The name “Americana” seems to be the word on the lips of everyone in Pagosa Springs these days.
With a reputation that crystallized last fall, the Americana Project has been the topic of excited conversation in our community. Bob Hemenger, a man who teaches through his love of music, has headed this army of imaginative artists who expand themselves through multiple ways of creativity.
It is said that music is a language. That phrase proves accurate when walks into the music room at Pagosa Springs High School and witnesses the song stylings of the students in the Americana Project.
The Americana Project’s popularity has developed through community support and as a result of the Americana Project’s concerts. Last year’s concerts not only showcased the project’s students, but also introduced such artists as Pete Kartsounes and Gary Morris to our audience.
This year, Bob Hemenger has invited Caleb Hawley, a rising star in the urban-folk music scene, to our high school stage.
With a “mop-top” of hair reminiscent of the Beatles and piercing blue eyes, Caleb Hawley is an enticing and handsome performer. However, he’s not just a pretty face. At the age of 12, he wooed the girls of his seventh-grade class with a cover from Nirvana. After such a positive response from his classmates, Caleb caught the “music bug.” With musical influences spanning the gamut from Martin Sexton to Metallica, he provides something to which every fan can relate. Today, he shares the stage with such musical greats as the Dave Matthews Band and Mark Cohn.
Members of the Americana Project are thrilled to share the stage with him. Not only will Caleb perform with the students, but he will also teach a songwriting workshop for the Americana class and vocal/performance for the choir and drama class.
The concert will be held at the Pagosa Springs High School Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 19, starting at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30, so come early if you want a good seat. Tickets are only available at the door and the cost is $10 per person.
Proceeds above the concert cost will go to benefit future Americana Project events. The opening act will consist of selected performers from the Americana class.
This will be a night to remember and an event too big to miss!