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June, 2011:

James McMurtry Concert at Zapata Ranch Benefiting Shriver/Wright Memorial

James McMurtry

The Phillips family, who manages the Medano-Zapata Ranch adjacent to the Sand Dunes National Park, is hosting an outdoor concert at the ranch, Sun., July 10, 2pm,  featuring James McMurtry, a celebrated singer-songwriter who practices a blend of Americana, folk, rock and country.

“A poet of the people,” is what the Village Voice called James McMurtry and “the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation” is how famed author Stephen King described McMurtry in Entertainment Weekly. Son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry, who wrote Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment, James McMurtry also has a way with words. His 2005 CD Childish Things spent six weeks at #1 on R&R’s Americana Music Radio Chart and captured nods for Best Song and Best Album from the 5th Annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards.

This concert is a fundraiser for a memorial project to honor community members Doug Shriver and Ray Wright who passed away tragically last winter. Shriver and Wright were visionaries who passionately gave years of leadership to the San Luis Valley’s water resources work, agricultural foundation, and efforts to maintain the health of the Rio Grande River. Local nonprofit, Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust, is working with the families of the men to develop an appropriate memorial site in conjunction with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Phillips family, and other local and statewide partners.

The memorial aims to give people in Shriver’s and Wright’s home community of Monte Vista a lovely setting to enjoy, appreciate and learn about the Rio Grande that sustains us all. While the project is in the early design stages, it will likely include a picnic site and access point to the river that will not only honor our friends, but highlight the importance of the Rio Grande and our ongoing responsibility to care for it.

This concert is a product of Ranchlands Concerts, a non-profit established by the Phillips Family with the goal of raising money for ranch education programs and special projects such as the Shriver/Wright Memorial Project.

Tickets are available through the Zapata ranch’s website: www.zranch.org, prices increase at the gate. All seating is general admission, gates open at 11am, concert begins at 2pm. People are encouraged to bring blankets to sit on. Alcohol is not served, people are welcome to bring their own.

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Female Mariachis from Northern New Mexico Play Sunday July 3 at Six

Mariachi Encantadoras del Rio Grande

Mariachi Encantadoras del Rio Grande is a highly regarded group of young female musicians from northern New Mexico, and they play everything from traditional sones to classical works and popurrís for the next in the Alamosa Live Music Association’s Sundays at Six series of free admission concerts in Alamosa’s Cole Park, this Sun., July 3 at 6pm.

Due to construction of the new City Hall near Cole Park, performances will now be taking place on the north end of the park, near the senior center.

Mariachi Encantadoras charms audiences with their experience playing traditional mariachi music in the region. Named “Best Mariachi,” in the 2010 New Mexico Music Commission Talent Showcase, the group includes one vihuela, one guitar, one guitarrón, two trumpets, and four violins.

A down to earth acoustic string band at heart, Sweet Radish‘s music ranges from jazz to bluegrass, from folk to blues. Comprised of Alamosa and San Luis Valley residents, Sweet Radish plays for Sundays at Six in Cole Park on Sun., July 10 at 6pm.

Tasties hot dogs and the San Luis Valley Brewing Company are scheduled to sell food at the summer Sundays at Six shows all season.

ALMA’s gracious members and business sponsors support the free summer “Sundays @ Six,” concerts and other ALMA events.

Music For All Ears From The Indian Nickel Band This Sunday At Six

Listen to the music of the Indian Nickel Band and you will hear a variety of music: Spanish, old rock-n-roll, pop, country and much more. The Alamosa Live Music Association presents Indian Nickel kicking off this year’s “Sundays at Six,” series of free admission live concerts this Sun., June 26, at 6pm, in Alamosa’s Cole Park.

Indian Nickel has a song to please every ear: young, old and from every ethnic background. Founded in 1970, the variety of music from this band has been pleasing audiences throughout the San Luis Valley and beyond ever since.

With their “Get Up and Dance” variety of cumbias, country, rock & roll, and oldies, it is no wonder why Indian Nickel has been called the hardest working band in the valley.

Tasties hot dogs and the San Luis Valley Brewing Company are scheduled to sell food at the summer Sundays at Six shows all season.

Mariachi Encantadoras del Rio Grande is a highly regarded group of young female musicians from northern New Mexico, and they play everything from traditional sones to classical works and popurrís on Sun., July 3 at 6pm.

ALMA’s gracious members and business sponsors support the free summer “Sundays @ Six,” concerts and other ALMA events.

ALMA Member Appreciation Concert Features Singer-Songwriter/Rafter Melissa Crabtree.

Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Rafter Melissa Crabtree

Whether guiding a raft through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River, or writing songs and singing about the majesty of the American west, Melissa Crabtree’s heartfelt love for the natural world transports her listeners to the wild places she knows best. ALMA presents Crabtree for our member appreciation concert, Wed., June 22, 7:30pm, at the Bistro Rialto , 716 Main St. on the south side between San Juan Ave. and Edison Ave. in Alamosa, Co. The show is free for ALMA members, and attendees can join at the show for the free admission. For those who don’t want to join, tickets are $10, $5 for students, seniors, full-time volunteers and active duty military.

“This is one bad ass who knows how to weave a soulful tune,” is how renowned roots banjo player and slide guitarist Tony Furtado described Crabtree. “A road-wise folkie with a bluesy soul reminiscent of early Michelle Shocked…an original storyteller and performer not to be missed,” is what respected singer-songwriter Catie Curtis had to say about her, “I’m glad she’s on the planet,”Patty Larkin, who has been featured in Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly, said about Crabtree.

Crabtree lives two lives; one as a wilderness guide and the other as a working musician, and at this intersection of nature and music, like a contemporary, female Woody Guthrie, she conjures songs that amuse, inspire and entertain. In performance, she delivers her poignant stories in a distinctly husky alto, with a pleasingly twangy guitar.

In the last several years, she has played notable venues like the High Sierra Music Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Oregon Country Fair and Taos Solar Music Festival. The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Tucson Folk Festival and Kerrville Folk Festival have all given Crabtree songwriting awards. She has also been among ten finalists in the Songwriter’s Showcase at both the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest and at the Tucson Folk Festival.

Crabtree has been among the top five finalists in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s “Troubadour Contest.” In 2006 her song “Message from a Soldier” got the attention of Noel “Paul” Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) who invited her to perform at the Kerrville Folk Festival, where she was a finalist in its “Music to Life” Public Domain Foundation songwriting contest.

Crabtree has shared the stage with leading performers including Joan Osborne, Greg Brown, Ani DiFranco, Michelle Shocked, John Prine, Dar Williams, David Wilcox, Kris Delmhorst, Larkin, Curtis, and Furtado. After she released her first CD in 2002, Crabtree toured the country in a vegetable oil powered van. Winner of the best documentary award at the Sundance Film Festival “Fields of Fuel,” featured her song “Biodiesel Van.”

Crabtree also produced a compilation CD of songs and spoken word about alternatives to fossil fuels that includes Julia Butterfly Hill, Julie Wolf (of DiFranco’s band) and Furtado.

More information about the upcoming  summer Sundays @ Six series of free admission shows starting June 26 in Alamosa’s Cole Park, is available at http://www.almaonline.org/sundays-six/.