Concert – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:55:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Western show coming to Community United Methodist Church http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/20/western-show-coming-to-community-united-methodist-church/ Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175525

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Beth and Bill Filliowich will present a Western Music Show at Community United Methodist Church on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m.

By Linda Parker
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa community is invited to a western music show featuring locals Beth and Bill Filliowich on Friday evening, Aug. 23. This knee-slappin’, foot-stompin’, toe-tappin’ evening of the best of cowboy entertainment will be held at Community United Methodist Church (CUMC) beginning at 7 p.m.
Beth and Bill Filliowich are frequent soloists at CUMC. Beth Filliowich majored in vocal performance at Indiana University’s School of Music.
She performs a broad range of music, from American standards to opera and oratorio.
She exclaimed, “Ancora Imparo!” — “I am still learning,” a phrase written by Michelangelo in 1562 and is one of her favorite quotes. This explains why she has continued her private studies to hone her singing and teaching skills.
Beth Filliowich has had the pleasure of singing all but one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s heroines, as well as many musical theater roles and the many “inas” in opera: Despina Zerlina and Pamina are in her repertoire. She has also sung the role of the Mother in Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”
Beth Filliowich is often a guest soloist at area churches and her sacred repertoire includes works by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Vivaldi. She has years of experience as the soprano section leader for Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers in Fort Myers, Fla., and the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers, and Naples, Fla. She is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and Mu Phi Epsilon, an international professional music fraternity. Some of her community involvement includes performing for area fundraiser events for local churches and scholarships for students participating in 4-H and equine camps. She often performs recitals and maintains a private teaching studio.
Bill Filliowich has never used music as a means to a living, but it has added much living to his life. As an avocation, he has had a wonderful variety of musical experiences. He has sung and played in everything from musical theater to classics in symphonic choruses, small ensembles and solos with occasional fun encounters with regional blues, rock and country bands.
“It doesn’t matter if you hum it, strum it or blow in it as long as the sound produced touches someone. Though I love to sing the classical, powerful symphonic masterpieces, I’ve learned that the lowliest of instruments, the harmonica, has touched more hearts and souls than the highest vaulted Stradivarius,” stated Bill Filliowich.
His favorite music has always been the tunes that reach out to the cowboy, the firefighter, the sailor and soldier who are far removed from the great symphony halls, but have been touched by the simplest melodies played in the simplest ways when they needed it most.
Put on your boots and grab your hat. You’ll definitely want to be on hand for this unforgettable musical evening. Admission to the show is free, but your donations will be gratefully accepted and will benefit the CUMC choir.

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Wild Rivers, Mile Twelve to perform at Four Corners Folk Festival http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/19/wild-rivers-mile-twelve-to-perform-at-four-corners-folk-festival/ Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:00:15 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175528

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Four Corners Folk Festival goers will have two opportunities to experience Wild Rivers atop Reservoir Hill, at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 and again on Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.

By Crista Munro
Special to The PREVIEW
The 24th annual Four Corners Folk Festival is coming up at the end of this month, taking place Aug. 30-Sept. 1 on Reservoir Hill in downtown Pagosa Springs.
Tickets are selling quickly for this year’s event, no doubt due to the epic lineup that includes The Earls of Leicester, Billy Strings, Amy Helm, Molly Tuttle, The Mammals, Darrell Scott, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, The East Pointers, Lindsay Lou, JigJam, The Arcadian Wild, Maybe April and this week’s featured artists: Wild Rivers and Mile Twelve.
Wild Rivers
Wild Rivers immerse their folk-pop originals into the warm musical styles of the artists that influenced them. With more than 33 million streams on Spotify, the four-piece band out of Toronto, Ontario, effortlessly blends exquisite harmonies, beautiful songwriting and a captivating stage presence, while their vibe fits equally well in listening rooms and symphony halls.
The inviting harmonies of Wild Rivers provide a shimmering texture to the band’s most recent EP “Eighty-Eight.” However, dedicated fans know about the depth of Wild Rivers — from the alluring melodies that take an unexpected turn to the undercurrent of emotion in their tightly crafted lyrics.
Wild Rivers is composed of Khalid Yassein (vocals, guitar), Devan Glover (vocals), Ben Labenski (drums) and Andrew Oliver (bass). Over the past three years, the ensemble has toured consistently across the U.S. and Canada and has earned a reputation as a band that makes a powerful connection with listeners.
Festival goers will have two opportunities to experience that connection on Reservoir Hill: Aug. 31 at 12:30 p.m. and again on Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.

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Mile Twelve will play the main stage of the Four Corners Folk Festival on Aug. 30 at 4:30 p.m. and again on the late night stage that same night at 11 p.m.

