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CRESTFEST — Aug 4 & 5!

CRESTFEST is NOW!

CRESTFEST will be held Friday and Saturday August 4th and 5th 2017 at the Challenger Golf Course. Advance ticket prices are $12 for Adults and Seniors for Friday and $27 for Adults and Seniors for Saturday. Teens will be $5 for Friday and $10 for Saturday. Under 12 are free. Camping is $21 for the weekend. Tickets are available on line at crestfest.org or call us at 719-256-4533.

CRESTFEST will have great music, food, libations, arts & crafts, a raffle and an old fashioned Mid-Way Carnival with games, rides, contests, and outdoor activities. The Salida Circus will be returning with their usual array of activities. They bring costumes for parades, tumbling and circus act lessons, a magician, a clown, and stilt walkers. We will still have our traditional men’s and women’s wood chopping and limbo and pie-eating contests. CRESTFEST will also act as a showcase of presenters who participate, or plan to in our Youth Enrichment Program school performances. Our Arts and Crafts vendors will have everything from clothes, hammocks, shoes and hats, to massage, crystals and jewelry. We also have great food with a nice variety of choices like pizza, Greek, Mexican, organic and Thai. There will be coffee, lemonade, baked goods and ice cream. We have extremely likable libations with a mix of micro-brews and Mojitos. New this year will be wine from Vino Salida. Our festival booth will be selling T-shirts, hats and mugs plus CDs from the performing artists.

We are very excited about our entertainment line-up this year. Each day will start off with our very best Locals. On Friday night The Alcapones take the stage bringing their high energy Ska/Reggae dance grooves. This six-piece group features drums, bass, guitar, and three talented horn players who switch around

between trumpet, trombone, saxophone and clarinet. Come get your dance on. Saturday features comedy gypsy swing from Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers. Zoltan is an accomplished guitarist who plays in the style of Django Reinhardt. You’ll need to be able to listen, laugh and dance all at the same time. Next we have 2MX2 who are a positive message, bilingual hip-hop group that we’ve produced six times so far in SLV schools. They are young, full of energy and even do some break dancing. They will be followed by one of the hottest Latin/salsa fusion bands in Denver, Onda. This is a 9-piece full blast band featuring three horns, all kinds of percussion, beautiful female vocals, bass, guitar and keyboards.

Our Saturday headliner will feature full-fledged funk by Groovement. From Arkansas, this 6-piece funk-rock band is well traveled and tight. Front man, Alex Carr, was a 2011 American Idol contestant. He can croon it or slay it with the best of them. Groovement has a reputation for putting on one of the tightest, hottest, high-octane shows around. Come check them out and get sweaty.

So, here we go, hang on tight and enjoy! For information and tickets go to crestfest.org or call 719-256-4533. See you there!

 

Sundays at Six presents The Giving Tree Band — July 30

NOTICE: CHANGE OF VENUE DUE TO RAIN. THE GIVING TREE BAND WILL BE PERFORMING AT LEON MEMORIAL HALL, AT ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY, AT 201 RICHARDSON AVE AT 6:00 PM ON SUNDAY, JULY 30.

The Alamosa Live Music Association happily continues its Sundays at Six series on July 30 in Cole Park, Alamosa with The Giving Tree Band.

If music is the universal language, then musicians are agents of unity and inclusivity. On FREQUENCY OF LOVE, the coming 5th studio album of The Giving Tree Band, much of their imaginative American rock ‘n roll manifests from lucid dreams.  With all their instruments calibrated to sacred tunings inspired by ancient mythologies of healing and miracles, the Illinois group’s new age outlaw sound opens the heart and invites the soul to dance. Loaded with tales of transcendent love and the adventures of warriors of the light, the positive vibrations sail out in all directions carrying the sweet message of harmony and optimism.

