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ALMA & Friends Concert — February 11

Come out and hear great local music while supporting ALMA’s work in bringing quality live music to Alamosa! The annual ALMA and Friends concert is on Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Society Hall, at 400 Ross Avenue, in Alamosa, CO. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for light refreshments and a cash bar.

Every year, local musicians contribute their talents for an ALMA membership drive concert. ALMA memberships help to make the Sundays at Six concert series in Cole Park a free service to all and help to fund ALMA’s regular programming and other live music events throughout the Valley.

We are pleased to announce that The Haunted Windchimes, hailing from Pueblo, CO, are the performers for this year’s ALMA and Friends concert.

The Haunted Windchimes sound draws from traditional folk and American roots music. The songs have a vintage quality, as if they might have been written yesterday or 75 years ago. Grounded in honeyed harmonies and spirited pickin’, it lies in a nowhere land between distinct styles: It’s not quite bluegrass or blues or country. Still, there are elements of all those in songs that paint pictures of empty train stations and nights of passing a jug of moonshine around. It’s the vocal harmonies that really set them apart, a three-headed juggernaut of Desirae Garcia (ukulele), Chela Lujan (banjo) and Inaiah Lujan (guitar). “When their voices blend, it is nothing short of beautiful,” writes Bill Reed of The Colorado Springs Gazette. The sound is often moody and melancholy, but it is always deeply affecting. That sound is embroidered by the instrumental mastery of Mike Clark (harmonica, guitar and mandolin).

Admission is free for ALMA 2017 members and $20 for general admission. No advance tickets are for sale, so come early to grab a seat!

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ALMA & La Puente Host Annual Holiday Sing-Along — Dec 18

The Alamosa Live Music Association and La Puente invite the community to sing along to traditional holiday carols and other holiday songs, at 6:00 p.m. December 18, at Milagros Coffee House, Alamosa. Local musician Don Richmond will lead the Sing-Along.

A community tradition, the Sing-Along is a wonderful opportunity for locals to come out, bring their families and enjoy an interactive holiday event. Attendees can request their favorite holiday tunes and song books will be provided to facilitate singing.

A willingness to participate and have a good time is the only admission requirement for the event, but attendees are encouraged to support La Puente by purchasing holiday treats and drinks at Milagros. In addition, it is suggested that attendees offer a donation of a non-perishable food for the Food Bank.

 

ALMA & ASU Music Dept present Madera Wind Quintet — Nov 16

The Madera Wind Quintet will give a concert at Leon Memorial Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16th.  The recital features works by Latin American and South American composers along with quintet standards and selections by Sean Friar and Don Gillis from the group’s albums Five as Play (Crescent Phase Records, 2012) and Five Piece Combo (Ravello Records, 2015).  This concert is part of the Madera’s four day residency at Adams. In addition to the Wednesday recital, the group will present master classes, chamber music coaching, lessons, round table discussions, as well as a new work for solo woodwind quintet and band, El Ranchero, composed by David Pierce. The new work by David Pierce was commissioned by Adams State University along with several other works for soloists and band by composers including Jack Stamp and Jennifer Bellor. Adams State Winds and Percussion will record each composition this academic year, and then perform the works on January 26, 2017 at the Colorado Music Educators Association conference in Colorado Springs. This initiative is part of the Adams State University ETHOS project, which explores equity and diversity through music curriculum and programming. The works reflect the heritage, culture, and geography of the San Luis Valley, home to Adams State in Alamosa, Colorado.

ALMA presents Richard Shindell October 23

The Alamosa Live Music Association presents Richard Shindell on Sunday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Society Hall, on 4th and Ross, in Alamosa.

An expatriate New Yorker now living in Argentina, Richard Shindell is a meticulous craftsman of song whose recordings have been revered by critics and fans alike. Shindell is currently on tour in support of “Tomorrow You’re Going,” a collection of cover songs under the band name The Pine Hill Project, with Lucy Kaplansky and produced by Larry Campbell. Shindell will release a solo collection of original songs in 2016. Meanwhile, he’s launched a YouTube channel where, from an apartment in Buenos Aires, he is recording his entire repertoire of compositions, revisiting his earliest works with a bold intimacy. Shindell is increasingly playing his electric ’53 Fender Esquire, moving into a more complex and open sound, while maintaining his focus on smart, passionate storytelling. Innovative, original and occasionally spiritual, Shindell’s songs weave tales that interchangeably champion the downtrodden, exalt the disaffected or wax empathetic to those lost to society’s fringes. As a feminist, he often composes from, and is inspired by, a woman’s point of view. Shindell’s songwriting ranges from lighthearted ballads and adulterous love songs, to dirges and diatribes that skillfully skewer politics, prejudice, war and religion, to the comic point-of-view of a cow stuck in a barbed wire fence. He has a unique ability to morph into the soul of the many and varied personalities he casts as narrators in certain songs—songs that are veritable novellas framed in haunting acoustic melodies. Shindell has lived in a Zen Buddhist monastery, busked in the streets of Paris, opened for Joan Baez (who continues to cover his songs), and collaborated with Grammy-winner Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Elvis Costello). The Pine Hill Project’s album “Tomorrow You’re Going” was crowdfunded by an extraordinarily successful campaign that met its goal within 24 hours and ultimately raised over $85,000.

The concert will begin at 7:00 PM, with the doors opening at 6:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased at the Green Spot and Narrow Gauge Newsstand, or by going online to www.societyhall.org. Or click here for tickets. $15 general admission/$13 ALMA members/$10 seniors, students, community volunteers.

This concert is sponsored in part by the Xcel Energy Foundation, as well as Comfort Inn & Suites in Alamosa.