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By Cierra Corley
Special to The PREVIEW
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Americana Project class will present a show in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium.
Every semester, the class must hire, promote and produce a concert with a professional artist.
The special guest this fall is New York City singer/songwriter and jazz guitarist KJ Denhert. A select few of the students in the Americana project will open for her.
KJ is from the heart of New York City and describes her music as “Urban Folk.” She first performed in Pagosa Springs at the Four Corners Folk Festival in 2005, where she quickly won over the crowd with her infectious groove.
KJ’s special blend of urban folk and jazz has earned her four independent music award nominations. In 2009, she was named as JAZZ.com’s top female vocalist. KJ’s performances move you to laugh, to dance and even to cry. Her voice is powerful, her lyrics full of intelligent insight, and her musicianship impeccable. Her eclectic, yet unified performances reach out to all types of audiences without compromising her music and beliefs. She performs the musical feat of being both highly individual and very accessible.
The Americana Project is a class at Pagosa Springs High School in which students come together to practice, write, perform and learn about American roots music. The class is taught by local musician Bob Hemenger. Members of the class are often seen playing around town at community events and social gatherings.
KJ will also teach a master class on songwriting and performance for the students.
The concert is being sponsored by The Pagosa Springs SUN and Riff Raff Brewing Company.
The mix of these young artists from the Americana Project and the amazing KJ Denhert will be a great experience for everyone who attends. Please join us on Nov. 5 and be part of a performance you will not forget.
Tickets are $10 and can only be purchased at the door before the concert. Children 12 and under are admitted free. The show will start at 7 p.m with the doors opening at 6:30.