`We may as well have a concert’
Despite the toll that the Coal Seam Fire has taken on the community of Glenwood Springs, Summer of Jazz, the Strawberry Days Rodeo, and the 105th annual Strawberry Days celebration are all a go. The 25th annual Strawberry Shortcut foot race, however, has been postponed.
Summer of Jazz organizer Mary Noone said the band is on its way.
“We may as well have a concert,” she said.
Two Rivers Park, the home of the Summer of Jazz concert series, is now a command center for the agencies fighting the fire, so the concert will be held at Stubler Memorial Field at Glenwood Springs High School.
Noone was concerned that having the concert wouldn’t be appropriate with all that’s happened since Saturday afternoon. Then again, it only made sense.
“I just think it would be a good time for everyone to come together,” said Noone. “It will be a breather for the community.”
This week, Jamaica-born Alexander and his band blend reggae, ska and dub rhythms with post-bop melodies. It’s as smooth as a tropical breeze with lilting melodies and buoyant rhythms. Music goes from 7-9:30 p.m.
Admission to the concert is free. Money collected at concert intermission will go toward fire relief funds. Noone said the money will most likely be divided up between the accounts already established at Bank of Colorado and Alpine Bank.
Noone didn’t know if concessions would be available.
As always, no dogs and no glass. Parking is available in the school and district office parking lot, as well as in the lots behind True Value. Concert-goers are asked to avoid riding bicycles, skateboarding or in-line skating on the high school’s track. Those activities can damage the track’s surface.
Everyone should be neat and tidy and pick up their trash, “just like they would at Two Rivers Park,” added Noone.
The Shortcut will be run Sunday, June 30, according to race director Jim Yellico. See today’s Sports section for details.
The Strawberry Days Rodeo will take place at 6 p.m. daily, this Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, at the Rodeo Grounds, located south of Glenwood Springs adjacent to the Glenwood Airport.
As for Strawberry Days, the three jam-packed days of music, artisans booths, parade and other special events will happen June 21-23.
“Our theme is even more appropriate now, honoring our local heroes,” said Cindy Svatos of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. “We’re going to have a lot of heroes out there.”
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