Summer of Music kicks off with Flash Cadillac |

Summer of Music kicks off with Flash Cadillac

The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music at Two Rivers Park is set to rock ‘n’ roll tonight as the third season of free community music at Two Rivers Park kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

This season marks the third year that the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts has presented this cherished community event and brings us to the 28th anniversary of celebrating great music, friends and family at Two Rivers Park in the summer.

The band Flash Cadillac will start the celebration this week.

If you saw (or heard) the Center for the Arts/Alpine Bank float promoting the Summer of Music in the Strawberry Days Parade, you know that the music being presented this summer at the park has a Glenwood Springs flare.

“Our talent committee has made sure to select bands that will not only get you dancing, but bands that represent the same ‘down home, grass roots, good feelings’ that you have come to expect from our fun, multi-genre music series,” said Christina Brusig, assistant director, Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.

The series will run for six weeks, ending Wednesday, July 31. At 6:30 p.m. each week, outstanding local opening acts take the stage followed by world famous headlining acts around 7:30 p.m. Food vendors add delicious festival cuisine, and the Gear Exchange donates a gently used recycled bike to a lucky concert-goer each week.

About Flash Cadillac

Flash Cadillac represents the old school rock genre of the summer concert series. Flash Cadillac’s fun, finger-snappin’ grooves are perfect for all ages. Come on out and see this band that has been famous since the ’60s.

According to, “Rock in its purest form was about simplicity of form and feeling; anything beyond three chords and angst over going steady could not fit the mold. Yet, like you and me, rock music grew up. It got moodier and more complicated. It took on the weight of middle age even while staying stuck in the swamp of youthful fixations. As ’60s balladeers brooded over the big issues of the day, or as a later crop of Mohawked troubadours made nihilism a pop song fad, the simplicity of infant rock grew more alluring even as it receded further from our reach.

“It took a handful of musicians with the right blend of humor and respect to revive style. That group was Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, a group of students at the University of Colorado who, against all odds, found each other on a campus then renowned for its counterculturalism. Where most of their peers were obsessing over Led Zeppelin, Hendrix and the Doors, these guys were dazzled by the flame of the ’50s. …

“American movie buffs also came face-to-face with the guys in 1973, when they played on screen in American Graffiti; you can see them now, in matching red blazers, on the 25th anniversary reissue of that milestone film. They hit the silver screen again five years later as well, in a rather less lighthearted epic, “Apocalypse Now.” And they were no strangers to television, with frequent stints on The Tonight Show, The Midnight Special, In Concert, Bandstand and all the other pre-MTV vehicles for rock acts.”

Business of the week: Alpine Bank

Alpine Bank is the title sponsor of the Center for the Arts and the Summer of Music Series. You will see representatives at the series making announcements and walking out in the crowd helping to collect donations.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and the Summer of Music Committee is grateful for all its sponsors, as they are the individuals and businesses who truly keep this tradition alive, Brusig said.

The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music is presented by the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and made possible by Alpine Bank, Bighorn Toyota, the city of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, KMTS Radio, Paragon Technology Group and the Ramada Inn. Other major sponsors include 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.

An extra special thanks to the Summer of Music Committee: Chris Bank (director), Christina Brusig, Gayle Mortell, David Darling, Dave Reynolds, Mary Gould, Chris Geiger, Matt Soltesz, Judy O’Donnell and Raquel Koch. And thanks to sound engineer Bill Flannigan for his expertise.

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