Nice gesture: Summer of Music kicks off next Friday
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado – When the Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities was founded 20 years ago, there wasn’t a whole lot of music going on around town.
But that’s all changed, and Carbondale has rightly earned a reputation as quite the little arts and entertainment town. That trend continues this year with the ninth annual Carbondale Summer of Music.
In the early days, musicians played downtown.
“We teamed up with the town of Carbondale and started it there to create more vibrancy in the downtown plaza,” said Amy Kimberly, events and outreach director for the arts council.
Summer of Music concerts are now mostly performed in Sopris Park on Euclid Avenue.
“It’s been wildly successful as a performance space and a lovely gathering of the community,” Kimberly said.
Attendance varies with the band that’s playing, drawing crowds of 500 to 1,500 people.
“We try to bring in bands that we don’t normally get in this area,” she said. “This year, we’ve got everything from alternative country to New Orleans funk to harmony and acoustics. We’re kind of fashioning Summer of Music after Mountain Fair, and it’s been pretty successful.”
The first in the Summer of Music line-up will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at the downtown Fourth and Main venue, featuring the band Smooth Money Gesture. Subsequent concerts are Monday, July 4, and Sundays, July 10, 17 and 24.
The six-member band, from Nederland, features the Diminico brothers – Doug Diminico on lead guitar and vocals and Dan Diminico on bass guitar and vocals. Other band members include Josh Gitlin-Rich on guitar, Pete Goldbert on the keyboard and vocals, Scott Llewellyn on drums and Nathaniel Haas on percussion and vocals.
The band describes its music as “rooted in rock and roll with elements of funk, bluegrass, metal and electronics.”
With a cadre of original music, these musicians will kick off the music series with some rockin’ sounds. The beginning of the Summer of Music also coincides with the annual Rocky Mountain Omnium Bike Race – a three-day event that attracts bike racers from around the area.
“This is going to be a big weekend in Carbondale,” Kimberly said. “There will also be vendors, food and a bar with beer and wine.”
People are invited to bring picnics to the concert, where there will also be an Om Puppets Theatre for the kids.
“I can’t tell you who has the most fun – the kids or the adults,” Kimberly said. “It’s just all-age fun.”
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