Music – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:14:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Erwin Nanasi piano concert announced Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:00:21 +0000 By Kristin Vorhies
Special to The PREVIEW
A free sacred piano concert performed by Erwin Nanasi will be held at the Pagosa Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church, 40 Oren Road, at the corner of Oren Road and Majestic Drive in Piedra Estates (one block north off U.S. 160 on Piedra Road/County Road 600).
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. Presentation will be at 9:45 a.m., Sabbath, Oct. 26.
Nanasi, minister of music, was born in Stuttgart, Germany, where he initially pursued training in piano performance at the State University of Music and Performing Arts.
He has performed and lectured in over 20 countries across four continents. Today, Nanasi serves as minister of music at Weimar Institute in California and concentrates his research on the characteristics and benefits of congregational hymn singing.
Nanasi is happily married to Janell, with whom he enjoys helping others discover how music can enhance the quality of life.”

Tickets available now for Tim Sullivan family benefit concert Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:00:29 +0000

Photo courtesy Carole Howard
Three members of the family of country music singer/songwriter Tim Sullivan will perform on Nov. 9 in a cabaret-style benefit concert in the Strater Hotel theater in Durango. Tickets are available now. The proceeds will go to the Jim and Elizabeth Sullivan Foundation to provide scholarships for deserving local youth with a talent for music, dance or the visual arts in Archuleta and La Plata counties.

By Carole Howard
Special to The PREVIEW
Tickets are available now for a cabaret-style benefit concert on Nov. 9 in Durango featuring country singer/songwriter Tim Sullivan and the musical skills of three members of his remarkably talented family, plus two other special guests.
All concert proceeds go to the Jim and Elizabeth Sullivan Foundation for the Arts to provide scholarships for deserving local youth with a talent for music, dance or the visual arts in Archuleta and La Plata counties. Pagosa Springs youth who have benefited from scholarships from the Sullivan Foundation include singers Gustavo Palma and Allora Leonard, Kathleen Isberg’s piano student Jovanka Ponce de Leon and the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir.
The Sullivan family benefit concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the theater at the Strater Hotel. Reserved seats are $50 and $75 each and are available by calling Tim Sullivan at 749-5531 or emailing, or Claudine McAnelly at Tables for four, six and eight are available, as are corporate sponsorships.
The headliner at the concert will be Tim Sullivan’s sister, KT Sullivan. She is an internationally acclaimed singer and recording artist who performs regularly in New York City at the famed Algonquin Hotel, made famous as the home of the Round Table after World War I when leading literary figures met there daily to exchange ideas and opinions — and launch The New Yorker magazine.
KT Sullivan has sung in numerous venues in the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and also in London, China and Australia. Her theater credits include Broadway, where she starred in Marilyn Monroe’s role of Loralei in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and played and danced the tango with Sting in “Threepenny Opera.” She was a guest star on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” and twice was named one of the top 100 Irish Americans by Irish America magazine. She has just released a new CD of duets called “Thanks for the Memories.”
In addition to Tim and KT Sullivan, their mother, Elizabeth Sullivan, is coming from Oklahoma to perform. A brilliant vocalist, songwriter and piano player, Elizabeth Sullivan is the matriarch of this accomplished musical family. Years ago, her eight children formed the Sullivan Family Gospel Singers with their mother, from whom they learned classical piano and voice as youngsters.
Also on stage will be award-winning singer and recording artist Natalie Douglas, as well as jazz pianist and composer Jon Weber, who hosts “Piano Jazz” on NPR.
While here, these gifted musicians will host master classes for local high school and college-age performers who want to take advantage of their knowledge and experience. The sessions will take place at the Henry Strater Theatre on Nov. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $25 and scholarships are available through the Sullivan Foundation. Contact Tim Sullivan for an application. One of the master class participants will be chosen to receive a scholarship from the foundation to perform at the 2020 Cabaret Convention in New York City. Other ages are welcome to audit these classes with no charge.

Pagosa Hot Springs Fest set for Oct. 24-26 Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:00:05 +0000 To feature live music, pool parties, shopping, dining more

A new festival is coming to town.
Oct. 24-26, downtown Pagosa Springs will play host to the inaugural Pagosa Hot Springs Fest.

