Glenwood’s Summer of Music series a go
The new Glenwood Springs Summer of Music at Two Rivers Park is all set to begin later this month, thanks to some big contributions from the city of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County and numerous local businesses and individuals.To date, about $43,000 of the anticipated $58,000 needed to put on the series has been raised, including $15,000 from the city’s discretionary grants fund, $10,000 from the county and another $18,000 in private contributions, according to Christina Brusig, assistant director for the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, which is sponsoring this year’s music series.”We’ve been able to pay all of the bands’ deposits, so everything is functioning and ready to go at this point,” Brusig said. “By the last concert [Aug. 3], we will need to raise enough money to pay ourselves back and make sure the arts center is not losing out.”The new series replaces the former Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz, which founding organizers Bob and Mary Noone decided to bring to an end last summer after 25 seasons.Shortly before the final jazz concert last year, the Center for the Arts announced that it would step up to keep the tradition of free, live music in the park going this summer.Also in keeping with the tradition begun by Summer of Jazz, the six-concert Summer of Music series will take place on Wednesday evenings in Two Rivers Park, beginning June 29 with the Cuban Jazz group Maraca.In addition to bringing rock, bluegrass, world beat and rhythm and blues to the mix this summer – along with jazz – the new summer concert series will have some local flair.Each of the main acts will be preceded by a local opening act, from student musicians to established and up-and-coming local bands.”We wanted to give these local bands a chance at performing before an audience, and help to establish the music scene in Glenwood,” Brusig said.The opening bands will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday, while the featured bands will come on at 8 p.m., she said.Also different will be a variety of food vendors on site, including the Hot Plate Bistro, Smoke on the Water BBQ, Nickie’s Quickies vegetarian fare, and longtime favorite Jeff Issacson’s Italian Ices.”We’ll have a nice variety of different kinds of food, from lighter fare to full menu items,” Brusig said. “We’re really encouraging people to arrive between 6 and 6:30, grab something to eat, chat with friends and listen to the local musicians before the big names take the stage.”The arts center is currently engaged in its “Big Ask” campaign to raise the remaining sponsorships needed to pay for the concert series this summer.”We have sponsorships starting at $25 all the way up to $15,000 or more, so there’s a wide range of levels for people who want to help out,” Brusig said. “We will also be meeting face-to-face with everyone who has given to Summer of Jazz in the past.”Information on donating and recognition for different sponsorship levels can be found at the Center for the Arts website, http://www.glenwoodarts.org.And Arts Center dance and art students will be passing the basket collecting donations during the concert intermissions, she said.Organizers are also seeking volunteers to help with set up and pick up before and after the concerts. For more information, contact the Center for the Arts at email@example.com
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