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April, 2011:

Special House Concert With Award-Winning Americana Singer-Songwriter and Bass Virtuoso Husband

Sarah Siskind

This show is now sold out! If you’d like to be on the waiting list, call Julie at 719-580-0379. And if you don’t make it to this one, we hope to see you next time! Thanks for the support!

“A masterpiece,” is what Bonnie Raitt called Sarah Siskind’s “Say It Louder,” and the Nashville Music awards named it “Americana Album of the Year,” for 2009. Siskind, joined by her husband, Travis Book of the Infamous Stringdusters, will perform songs from that album, as well as others, in a special invitation only members’ house concert presented by the Alamosa Live Music Association on Sun., May 15 at 6:30pm. Call 719-580-0379 to get your invitation! Attendance requires a $20 donation and you are welcome to bring a snack dish to share.

Siskind and Book impressed an Alamosa audience with their concert in March 2010, and Book and the Stringdusters amazed with their stunning display of virtuosity earlier this April, but this is a unique chance to see and hear the performers in an especially intimate setting. Plans are for this to be the first of a series of house concerts presented by ALMA for the organization’s members.

“A country-pop weeper,” is what NPR called Siskind’s song “Lovin’s for Fools,” when naming it one of the top “Five Essential Breakup Songs,” last Valentine’s Day, and went on to call it “elegant and gorgeous.” NPR also named the title track of “Say It Louder,” song of the day in June 2009, Spin magazine listed Siskind in it’s “5 Hot Nashville Bands You Need to Hear Now” feature, and she’s Nashville’s “Best New Voice,” according to Southern Living magazine.

Alison Krauss, Randy Travis, Bon Iver, the Infamous Stringdusters and April Verch are among the artists who have recorded Siskind’s songs. Krauss released two Siskind songs as singles, and her rendition of one was nominated for a Grammy in 2008. Although Siskind has been making records since the tender age of 14, including one that featured world-renowned guitarist Bill Frisell, “Say It Louder,” has been making the biggest splash among fans and critics alike.

“One of the best records ever made,” is how “Big Al” Anderson, former NRBQ guitarist and hit songwriter for Trisha Yearwood and Rascal Flatts, among others, described it. “Sarah’s music changed my life,” according to indie-rock sensation Bon Iver, who has been covering Siskind’s material live. National Public Radio named the title track of “Say It Louder,” song of the day in June.  CNN also spotlighted Siskind in an interview about the album.

Armed with a striking vocal sound of her own and sharp musicianship, the respect Sarah has garnered as a songwriter and an artist in Nashville has quickly spread across the country and beyond.

Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist and ASC Alum to Play Alamosa April 8

Laurie Dameron

Billboard Magazine award recipient and Adams State College alum Laurie Dameron has been playing the guitar for more than 40 years,performing at hundreds of venues in and out of Colorado, and now she will add Milagros Coffeehouse, on the corner of State Ave. and Main St.,  in Alamosa, CO to that list, Fri., April 8, 7:30p.m, courtesy of the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA).

Admission is  $8 for the general public, $6 for ALMA members, $4 for students, seniors, Americorps and other full-time volunteers and active duty military; is available at the door the night of the show, and includes a free coffee, tea or cookie.

“Music reaches everyone in some way,” according to Dameron. “It brings us joy, gets us dancing, makes us feel, comforts us, educates us and can change the world,” she said.

Dameron is extremely versatile and includes selections from folk, instrumental, pop, country, blues, and jazz in her shows. With a powerful stage presence she can engage even the most sober audiences, and with a unique sense of humor and wide musical influences from Duke Ellington to the Grateful Dead, Laurie relates well to any listeners.

Watch and hear Laurie on guitar.

Dameron has three CD’s to her credit; “Utah Dream” from her folk days in the mid-nineties, “Looking Through the Blue,” expressing her life-time love of jazz and “I Can’t Wait to See You Again,” twelve of her favorite jazz standards with one original composition.