood Springs Brew Garden, Balcomb and Green PC., Garfield County, Gould Construction, Climate Control, Garfield and Hecht PC., GWS Post Independent, Lowes, 19th Street Diner, Glenwood Hot Springs, Stifel, Redi Services LLC, Hotel Colorado, First Line Security, Dominos, Masonic Lodge #65, Glenwood Springs Chamber Association, Gran Farnum Printing and Green Tech Electrical.

And nobody does it better that the SOM Committee. My very special thanks to Brie Carmer, Chris Bank, Judy O’Donnell, Jack Green, Dave Reynolds, Brent Compton, Raquel Koch and Mary Gould for bringing us the best.

Up On The Roof

The Wild West Fermentation Fest, a benefit for the Center for the Arts, runs tonight through July 3 on the upper level of the Ninth and Cooper parking garage.

Sample DeerHammer Distillery, Upslope Brewery, Aspen Brewing Co., Bonfire Brewery, 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co., Wandering Aengus, Anthem Cider, Woody Creek Distillers, Stoneyard, Marble Distilling Co., Snow Capped Cider and more.

Entry to the festival is $20/six tasting tokens and a commemorative sample glass. VIP tickets $35/six tokens and an event T-shirt. In addition to great food and beverages, enjoy 2016 Battle of the Band finalists — Logan Brothers, Let Them Roar, Ryan Roberts and other local favorites. Your ticket is good for three days. Remember, 21 and older.

4th of July in the Park

We’ve joined the city of Glenwood Springs to deliver one great day of national celebration. Come to Two Rivers Park at 4 p.m. on the 4th and enjoy local crafters, Art Center face painters, terrific food, old-fashioned games and fire works. We’re gonna do it right.

There’s Still Time

There are six days left in the First Western Trust’s WealthIsAbout Grants Contest. This contest gives us a chance to win $7,000 for the Center that helps us deliver on our mission to “provide opportunities to create and enjoy the arts,” contribute to the much-needed flood recovery goal and fund the Summer of Music Series.

We’ve had a great response but we need you to cross the finish line.

You can vote for us once every 24 hours through July 6 by visiting We can do this!

Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at

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