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By Megan Vaughn
Special to The PREVIEW
Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts Free Summer Concert Series presents Round Mountain on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.
Blending dusty American grit with a worldly amalgam of global influences, Santa Fe-based duo Round Mountain presents a singular take on folk music that is both foreign and familiar.
The multi-multi-instrumentalist band of brothers has travelled the globe, absorbing bits and pieces of musical cultures, returning to filter them through their own sepia-toned Americana framework.
Char and Robby Rothschild have been writing songs and singing together since they were kids harmonizing in the back of the family car. They live in Santa Fe, N.M., where they grew up, now with families of their own, yet their musical horizons are as broad as the world. They weave elements of world music into their original songs, providing both the comfort of the familiar with the excitement of the new. They themselves are family men as well as travelers, whose performances bridge folk and world genres.
They play their original songs on a multitude of instruments from around the world, often playing several of those instruments at once. Their lyrics evoke the emotion of family, giving listeners a path to access the universal and rugged beauty conveyed by global traditional music.
On Tuesday Aug. 6, they are coming to the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.
Typically, their original material is interspersed with traditional songs and instrumentals, ranging as widely in dynamic as in geographic scope.
“One of the best groups to emerge from Santa Fe. Ever.” — Mike Koster, Founder, Thirsty Ear Festival, Santa Fe, N.M.
It might be Americana meets the neighbors. Sometimes raucous (imagine trumpet and accordion played simultaneously by one person), sometimes subtle (the harp-like sound of the West African kora), Round Mountain connects to their listeners’ hearts with great songs, emotional honesty and an engaging live show.
“We also have a number of tunes that include dance rhythms from West Africa, the Balkans and the Caribbean. Occasionally we’ll see people forming circles or groups to perform the traditional dances, while there is room for others to enjoy in their own way. Musical commonalities are traced between West African and Appalachian music, between Klezmer and Calypso, between Celtic, Balkan and Native American styles, and many others, with an inclusive spirit.” Rothchilds.
Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is located at 2313 Eagle Drive. Doors open at 6:30. There are 100 folding seats available for first-come use and room for 200 more people to bring their lawn chairs — or their dancing feet. Come enjoy the music and the celebration of community. There will be a cash bar available.