Mile Twelve
Another young breakout band, Mile Twelve takes traditional bluegrass stylings and instrumentation and turns them into a modern sound that crosses genre boundaries. Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, “City on a Hill.” All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that feels contemporary, thoughtfully crafted and relevant.
“Original bluegrass music, written and played by young people, is very much alive,” said band member Evan Murphy. “I hope people take away that songwriting and arranging really matter. It’s about the material and playing it in a way that feels honest. This album isn’t political in the sense that we’re beating people over the head with anything, we just tried to tell stories that feel authentic.”
The album title alludes to the idealized imagery of a shining city on a hill — a historical phrase that has often been applied to Boston, where the band got its start.
Murphy added, “We realized that many of the characters in these songs were in crisis, had been failed in some way or were failing themselves. It’s an unintentional theme, but it came out in the songwriting.”
The Mile Twelve lineup offers five of the most promising young musicians in bluegrass: David Benedict (mandolin), Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo), Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Murphy (guitar, lead vocals) and Nate Sabat (bass, lead vocals). All are credited as songwriters because everyone in the band helped shape the material throughout the writing and arranging process. Murphy and Sabat initiated most of the lyrical ideas for “City on a Hill” while Benedict wrote the instrumental track “Rialto.”
“We all inspire each other and recognize that everyone has different strengths,” Murphy said. “What makes this band so collaborative is that everyone in the band can do something at a really high level. That’s the balance. We’re all challenging each other.”
Produced by Bryan Sutton and engineered by Ben Surratt, “City on a Hill” begins with a lively rendition of Richard and Linda Thompson’s “Down Where the Drunkards Roll.” From there, the album explores a number of unexpected perspectives, such as a modern war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (“Jericho”), a Jewish immigrant fleeing war (“Liberty”), and a man who cannot escape the stigma of the penal system (“Innocent Again”). As the album winds down, the light-hearted power waltz “Barefoot in Jail” and the ethereal, old-time dream sequence “Journey’s End” lead to the poignant “Where We Started,” a portrait of small-town life written by John Cloyd Miller.
“City on a Hill” follows multiple IBMA Momentum Awards, presented by the International Bluegrass Music Association to emerging bluegrass artists. Mile Twelve won the band category in 2017, shortly before releasing their debut album, “Onwards.” The following year, Keith-Hynes and Benedict secured IBMA Momentum Awards in instrumental categories, while the band earned two major IBMA Award nominations for Emerging Artist and Instrumental Performance of the Year in 2018.
Those kind of accomplishments were far from anyone’s minds when Murphy, Sabat, Keith-Hynes and Bowness started crossing paths at house parties and pick-up gigs in Boston. In time, they recognized each other as regulars at a Cambridge dive bar called The Cantab Lounge during Tuesday night bluegrass jams. In 2014, they decided to start their own band. By gathering grassroots and industry support, they were well on their way when Benedict, who was living in Nashville at the time, relocated to Boston to join the band in 2016.
Sutton observed, “I’m a fan of bands who strive for a balance of being musically unique and individualized, while at the same time working to include time-honored traditions found in this music. This blend is not an easy thing to accomplish. Mile Twelve does this with well-honed and refreshingly honest songwriting, along with powerful playing, singing and performing. Not only did I have the privilege of producing this album, but I also got a chance to know the band better. I’m impressed with how much they bring out the best in each other.”
The band takes their name from the mile marker that sits at Boston’s southern border on route 93, the city’s main artery. It’s a road sign they’ve passed countless times while heading out on tour. Through an active social media audience and radio support from terrestrial stations and Sirius XM, the band has found receptive audiences across the globe, touring all over North America as well as Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Asked about the band’s influences, Murphy cites Alison Krauss and Union Station for their precise arrangements and execution, the Del McCoury Band for their grit and groove, and the Punch Brothers for their genre-bending virtuosity. As for writing, Murphy praises the mastery of Gillian Welch and Jason Isbell for their ability to tell a fully realized story within the confines of a three-minute song.
These influences shine through in “City on a Hill,” but at the core the album is a representation of the band’s emerging voice. “We decided to record this album as live and authentically as possible,” Murphy said. “There was no metronome, no filler material, no smoke and mirrors. It was very real, you know? We all feel that the end result is an honest statement of who we are.”
Mile Twelve will play the festival main stage on Aug. 30 at 4:30 p.m. and again on the late night stage that same night at 11 p.m.
More information
We are still looking for a couple dozen volunteers to round out the weekend’s schedule. Volunteers age 17 and up can earn complimentary three-day festival admission by working two four-hour shifts before, during or after the festival. Tickets and additional information about the festival, including the main stage schedule and information on all of the artists, can be found online at www.folkwest.com.
The Four Corners Folk Festival is supported in part with matching funds from Colorado Creative Industries.

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Gabriela de la Paz performance set for Aug. 23 http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/18/gabriela-de-la-paz-performance-set-for-aug-23/ Sun, 18 Aug 2019 11:00:05 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175542

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Mexican singer and songwriter Gabriela de la Paz will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.

By Jean Broderick
Special to The PREVIEW
A Favorite Pair of Jeans are proud to present Mexican singer and songwriter Gabriela de la Paz in performance at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.
de la Paz is a singer and songwriter who accompanies herself on the guitar. de la Paz resides in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and has performed for enthusiastic audiences in the United States and Europe.
The Jeans, piano and cello duo, featuring Jean Smith on piano and Jean Broderick on cello, will open the program with a few introductory pieces before turning the program over to de la Paz.
Please join us at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. for a delightful evening of music from Mexico and Latin America. St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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Tickets selling quickly for Four Corners Folk Festival http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/14/tickets-selling-quickly-for-four-corners-folk-festival/ Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:00:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174940 By Crista Munro
Special to The PREVIEW
The 24th annual Four Corners Folk Festival is coming up at the end of this month, taking place Aug. 30-Sept. 1 on Reservoir Hill.
Tickets are selling quickly for this year’s event, no doubt due to the epic lineup that includes The Earls of Leicester, Billy Strings, Amy Helm, Molly Tuttle, The Mammals, Darrell Scott, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Lindsay Lou, JigJam, Mile Twelve, Wild Rivers, The Arcadian Wild and this week’s featured artists: Maybe April and The East Pointers.