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Mother Daughter Fashion Show set for Oct. 19 Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:00:57 +0000 By Casey Crow
Special to The PREVIEW
For the first time in Pagosa Springs, the women of our community are taking the stage in a Mother Daughter Fashion Show to benefit Beyond Words International (BWI).
The fashion show welcomes women and girls of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds to celebrate who they are and encourage self love. The purpose of the show is to cultivate confidence and body positivity in our community, while empowering our young women and girls to do the same. Pagosa moms are standing in the spotlight in an effort to lead by example and show their daughters that all women are worth celebrating.
Join us for an exciting evening complete with a red carpet runway, live music and dance performances, a photobooth, appetizers, a silent auction and dance party. Moms and daughters from our local dance academy are excited to model in the show and conquer the runway. They are hard at work putting together ensembles for every season and occasion to inspire your wardrobe. Many will be sporting items and styles from local businesses that you can later purchase in the silent auction. We invite you to dress to the nines, bring your friends and family, and come celebrate our brave and beautiful mother-daughter duos.
All proceeds from the fashion show will benefit BWI. BWI is a nonpolitical, nonreligious 501(c)(3) organization that aims to bring healing to survivors of trauma through the arts. All funds raised from the fashion show will support upcoming projects, including bringing emergency aid and childrens’ arts programming to asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, collaborating with Rise Above Violence to support local survivors of interpersonal violence through healing art, and providing art therapy to refugees in Greece.
The Mother Daughter Fashion Show will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the PLPOA Clubhouse, located at 230 Port Ave. Formal attire is welcomed. Tickets are currently pre-sell only and seating is limited. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at:

Country Thunder to perform at Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:00:59 +0000

Photo courtesy John Duvall

By JoAnn Laird
Special to The PREVIEW
If you love country music, the two-step and line dancing, then you won’t want to miss Pagosa Springs Rotary’s fifth annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance.
Country Thunder, headed up by Clay Campbell, is known to turn the shyest wallflower into a crowd-pleasing line dancer, to say nothing of a two-stepping fool. You’ve got to love get-down, hometown country to relate to any of this. Most in Pagosa do.
Speaking of Campbell, everyone knows him to be a gifted musician, playing around Pagosa for decades, but few know the man.
Campbell’s fascination with Pagosa began as a boy when his grandparents bought a small cabin in the Blanco Basin. Moving here in 1978, Campbell obtained an B.A. in industrial education and went on to do all jobs necessary to be able to live in the little mountain town he loved. Carpentry became his trick of the trade, with wilderness guiding and outfitting thrown in for good measure.
Campbell has been performing for about 35 years, beginning his career in bluegrass music. He would be, back in the day, playing the upright bass at Frankie’s with Randall Davis and the Left Hand Band. All members had serious day jobs, but their passion was music.
About five years ago, country music came a-callin’ and he joined the group Country Thunder. Made up of four local musicians, they are a familiar band playing at various local venues and are sought-after for private functions. Like many in their audience, they are the shy, humble types, not wanting to talk about themselves. They just show up and play. And play they will at the Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance on Oct. 19 at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds from 7 to 10 p.m. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Along with the music, there will be a silent auction with serious items you will want to bid on like ski passes, gift certificates to Pagosa’s finest dining establishments, art work and jewelry, plus there will be items from food trucks and libations for purchase.
The purpose of all this you ask? Surely, like everything in Pagosa, there is a justified reason for doing what we do. No trick ponies here. All proceeds go toward the Pagosa Springs Rotary’s Scholarship Fund.
Since 1983, Rotary has granted higher education scholarships to 174 graduates, to the tune of almost $450,000. It is a driven purpose to elevate our youth, to give them a step up to be what they dream to be. College or trade school, it doesn’t matter. Rotary is that behind-the-curtain mentor that speaks for the voice of all Pagosans who say, “Go be what you are meant to be. We’re behind you.”
Rotary, being Pagosa’s largest service, nonprofit club, is dedicated to bettering our community, our nation and our world. Locally, they direct the Feed the Children backpack program; annually gift almost $1,800 of fabulous color dictionaries to all third-grade students; house foreign exchange students from all over the world plus send our local outbound students to other countries; help the town manage the largest attended event in Pagosa, the Fourth of July parade; support out-of-area clubs with time, talent and monies; give funds to developing nations for cleaner water, medical facilities and education; and are part of the worldwide club endeavor to eradicate polio. Yes, polio still exists. Rotarians are givers of their time and talents, mentors, teachers, financial backers. Rotarians are volunteers whose motto is “Service Above Self.” In Pagosa, it shows big time.
So, Pagosa, here is a chance to dance a little, socialize a lot and give to our youth, knowing that you will be a part in making a difference in someone’s life. It makes you want to learn that “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” just thinking about it. Can’t make it? Buy a ticket or two for someone else. Think “Service Above Self.”
Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, the Chokecherry Tree or from any of your friendly Rotarians. Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. You better hurry, there are only so many tickets available and once they are sold, there goes your chance to tell those stories about an autumn night in October, dancing the night away in the county Extension building, to the music of Country Thunder.

