M4, Otis Taylor Headline Mountain Air Music Series
by Samantha Wright
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CURRENT SWELL (Coutesy photo)
CURRENT SWELL (Coutesy photo)

OURAY – Thursday evenings throughout the month of June, Ouray’s Fellin Park will swell with the sound of funk, blues, indie-rock and Americana at the highly anticipated second annual Mountain Air Music Series.


“We have a great lineup of music that I think anyone at any age can relate to,” said MAMS committee co-chair Monica Moran. “The bands are very danceable and upbeat; they all have a great sound. And the musicians are very excited about coming to Ouray with such an incredible backdrop.” 


The deliciously energetic March Fourth Marching Band kicks off the series with Miss Emily opening on June 6. After wowing fans at Ridgway’s summer concert series last July, M4‘s high-stepping stilt-acrobats, sexy dancers, percussion corps and bodacious brass section are sure to pack the park. The great blues artist Otis Taylor takes center stage with an opening set by Screen Door Porch on June 13; indie-rock band Current Swell performs on June 20 with The Fox Fire; and the California Honeydrops finish the series with style on June 27, with an opening set by The Dustbowl Revival. 


“March Fourth will be a great kick-off, and Otis Taylor will be phenomenal,” Moran said. “Current Swell are young and exciting and have a great sound; they will bring out a ton of people. It will blow people away; it’s such a phenomenal line-up.” 


Food and drink vendors will be on hand at each concert, and beer, wine and spirits will be available for purchase. Concerts are free and family-friendly, with kids’ entertainment to go along with the music. After each concert, head to O’Brien’s Pub and Grill in Ouray to catch the openers again, with no cover charge. KVNF, a Paonia-based public radio station, will do live broadcasts of each headliner.


The Mountain Air Music Series, sponsored by the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, kicks off Pickin’ Productions’ summer-long Western Slope Music Series which continues in Ridgway in July and Paonia in August.




Thursday, June 6 – March Fourth Marching Band


March Fourth Marching Band (M4 to its fans) is a kaleidoscope of musical and visual energy that inspires dancing in an atmosphere of celebration. Aside from their marching band themed costumes, as well as the five-piece percussion corps and seven-part brass section, M4 is far from a “marching band” in any traditional sense (though this group of about 20 has been known to parade down Main Street before taking the stage). M4 is anchored by funky electric bass and has been evolving into a more guitar- and vocal-driven musical experience. Opening set by Miss Emily (mymissemily.com).


Thursday, June 13 – Otis Taylor Band 


Part of Otis Taylor's appeal is his contrasting character traits. But it is precisely this element of surprise that makes him one of the most compelling artists to emerge in recent years. In fact, Guitar Player magazine writes, "Otis Taylor is arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time." Whether it's his unique instrumentation (he fancies banjo and cello), the sudden sound of a female vocalist, or a seemingly upbeat optimistic song that takes a turn for the forlorn, what remains consistent is poignant storytelling based in truth and history. Opening set by Screen Door Porch (screendoorporch.com).


Thursday, June 20 – Current Swell 


This talented quartet hails from British Columbia and brings an eclectic Pacific Northwest indie-rock sound to the series. Musical influences from reggae, folk, surf and blues genres can be heard throughout their original music. The band is landing in Ouray after an extensive tour schedule including Australia, the U.K. and Europe. Opening set by The Fox Fire (thefoxfire.com)


Thursday, June 27 – California Honeydrops


Digging deep into the roots of American music, The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of Blues, Gospel, Second Line New Orleans Jazz and early R&B. With stellar performances of traditional material as well as their own innovative music, The California Honeydrops get people out of their seats and onto the floor, dancing, sweating, and singing along. Opening set by The Dustbowl Revival (dustbowlrevival.com).

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