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Maybe April will perform on the main stage of the Four Corners Folk Festival twice, on Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. and Sept. 1 at 11:30 a.m.

Maybe April
Maybe April is a country Americana group made up of Katy DuBois (Bishop) and Alaina Stacey. Hailing from Jonesboro, Ark., and Chicago, Ill., they met in the summer of 2012 at a music industry camp in Nashville. They wrote a song that would later take them to Los Angeles to play at a Grammy week event, along with Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the Civil Wars, and many others. Since then, amongst hundreds of shows, the girls have opened for Brandy Clark and Sarah Jarosz, played Pilgrimage Music Festival and IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and had their video “Last Time” premiered on CMT.
Maybe April is recognized for their harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, original songs and shared roles as frontwomen, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a unique sound somewhere in between Americana and country. Their love for each other and their music continues to push them in their endeavors in Nashville, where they have been based since 2013.
FolkWest favorites Kate Lee and Forest O’Connor will be joining the ensemble for their appearances at the Four Corners Folk Festival on Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. and Sept. 1 at 11:30 a.m.

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The East Pointers will bring their entertaining live show to the stage of the Four Corners Folk Festival at 4 p.m. on Sept. 1.

The East Pointers
There’s a reason, beyond their dazzling musicianship and wildly entertaining live shows, that The East Pointers have connected with audiences right across the globe, making new, original roots music the hippest, most vibrant thing going.
The reason? The East Pointers — fiddler/singer Tim Chaisson, banjoist Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron — write about real life, sketching out its joys and sorrows in vivid strokes. That palpable authenticity makes their instrumental tunes practically cartwheel and infuses their lyric-driven songs with poignancy. And it’s why listening to The East Pointers’ brilliant and hotly anticipated second album “What We Leave Behind” — produced by superstar East Coast-bred songwriter/producer Gordie Sampson — is akin to meeting up with an old friend.
As a follow-up to 2015’s internationally acclaimed, JUNO Award-winning debut “Secret Victory,” “What We Leave Behind” shares stories previously unheard but framed by a familiar context. The album reflects on the traditions of Canadian Celtic music, where it comes from, and what it means to the people, but also strides in new directions. With a captivating balance between their traditional-sounding instrumental tunes, and catchy radio-ready songs, The East Pointers reach out with open arms to a wide range of listeners, inviting them to discover a new love of folk music.
Never before have The East Pointers so deftly leveraged the whole spectrum of human emotion, drawing inspiration straight from the world they live in. That’s especially evident in a pair of striking new songs featuring Tim Chaisson’s lead vocals: the trembling first single “82 Fires” and the melancholy “Two Weeks,” co-written with Sampson amid recording sessions last winter.
“While in Penguin, Tasmania, we spoke with an older gentleman, a lifelong resident, who said that there were 82 wildfires currently on the loose in Tasmania, the most in over half a century. It hit home the severity of what we were all experiencing,” said Koady Chaisson. “It was a restless few days for us. Small human decisions about where to live, or whether or not the show would go on didn’t matter, Mother Nature would always have the final say. Being in the middle of that brings an immediacy about it, you can feel powerless.”
The plaintive “Two Weeks,” meanwhile, documents a passage depressingly common in the bands’ home province of Prince Edward Island and played out the world over in economically challenged communities: the need to leave home and travel far away from friends and family to find work.
“When I played that song for my mom, she said ‘That’s going to hit home for a lot of people,’” Koady Chaisson explained. “Many families are forced to split their time, with at least one member having to go out west — usually to Alberta — to make ends meet. It’s so hard. I did it, though luckily not for long, but there are people in my community going through it month after month, year after year.”
The flip side of “What We Leave Behind” — and indeed, of The East Pointers’ electrifying concerts — are scorching instrumental tunes that yank the freewheeling, Celtic-goosed past into the present, defying anyone to sit still in their chair.
“Traditional music has always been at the core of what we do as a band,” added Jake Charron. “There’s something powerful about a style of music that has been passed on for generations around the world.”
A new take on this tradition is evident in the spry “Party Wave,” inspired by a thrilling surfing experience the band enjoyed in New Zealand, one of many countries The East Pointers visited during 10 months of touring last year. The tunes, written this past year on the road, take you on a journey, building with excitement before transforming into a full-on dance party.
Rounding out the album, the melancholic “John Wallace” — about a 19th century shipwreck off the coast of Prince Edward Island — and the mournful “Hid in Your Heart” uphold the band’s devotion to documenting real life, tragedy and all.
“What We Leave Behind” carves a new path for The East Pointers, as they continue to blur the lines between traditional and popular music and develop a devoted fan base around the globe.
Get ready to move when the trio takes the stage on at 4 p.m. on Sept. 1.
More information
We’re looking for our last few volunteers to round out the schedule. Volunteers age 17 and up can earn complimentary three-day festival admission by working two four-hour shifts before, during or after the festival. Tickets and additional information about the festival, including the main stage schedule and information on all of the artists, can be found online at www.folkwest.com.
The Four Corners Folk Festival is supported in part with matching funds from Colorado Creative Industries.