Sunday Night Unplugged to remember departed pets Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:00:10 +0000 By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
This Sunday evening at 5 p.m., St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will provide a special time for people to remember their beloved pets at Sunday Night Unplugged.
Sunday Night Unplugged is an hour of quiet prayer and meditation accompanied by short readings, prayers and beautiful music. This week, as guests enter, they will be given the opportunity to record the names of their pets who have died. The list of names will be read in the service during the prayers. Following the service there will be a candlelight walk on the labyrinth for all who wish to participate.
“This is always a very special service that we do in conjunction with last Sunday’s blessing of the animals,” said Fr. Doug Neel. “Our pets are often considered family members, our beloved animal friends who give us unconditional love. When they are gone, we grieve for them, yet there are few opportunities to give public recognition and thanksgiving for their life. This service will offer that time of remembrance.”
Baritone singer Robert Neel will be the guest musician for this month’s Sunday Night Unplugged. Neel is a professionally trained local singer and actor who has been seen on stage playing leading roles in numerous musical productions. He has also served as music director for Curtains Up Pagosa, training the singers and directing the orchestra for several of its productions. He received his bachelor’s degree in performing arts in 2015 from Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
“I am always delighted when I can hear my son sing,” said Neel. “As a special bonus, he will be accompanied on the piano by my wife, Sally. The two of them always create beautiful music together. I believe we will all be blessed by their offerings as together we celebrate the glorious gifts God has given us through creation.”
St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. The public is invited free of charge. For more information, call 731-5801.

Mountain Chile Cha Cha Mon, 07 Oct 2019 11:00:08 +0000

PREVIEW photos/Chris Mannara

Scene … celebrating the arrival of fall at the Mountain Chile Cha Cha in Town Park. The festival, which celebrated green chile with chile roasting and the Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic, also featured a margarita contest, live music, dancing, kid’s activities and a beer garden.

Bands & Brews Tue, 01 Oct 2019 11:00:46 +0000

SUN photos/Chris Mannara

Locals and visitors enjoy live music and craft beer during the Bands and Brews festival as part of the ColorFest activities on Sept. 21. Breweries from across the region came to town to let locals enjoy a selection of their finest brews while people had a good time dancing the night away.

Creede Arts Council to present Jamboree Tue, 01 Oct 2019 11:00:33 +0000 Debbie Whitmore
Special to The PREVIEW
Join four bands and the Creede Arts Council at the Creede Elks Lodge on Oct. 5 for its first Jamboree. A jamboree (according to Merriam-Webster) is a large festive gathering or a long, mixed program of entertainment.
Dancing will be encouraged at the Jamboree. The bands will play something for everyone: reggae, funk, rock and country music.
Rally Round is a reggae band featuring Malcolm Snead, Joe Baker and Steve Reynolds. The First Unitarian Funk Band (aka Creede Funk Band) includes vocalist Jo Johnson, drummer Jim Turnbull, and guitarists Steve Reynolds and Tommy Speake. Rod Mechem and the Horseshoes is a rock and country combo. BGST (Steve Baxter, John Goss, Speake and Turnbull) is well-known to Creede music lovers for original country, rock, blues and Beatles covers.
A fun evening for all ages, the Jamboree proceeds will benefit the Creede Arts Council programming. A free-will donation will be accepted at the door and the Elks will offer a cash bar.
For more information, contact the Creede Arts Council at (719) 658-0312 or

Get your tickets now for the Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance Sun, 29 Sep 2019 11:00:27 +0000 By JoAnn Laird
Special to The PREVIEW
While the popular song, “I Can’t Dance, Don’t Ask Me” was popular in the ’50s, there’s no excuse for this at the Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance, to be held on Oct. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Lovers of country music that you are, the thought of the two-step may be a bit distressing. Well here’s that “ah-ha” moment you’ve been looking for: get lost in the hordes of those who love line dancing. And what better way to do it than being accompanied by Pagosa’s own country-western band, Country Thunder? Now really, what’s more fun than line dancing? Well, maybe watching it.
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club is throwing its fifth annual event that has been a crowd pleaser for residents and visitors alike. There will be a silent auction with the likes of lift tickets at the ski area, candy-making classes, art work and gift certificates. Other offerings are libations and food truck meals available for purchase, socializing and, more importantly, helping to build the coffers of Rotary’s Scholarship Fund. All of the evening’s proceeds are strictly to assist our graduating students in their quests for higher education. Your help with funding these scholarships may very well produce our next local family doctor or, dare I say it, an engineer to improve our roads.
Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, The Choke Cherry Tree or from any of your fine Rotarians. Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. Don’t wait to get your tickets. With a passion to help our community, it makes your Rotarian buddies nervous.