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July, 2011:

ALMA Presents Southwestern Folk-Country Americana with the Rifters this Sunday at Six.

The Rifters

Putting out more music than it seems should be right for three guys on stage, the Rifters will play their own brand of southwestern folk-country Americana, employing a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments combined with soaring three-part harmonies, on Sun., July 31 at 6pm for another in the Alamosa Live Music Association’s “Sundays at Six” free admission concerts in Alamosa’s Cole Park.

The Rifters’ years of playing to dance crowds around their southern Colorado and northern New Mexico homeland has given their music a toe-tapping rhythm that is engaging and undeniable. Providing a mesmerizing variety of music from driving bluegrass to ethereal desert beauty, the band features Alamosan Don Richmond on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, pedal steel guitar, Dobro, harmonica and vocals, Rod Taylor on guitar, mandolin and vocals, and Jim Bradley singing and playing bass.

With a pedigree of bands like Hired Hands, the Rounders, and South by Southwest among them, the Rifters are truly a musical voice of their region of high desert vistas and mountain majesty.

Sundays at Six takes the week of Sun., Aug. 7 off and encourages attendance at the Crestone Music Festival taking place that weekend. After that, Sundays at Six returns with Tripping Upstairs performing traditional Celtic music, classic Irish drinking songs and as originals on Sun. Aug. 14. In the event of inclement weather, Sundays at Six concerts will take place in Richardson Hall on the Adams State College campus.

ALMA helps present music at the Valley Farmers’ Market, and the sounds of Crestone Kaminari Taiko drums will thunder around downtown Alamosa this Sat., July 30, from Centennial Park near the northeast corner of State Ave. and Main St., between Main St. and 6th St. and between State Ave. and Hunt Ave. in Alamosa

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


 

Soulful Fusion of Rock, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Funk, Country this Sunday at Six.

Don Conoscenti

Once a die-hard rocker, Don Conoscenti is one of the most respected musicians and critically acclaimed songwriters in acoustic music, and he brings his trio to Alamosa’s Cole Park on Sun., July 24, 6pm as part of the “Sundays at Six,” series of free admission live concerts that the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA) presents.

Although Conoscenti’s primary love is the landscape of story telling and songwriting, his band’s live performances are a soulful fusion of styles blended from their experience playing rock, jazz, blues, folk, funk and country.

The performances are never canned, covering the dancier/bluesier/funkier sides of Conoscenti’s songwriting catalog with some jangly Americana elements mixed in as well. Expect to go on an improvisational musical journey of unexpected segues, humorous reflections, stories and songs. Songs about lovers, outcasts, healing, loss, mystery, spirit, murder and redemption.

Putting out more music than it seems should be right for three guys on stage, the Rifters will employ a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments, combined with soaring three-part harmonies, to provide a mesmerizing variety of music from driving blue-grama-grass to ethereal desert beauty on Sun., July 31 at 6pm for Sundays at Six in Alamosa’s Cole Park.

Sundays at Six takes the week of Sun., Aug. 7 off and encourages attendance at the Crestone Music Festival taking place that weekend. After that, Sundays at Six returns every Sun. from Aug. 7 until Aug. 28.

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

Rock-n-roll, More From Taos This Sunday at Six.

The Jimmy Stadler Band

Voted “Best Rock Band,” in the Taos News for many years running, the Jimmy Stadler Band is bringing their mix of rock-n-roll, alternative country, blues and more to Alamosa’s Cole Park this Sun., July 17, at 6pm, as part of the Alamosa Live Music Association’s “Sundays at Six,” series of free admission outdoor concerts.

A consummate musician, Jimmy Stadler has been performing coast to coast and around northern New Mexico for 25 years. Playing a variety of original music and cover songs with high positive energy and excellent musicianship at nightclubs, weddings, corporate events and other venues every year, the Jimmy Stadler Band has built a strong reputation. The New Mexico Music Industry Coalition has recognized them with many nominations and awards.

Stadler has worked with respected musicians such as Michael Martin Murphey, “You Never Promised Me a Rose Garden,” singer Lynn Anderson, Bill Payne (of Little Feat), Dixie Chicks collaborator Lloyd Maines, and Johnny Gimble (formerly of Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys).

Attendees in the park can enter to win tickets for rides on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s concert trains. Tasties hot dogs and the San Luis Valley Brewing Company are scheduled to sell food at the summer Sundays at Six shows all season.

The Don Conoscenti Band plays on Sun., July 14. Their live performances are a soulful fusion of styles blended from their experience playing rock, jazz, blues, folk, funk and country.

ALMA also helps present music during the Valley Farmers’ Market, in the parking lot near the southeast corner of State Ave. and Main St. in Alamosa. A singer-songwriter with roots in the folk-rock vein and a great voice, Alison Kitchen entertains Sat., July 16, from 10am until noon.

ALMA’s gracious members and business sponsors support the free summer “Sundays @ Six,” concerts and other ALMA events. More information about supporting ALMA and about upcoming concerts is available at http://www.almaonline.org.

 

Bluegrass, Folk, Blues and More From Sweet Radish this Sunday at Six, Rootsy Indie Pop-Rock from Eric Shiveley and Wilson Luallen at the Valley Farmers’ Market, Celebrated Americana Singer-Songwriter James McMurtry at the Zapata Ranch

Sweet Radish

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 the next in the Alamosa Live Music Association’s (ALMA) Sundays at Six series of free admission concerts in Alamosa’s Cole Park, this Sun., July 10 at 6pm.

A diverse group of musicians who have one common goal: to make some good music together and share it with those who want to listen,” is how Sweet Radish describe themselves. Attendees in the park can enter to win tickets for rides on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s concert trains.

The Jimmy Stadler Band is slated to bring their brand of rock-n-roll, country and more from Taos to Cole Park Sun., July 17, 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 also helps present music during the Valley Farmers’ Market, in the parking lot near the southeast corner of State Ave. and Main St. in Alamosa. Indie-pop-rock singer/songwriter Eric Shiveley and bass prodigy Wilson Luallen kick off the market this Sat., July 9, from 10am until 1pm.

James McMurtry, a celebrated singer-songwriter who practices a blend of Americana, folk, rock and country, is performing an outdoor concert Sun., July 10, 2pm, at the Medano-Zapata Ranch, three miles south of the Great Sand Dunes National Park on Hwy-150 in Alamosa County, Colo. ALMA is partnering with the ranch on this concert, proceeds of which support the Shriver/Wright Memorial Project, honoring Doug Shriver and Ray Wright, two agriculture and water leaders in the San Luis Valley.

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