Formed in 2004 by enigmatic brothers E and Todd Fink, The Austin Chronicle explains the band’s sound as bringing to mind “Seventies American music with The Band and the Dead as obvious touchstones, plus the kind of country/almost-bluegrass of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and the New Riders of the Purple Sage.” In 2010, Nashville Metromix called The Giving Tree Band “the American answer to Mumford and Sons.” In 2012, Relix Magazine wrote “the folksy bliss is the sound of a group playing as one” and featured the band as one of their monthly artists “On the Verge.” They’ve been the monthly “Player Spotlight” in Acoustic Guitar Magazine while multiple nods have come from Paste Magazine, including a #9 ranking on a list of “13 Emerging Bands For 2013″ among other critical acclaim.

Over the past decade, The Giving Tree Band has had many unique opportunities to connect with all kinds of music lovers and grow a dedicated community of “Giving Tree-huggers.” During their November 3, 2008 appearance on WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, host Michael Johnathon introduced them to a wide listening and television audience as having “the spirit of Pete Seeger with the musical abilities of The Band.”

In 2010, their third studio album, The Joke, The Threat, and The Obvious, climbed into the Top 40 of the Americana Airplay Chart and other roots radio reports.  They quickly became a promising folk rock act to many in the country world who could appreciate the outlaw and crossover stylings of some influences like Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, The Byrds, Gram Parsons and Flying Burrito Brothers or The Eagles.

In February 2012, The Giving Tree Band shared their rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Brown Eyed Women,” which led to features on all the Dead’s official sites and social media pages praising as “beautifully executed on all counts.”  The accompanying music video garnered millions of views and was screened at theaters nationwide during the Dead’s annual “Meetup at The Movies.”  The song itself was featured on The Giving Tree Band’s critically-acclaimed 4th studio album, Vacilador, and ranked #1 on The Austin Chronicle’s “Best Songs Of 2012″ list.

When off the road, the members of GTB all reside at “Crooked Creek” – their home and studio outside Chicago.  There, they have meticulously honed their craft, devoting thousands of hours to practice, experimentation, and the development of a sound greater than the sum of its parts.  The Brothers Fink (E – guitars and lead vocals and Todd – banjos and lead vocals) are joined by longtime friend Norm Norman (mandolin, guitar, piano, organ and high harmonies) and the long-haired rhythm section of college roommates, Charlie Karls and “Z”, on bass and drums, respectively.

The Giving Tree Band is also known for extraordinary environmental stewardship and eco-friendly music production. They use a number of instruments that were handmade from naturally fallen trees and reclaimed woods. They have recorded with renewable energy and package all their CDs with 100% recycled materials. The band’s second full-length album, Great Possessions, was released on August 18, 2009.  It was recorded with 100% solar energy at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, WI.  During the recording session, the band camped in a nearby state park and commuted over 500 miles by bicycle. The Chicago Sun-Times has called Great Possessions the “greenest of albums.” National and international environmental media, such as The Sierra Club, The Discovery Channel and Mother Earth News, have also highlighted the band’s activism, with the latter referring to them as “the greenest band in the land.”

Sundays at Six is a free outdoor concert series in Cole Park, Alamosa. Concerts start at 6 p.m. Check out this year’s lineup. In case of bad weather, go to ALMA’s website and Facebook page to find out about cancellations or change of venue.

Sundays at Six presents Cordovas — July 23

The Alamosa Live Music Association continues its Sundays at Six series on July 23 in Cole Park, Alamosa with Cordovas. The country-rock group is committed to the sound of brotherhood – a few voices sharing a feeling. See you at 6:00 p.m.!

Their new album, That Santa Fe Channel, set for an August release, has gained attention from NPR Music, who included Cordovas’ single “I’m The One Who Needs You Tonight” in their “Songs We Love” series. Rolling Stone Country has named the band a “New Country Artist You Need To Know.”

Produced by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids, the album initially took shape when the band decamped in Todos Santos, MX for a month of rehearsals and songwriting. The album was recorded live at Electric Kite Studios in Madison, TN.

