Summer of Music features Wil Campa
The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts presents the second concert of the 2013 Summer of Music Series at Two Rivers Park on Wednesday.
Local opening act Josephina Mendez and her band take the stage at 6:30 p.m. followed by musical legend Wil Campa.
Campa, from Cuba, will be presenting a fusion of big band, Latin, jazz and dance music. This band was hand picked by the Summer of Music talent committee with the intention of getting your hips moving on Wednesday.
Campa’s childhood was spent in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, where he grew up amid streets filled with joyful traditional Cuban music. His ambition and love for music, dance and songwriting led him to study professional music at the acclaimed Escuela Vocacional De Arte Raul Sanchez in Cuba.
From 1988 to 2004, Campa performed with well-known orchestras Cumbre and later Maraca (Maraca opened the first season of the Summer of Music in 2011), participating in the prestigious Adolfo Guzmán Festival and many elite jazz festivals traveling to more than 37 countries around the world. His charisma and the ability to move an audience has brought him to share the stage with the likes of Winton Marsalis, Poncho Sanchez, El Gran Combo, Natalie Cole, Michael Miller, Joe Lovano, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jimmy Bosh and Jose Alberto el Canario.
Campa is best recognized nationally and internationally for his Grammy-nominated contribution to the CD “Tremenda Rumba” in 2002. In 2005, Campa formed what is known today as one of Cuba’s elite groups, Wil Campa y Su Orquestra. The band has released two albums, “Es Tiempo” in 2006 and “Todo Es Posible” in 2011, winning him a nomination for best album 2012 at the Cubadisco (Cuba’s equivalent of the Grammys).
Special this week
• Summer of Music will be celebrating the Glenwood Hot Springs birthday at the park this week, and would like to thank them for their many years of supporting the Summer of Music.
• Business of the Week is Roberts & Michaels Real Estate at Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club
An extra special thanks to Annie Olson, a member of our talent committee and the volunteer coordinator of the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music. Annie has helped the Summer of Music by finding willing businesses and volunteers to help collect donations each week at the park. She loves giving back to the community in which she lives and enjoys keeping the arts and music alive in our valley as we celebrate 125 years of the Glenwood Hot Springs, and 28 years of free community music.
• The Summer of Music series is free, and will always be with your help. Please remember to bring a donation when you come to the concert each week … and leave your pets, smokes and glass bottles at home.
“We love the family friendly environment that we have established at the concert series, and thank all who respect the simple park rules — it makes it more enjoyable for everyone,” says Gayle Mortell, executive director of Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, Summer of Music.
• The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music is presented by the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and made possible by Alpine Bank, Big Horn 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.
• Food vendors include Deja Brew, Gandhi’s Indian Cuisine, 19th Street Diner, the New Castle Diner, and the Lazy Bear Restaurant.
• Come prepared to pay to park. Two different groups will be using the Dalby Wendland/ C-Dot parking lot for fundraisers this summer. If you plan on parking in those lots please bring $5 to support these amazing groups. Weeks 1-3 will benefit the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts Competitive Dance Program, and weeks 4- 6 will benefit the Kiss a Pig Foundation. Both fantastic programs need your support. We hope you choose to pay it forward this week, and park in those convenient lots.
• A special thanks to all who participated in the Flash Mob at the first concert of the year (last Wednesday). What a blast. To view the video, become friends of Facebook with GWS Arts.
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