RIDGWAY – The fourth annual free summer concert series will be held this year on all four Thursdays in July. Music will begin at 6 p.m. each night in Ridgway Town Park. A children’s play area will be provided, along with micro-brewed beer, food and merchandise.
This years line up:
July 7: Big Sam's Funky Nation – high-voltage horn-driven rock and funk direct from New Orleans. Opening band: Rob Drabkin Band.
July 14: Great American Taxi – Leftover Salmon's front man leads Colorado's favorite Americana Band. Opening act: The Haunted Windchimes.
July 21: Lake Street Dive – a New York City-based quartet, soul and rock propulsive grooves with a Motown influence. Opening act: Truckstop Honeymoon.
July 28: Euforquestra - Afro-Caribbean-Funk from Iowa City. Openers: Sticky Mulligan.
The concert series is funded entirely by local donations, fundraisers and the sale of t-shirts and micro-brewed beer sold at the concerts. The series is currently seeking financial sponsors. Major sponsors at the $1000 level currently include: Mountain Market, Orvis Hot Springs, Alpine Bank, The Colorado Yurt Company and the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad.
In-kind sponsors contributing goods and services over $1000 currently include: Black Canyon Equipment Rentals, Chipeta Sun Lodge, The Watch Newspaper, Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs, The Ridgway Sun, Rich Durnan Photography, Peak to Peak Bicycles and Fishbone Graphics.
The series has obtained state approval and can offer cash donors of $100 or more state income tax credit on the contribution of 25% of the donated amount. In-kind sponsors can receive a state tax credit of 12.5% of the value of the contribution.
Each show will feature a different brewery, which will donate micro-brewed beer, the sale of which, again, raises funds to pay for the series. The first brewery sponsor (July 7) will be Ouray Brewery; the second will be Colorado Boy Brewery; third, SKA Brewing; and the fourth, New Belgium Brewing.
Fundraisers to support the series include the 16th annual Love Your Valley Festival, which will be held on Saturday, May 14 in Town Park, from 1 - 6 pm. This is a free event, and for a $20 fee participants will receive a commemorative glass and have the ability to sample micro-brewed beers from 13 regional breweries. Live music will be provided by James and the Devil, out of Denver. Second Chance Humane Society will host dog contests and activities, local organizations will display information, and there will be concert series t-shirts and food for sale.
Another free fundraiser will be the second annual Community Block Party, which will be held on Friday, June 3 at the corner of N. Cora and Clinton Streets. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with local band The Brothers Fugazi on the stage, followed by Howard Berkman and the Big Bottom Blues Band from Paonia. Concert series t-shirts will be on sale, along with raffle tickets for a bicycle donated by Peak to Peak Bicycles. Food, drinks and libations will be sold by established businesses in the area.
Concert series t-shirts, which fund the concert series, can also be purchased at Ridgway Town Hall.
Any questions regarding the series, the fundraisers, or for persons interested in becoming vendors at the concerts, please contact Pam Kraft at Town Hall, 626-5308x11.
Link to the concert series website, which was created by Rich Durnan Photography, is: www.ridgwayconcertseries.com
Link to the concert series on Facebook, which was created by Brian Scranton, is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ridgway-Concert-Series/150837091637982