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Gabriela de la Paz, Mexican guitarist, singer, songwriter, to perform Aug. 23 http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/13/gabriela-de-la-paz-mexican-guitarist-singer-songwriter-to-perform-aug-23/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:00:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174944 By Jean Broderick
Special to The PREVIEW
A Favorite Pair of Jeans is a cello/piano duo consisting of Jean Broderick and Jean Smith, who have performed for community events over the past five or six years.
Both Broderick and Smith share an interest, not only in music, but also in foreign languages, and both have attended Spanish immersion programs in Cuernavaca, Mexico. It was during one of Broderick’s trips to Cuernavaca that she met Gabriela de la Paz, Mexican singer and songwriter, and was enchanted by her music and performing ability. Over the past 15 years, Broderick has attended performances by de la Paz many times during her visits to Mexico.
de la Paz, who lives near Cuernavaca, Mexico, has performed in several major cities in the United States as well as Europe. She has recorded numerous CDs featuring the music of Latin America, including one specifically for children, which includes some original songs.
A Favorite Pair of Jeans now has the distinct pleasure to present de la Paz live in concert to the Pagosa Springs community. The program will begin with a couple of pieces played by the Jeans, and then segue into de la Paz’s lovely voice and guitar. The program will be held at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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Mountain Light Music Festival underway, concert Friday http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/09/mountain-light-music-festival-underway-concert-friday/ Fri, 09 Aug 2019 11:00:49 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174909

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The Mountain Light Music Festival is underway, and the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse will be the venue for the second concert, on Friday, Aug. 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

By Kathy Wadenpfuhl
Special to The PREVIEW
Audiences in Pagosa Springs will be delighted with the variety of music that they will hear this week during Mountain Light Music Festival (MLMF). The festival concerts will be very diverse in musical genres. The Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse will be the venue for the second concert, on Friday, Aug. 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Sol Brass Quintet is a very talented group of musicians from Baylor University. Its musical program includes “Canzona Bergamasca” by Samuel Scheidt and, once again, an original composition by trumpeter Joey Tkach (b. 1997) called “Lush.” What a talented group of young people that Pagosa Springs will be honored to hear.
Baylor Brass, faculty of the MLMF, will continue to dazzle audiences with an arrangement of “The Cowboys” by John Williams, and a “Pasodoble Torero-El Gato Montes” by Manuel Panella.
Also complimenting the Baylor Brass’ repertoire will be three featured solos. Wiff Rudd, trumpet, will be featured on Duke Ellington’s “Concerto for Cootie.” Brent Phillips will bring to life the classic trombone solo, “The Bluebells of Scotland” by Arthur Pryor. And, on horn, Jeff Powers will perform a sonata by Italian composer Luigi Cherubini. This phenomenal brass quintet always ends its performances with an arrangement of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.” The original composition is by John Rutter, founder of the Cambridge Singers, and is a setting of the Priestly Blessing, from the Book of Numbers in the Bible. The blessing is used at the conclusion of worship, baptism, marriage and other special occasions in Christian worship.
The Mountain Light Festival Brass Choir will be made up of Baylor faculty, Sol Brass Quintet members and MLMF brass students. This large group will be performing the “Toccata in E minor” by J.S. Bach, “Colonial Song” by Percy Grainger and an antiphonal Gabrieli “Sonata Pian e forte.”
The MLMF Festival Brass Choir will also be closing the concert with two stunning arrangements of D. Marlatt’s, Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
Please join us on this Friday night for a concert that will lift your spirits, touch your heart, amaze your hearing and bless your soul.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or at www.mountainlightmusicfestival.com.
If you would like to support this growing festival by making a donation, go to the website www.mountainlightmusicfestival.com. Donations can be made at different sponsorship levels. All proceeds go directly into the growth of the MLMF. Questions? Call Kathy Wadenpfuhl, (409) 720-7445, or Carol Larsen, (214) 649-5041.

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Tickets on sale now for Mountain Light Music Festival concerts http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/05/tickets-on-sale-now-for-mountain-light-music-festival-concerts/ Mon, 05 Aug 2019 11:00:34 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174258

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Baylor Brass faculty and artists, left to right: Wiff Rudd, Mark Schubert, Kent Eshelmann, Brent Phillips and Jeffrey Powers. Baylor Brass will serve as the faculty for the weeklong Mountain Light Music Festival.

By Kathy Wadenpfuhl
Special to The PREVIEW
The Mountain Light Music Festival (MLMF) is right around the corner. Baylor Brass will serve as the faculty of this weeklong music festival. The students who are attending the festival will be in master classes, clinics and rehearsals with this exceptional faculty.
This year, the festival has added a lighter touch with the beautiful sounds of the Baylor Wind Trio. The Wind Trio will be the primary performing group at the MLMF opening gala concert on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Baylor Brass will headline the Friday night, Aug. 9, finale concert. And, returning this year is Sol Brass, adding their magic once again to this all-brass night. Then, the Mountain Light Brass Choir will fill the PLPOA Clubhouse room with an incredible resonance of sound. The finale concert is Friday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. This concert and the Wednesday night opening gala concert will both be held at the PLPOA Clubhouse at 230 Port Ave.
Pagosa Mountain Rotary will be offering wine and beer purchases at both of our concerts.
Tickets may be purchased through www.mountainlightmusicfestival.com or at the door. As an added bonus for our adoring public, if you purchase a Wednesday night ticket for the opening gala concert, you will receive a $10 discount for the Friday night finale concert.
MLMF is in its fifth year at home in Pagosa Springs. This is the Baylor Brass’ summer home. These musicians are bringing world-class music to the southwest Colorado area.
We are looking for major sponsorships and underwriting to continue this incredible week of music and concerts. If you are interested in learning how you or your business can support us in these endeavors, please call Carol Larsen at (214) 649-5041 or Kathy Wadenpfuhl at (409) 720-7445.

