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August, 2011:

Swingin’ Big Band Jazz and More This Sunday at Six

The SLV Big Band

Continuing their mission of bringing swinging jazz and other popular favorites to the valley, the SLV Big Band performs this Sun., Aug. 28 at 6pm in Alamosa’s Cole Park, to close out the 2011 season of the Alamosa Live Music Association’s (ALMA) “Sundays at Six,” series.

A dedicated group of people from all walks of life, the SLV Big Band is a non-profit community band. Retired music teachers, active music teachers, technology professionals, students and others come together in this rural area of south central Colorado to share their love of music.

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 helps present music at the Valley Farmers’ Market, and Mike Brill plays and sings acoustic country blues and more between 10am and 12pm this Sat., Aug. 27, in the parking lot near 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.

Classic Style Soul, Funk, R & B This Sun. at 6p.m.

With a growing audience in the Santa Fe / Albuquerque area, Soul Foundation is a five member band which plays a large variety of music well suited to diverse audiences, and they will be concentrating on classic style soul, funk and rhythm and blues when they play in Cole Park for the Alamosa Live Music Association’s “Sundays at Six,” series on Sun., Aug. 21 at 6p.m.

Lead vocalist Jimmy Russell is an international performer whose career includes performances with Prince, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and T-Bone Burnett (who worked with the Coen Brothers on the soundtrack to “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” and won both a Grammy Award and an Academy Award for a song he wrote for the Jeff Bridges film “Crazy Heart,”) among others.

Brian de la Fe is a master conga player who is originally from Cuba and grew up in Albuquerque.

Andy Kingston is on keyboard and is a professor of music and other studies at St. John’s College in Santa Fe. He is originally from the Boston area.

Santa Fean Justin Bransford plays bass and is a music teacher and bass instructor in New Mexico schools.

Diego Maestas is the band’s co-founder and serves as drummer and Afro-Cuban based percussionist.

Soul Foundation also offers Latin music styles; including salsa and Latin jazz, which they will play during Adams State College’s ASC Block Party, which runs from 7pm until 11pm Sat., Aug. 20, at Rex Field on the college’s campus.

The SLV Big Band swings the 2011 “Sundays at Six” season closed with big band jazz and popular favorites Sun., Aug. 28 at 6pm in Cole Park

In the event of inclement weather, 2011 “Sundays at Six,” concerts will take place in Richardson Hall, on Edgerton Ave. near Main St. on the Adams State College campus.

ALMA also helps present music at the Valley Farmers’ Market in downtown Alamosa, and Los Cancioneros del Valle, otherwise known as Rose Vialpondo and Salomon Lopez celebrate their recently released CD by playing “ la música de la gente,” traditional Spanish, country, folk, and pop at the Valley Farmers’ Market in downtown Alamosa this Sat., Aug. 20, from 10am until noon in the parking lot near 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 at Six,” concerts and other ALMA events.

ALMA Presents Traditional Celtic Music, Classic Irish Drinking Songs, More from Tripping Upstairs This Sun. at 6p.m.

Most of Tripping Upstairs

The sounds of traditional Celtic music, classic Irish drinking songs and more will fill the air of Alamosa’s Cole Park on Sun. Aug. 14 as Tripping Upstairs takes the stage.

Tracy Doyle, chair of the music department at Adams State Coll., plays flute for the band. A Massachusetts native, Doyle earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Univ. of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State Univ. in Baton Rouge. Doyle was a founding member of the Solaria Wind Quintet, played principal flute with the Solano and Camellia Symphony Orchestras, California Wind Orchestra, North Bay Opera, and performed with numerous other ensembles, including the Vallejo Symphony, Capitol Jazz Project, USAF Band of the Golden West, and Napa Symphony Orchestra.

Tracy’s husband James Doyle, a professor at Adams State who teaches percussion and jazz, plays the bodhran, the Irish traditional frame drum. Doyle earned degrees from the Univ. of Central Missouri and Louisiana State Univ., and went on to serve as principal percussionist with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West for six years. As a classical, jazz, and rock musician, Doyle has toured throughout North America, Europe, Southwest Asia, and East Africa and his performances have appeared on PBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS as well as numerous NPR broadcasts.

Although he is a classically trained violinist, ASC composition and theory instructor Matthew Schildt plays fiddle in Tripping Upstairs. A native of Long Island, N.Y., Schildt received a bachelor’s degree in Music Technology and Music Composition from Lebanon Valley Coll. and his Masters and Ph.D. in Music Theory/Composition from Kent State Univ..An active composer, Schildt has written works for a variety of ensembles. Schildt’s composition “Drift,” for string orchestra, received the Kent State Univ. Creative Arts Award in 2002. Schildt played piano on the soundtrack to the PBS documentary “Still Waiting: Life After Katrina.”

Singer-songwriter Alison Kitchen has been favorably compared to Joni Mitchell, and she sings and plays guitar with Tripping Upstairs. Baritone Mark Wagstrom adds his vocals to the mix as well, and ASC music student Marc Eaton, from Sweet Radish, will sit in with the band on mandolin. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place in Richardson Hall on the Adams State Coll. campus. Soul Foundation plays classic style soul, funk and r-n-b on Sun., Aug. 21 at 6p.m.

Sweet Radish, a down to earth acoustic string band, plays at the Valley Farmers’ Market in downtown Alamosa this Sat., Aug. 13, from 10am until noon in the parking lot near 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.