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September, 2011:

Don Richmond Added to Third Annual BlancaFest Music Line Up.

Don Richmond

The Haunted Windchimes

Because of the weather, Blancafest has been canceled. The outings and excursions scheduled for Sun., Sept. 18 will take place as scheduled. However, it looks like the Haunted Windchimes will be playing at the SLV Brewery at 8pm. Possible drink specials at the brew pub, too. They are going to try to show the Telluride Mountain Films at 7pm in Cole Park, depending on weather at that time.

Don Richmond is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumental performer who has been playing professionally for more than twenty years. The Alamosa Live Music Association presents Richmond performing as part of the Colorado Mountain Club‘s BlancaFest in Alamosa’s Cole Park this Sat., Sept. 17 at 4:30pm. The Haunted Windchimes play their folk and blues influenced acoustic music at 5:30pm, and the Telluride Mountain Film Festival screens after dark.

BlancaFest is a free weekend-long festival where hikers, families, and nature enthusiasts can kick back and relax with an evening of food and brews from the San Luis Valley Brewing Company, free entertainment and free guided tours to the best trails, peaks and cultural sites the San Luis Valley and surrounding mountains have to offer.

BlancaFest is a time to enjoy a weekend full of free outdoor activities in the beautiful scenery of the San Luis Valley and help Colorado Mountain Club raise awareness of the intersection of conservation and recreation in the region, including trail restoration on Blanca Peak,” said Lisa Cashel, land partnerships manager of the CMC. BlancaFest proceeds will benefit the restoration of trails and the natural environment of Blanca Peak.

Richmond’s smooth, powerful vocal style, his impressive command of the guitar and other instruments, his moving and creative original songs, and his fine selection of other writers’ material combine to provide a varied and pleasing musical experience for all who hear him perform. His years of experience playing everything from a sold out 10,000 seat arena to the rowdy bars in the little mountain towns give him a relaxed and confident stage presence that seems to provide an immediate bond with the audience, and a good time for all.

The Windchimes are, beyond a reasonable doubt, one of Colorado’s most significant musical treasures,” according to the Colorado Springs Independent. “The ghost of classic blues mingles with a pop sensibility that’s given an edge by incredibly touching harmonies” is the Pueblo Chieftain’s description of the Haunted Windchimes’ music. “They recreate the vibe of rural 1930s music with a contemporary consciousness,” according to leading folk music magazine “Sing Out!

To sign up or get more details about Blanca Fest, visit www.cmc.org/blancafest.

Third Annual BlancaFest brings Haunted Windchimes, Telluride Mountain Film Festival, outdoor activities to Alamosa

The Haunted Windchimes

With timeless songs that sound like they could have been written yesterday or 75 years ago, the Haunted Windchimes perform new music that sounds like traditional folk and blues. Inaiah Lujan and the Windchimes have SLV family and connections, too, so now the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA) is teaming up with the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) and other local organizations to bring them home during the third annual BlancaFest in Alamosa, Colo. September 17 and 18 in Cole Park.

Regional favorite Don Richmond is now confirmed to open for the Windchimes on Sept. 17.

BlancaFest is a free weekend-long festival where hikers, families, and nature enthusiasts can kick back and relax with an evening of entertainment including live music, food and brews from San Luis Valley Brewing Company, free entry to Telluride Mountain Film Festival, and free guided tours to the best trails, peaks and cultural sites the San Luis Valley, the Sangre de Cristos and the San Juans have to offer. The Haunted Windchimes are slated to play between 5:30pm and 7pm on Sat., Sept. 17.

It’s their vocal harmonies that really set the Windchimes apart, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. When the voices of Inaiah Lujan (guitar), Chela Lujan (banjo), and Desirae Garcia (ukulele) blend, it is nothing short of beautiful. Their sound is embroidered by the instrumental mastery of Mike Clark (harmonica, guitar and mandolin) and the standup bass foundation of Sean Fanning.

As well as providing a weekend of fun and exploration for Coloradans, CMC hopes that the BlancaFest will encourage the conservation of Colorado’s breathtaking mountain landscape. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of trails and the natural environment of Blanca Peak.

To sign up or get more details about Blanca Fest, visit www.cmc.org/blancafest.

Lucky La Rue Band Reunites in Support of KRZA-FM.

The Lucky Larue Band

Fans of the Lucky La Rue Band will be happy to learn that, after a five-year hiatus, the group is reforming to play a special benefit for KRZA Community Radio. The event is co-sponsored by ALMA, the Alamosa Live Music Association.

This popular band’s mix of well-known favorites and San Luis Valley-flavored original tunes will rock the INN OF THE RIO GRANDE, 333 SANTA FE AVE., ALAMOSA on Sept. 9, starting at 8pm. Opening for the Lucky La Rue Band are Pedro and the Pistons, another very popular local rock band.

Originally formed in 1997, the Lucky La Rue Band has an eclectic style which reflects the members’ diverse backgrounds and musical influences. Fred Gonzales is a vocalist, rhythm guitarist and composer. Frank Scott is a vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Bob Linden is the drummer and, along with Gonzales and Scott, a founding member of the band. Nicholas Gonzales plays lead guitar and is a lead and backing vocalist. Scott Russell is co-lead guitarist, vocalist and another multi-instrumentalist. Mike Noonan plays bass and sings backup vocals. Creed D’Avanzar brings his congas, percussion and didgeridoo to the group.

Caleb Clark on keyboards is the newest member of the Lucky La Rue Band. Along with Nicholas Gonzales, Caleb will be pulling double duty on Sept. 9. Both men are also members of Pedro and the Pistons. That quintet of talented rockers is filled out by: James Duran on guitar and lap steel; Joe Romero on bass; and Al Maes on drums.

For location or other information about this very special event, call KRZA at (719) 589-8844.

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