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Darrell Scott, Billy Strings set to take the Folk Festival stage http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/05/darrell-scott-billy-strings-set-to-take-the-folk-festival-stage/ Mon, 05 Aug 2019 11:00:32 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174284 By Crista Munro
Special to The PREVIEW
The 24th annual Four Corners Folk Festival will take place over Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, on Reservoir Hill.
Once again, the event has put together a stellar lineup that includes The Earls of Leicester, Amy Helm, Molly Tuttle, The Mammals, The East Pointers, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Lindsay Lou, JigJam, Mile Twelve, Wild Rivers, The Arcadian Wild, Maybe April and this week’s featured artists: Darrell Scott and Billy Strings.

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Darrell Scott will be back for another FolkWest performance at 5:30 on Sept. 1 at the 24th annual Four Corners Folk Festival.

Darrell Scott
“I look like an insider because of everything I’ve done, but I always felt like an outsider,” Scott said. “And that’s important — to be an outsider.”
But he’s also a master.
Whether it’s rock, folk, country or blues, Scott — the four-time Grammy-nominated Nashville songwriter — has written hits for artists ranging from Brad Paisley and the Dixie Chicks to Del McCoury, Sam Bush and Keb’ Mo’, contributing songs to three of 2016’s best albums alone. It’s not surprising that Scott wrote nine of the 14 songs on his own new album, “Couchville Sessions,” and less surprising that he wrote three songs with the like-minded Americana artist Hayes Carll on Carll’s magnificent new disc, “Lovers and Leavers,” in addition to “1000 Things” from Sarah Jarosz’s award-winning “Build Me Up From Bones” album.
What’s more surprising is that Scott came off of a year and a half of touring in Robert Plant’s Band of Joy with a co-write on R&B star Anthony Hamilton’s new recording, “Save Me,” the opening track on “What I’m Feelin.” Over the past two years, Scott has produced, co-written and performed on three songs from Zac Brown’s latest project, “Heavy Is the Head,” in addition to producing Jonathan Edwards latest and Malcolm Holcombe’s 2017 release, “Pretty Little Troubles.” But these partnerships all make sense; although they hail from different genres, these artists are master craftsmen at fitting words to notes.
Witness Scott’s ability to make just about any instrument talk; listen to his vocals and songwriting to hear him contain every emotion between joy and pain within one verse in his singing and in his pen. Nowadays, he’s taking the outsider role even more seriously. After 23 years in Nashville, he spent the last year devoting himself to a self-sufficient lifestyle in the country while simultaneously putting together his best album in years.
A regular artist on FolkWest’s stages, we are thrilled to welcome Scott back with his band in 2019. Fans can catch his main stage set on Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m.

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Billy Strings will perform in a headline set at the 24th annual Four Corners Folk Festival, with the set beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 31.

Billy Strings
Strings plays hard and he lives hard, picking so fast and intensely that he’s known to break multiple strings per song. He bases the songs he writes on the hard lives he grew up around in the abandoned rural communities of America. His most recent album, “Turmoil and Tinfoil,” taps into a deep vein of psychedelia in Americana, referencing everything from The Dead to Sturgill Simpson, but all underlaid by Strings’ undeniable virtuosity and his knowledge of the roots of American music. He’s one of the most beloved young bluegrass guitarists today within the bluegrass community, and his front porch in East Nashville is constantly filled up with Nashville’s best roots musicians just picking up a storm.
The tricky part of making “Turmoil and Tinfoil” was translating Strings’ incendiary live show into the studio. While deeply reverent of the roots of traditional bluegrass music, which his father shared with him as a boy, Strings learned his high-energy performing skills by playing fleet-fingered guitar solos in a heavy metal band in his native Michigan. Returning to his home state of Michigan, Strings enlisted acoustic roots wizard Glenn Brown (Greensky Bluegrass) as producer, and centered the music around his new band, featuring Jarrod Walker on mandolin with banjo prodigy Billy Failing and much-loved Nashville bassist Royal Masat.
Rich with special guests, “Turmoil and Tinfoil” shows off Strings’ East Nashville community of picking friends, among them Miss Tess, Molly Tuttle, John Mailander, Shad Cobb and Peter Madcat Ruth. Of special note is a virtuosic duet between Strings and bluegrass guitarist Bryan Sutton on “Salty Sheep” that shows the speed, precision and creative craftsmanship of bluegrass when it’s done right.
Poised to take bluegrass in bold new directions, singer/songwriter/guitarist Strings is quickly gaining attention for his live performances and imbuing his take on Americana with distinctive bursts of psychedelic virtuosity. While he has matured as a player, singer and songwriter in his own right, and re-embraced the music his father introduced him to, Strings has applied the intensity of heavy metal to bluegrass. The end results provide a fresh jolt to the genre.
Billy Strings will close with a headline set on at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 at 8:30 p.m.
More information
Volunteer applications are now available on the website and scheduling is underway, so potential volunteers are urged to apply as soon as possible. Work two four-hour shifts to earn complimentary three-day festival admission. Tickets and additional information about the festival, including the main stage schedule and information on all of the artists, can be found online at www.folkwest.com.
The Four Corners Folk Festival is supported in part with matching funds from Colorado Creative Industries.

