Locals jazzed about first concert | PostIndependent.com

Locals jazzed about first concert

Post Independent/Kelley Cox Rachel Sibley (left) dances with her cousin during this season's opening concert for the 2004 Summer of Jazz at Two Rivers Park Wednesday evening.

by Christine Dell’AmorePost Independent Staff

Bob and Peggy Utesch always position their lawn chairs closest to the stage at the Summer of Jazz events. “We love to sit up front,” said Peggy, a Silt resident who has enjoyed the festival since its start 19 years ago. “The variety and quality of music is why we come. They’re international-caliber stars,” Bob added.The Latin-infused rock music of Beto y Los Fairlanes drew Jeff Lucas of Glenwood to Wednesday’s show. “I think it’s great the community can have this type of event,” he said.

Glenwood resident Cindy Hielscher, who just returned from living in Hawaii, said she’s glad to be back listening to the live instrumental music, as well as talking to old friends at the event in Two Rivers Park. Several people felt the same.”It’s the wonderful music, but also catching up with people we haven’t seen in a while,” said Matt DeCino of New Castle. Nearby, the park brimmed with area residents greeting each other and chatting in the warm evening.”I look forward to it,” said Glenwood resident Chrissy Ziegler. “I like sitting with friends and seeing people I don’t see during the day.”

Many families with small children also brought along their strollers and coolers for an evening out. “It’s a good chance to get together with family,” said Glenwood resident Michelle Like. Her boys Garrett and Ben smiled from their stroller as they sat facing the stage.Officials estimated about 1,000 people were at the event, which also attracted a few out-of-town guests. Vacationers Shellie and Kevin Miller of Colorado Springs took their children after they heard about it from a diner in town.”We enjoy taking the kids and letting them dance,” Shellie said.

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