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Legendary keyboardist to play outdoor concert in Fruita

Sharon Sullivan
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WHAT: Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers

WHERE: James M. Robb Colorado River State Park in Fruita

WHEN: 8 p.m. Tues., July 16; gates open at 6

COST: $45, to benefit the Colorado Riverfront Foundation

Tickets are available at all City Markets, at http://www.sandstoneconcerts.com, or by calling 243-TIXS (8497)

INFO: http://www.sandstoneconcerts.com or riverfrontproject.org

Ever since winning a Best New Artist Grammy 25 years ago, pianist and singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby has been making music, exploring a range of genres including pop, jazz, bluegrass, country and modern classical music.

Hornsby performed with the Grateful Dead between 1990 and 1995, where he found a “kindred spirit in the Dead’s vibrant tradition of loosely blending folk, blues and improvisation,” according to Hornsby’s website.

“He’s a great musician. He’s done a lot of different styles and he’s done them well,” music columnist and record store owner Rock Cesario said.

Concert promoter Ron Wilson called Hornsby “one of the world’s greatest rock and roll keyboard players.”

Hornsby and his band, The Noisemakers, will perform a fundraising concert for the Colorado Riverfront Foundation July 16 at the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park in Fruita,

The Noisemakers are comprised of bassist J.V. Collier, keyboardist/organist John “JT” Thomas, saxophonist flutist Bobby Read, guitarist/mandolin player Doug Derryberry, and drummer Sonny Emory.

In recent years, Hornsby has worked with bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, the Bruce Hornsby Trio and jazz artist Charlie Haden. Hornsby has won numerous music awards over the years, including Best Bluegrass Recording for the song “The Valley Road” featured on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Will the Circle Be Unbroken Volume II.”

He shared an award with Branford Marsalis in 1993 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Barcelona Mona,” a song for the 1992 Olympic Games.

Hornsby has collaborated on more than a 100 records, including albums by Bob Dylan, Don Henley, the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin, Bela Fleck and Willie Nelson.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward further construction of the Colorado Riverfront Trail and possibly future free concerts at the park — events that raise money for the Riverfront Foundation.

Tickets are available at all City Markets, at http://www.sandstoneconcerts.com, or by calling 243-TIXS (8497).

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