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.

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