Carbondale’s summer music lineup set
CARBONDALE, Colorado – The Carbondale Council on Arts & Humanities (CCAH) presents a range of musical styles with its annual Summer of Music series, beginning June 17 with Smooth Money Gesture performing at the Fourth Street Plaza in downtown Carbondale.With the exception of the opening concert and the special Monday, July 4, concert, the concerts will be in Sopris Park on Sunday evenings, July 10, 17 and 24.Musical styles will range from jam bands and New Orleans jazz to bluegrass, country and rock ‘n’ roll.Opening acts, including the Mountain Fair/Steve’s Guitars Singer-Songwriter competition finalists and Om Puppet Theater performances, will start at 6 p.m. on concert evenings. The main acts will take the stage at 7 p.m.CCAH encourages music lovers to grab a picnic blanket and some supper, and head on down to Carbondale for the Summer of Music Series.Following is a biography about the series performers, as provided by CCAH:Friday, June 17, Fourth Street Plaza, Smooth Money Gesture: These longtime friends and accomplished musicians bring a fresh sound to the “Jam Band” genre, with a cadre of originals, a full band sound, including keyboards, and a summer schedule that includes some of the hottest, new festivals like Desert Rocks. [www.smoothmoneygesture.com]Monday, July 4, Sopris Park, Shannon McNally and Hotsauce: “She has the voice: bruised, smoky and ornery, right at home where country and soul meet …,” writes Jon Pareles of The New York Times. Shannon and her band have graced Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale and perform at Aspen’s Belly Up on occasion. [www.shannonmcnally.com]Sunday, July 10, Sopris Park, Big Sam’s Funky Nation: Trombone powerhouse and band leader “Big Sam” Williams, formerly of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, has been celebrated as “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and the band had been touted for consistently “bringing a straight raw party” by Jambase. The Nation toured France and Greece last year, and has had a busy touring schedule on the home front including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, South by Southwest, Doheney Blues Festival and Gathering of the Vibes. [www.bigsamsfunkynation.com]Sunday, July 17, Sopris Park, The New Familiars: North Carolina’s The New Familiars have been touring and playing their own style of American rock ‘n’ roll wherever and whenever they can. Drawing from the vast influences they’ve collected throughout their joint careers, this quartet has shaped a sound that combines the nitty-gritty roots of music from the Appalachia with guitar-drenched-drum-driven anthems of rock ‘n’ roll. [www.thenewfamiliars.com]Sunday, July 24, Sopris Park, The Trishas: The Trishas got together towards the end of 2008 for a tribute to songwriter Kevin Welch at the 2009 Steamboat Music Festival. The four songstresses who make up the group are Jamie Wilson of The Gougers; Liz Foster of Liz & Lincoln; Kelley Mickwee, formerly of Jed & Kelley; and Kevin’s daughter, Savannah Welch. [www.thetrishas.com]CCAH rounds out its summer music offerings with a full lineup of bands during the 40th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, taking place July 29-31 in Sopris Park. For more information, visit http://www.carbondalearts.com, or call (970) 963-1680.
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