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High Rollers, free benefit concert and dance Saturday

By Dan Janowsky
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Dan Janowsky Andy Janowsky provides the vocals during a High Rollers concert in France. One of Pagosa’s favorite bands returns to Town Park this Saturday at 7 p.m. to perform a free concert to benefit the Pagosa Wrestling Club. The band’s trademark music is summed up on their banner, which contains the words, “Caution, contains loud country music.”

Photo courtesy Dan Janowsky
Andy Janowsky provides the vocals during a High Rollers concert in France. One of Pagosa’s favorite bands returns to Town Park this Saturday at 7 p.m. to perform a free concert to benefit the Pagosa Wrestling Club. The band’s trademark music is summed up on their banner, which contains the words, “Caution, contains loud country music.”

If you like outdoor concerts in the cool evening mountain air; if you enjoy hanging out and listening to professional musicians and entertainers do what they love doing; if you like to get up and dance with your friends; if you are looking for inexpensive, high quality entertainment for the whole family, the entertainment Saturday night in Town Park can’t be beat.

The Pagosa Wrestling Club would like to invite you to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and join us on the field at Town Park at 7 p.m. for the 10th annual outdoor concert and dance featuring the High Rollers.

No cover charge or admission required, just come, hang out and enjoy one of the Southwest’s premier bands, the High Rollers.

The band features five veteran musicians, a professional sound system and sound man, and well-rehearsed cover and original music.

The band’s trademark music is summed up on their banner, which contains the words, “Caution, contains loud country music,” but their versatility is remarkable, as they play everything from Johnny Cash to Bob Seeger to the Bee Gees (that’s right, the Bee Gees) with humor, energy, enthusiasm and expertise.

The High Rollers recently returned from their second trip to France to perform at Mayfest, where they performed multiple encores including their original song, “Colorado Girl.”

“Colorado Girl” has enjoyed a great reception in the area, including the distinction of being 2012’s most requested song on Farmington’s KISZ radio and Durango’s KRSJ. (Interested folks can get more information on the High Rollers, including listening to their music and videos, by visiting highrollersband.com.)

Concessions go on sale at 6:30 p.m. and feature pulled pork sandwiches, chips and a non-alcoholic drink for $5 a plate.  At 7 p.m., the High Rollers will take the stage and play from 7 to 8:15, when they take their first break.

Between 8:15 and 8:30, while the band takes a break, alive pie auction will take place to raise money for the event and funds for the Pagosa Wrestling Club. From 8:30 to 10, the band will entertain for the rest of the evening.

Pagosa Mountain Morning Rotary will provide a beer garden with products from Pagosa Brewery.

Pagosa Wrestling Club began the event in 2004 to generate funds to help send local athletes/wrestlers Michael Martinez and Daren Hockett to USA Wrestling’s Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D.  Since then, the club has continued the event, which is paid for entirely by donations, concession purchases and baked goods sold at the concert. The club keeps what is left over and uses it to pay for travel expenses and equipment.

If you would like to support the wrestling club, or keep the concert as an annual summer event, buy concessions, donate or bid on baked goods in our live and silent auctions, but don’t let lack of money stop you from coming. Support the event or the club just by being there, as the bigger the crowd, the more fun it is for all.

Locals are familiar with their sound, but many traveling through Pagosa or in town for the weekend will be glad they added the evening at Town Park with the Pagosa Wrestling Club and the High Rollers to their stay in Pagosa.

This story was posted on June 27, 2013.