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Although it’s only just started, May is already shaping up to be a month of great music in Alamosa, thanks, in part, to the Alamosa Live Music Association. Here’s a taste of what’s to come.

Ellis Paul

 

Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting. ALMA presents Paul in concert at Milagros Coffeehouse,on the corner of State Ave. and Main St. in Alamosa, Fri., May 4 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $13 forALMA members, $15 for the general public, $5 for students, seniors, full-time volunteers and military. Note that the location for this show has changed from the Ortega Middle School auditorium to Milagros, so seats will be limited. Advance tickets are available from the Narrow Gauge Newsstand, catty-corner from Milagros at State and Main.

Next week, the San Luis Valley Cancer Relief Fund is hosting a benefit concert featuring Don Richmond and the Lazarus band, Thurs., May 10, 7:30pm, in Leon Memorial at the corner of Richardson Ave. and 2nd St.,on the Adams State College campus. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids and can be purchased at the Narrow Gauge Bookstore and the Green Spot in Alamosa.

Don Richmond

Don Richmond, musician and cancer survivor, will welcome back Don Conoscenti, Jim Bradley, Matt Schildt, and James Doyle to play tunes from his last solo effort “Like Lazarus.” ALMA and the ASC Department of Music are co-sponsoring the event. If interested in contributing or becoming a supporting member of the SLVCRF, please send your check to the San Luis Valley Cancer Relief Fund, PO Box 1297, Alamosa, CO, 81101, or pick up an envelope at the Green Spot, Valentino’s Food Mart, or Community Partnerships on the ASC Campus.

Get out your dancing shoes and join the SLV Big Band for a swing dance at the Ramada Inn (formerly the Inn of the Rio Grande), Sat., May 12th, 7:30 until 11:00 pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Ramada Inn or Milagros Coffee shop. A ll proceeds will help keep Milagros, a non-profit coffee shop supporting local homeless, on Main St.

Kailin Yong is violinist, teacher and composer who believes in the power of music to bring about positive change. He

The Peace Project Trio

has played in the SLVas part of Boulder Acoustic Society and in collaboration with tabla player Andy Skellenger and others. Fri., May 18 at 7:30pm he brings the Peace Project Trio to Leon Memorial for ALMA’s annual member appreciation concert. Admission is free for ALMA members and memberships will be available at the door. The trio blends the elegance of chamber music with the vitality and rootsiness of folk music from all over the globe, driven by the grounding groove of world percussion.

Celebrating 25 years of recording with her 12th CD, singer/songwriter Jenny Bird will present new songs as well as other favorites to finish up the month, Thurs., May 31, 7:30pm in Leon Memorial. Bird will bring with her an acoustic full band of stellar players from the area: Don Richmond, Omar Rane, Jeff Spicer and James Doyle.

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