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Summer of Music wraps up tonight with soul, R&B, funk from Nigel Hall

Nigel Hall
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The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts delivers the sixth and final concert for this season’s Summer of Music series tonight at Two Rivers Park.

The Ricky O Band will take the stage with stylized rock, funk, blues and R&B lineup. Joining Ricky Orrison is Chris Bank, Joe Kelly, Chris Goplerud and Mark Johnson. Then they’ll hand off to headliner Nigel Hall for soul, R&B and funk.

Here’s what they say:

Nigel Hall grew up in Washington, D.C., in a musical family. His fingers first touched the keys before he hit kindergarten age, and his ears were wide open.

“My father had a vast [record] collection. I’d be in third grade with my Walkman and everyone’s listening to Ace of Bass, and I’m listening to Return to Forever, Chick Corea’s fusion project with Stanley Clarke.”

Nigel Hall

“I grew up with records,” he said, “That’s why I’m obsessed. My father had a vast collection. I’d be in third grade with my Walkman and everyone’s listening to Ace of Bass, and I’m listening to Return to Forever, Chick Corea’s fusion project with Stanley Clarke.

“Music is our way of traveling through time,” Hall said. His cover of Stanley Clarke’s “I Just Want To Love You,” for example, newly recorded as a turn-the-clock-back, Motown-infused duet with intensely soulful vocalist Alecia Chakour, was originally released the year Hall was born, in 1981. “It’s a part of my life, a part of my childhood, and it’s a part of what made me me, that song,” he said.

Hall is also a relatively new resident of one of America’s most sonically significant cities, a place that has always respected the power of history. Since relocating to New Orleans in late 2013, Nigel Hall has been embraced by its world-renowned music community.

“It’s the best decision I ever made for myself in my life and musically,” Hall said of the move. ‘I’m surrounded by the most amazing, incredible musicians in the world at all times.”

The evening of music starts at 6:30, rain or shine. No smoking, no pets and no glass containers.


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