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Bookcliff Arts Council presents bluegrass band

The Bookcliffs Council on the Arts and Humanities presents the Waybacks bluegrass band at 4 p.m. Sunday, August 25, at Sunrise Arts Garden, 955 County Road 293, Rifle.

Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for kids age 4 to 12; children 3 years old and younger get in free.

Bookcliff is a year-old arts council in Rifle, and the event is part of its Founders Festival and membership drive.

To find the Sunrise Arts Garden, exit Interstate 70 at Rifle. Head north on Railroad Ave. and turn right on Ninth St. Climb the hill to Birch St. and turn left. Drive one block and turn right at the corner of Birch and 16th St. The Sunrise Arts Garden is one-half block east of the intersection.

The Waybacks, from San Jose, Calif., play what some have called “thinking person’s bluegrass.”

They combine beautifully executed musicianship and playful, thoughtful lyrics to make a sound that inspires the listener to get up and dance.

The Waybacks are Wayne Jacques (fiddle, mandolin, electric octave mandolin, Humanatone and vocals), Stevie Coyle (acoustic rhythm and fingerstyle guitar and vocals), James Nash (acoustic lead guitar, mandolin and vocals), Chuck Hamilton (drums and percussion) and Joe Kyle (standup bass and vocals). Individually they’ve played with such music luminaries as Nanci Griffith, Peter Rowan, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Lawrence Welk.

“Besides being extremely entertaining, they take a lot of musical risks and cut across several different genres. They succeed completely,” said Dave Sigler in the Ann Arbor, Mich., Ark.

“The group’s air-tight arrangements swing with fervor and intensity, spotlighting spine-tingling vocal harmonies and some of the hottest instrumental playing you are likely to hear on either side of the Rockies,” said Steve Baker in The Freight and Salvage of Berkeley, Calif.

Bring a picnic supper. Beverages will be on sale during the event.

The concert will top off a major fundraising effort and membership expansion.

The Bookcliffs Council on the Arts and Humanities is nearing completion of its first year.

It has purchased a five acre property in Rifle and hopes to build an outdoor stage for small venue music, theater, and comedy performances. The arts council also plans to build teaching facilities, an outdoor sculpture garden and a mural wall.

Using a temporary stage this summer, it has hosted two musical events. Two more are scheduled before the summer ends. A second annual Hoe Down and Scarecrow contest are planned for October.

For those interested in supporting the arts in this area, now is the time to join. August is BCAH’s Founders Festival and Friend Raising Drive. The group needs to raise $50,000 for annexation of its property into the city of Rifle, and has set 200 as its membership goal for 2002.

Because it is new, this group isn’t well known, but not for long. Lend your enthusiasm and support to bring art to Western Garfield County.

For information on membership or the concert, call 945-2024 or 876-5345.


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