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Dear Friend of the Alamosa Live Music Association:

We have some good news and some bad news! The good news first.  We have an offer from the Daniel and Janet Mordecai Foundation to match $4000 in new memberships, or members who increase their membership level for 2011.

Now the bad news. This year we’re ineligible for Colorado Creative Industries (previously the Colorado Council on the Arts) funding, which is requiring us to take a year off.   So, Sundays at Six is in jeopardy for next summer unless we are able to raise some serious money.

Sundays at Six has been a mainstay of Alamosa summers. But for a moment please close your eyes and imagine weekends without Sundays at Six:ALMA stringed instruments on stage

  • No music wafting through the town of Alamosa on Sunday evenings
  • No sunsets peeking through the swaying figures of entertainers grooving onstage.
  • No dancing barefoot on the grass to the beat of some incredible drummer.
  • No children swinging on the swings as their parents enjoy an evening’s repose.
  • No potluck picnics with friends from near and far.

Now open your eyes.  Think about how great our community is and how much we offer and achieve with few resources. Hopefully, you believe with the board of ALMA that Sundays at Six is important to our community.  Close your eyes and visualize this:

  • Another glorious summer in Cole Park with great music.
  • Sauntering into the park knowing that 8 years of live music will continue due to your generosity.
  • Sitting in your folding chair and tapping your toe to San Luis Valley Big Band, the newest retro Swing Band, or Mariachi San Luis.
  • Breathing a sigh of relief when the threatening clouds move from the Sangres to the West, saving us from Showers at Six!
  • Clapping your hands in delight with the knowledge that you helped bring Sundays at Six to your community.

We hope you will consider this investment in the Alamosa Live Music Association.  Please look at our membership brochure, choose one of the levels of membership, and send your contribution to P.O. Box 1836, Alamosa, CO, 81101.  Many of those levels include coupons for the concerts we are presenting throughout this season:  concerts with the likes of blues singer Eric Bibb, who has been nominated for a Grammy in the past, and the Infamous Stringdusters, who are up for the best country instrumental Grammy this year.

Thank you for considering making your investment in ALMA today!

P.S. Remember every little bit helps & all members will be invited to a members-only event! (more…)

Summer of Live Music in the SLV Still Going Strong

There’s plenty of great live music coming up in the San Luis Valley. The Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA) is doing its best to help.

Blanca Fest is an all-day communal get together for hikers, families, and nature enthusiasts organized by the Colorado Mountain Club, Sat. Aug. 21 in Alamosa’s Cole Park. After a day of hiking, attendees can kick back and relax with an evening of entertainment including food and beverages provided by the San Luis Valley Brewing Co., live acoustic musical performances by singer/songwriters Emily Robinson and Alison Kitchen and master fiddler Matt Schildt presented by ALMA, and more between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (more…)

Honky-Tonkin’ Classic Country and Western Swing This Sunday At Six.

photo of Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams

Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams

Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams’ classic style of honky-tonk country and western swing has a language and culture all to itself, but only takes one quick lesson to learn how to love for a lifetime. SLV audiences will again have the chance to take that lesson as the group plays a free concert, this Sun., Aug. 1 at 6pm in Alamosa’s Cole Park, as the finale of the Alamosa Live Music Association’s Sundays@Six 2010 season.

The echoey twang of the steel guitar, snap of the snare drum, thump of the stand-up bass and rippin’ electric guitar solos mix with Wofford’s distinctive vocals to create a solid sound that is familiar yet purely original. Wofford’s growly, wavering tenor rings out across dive bars, theaters, municipal concerts and festivals, conjuring up images of Hank Williams Sr., Buddy Holly and Bob Wills. (more…)

Swingin’ Big Band Jazz And More This Sunday July 24, at 6pm.

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San Luis Valley Big Band

Continuing their mission of spreading the message of swinging jazz and other music genres, the San Luis Valley Big Band performs this Sun., July 25 at 6pm in Alamosa’s Cole Park, as part of the Alamosa Live Music Association’s (ALMA) “Sundays@Six,” series.

A dedicated group of people from all walks of life, the San Luis Valley Big Band is a non-profit community band. Retired music teachers, active music teachers, technology professionals, students and others come together in this rural area of south central Colorado to share their love of music. Their concerts have become a much-anticipated annual tradition as part of “Sundays@Six.” (more…)