OURAY – Local musician David Baker is best known throughout the region for his tasteful covers of John Denver and Anne Murray songs, as well as other hits from the 60s and 70s. He’s played locally in venues ranging from Backstreet Bagels to the patio at Drake’s, as well as at events and venues throughout southwest Colorado.
Baker’s upcoming performance in Ouray promises to be a special one, as 13 other musicians will join him on stage, some to play their own music and all to offer their vocal and musical embellishments to his. According to event organizers at the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, the group has never performed together before.
Joining Baker onstage at the Wright Opera House on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. will be special guest artist, singer and songwriter Dee Harthan. Other performers slated to appear that evening include Kenny Ray, guitar, banjo and mandolin; Mike Kern, bass; Nancy Ziglar, keyboard; Ken Crombie, percussion; Kevin Vernon, drums; Jane Holmes, flute; Carrie Stuckert, violin; Jennifer Lockwood, cello; and Michael Hockersmith, clarinet and Irish whistle. Additional vocalists will be Tammy Kenning, Melanie Storter and Barbara Boulden of the band Ladies Night Out.
While Baker, a Ouray County singer and songwriter, has been appearing regularly in the area for the past many months, this is OCPAG’s first event with him and his first attempt at producing a live program that involves so many area musicians who are well known in their various careers, but have never played as an ensemble. Baker will play many of the tunes he often performs at local venues along with several new pieces, including some originals.
Baker came to Ouray after many years as a sound engineer in the entertainment industry in Dallas, where he wrote and produced numerous spots for television as well as for other projects. He also wrote and produced musical scores for children’s television series.
The evening of music is being held at the 120 year old historic Wright Opera House in Ouray. The venue was dark for many years until recently, when an energetic group of local citizens began organizing events at the Wright in order to take advantage of its outstanding qualities as an event venue. Since then, another group, Friends of the Wright, has begun gathering funds to both purchase the Wright Hall and restore it as a premier showplace in western Colorado, functioning as a county-wide arts center. This event is just one of many to utilize this gem of a building and inspire interest in its preservation.
Tickets for the event are $15 for adults; students are free. Tickets may be purchased at Cimarron Books and Coffee in Ridgway, Jovis Coffee in Montrose and Buckskin Booksellers in Ouray, or online at the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild's website, www.ocpag.org. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door.