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Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College announces new season http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/01/community-concert-hall-at-fort-lewis-college-announces-new-season-2/ Thu, 01 Aug 2019 22:20:35 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174316 By Indiana Reed
Special to The PREVIEW
The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College will once again bring the world to Durango, featuring an eclectic mix of performers from the far reaches of the globe as well as from across the United States during its upcoming 2019-2020 performing arts series.
Tickets for confirmed shows are on sale now, online at www.durangoconcerts.com, by phone at 247-7657, and in person at the ticket office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th Street and Main Avenue.
The lineup of confirmed shows for 2019-2020, including brief show descriptions, follows below. This lineup is subject to change. Note that all ticket prices listed include any applicable service charges.
The Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multiuse performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.
• “Trace Bundy: The Acoustic Ninja,” Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m., $30/$20.
Internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Bundy must be seen, not just heard. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed “Acoustic Ninja” play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers.
• “An Evening with Bobcat Goldthwait” Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m., $30/$24/$15.
The legendary comic makes his Durango debut as the Four Corners Comedy Festival Headliner. Over the years, Goldthwait has amassed legions of fans with his brutally honest, outrageous and off-beat comedy that has made him one of the most recognizable comedians in show business today. Goldthwait is as edgy as ever as he shares his personal life, politics and humorous stories about this more than 30 years in show business. The show is recommended for 18 years and older.
• Jarabe Mexicano, featuring Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles, “Cruzando Fronteras,” “Border Crossings,” Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., $45/$35/$25.
San Diego’s breakout Latin band, Jarabe Mexicano honors the past while embracing the future, incorporating the members’ unique mixture (jarabe) of traditional as well as popular genres. A six-member group, most Jarabe Mexicano members have grown up living, studying and working on both sides of the border — which has provided them an intimate understanding of the transborder demands and the challenges facing millions who live cross-cultural lives. The show will be further enhanced with the colorful dance of Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles.
• “Get the Led Out, A Celebration of the Mighty Zep,” Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., $50/$45/$35.
Back by popular demand. From the bombastic and epic, to the folksy and mystical, Get the Led Out (GTLO) has captured the essence of the recorded music of the renowned Led Zeppelin, bringing it to the concert stage. The band’s accomplished musicians recreate Zeppelin’s songs in all their depth, including the studio overdubs that Zeppelin never performed live. Whether it’s the passion and fury with which GTLO delivers the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, or the delicate nature of the band’s intimate, sit-down acoustic set, GTLO’s attention to detail and nuance makes a GTLO performance a truly awe-inspiring experience. The dance floor will be open.
• Jazz on the Hill, featuring Joyce Lyons with The Phil Aaron Trio, a fundraiser for the Russ and Bette Serzen Endowment Fund for Concert Hall operations, Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m., $125.
Jazz on the Hill features an evening of fine food and music in support of the Community Concert Hall. Guests dine on the Concert Hall stage and are treated to a performance from Lyons. Lyons’ rich alto has been compared to Dianne Reeves and Oleta Adams as she digs into the lyrics and meaning of a song, whether it’s classic Broadway, the Great American Songbook or hard-swinging Jazz. Elaine Stritch, Bobby Short and Jonathan Schwartz all have highly praised Lyons’ talent, and according to Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Flaherty, “Joyce Lyons makes each and every song truly her own. Her performances are both timeless and timely. Joyce is a true original.” Seating is limited.
• “Take Me to the River” live, celebrating the Music of New Orleans with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m., $59/$49.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including bepop jazz, funk and R&B/soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a “musical gumbo,” has seen the Dirty Dozen Brass band emerge as a world-famous music machine whose name is synonymous with romps and high-octane performances. “Take Me to the River” celebrates three generations of musicians on one stage with Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Walter “Wolfman” Washington plus Mardi Gras Indians with “Big Chief” Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles and “Big Chief” Romeo of the 9th Ward Hunters.
• Skippy and the Comedy Warriors, “Nerd Amongst Men,” Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., $34/$24/$20.
Actor Marc Price, best known as Skippy from the hit TV series “Family Ties,” has teamed up with military veterans Joe Kashnow and Bobby Henline for a fun-filled night of stand-up comedy. Comedy Warriors is part of “Healing Through Humor” as America’s wounded warriors regain their enthusiasm for life through comedy while raising awareness of the difficulties facing returning veterans. These Comedy Warriors candidly share their poignant life stories, and the role that stand-up comedy plays in their rehabilitation. While the subject is serious, the show is humorous and light-hearted.
• Skerryvore, award-winning folk rock band from Scotland, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., $45/$30/$25.
Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music “Live Act of the Year” award, Skerryvore creates a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana that is representative of the different personalities and upbringing of the eight band members, all hailing from different regions of Scotland. The band’s success led to the creation of Skerryvore’s own annual festival, Oban Live, that has grown to attract more than 10,000 attendees.
• Stephanie and Paolo, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., $20.
Pioneers in the use of four-hands piano in jazz, Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi have earned widespread success with their arrangements of classics from the stride piano, ragtime and boogie-woogie repertoires, as well as from the swing era and the Great American Songbook. Blending impeccable technique and mature musicality with humor and showmanship, they are considered the most engaging piano duo dedicated to the repertoire of classic jazz. Stephanie and Paolo are said to revel in a gorgeous lightness of being on a beautiful assortment of songs, tempos and approaches.
• David Sedaris. Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., $49/$39.
NPR humorist and bestselling author of “Naked,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” “Theft by Finding” and “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” Sedaris is one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. For Sedaris, laughter isn’t just a facet of life — it’s the quintessential lifeblood of it. He will share readings from his latest work, Calypso, as well as host an audience Q&A and book-signing.
• “Forever Tango,” Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., $55/$45/$35.
Revered as the greatest tango show in the world, “Forever Tango” features 14 world-class tango dancers, one vocalist and an on-stage 11-piece orchestra, including the instrument of the tango, the bandoneon, in an evening that celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina. The show tells the story of the birth of tango in 19th century Argentina through today, when the tango may be Argentina’s best-known export.
• State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, “Nutcracker,” featuring the San Juan Symphony, Dec. 13-15, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.. $43/$29.
