Musicians in C’dale, Redstone belt out blues and African beats
The free summer of music keeps on playing locally this weekend, starting with the Bongo Love Band opening the Redstone Summer Concert Series at Redstone Park from 6-8 p.m. Saturday.The Bongo Love Band is an original roots African band with an eclectic style. Bongo, the front man, is straight from Zimbabwe and is known for transporting his crowd to his African world. Bongo began drumming and singing at an early age during traditional ceremonies, and these Shona roots gleam through his music.
“If you like to move, and who but the dead don’t, then I recommend you check out a propulsive and irresistible Bongo Love,” said music promoter Roger Steffans in The Beat magazine.Bongo Love just performed at the Humboldt Festival in California, the Taste of Bend in Oregon and in British Columbia for a week of touring in June.They have played the Telluride Opera House repeatedly, Brewsapalooza in Big Sky, Mont., The Aspen Chile and Brewfest, and more.The Redstone Summer Concert Series takes place in Redstone Park on the Crystal River across from the General Store. Bongo Love will also be playing at the Crystal Club Cafe later on Saturday night.
n n nOn Sunday, five-time W.C. Handy “Best Blues Instrumentalist-Piano” award nominee Henry Butler plays at 6 p.m. in Sopris Park for Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ free Summer of Music series.Despite being blinded at birth by glaucoma, Butler knows no limitations. He is a master of musical diversity, playing piano since age 6. He also plays baritone horn, trombone and drums.
He began formal vocal training in the 11th grade and went on to sing German Leider, French and Italian art songs and operatic arias, earning a master’s degree in vocal music.”Performing jazz and blues allows me to express important things which are often nonverbal, and I often use my entire body as my instrument,” Butler said in a press release. “I also respond to each individual audience’s ‘vibe’ whether teaching or playing music. My listeners have as much impact on me as I have on them.”Butler’s house was completely flooded during Hurricane Katrina, and he has temporarily relocated to Boulder.Call CCAH at 963-1680 for more info or to help out with this show.
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