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Barefoot Manner kicks off concert series

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities will kick off the 21st Annual Performances in the Park Concert Series this Friday, June 20, from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.The first of five free concerts – all held on Friday evenings in Sopris Park – will feature Barefoot Manner, a five-piece musical group from North Carolina whose sound is heavily rooted in high-energy newgrass, soul-shaking funk and musical experimentation on all levels. Barefoot Manner features guitar, percussion, banjo, mandolin, bass, and all of the band members sing. Its music has been labeled as Americana groove-grass, cosmic funk-grass and unconventional bluegrass, mixed in with some positive reggae and Caribbean vibes. Barefoot Manner spent the majority of 2001 playing extensively throughout North Carolina, performing with such acts as the Sam Bush Band, Acoustic Syndicate, the Larry Keel Experience, Blueground Undergrass, and the John Cowan Band. With the continued circulation of bootlegs and the release of their debut studio album, “Mannerisms” in September, Barefoot Manner began to gain momentum.Highlights of the year were Smilefest in June with Bela Fleck and Keller Williams and Salmonfest in August with Leftover Salmon and Galactic. In September, Barefoot Manner also hosted its first-ever outdoor festival, called Mannerland, and headlined the event for two nights. The group’s second album, “Centered,” came out in November.CCAH invites the entire public to come to the concert, and bring the children, blankets, lawn chairs and picnic meals, but no dogs.Upcoming concerts include:-Acoustic Syndicate, on June 27, high-energy harmonizing Americana, acoustic folk roots.-Cabaret Diosa, July 4, a genuine mambo combo, Latin big band with Cuban and Brazilian rhythms, lots of pizzazz.-Manzanares, July 11, Nuevo Latino with hot Spanish guitar, sizzling Latin percussion, and soulful vocals, showcasing Latin rock, flamenco and pop. Manzanares won the Best Album of 2003 prize in New Mexico.-Mount Sopris Jam Band, July 18, featuring Chris Bank and Joe Kelly in classic R&B and rock style with all local talent, including Erika Toler, selected at the best vocalist 2003 in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent “Locals Choice” and more.


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