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Hazel sings for the kids at Grande River Vineyards

Sharon Sullivan
Hazel Miller
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WHAT: “Hear it Through the Grapevine” concert series with Hazel Miller, a benefit for Mesa County Partners

WHERE: Grande River Vineyards, 787 N. Elberta, Palisade (Off I-70, exit 42)

WHEN: Sat., Aug. 3; doors open 6:30 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.

COST: $20; tickets available at the door or by calling 970-464-5867, or visit Fisher’s Liquor Barn or Roper Music

INFO: 970-464-5867 or granderiverwines.com

The “Hear it Through the Grapevine” gig in Palisade is one that Denver-based soulful singer Hazel Miller said she looks forward to every year.

“It’s a great ride over and a fabulous cause — you can’t go wrong when you’re helping young people,” said Miller, regarding the Grande River Vineyards benefit concert she performs each year for Mesa County Partners.

Miller and her band keep busy playing at clubs and events on the Front Range. In June, they performed before 10,000 people at Denver’s City Park Jazz Festival. And a few weeks ago they played at a Telluride music festival, where she came out with a new set of contemporary gospel tunes and secular songs set to a gospel format.

“Some you can dance to, or you can sit there and tap your foot,” Miller said.

“I’ve had so many requests (to do gospel songs), I decided it was time to get it done.”

She’ll likely throw in a couple of those contemporary gospel tunes, as well as several new songs.

Miller said she plans a long first set of very jazzy and bluesy songs, followed by an hour of “rockin,’ sockin’ dance music.”

“If you weren’t up dancing before, you will be then,” Miller said.

“Miller has performed with or opened for such artists as Julian Lennon, Leo Kottke, Herbie Hancock, Lou Rawls, Rickie Lee Jones, Charlie Musselwhite as well as a host of other popular artists.

She’s won Best Independent Blues-R&B Recording and was named Outstanding Performer at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Denver’s Westwood magazine readers poll named Miller and her band the “Best Blues/R&B” band for three consecutive years.

Miller has performed regularly with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and has been a popular performer on National Public Radio’s ETown Radio Show.

In 2008, Denver’s mayor named Miller as one of 150 people who make the city a better place to live. (She’s also performed benefit concerts for the Partners organization there).

Grande River Vineyards’ lovely outdoor venue offers outstanding views of Mt. Garfield, Grand Mesa and the nighttime sky.

Wine from the vineyard and food from Rib City Grill will be for sale before and during the concert. No outside beverages are allowed. Free water is available. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Proceeds from the $20 tickets go to Mesa County Partners, a nonprofit organization with many programs serving youth in need of a friend, advocate or positive role model.

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