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Glenwood Springs Summer of Music returns to its jazz roots this week

Christina Brusig
Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts “gets jazzy” this week at Two Rivers Park in celebration of the past “Summer of Jazz” series that started the tradition of free community music so valuable to the Roaring Fork Valley.

For 25 years, the Summer of Jazz brought patrons to Two Rivers Park to enjoy exceptional jazz music. For the last three years, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts has promoted the summer series, adding multiple genres and celebrating new styles, but this week they step back into the genre that made summers in Glenwood Springs so memorable.



Talking the stage at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday is local opening act Already Gone followed by the renowned Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra from Grand Junction, at about 7:30 p.m. Don’t let the word “orchestra” scare you: This band focuses on “Big Band” music and incorporates great musical works from all eras and styles of the American jazz tradition. They present a unique blend of jazz and New Orleans style swing and have remastered covers in the jazziest of ways — a perfect Glenwood Springs band.

It’s a first for the Summer of Music to bring a headlining act that is located so close to home.

“You would be shocked about the amount of talent we have in our valley, and in regional cities. No need to bring acts from neighboring states or opposite parts of the country when we have such amazing performers so close,” said Chris Bank, director of the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music Series.



The Summer of Music talent committee believes “The Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra” is one of Grand Junction’s quintessential musical assets. We are very excited to present them to Glenwood Springs for our third concert of the summer series. We suggest you bring someone special with you to this show, as it will be one that brings us back to the good ol’ days in Glenwood Springs.

About Already Gone

Already Gone is drummer Eddie Muniz, Jean Graca on bass, lead guitarist Mark Chenoweth, Randy DeHerrera on alto sax and keyboards, and is fronted by the powerful voice of Lisa Popish. Over the last several years, Already Gone has become one of the most in-demand party bands in the region, playing at many of the top musical venues and festivals across the Western Slope. The breadth of the band’s set list is as diverse as the band itself, with selections that weave through classic rock, R&B, funk, blues, country crossover, and good ol’ rock ’n’ roll. All in all, Already Gone is a cover band that brings their own original energy to every song.

Special this week

The Summer of Music committee is collecting tourism information for future funding. Help us reach this goal. How? At the event, text the word ARTS to 37404. A link to a quick 3 question survey will appear. It will ask you to enter your age, ZIP code and on average how much you spent at the concert series that week. This information will help us apply for grants in the future. If you like the direction the Summer of Music is going, imagine what we could do with more funding. Please help by taking the quick survey. If you can’t text in, visit http://www.glenwoodarts.org and take the survey on our homepage.

Please remember, to bring a donation but leave your pets, smokes and glass bottles at home! We greatly appreciate you respecting the park rules and making this experience great.

Sponsors

The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music is presented by the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and made possible by Alpine Bank, Bighorn Toyota, The city of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, KMTS Radio, Paragon Technology Group and the Ramada Inn. Other major sponsors are Gould Construction, The Glenwood Hot Springs, Garfield and Hecht P.C. Attorneys at Law, Glenwood Sunset Rotary Club, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, KSNO Radio, Pioneer Steel Inc., Stifel Nicolaus & Co, Wells Fargo Bank, the Gear Exchange, Copy Copy, Dodson Engineered Products, First Line Security, MRI Inc., KDNK Community Radio, Holy Cross Round-Up Foundation and KUUR Radio.

Our business of the week: Land Title. You will see employees of Land Title out and about collecting donations to benefit the Summer of Music.


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