Already cult favorites in Nashville, Cordovas have built honorary home bases across the globe, thanks to recurring shows in Todos Santos, Mexico – where ringleader Joe Firstman runs the yearly Tropic of Cancer Concert Series – and a touring schedule that recently including headlining gigs in Sweden and a stateside run alongside the Turnpike Troubadours. The band’s sound, though, is decidedly American. Caught halfway between Duane Allman’s Telecaster twang, the Dead’s hazy harmonies and the stoned swoon of California’s folk-rock heyday, Cordovas wring new life from older influences, hoisting their freak flag high on their upcoming album, That Santa Fe Channel.

Sundays at Six is a free outdoor concert series in Cole Park, Alamosa. Concerts start at 6 p.m. Check out this year’s lineup. In case of bad weather, go to ALMA’s website and Facebook page to find out about cancellations or change of venue.

Sundays at Six presents Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys — July 16

Sundays at Six continues on July 16 in Alamosa with Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, bringing rockabilly and much more to Cole Park. See you at 6:00 p.m.!

“Twenty-five years, hundreds of thousands of miles, and over 3,000 live performances; what a dream it’s been!” said Robert “Big Sandy” Williams. “When I first got together for a garage rehearsal with a group of musician friends in the spring of 1988 in Anaheim, California, I never imagined that I would someday be celebrating the silver anniversary of the rocking little band that formed that afternoon”

Indeed, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys are beloved by many, with fourteen albums of undiluted joyful music pulled from rockabilly, rock & roll, honky-tonk, rhythm & blues, soul and doo-wop. What A Dream It’s Been is a collection of the band’s favorite original numbers – all acoustic, reinterpreted with fresh new arrangements, rhythms, and instrumentation.

“Here I am, looking back at a wild ride that has taken us around the world countless times and put us in front of national television and radio audiences,” said Big Sandy. He and the band have made three appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, as well as All Things Considered with Melissa Block. “Putting together this new record has brought back a flood of memories. It is our way of looking back at everything that has led us to where we are now. I feel like we’re sounding better than ever and experimenting musically. While it’s a reflection of our past, this album is really a hint of things to come.”

All of the albums are represented here, and the new arrangements happened organically. “Often during sound checks and rehearsals, we’ll get to messing around with songs,” Big Sandy explained. “I Know I’ve Loved You Before was originally recorded as a slow, jazzy number. But one night at band practice after a few drinks, I started strumming the song with ska upstrokes and tried singing it in a more soulful, rocksteady style. The rest of the band fell in together and it started to sound like something that (Jamaican legend) Ken Boothe might have done. We all knew in that instant that we had to record the song that way as soon as possible.”

“The last song on the album and title track, What A Dream It’s Been, (a duet with acclaimed voice actress/Grammy Award winning vocalist Grey DeLisle) is a love song, but not in the conventional sense. As Big Sandy explained, “I wrote and recorded this song in 1998 after a couple of the Fly-Rite Boys told me they had to move on. Unsure if I would be able to continue on without them, this song sums up and pays tribute to the wonderful times that we had together.”

Despite Big Sandy’s uncertainty about the band’s future at that time, a new generation of Fly-Rite Boys emerged. Performing on these recordings are Jeff West on bass and harmony vocals, Joe Perez on drums and backup vocals, and Ashley Kingman, a 20-year Fly-Rite veteran, on guitar and mandolin.

Since forming 25 years ago, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys have toured continuously and become torchbearers of American roots music. As a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and entertainer, Big Sandy has few contemporaries. With the release of What a Dream It’s Been, Big Sandy is at once acknowledging and celebrating the successes of the past 25 years, while setting the stage for further exploration and interpretation of the musical forms he is most passionate about.

Sundays at Six is a free outdoor concert series in Cole Park, Alamosa. Concerts start at 6 p.m. Check out this year’s lineup. In case of bad weather, go to ALMA’s website and Facebook page to find out about cancellations or change of venue.