First Glenwood Summer of Music concert tonight |

First Glenwood Summer of Music concert tonight

Contributed photoThe 12-piece Cuban band Maraca is the headliner for the opening concert of the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music. The free show starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs, with opening entertainment by JAS Summer Camp.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Maraca, a 12-piece Cuban jazz and salsa band kicks off the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music tonight, with an opening performance by the JAS Summer Camp student group.

The summer music series takes over from the Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz, after that series ended last year after 25 years of free Wednesday evening concerts. The series is now being managed by the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, under the direction of Chris Bank and with the help of a large committee of volunteers.

JAS Summer Camp features 11 instrumentalists and five singers, in addition to seven students from Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts of Denver. This gathering of music majors from around the country have come together to play for the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Camp, led by Bank. The group will be playing jazz arrangements, originals and covering popular songs from groups such as Steely Dan and Earth Wind and Fire.

Maraca is another big band, 12 musicians from Havana whose trip to Colorado is sponsored by Jazz Aspen Snowmass. The band is led by flautist Orlando “Maraca” Valle. The band plays a fusion of Latin jazz, tropical rhythms, salsa and Afrobeat, amplified by trumpets and saxophones, drums, flutes, and of course, maracas.

Four food vendors – Nikki’s Quickie, Smoke on the Water BBQ, Haute Plate Bistro, and Jeffeezz Sorbeto – will be serving food from 6:30 p.m. and on through the evening.

The summer music series is sponsored by American National Bank, the city of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, KUUR, KSNO and KMTS radio stations. Donations are welcome.

No smoking, no glass and no pets at the park.

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