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Pagosa favorite Bruce Hayes in concert Saturday

Bruce Hayes performs in Pagosa Springs, 7 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 28, in a special post-Thanksgiving concert sponsored by Elation Center for the Arts.

Advance tickets for $12 are available online at Higher Grounds Coffee Company and online at the ECA Web site http://elationarts.org. Tickets will be available at the door for $15 (if the concert is not sold out in advance).

The concert takes place at the Unitarian Fellowship, located at 301 North Pagosa Blvd., past the fire station, around the back of Greenbriar Plaza in Unit B-15.

Question: What do you get when you combine the beautiful Colorado mountains with elements of blues, bluegrass, Celtic, world beat, folk, jazz and rock music?

Answer: The vibrant music of Bruce Hayes, a talented performer from Crested Butte.

Hayes’ presence is electrifying. His fingers dance around the strings of his guitar and mandolin with incredible fluidity, creating rich harmonic textures and rapid-fire riffs. He’s a captivating vocalist and a creative songwriter. He taps his feet on an amplified floorboard, slaps accents on his guitar and cheeks, and he wails soulfully on his harmonica.

“Hayes is the most phenomenally talented performer you’ve ever seen,” wrote one reviewer.

For years, Hayes has toured across the U.S. and around Europe, with over 3,000 performances to his credit. In our own neck of the woods, he has a devoted following — ever since his dynamic main stage performances at the first two Four Corners Folk Festivals in the mid-’90s.

Hayes formed his first band when he was in seventh grade. Later, in college, he majored in classical guitar. His mother, a professional Broadway dancer, insisted he start his musical education by studying classical piano. But his gut instincts propelled him to the guitar, mandolin and blues harp. Since his early days, his dedication and contribution to what he calls “the Colorado sound,” has been truly remarkable.

So, gobble down some leftover turkey and come join the fun at the Bruce Hayes concert this Saturday.

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

Elation Center for the Arts is a nonprofit arts organization serving Pagosa through community concerts, music classes, dance classes and other cultural enrichment programs.

For more information, call 731-3117 and visit http://elationarts.org.