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Blues/R&B artist Kelley Hunt to perform in Durango

Hot off her performance at Telluride Blues & Brews, acclaimed Roots R&B/Americana singer-songwriter/keyboardist/guitarist Kelley Hunt returns to Durango for a benefit concert for the La Plata Family Centers Coalition, Sunday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. in the Rochester Hotel courtyard.

The event will cap-off the Durango Autumn Arts Festival on 2nd Avenue in Downtown Durango and serve as the local release event for Hunt’s CD “Gravity Loves You.” Tickets are $20 each and are available at www.whathappeningdurango.com.

“We’re so grateful for the Rochester Hotel’s willingness to host the concert in the hotel’s beautiful courtyard,” said Gaye Weiss, executive director of La Plata Family Centers. “It’s an intimate setting, great for a show.”

Recognized throughout the industry and among media critics as “fiercely independent,” Hunt combines an earthy Midwestern identity with the influences of R&B, roots rock, blues, gospel, folk and soul to create her own unique identity, resulting in an impressive “indie” career. Accomplishments include five critically-acclaimed international releases, numerous performances on international blues/roots/music festival stages, six live appearances on “A Prairie Home Companion,” and more. 

In addition to her bluesy domination of the piano, soulful, powerful voice and remarkable range, it is said that the latest generation of Hunt’s music is a collision of righteous roots influences and contemporary overlays, with rich veins of social and political observation threading throughout.

As noted in Vintage Guitar, “Kelley Hunt resides among those bluesy, soulful piano players who write great songs. Her piano playing and songwriting also function at the highest levels.”

Of her latest release, Blues Revue writes “… Hunt’s vocal and captivating piano playing work together to lift each composition to gravity-defying heights.” 

For more information and a sampling of Hunt’s music, as well as videos of her live performances, visit www.kelleyhunt.com.

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