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By Charles Leslie
Special to The PREVIEW
Tickets for six additional shows, newly added to the 2014 season at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, went on sale Friday, Nov. 15. Tickets can be purchased online at www.durangoconcerts.com, and by phone at 247-7657.
Added to the lineup at the Community Concert Hall for winter/spring 2014 are:
• The Grascals, with special guest Running Out Of Road, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. $18/$24.
The Grascals are among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene. As their releases prove, The Grascals’ rare musical empathy gives the band members an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each offering’s deepest spirit — whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or pop standard. This unique sound has earned the band two Grammy nominations for Best Bluegrass Album. The Grascals’ special guest, Durango-based Running Out Of Road, delves into the nature of great American roots style music through arrangement and performance of original material, contributing to the ever-growing bluegrass tradition of Colorado.
• Colin Quinn, “Unconstitutional,” Feb. 6, 7 p.m. $28/$34.
A veteran of Saturday Night Live, stand-up comedian Colin Quinn returns to the stage in “Unconstitutional,” tackling 226 years of American Constitutional calamities in 70 minutes. In 1787, 55 delegates in wigs and tights sat down to create a country from scratch. In 2013, Quinn offers his unique comedic perspective on the U.S. national character. From predator drones to the Kardashians, he pulls no punches in asking if this is what the founding fathers planned. “Unconstitutional” has received rave reviews, including, “Hilarious! Wonderfully riotous!” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “Fast, furious and funny! In Quinn we trust.” (New York Daily News).
• An Evening with Keb’ Mo’, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. $40/$50.
The music of blues great Keb’ Mo’ is a post-modern expression of the artistic and cultural journey that has transformed the blues over time. His distinctive sound embraces multiple eras and genres, including pop, rock, folk and jazz, in which he is well-versed. His unique sound owes as much to the contemporary singer-songwriter movement, including inspiration from his longtime friends and collaborators Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, as to the spirit of blues godfather Robert Johnson. For Keb’ Mo’, the common bond between these influences is the underlying storytelling ethic, the power of song to convey human experience and emotional weight.
• Cody ChesnuTT, March 20, 7:30 p.m. $18/$24.
Hailed as a thrilling new figure in music, Cody ChesnuTT is a soul troubadour whose frank, socially conscious ruminations on life continue to challenge popular notions of what modern soul music can look and sound like. Called a “raw storyteller for the people, wearing a guitar and a toothpick-chewing smirk,” ChesnuTT has always stood his own creative ground. Truthfulness emanates from ChesnuTT’s vocal chords and the strings of his guitar, while his strong, sensitive voice continues to command listeners with its riveting sound, leading them to their own higher ground.
• Los Lobos, “Disconnected,” March 27,7:30 p.m. $39/$49.
Los Lobos may be most widely known for the hit “La Bamba,” but for 40 years the band has reigned as one of the world’s most innovative and critically acclaimed groups. Formed in the mid-1970s by David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas Louis Perez and Conrad Lozano, Los Lobos began as a traditional acoustic Mexican group, but under the influence of LA’s ’80s punk rock scene, the members went electric, thus incorporating their blues, R&B, Latin, jazz and rock influences into an energized sound.
• ETHEL, “Grace,” May 2, 7:30 p.m. $23/$29.
Take the potency of an amplified edgy rock band and crank up the intensity, then throw in musical improvisation, and that describes New York’s most daring string quartet sensation, ETHEL. Creating a world in which classical music has never grown distant, ETHEL finds common ground between complex experimentalism and folk-influenced Americana. The inventive string quartet is setting the standard for new music engagement. ETHEL is touring with a program entitled “Grace,” the centerpiece of which is ETHEL’s adaptation of Ennio Morricone’s score to the 1986 film, “The Mission,” which addresses cross-cultural complexities fueled by the quest for redemption against the backdrop of the jungles of South America.