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July, 2012:

Grammy-winning pianist George Winston to perform benefit piano concert

Grammy Award-winning solo pianist George Winston will perform a benefit piano concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 16th in Leon Memorial Concert Hall on the Adams State University campus.

George Winston at the piano. Photo by Joe del Tufo

This solo piano concert will feature selections from George’s melodic piano recordings, as well as R&B piano, stride piano, Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts pieces, and more.

General admission tickets are $20, with proceeds to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley, and are available at:

The Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley, 1115 10th Street

Adams State University President’s Office, Richardson Hall, room 210

Cranes and Crows Gift Shop, 701 Main Street (across from the SLV Brewing Company)

Narrow Gauge Newsstand, 602 Main Street

OR by calling 719-589-5252 (credit card payment accepted at this number).

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Americana from Kort McCumber and High Road, Sun., July 29

Kort McCumber and band

An incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist, dedicated performer, prolific songwriter and gifted and expressive vocalist, Kort McCumber brings his band, High Road, playing Americana music steeped in tradition; honed over a musical lifetime and brought to life in the present, to Alamosa’s Cole Park, Sun., July 29 at 6pm, for a show in the Sundays at Six series of free concerts presented by the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA).

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Young Women of SHEL to Return to Alamosa with their Ferocious Mix of Folk, Rock and Celtic Styles.

SHEL

The young women of SHEL blew away the crowd with their mix of Celtic, folk, rock and even a little hip-hop, during a show at Adams State last March. Now they return to play the Alamosa Live Music Association’s (ALMA) Sundays@Six series of free concerts in Alamosa’s Cole Park, Sun., July 22, at 6pm.

SHEL is sophisticated and youthful, emotional and lighthearted, classic and eccentric. Their engaging live show is marked with a prodigy’s creativity and a veteran’s instinct for entertaining. Audiences delight with their unique songwriting style and fresh, new sound.

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Don Richmond and Friends Sun., July 15 at 6pm

Don Richmond plays in the park.

Don Richmond’s singing and songwriting pack a disarming punch, going down like good bourbon in Rocky Mountain spring water,” according to a writer from the late Rocky Mountain News. Bourbon will not be served, but Don Richmond and friends are upcoming performers in the “Sundays @ Six,” series of free concerts in Alamosa’s Cole Park, presented by the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA), Sun., July 15 at 6pm.

Richmond’s smooth, powerful vocal style, his impressive command of the guitar and many 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 rowdy bars in 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.

It may be a bit of a retrospective, although the biggest part of it will be from the newer stuff,” Richmond said of the material he planned to cover in the show. “ It’ll be fun,” he added. The tentative lineup of the band includes Richmond, Jim Bradley (Rifters, Hired Hands) on bass, Scott Russell (Tumbleweed) on mandolin and guitars, Matt Schildt on keyboards, and Creed de Avanzar (both were on the “Like Lazarus” CD) on hand drums and percussion, and possibly some other guests.

The young women of SHEL returning with their Celtic folk-rock on Sun., July 22 at 6pm, in Cole Park.