As is now tradition at the Community Concert Hall, the magical holiday ballet “Nutcracker,” performed by the highly acclaimed State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, will usher in the holidays with two matinee and two evening performances. Artistic Director Rodney Gustafson holds true to the original classical ballet in this Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky masterpiece, creating a traditional “Nutcracker” set in Victorian times and suited for all ages. The ballet will be accompanied by a live orchestra, as the San Juan Symphony is set to perform.
• Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee 2019, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., $29/$19.
Durango’s much-beloved cowboy crooners come off the Bar D and return to the Community Concert Hall stage for their traditional cowboy Christmas show. Founded by Cy Scarborough in 1969, the Bar D Wranglers offer their own unique style of Western music, cowboy poetry and humor. The Christmas Jubilee is a warm-hearted and fun-filled show that inspires the entire family to remember the true meaning of the holidays.
• Black Violin, Jan. 18, 2020, 7:30 p.m., $58.50/$46.50/$36.50.
Black Violin — featuring Wilner “Wil” Be Baptiste (viola) and Kevin “Kev” Marcus Sylvester (violin) — is a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass music, resulting in a unique, generation-defying, groundbreaking sound. Live, Baptiste and Sylvester are joined by ace turntable whiz DJ SPS, plus percussion, and have been named one of the hottest bands at SXSW. Black Violin has performed to celebrated audiences from the troops in Iraq to President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball. The duo is said to know the meaning of an outrageously good time. The dance floor will be open.
• Choir of Man, Jan. 21, 2020, 7:30 p.m., $54/$44/$34/$24.
Returning to Durango by popular demand, Choir of Man features a high-paced show of entertainment that combines live music and foot-stomping choreography from nine “ordinary guys” who perform everything from sing-along classics to classic rock. Envision the greatest pub gig ever seen and multiply it by 10. There’s something for everyone in what is revered as a joyous and uplifting show for all ages. Noted Broadway Baby, “A feast for the senses, Choir of Man will have you dancing down the aisles.”
• Golden Dragon Acrobats, Jan. 23, 2020, 7:30 p.m., $34/$24.
Returning once again to Durango, the widely popular Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats will astound and amaze as the troupe delivers, as the New York Post reported, “… beautifully choreographed routines showcasing their amazing skills and physicality, accompanied by a musical score of traditional Chinese music filtered through a New Age sensibility … Juggling everything from umbrellas to soccer balls – and with props as varied as ladders and giant spinning wheels — the performers show just why they’re world-famous.”
• International Guitar Night, 20th anniversary tour, February 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m., $45/$39/$29.
Each year, International Guitar Night’s (IGN) founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries from around the world for special concert tours highlighting the diversity of acoustic guitar music. For IGN’s 20th Anniversary, the tour will feature guest host Mike Dawes (England) and his two-hand contemporary style, joined by German Lopez and his sweet, high-pitched “timple” from the Canary Islands. Rounding out the show is jazz virtuoso Olli Soikkeli from Finland and Hawaiian Slack Key master Jim Kimo West.
• “Mystery Science 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus,” Feb. 13, 2020, 7:30 p.m., $54/$44/$34,
Original host and the creative vision behind the beloved TV and Netflix comedy series “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MST3K) Joel Hodgson headlines a tour for an all new live production: “Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour.” Hodgson will don the red jumpsuit one final time as the character Joel Robinson for the show along with the world’s only movie riffing robots — Tom Servo, Crow and Gypsy. Together they will tackle never-before-screened films with the rapid-fire hilarity that has built MST3K’s loyal following for more than 30 years.
• The Actors’ Gang, directed by Tim Robbins, “The New Colossus,” Feb. 25-26 2020, 7:30 p.m., $54/$44/$34/$24.
A powerful production of The Actors’ Gang Theater, “The New Colossus” reflects on America’s immigrant history as the actors tell their ancestors’ stories, their struggles and their journeys from oppression to freedom. The play celebrates the courage and great character of the refugees who came to this country throughout the last 300 years. The members of the acting company are truly from different parts of the world. They tell their stories each in a different language, and each in different dress. The ensemble of 12 reflects a celebration of diversity in the U.S.
• Donny McCaslin, March 4, 2020, 7:30 p.m., $49/$39/$29.
A graduate of the Berklee School of Music, McCaslin began playing the saxophone during his early childhood years. While perhaps best recognized for his contributions to “Blackstar,” David Bowie’s final studio album, McCaslin’s comprehensive approach to jazz as a popular American music genre is vast and mesmerizing. Throughout his extensive career his repertoire has integrated the full range of sounds that a tenor sax can produce: from funky fusion to mainstream modern, to laid-back balmy ballads, all flavored with his own experimental style.
• Pilobolus, “Come to Your Senses,” March 9, 2020, 7:30 p.m., $55/$45/$35.
After nearly 50 years, Pilobolus Dance Theatre remains a major American dance company of international influence. Pilobolus, with its unique vision of modern dance, stretches the boundaries of human movement with a dazzling mix of humor, intelligence, physical invention and raw athleticism. The troupe’s collaborative choreographic process and unique weight-sharing approach to partnering gives the company a nontraditional powerful set of skills from which to create “dance.” Pilobolus brings a new show, “Come to Your Senses,” that combines dance, video and theater to create a journey through diverse worlds.
• Suzy Bogguss, March 18, 2020, 7:30 p.m., $45/$35/$25.
Walking the line between critical acclaim and commercial success, Bogguss remains one of the rare artists who has pleased fans and critics alike with her vocal style, musicianship and meaningful lyrics. One of the most acclaimed female country singers of the late ‘80s and ‘90s, she blends songs of substance and depth with mass-market appeal and balanced country tradition with a contemporary mainstream sensibility.
• Yamato — The Drummers of Japan, “Passion,” March 25, 2020.7:30 p.m., $55/$45/$35.
This Japanese taiko drumming troupe opens the performance with dozens of players hitting a Japanese taiko drum made from a large 400-year-old tree. They move their whole bodies to strike the drum with everything in their souls, creating a powerful surge of energy. The troupe’s live performances are so full of intensity that they make audiences’ bodies jump and their hearts beat faster, overwhelmed by the beat of the music and powerful sounds.
• “Croce Plays Croce,” April 16, 2020, 7:30 p.m., $45/$35/$29.
The son of legendary singer/songwriter Jim Croce, A.J. Croce returns to the stage with a new show featuring a complete set of classics by his father including the timeless songs, “Operator,” “Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” “Time in a Bottle,” and more. A.J. Croce, an accomplished performer in his own right, strikes a fine balance between paying heartfelt homage to his father’s artistic legacy and injecting the songs with his own spin and personality. The anecdotes A.J. Croce shares about his father’s songs, like the songs themselves, are all the more touching coming from the son who has grown to become every bit his dad’s artistic equal.
• Adam Swanson: “From Ragtime to Rhapsody,” April 29, 2020, 7:30 p.m., $20.
Pianist Swanson is one of the world’s foremost performers of vintage American popular music, including ragtime, early jazz, the Great American Songbook and more. He holds a bachelor’s in classical piano and a master’s in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Although only 27 years old, Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest.

