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A wild Fourth of July

April E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted photo courtesy Summer of Jazz

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Two Rivers Park turns into a New Orleans carnival Wednesday with Mardi Gras Indian tribe the Wild Magnolias performing at 7 p.m.The Wild Magnolias’ sound stems from African, Caribbean, Creole, Indian and Spanish roots, with spirited New Orleans jazz and funk influences. Band members’ flamboyant feathered and beaded costumes illustrate the traditional Mardi Gras Indian dress signature to the Wild Magnolias’ visual style.The band has performed on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage – as part of the national Performing Arts for Everyone initiative – as well as at Carnegie Hall and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. In June, the Wild Magnolias played the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.

In support of Summer of Jazz free concerts such as the Wild Magnolias show, The Gear Exchange in Glenwood Springs donated a pink-and-white Felt SGK Promise cruiser bicycle to be raffled off before the fireworks Wednesday night. Raffle tickets are $10 each, and are available at the concert.”It’s out of genuine goodness,” said Gear Exchange co-owner Kendall Spyker, of the donation. “This was just a good way to support Summer of Jazz.”With its pink ribbon graphics and two-toned pink-and-white bike seat, the Felt Promise helps raise breast cancer awareness and supports the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The bike is valued at $549.

Spyker said the raffle supports many causes in one.”That bike is a limited edition,” he said. “One of our missions is to spread the word of bicycling. We’re always out at the jazz shows. There’s this cool bike consciousness and contingency in the valley, and we just want to nurture it.”After the free Summer of Jazz show, the city of Glenwood Springs lights up the night sky with Fourth of July fireworks above the park around 9:30 p.m.

Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.com

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