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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.
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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.