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Summer of Live Music in the SLV Still Going Strong

There’s plenty of great live music coming up in the San Luis Valley. The Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA) is doing its best to help.

Blanca Fest is an all-day communal get together for hikers, families, and nature enthusiasts organized by the Colorado Mountain Club, Sat. Aug. 21 in Alamosa’s Cole Park. After a day of hiking, attendees can kick back and relax with an evening of entertainment including food and beverages provided by the San Luis Valley Brewing Co., live acoustic musical performances by singer/songwriters Emily Robinson and Alison Kitchen and master fiddler Matt Schildt presented by ALMA, and more between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Admission is free, and any Blanca Fest proceeds will benefit the restoration of trails and the natural environment of Como Lake and Blanca Peak. To sign up or get more details about Blanca Fest, visit http://www.cmc.org.

Featuring great artists like Boulder Acoustic Society, Drew Emmit (from Leftover Salmon) and his band, Mountain Standard Time, and The Grant Farm featuring Benny Galloway, among many others, Rhythms on the Rio returns to a beautiful outdoor venue on the Rio Grande in South Fork Sat. Aug. 21 and Sun. Aug. 22, courtesy of the South Fork Music Association. Admission is only $5 plus a canned good for the SLV Food Banks, and music runs from about 11:30am until 10pm on Sat. and 10:30am until 7:30pm on Sun. More information is at http://www.rhythmsontherio.com/.

photo of the band, Last to KnowBlending the heartiest world rhythms with jam-band passion, while muddying the lines between Americana roots music, disco, funk and bluegrass, six-piece band the Last to Know, from Taos, electrified the Fri. night crowd at the Crestone Music Festival in 2009. This year, they help welcome back Adams State College students during a free luau Thurs., Aug. 26, 6pm, on the corner of First and Stadium on the ASC campus. The general public is cordially invited to join the ASC community at this concert, which ALMA is partnering with ASC Student Activities to present.

The Valley Farmers’ Market, organized by the Alamosa Uptown and River Association, at Centennial Park, between Main and 6th streets and between State and Hunt avenues in Alamosa presents live music with support from ALMA. Michael Brill plays acoustic country blues, guitar and vocals, Sat. Aug. 21 from 10am until noon.

photo of MissincinattiMoira Smiley and VOCO wowed an Alamosa audience last spring, and now the cellist from that band, Jessica Catron, brings her band MISSINCINATTI to Alamosa. This trio tells seasoned stories through chamberesque compositions, field recordings, and timeless arrangements of old melodies. The show is Sun., Sept. 5, 7pm in Leon Recital Hall, at Richardson and 2nd, on the ASC campus

Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for ALMA members, and $12 for the general public.

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