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Mid-1800s boxing short story ensemble hybrid concludes Garden Music Series in Carbondale

Death of the Pugilist performers, from left, Blayne Chastain, MinTze Wu, Jem Moore, Joy Adams, Eric Thorin.
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Carbondale Arts wraps its Garden Music Series this week with a cross-genre ensemble performance on Wednesday and Thursday at the Orchard.

Local musician MinTze Wu will play violin, accompanied by three other musicians plus a musician/narrator in a hybrid performance of Daniel Mason’s novella “Death of the Pugilist,” which follows a man from a rough dockside upbringing in England in the 1800s as he comes of age as a bare-knuckle fighter, eventually squaring up with a boxing legend.

The story is read in its “unedited entirety” and weaved together with modern, minimalistic music, some of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Irish folk.

“This show is so special in that it was my first cross-genre experimental ensemble from 12 years ago,” Wu said. “It is such a compelling story and experience that I’d love the chance to introduce it to the community.”

Wu is accompanied by Jem Moore, who narrates and plays music, and fellow musicians Eric Thorin, Joy Adams and Blayne Chastain. The original story was published by Mason in 2008.

The show is the fourth and final in Carbondale Arts’ Garden Music Series, which was “designed to celebrate the rich diversity of artistic styles and cultural backgrounds in our place and time,” according to Carbondale Arts’ website.

Wu played in all four events, starting on May 27 with “Bach, Ballads & Ballet.”

Both nights of “Death of the Pugilist” will feature the same show. Tickets are $30 and are available through the Carbondale Arts’ website. The concerts are “bring your own everything,” according to Carbondale Arts.

“Bring a chair or blanket, some yummy snacks and refreshments, and be ready to be serenaded.” its website says.

Glenwood Summer of Music returns with one-off locals’ concert in Two Rivers Park

A Band Called Alexis.
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Another sign that things are returning to normal goes up on the grassy lawn at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs Wednesday evening — with an eye toward a full return next summer.

Though the Glenwood Summer of Music was suspended the past two summers due to restrictions on public gatherings caused by the pandemic, the summertime concert in the park returns for a one-off show from 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 4.

The night will feature a pair of local music groups, the True Story Band and A Band Called Alexis. The concert is free and open to the public.

“We want this to be something for the community,” said Annie Olson, president of Glenwood Springs Summer of Music.

Unlike the usual concert series, there won’t be any food vendors or outside solicitors, she said. People may bring a picnic to enjoy while listening to the music, she said.

At the same time, the nonprofit organization that puts on the series is looking to the event to kick-start things for a six-concert series next summer.

Next week’s concert was made possible by donations from the city of Glenwood Springs and local businesses. Bringing back the summer-long series that typically begins on the last Wednesday of June for six straight Wednesdays will rely on community donations, Olson said.

“It takes several months of work to get all the concerts together for the season,” she said of a process that usually begins by November of the prior year to line up bands and vendors and get permitting in place.

“It really takes quite a bit of time to assemble, and we all wear a lot of hats to make it happen,” Olson said.

Volunteers will be working the crowd with lighted donations buckets on Aug. 4, and supporters are encouraged to send donations to: Glenwood Springs Summer of Music, P.O. Box 945, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.

“We will continue to honor and strengthen this important community event by increasing community involvement, developing regional partnerships and maximizing our use of the precious resources provided by the community,” Olson said in an earlier press release announcing this year’s single event.

True Story Band is led by guitarist Damian Smith and features multi-instrumentalist Chris Bank and a host of other local musicians playing country and classic rock covers.

A Band Called Alexis is billed as the region’s premiere country-rock band, led by vocalist Alexis States with Julie Maniscalchi on backup vocals, David Harding on lead guitar, Billy Conn on bass, Corey Spagnolo on drums and David Reynolds on rhythm guitar.

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or jstroud@postindependent.com.

Brett Dennen gives benefit concert in Carbondale on Friday to support children who are fighting cancer

Brett Dennen performs at Carbondale’s River Valley Ranch Friday night.

The driving range at the River Valley Ranch Golf Course in Carbondale turns into an outdoor concert venue Friday night, when singer-songwriter Brett Dennen performs in a benefit concert for the ALC Foundation.

The concert honors the memory of Anna Cunningham, daughter of RVR Golf Course owner Red Cunningham and Julie Warren. Anna Cunningham died at age 16 in 2019 of Ewing’s sarcoma.

The ALC Foundation works to help families dealing with childhood cancer cover basic necessities and treatment support.

“Anna inspired so many in our community and beyond with her bravery and positive spirit,” Warren said in a news release of the idea behind the Friday benefit concert.

Local band Shady Lane is set to open the show for Dennen, starting at 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets are free, with a suggested donation made instead to the ALC Foundation.

“To be able to continue Anna’s legacy and help support other families faced with this devastating diagnosis is incredibly healing for our family,” Warren said.

Anna Cunningham

Concert proceeds will go to two additional programs, Camp Wapiyapi and Brent’s House.

Camp Wapiyapi offers free camp opportunities for kids fighting cancer, survivors and their siblings. Staffed with an almost all-volunteer medical team, children who are actively receiving cancer treatment can attend camp with medical support.

“A moment of normalcy in this long and difficult journey meant the world to our family,” Cunningham said in the release.

Brent’s House, located near Children’s Hospital in Denver, offers safe and clean accommodations at no cost to families whose children are undergoing bone marrow transplant and have weakened immune systems, according to the release.

To register for free tickets or purchase VIP seating, visit the foundation website. Donation links can also be found at ALCFoundation.net.

TGIFridays on 7th in Glenwood Springs

The Glenwood Recreation department rolled out family movie nights under the the Grand Avenue bridge on Thursday nights but starting on July 2 they will be hosting another family friendly event called, Fridays on 7th.

The event will be free and feature live concerts featuring local talent from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley will occur in Bethel Plaza. Attendees of the event are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to sit in as seating underneath the bridge will be limited.

The free concert series will last for seven weeks beginning Saturday, July 2 through Aug. 1. The artists who are scheduled to play at Fridays on 7th all vary in genre and style.

Fridays on 7th Schedule

The Queen Bees, an all-female bluegrass band, are set to kick off the event. They will be followed by the Double Diamond Band (July 9), The Bell Creek Band (July 16), and the Aspen Rolling Stone Review (July 23). The Feeding Giants will perform on July 30, who are an acoustic trio from New Castle. Suzanne Paris and the Aspen Allstars will play Aug. 6, and lastly, Rodrigo, an acoustic guitarist specializing in cover songs will hit the stage on Aug. 13.

The weekly concerts will last from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Visit, https://www.glenwoodrec.com/ if you want to find out more information about Fridays on 7th and other upcoming Glenwood Recreation events.