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Crested Butte musician Bruce Hayes to perform Nov. 28

Elation Center for the Arts presents Bruce Hayes — Crested Butte musician extraordinaire — at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Pagosa Springs.

Hayes is a powerful vocalist, mandolinist, guitarist and songwriter. His music is fresh and original, but steeped in tradition. He borrows from blues, bluegrass, Celtic, world beat, folk, rock and jazz to present a highly-varied and exciting show.

With more than 3,000 performances to his credit, Hayes’ music has taken him across the U.S. a dozen times and around Europe twice.

His first performances in Pagosa Springs were for the first two Four Corners Folk Festivals, many years ago. Since then, Hayes’ concerts here have always been warmly received.

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Hayes has been a professional musician since high school. And his experience shows. On stage, Hayes’ presence is electrifying. He taps his feet on an amplified floorboard, slaps accents on his guitar and cheeks, wails on harmonica and sings charismatically. His fingers dance around the strings with incredible fluidity, creating rich harmonic textures and rapid-fire riffs.

Hayes began studying music at age 7. His mother, a former Broadway dancer, insisted that he study piano first, but a small Sears Silvertone guitar always diverted his attention. He formed his first band in seventh grade. Later, in college, he majored in classical guitar.

After attending a bluegrass festival, Hayes traded his classical guitar for a mandolin and he began performing at ski areas around Colorado. Since that time he has performed with Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, New Riders, Acoustic Syndicate, Railroad Earth, Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Drew Emmitt. He has opened shows for David Bromberg, Jorma Kaukonen, Merle Sanders, Subdudes, Neville Bros., Dave Mathews, Sam Bush and David Lindley. He has recorded, in Nashville, for Grammy-winning producer, Jon Vezner.

Advance tickets for $12 are available online at http://elationarts.org and at the Higher Grounds Coffee Company. Tickets at the door will be available for $15. There is limited seating and it is highly suggested to purchase tickets early.

Please help us continue the tradition of our concert intermission/social by bringing a dessert to share.

The Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 301 North Pagosa Boulevard, past the fire station, around the back of Greenbriar Plaza in Unit B-15.

Elation Center for the Arts is a Colorado nonprofit providing enrichment programs to the community of Pagosa Springs. For more information, call 731-3117 and visit http://elationarts.org.