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.