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Acoustic Guitar Ninja Trace Bundy to open Community Concert Hall 2019-2020 season http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/01/acoustic-guitar-ninja-trace-bundy-to-open-community-concert-hall-2019-2020-season/ Thu, 01 Aug 2019 22:13:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174305

Photo courtesy Community Concert Hall
Dubbed by his fans the “Acoustic Guitar Ninja,” Trace Bundy will open the 2019-2020 performing arts series of the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Aug. 17.

By Indiana Reed
Special to The PREVIEW
Internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy will open the 2019-2020 performing arts series of the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Said by fans “a must to be seen, not just heard,” Bundy’s music is called poetry in motion. Using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience, he is the fan-dubbed “Acoustic Guitar Ninja.” His live performance confounds even the most accomplished music lovers with how one person can do all that he does with just two hands and 10 fingers.
Bundy’s unique career has taken him across the world, with sold-out concerts in 28 countries — from high-tech performance halls in South Korea and Italy, to remote villages in Zimbabwe and Guatemala. He has independently sold more than 130,000 albums on his record label. His video clips circulate virally at astonishing speed, with in excess of 40 million YouTube views to date.
Bundy was named “Most Promising New Talent” of 2008 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, as well as winning third place in the magazine’s “Best Fingerstyle Guitarist” category the same year.
Jimmy Leslie at Guitar Player Magazine blogged, “It was easy to see why Bundy plays bigger venues on each tour. In his hands, the acoustic guitar is an imagination station, and there was no telling where he is going take the audience at any given turn. Thrilling stuff.”
Audiocast Magazine from Austin agrees: “Bundy’s live show is without a doubt an event that needs to be witnessed rather than told about. With such a jaw-dropping performance, Bundy’s live concert is a slap in the face that would leave a palm print on the memory of everyone in the audience.”
See Bundy performing U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeMgJHnXdkE.
Tickets ($20/$30) are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com, by phone at 247-7657, or in person at the ticket office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th Street and Main Avenue. Posted ticket prices include applicable service charges. All sales are final.

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