Sunday funday returns to Carbondale for three weeks
Arts and entertainment contributor
CARBONDALE — Sundays just got their groove back.
This weekend, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) welcomes back its summer music series that features three weeks of Sunday concerts in Sopris Park.
“The Sunday Carbondale Summer of Music concerts are beloved here as a way for folks to come together and celebrate,” said Amy Kimberly, CCAH executive director.
Starting July 7 with Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, the series is a family-friendly trio of concerts that builds up to CCAH’s main event, Mountain Fair July 26-28. Kimberly said the goal of the concert series is to entertain in a casual summer evening setting.
“We have pretty much stuck to the same format for many years, looking for bands that are unique and appeal to many ages,” she said.
Described as purveyors of original funk since 2002, Asheville, N.C.’s Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band is well known for original compositions, horns, grooves and heavy backbeats. The band’s stage show includes costumes and antics that will make the Sunday evening memorable in Carbondale.
“We also like to bring different genres each week to attract different folks,” Kimberly said. “This summer’s lineup really fits that bill with funk, bluegrass, reggae and a dash of country rolled into the Sunday musical feast.”
The Summer of Music continues Sunday, July 14, with Carbondale pickers the Hell Roaring String Band and Northern Colorado’s Old Town Pickers. The bands will offer an evening of bluegrass and fast grass.
“Expect some down-home happiness,” Kimberly said.
On July 21, Carbondale rock-country band All the Pretty Horses opens for reggae great Pato Banton with the Now Generation. All the Pretty Horses have played the Sunday series, as well as Mountain Fair, Strawberry Days, Fruita Fall Festival and PAC 3. They have shared stages with national touring acts such as Tab Benoit, Elephant Revival and Hellbound Glory, and will now include Banton in their mix this month. Banton is considered one of the leaders of the ’80s Jamaican music scene.
The groove is definitely on Sundays in Carbondale.
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