Don’t Miss Thursday Music in the Park in Ridgway, Colorado!
Despite the lack of fireworks, July began with a bang in Southwest Colorado, and the Ridgway Concert Series did not dissapoint last Thursday, July 5, 2018! Every Thursday in June, Ouray hosts free concerts at Fellin Park, and in July, those concerts move to Ridgway.
The opening bands last week in Ridgway were indeed a tough act to follow, but the rest of the line up is sure to bring smiles to faces and a bounce in every step! From near and far, the talent in July are a force to be reckoned with.
The 2018 Ridgway Concert Series continues each Thursday through July 26th from 6pm to 10pm. The series is free to the public and features a wonderfully curated mix of eight bands over four nights. The events are family friendly and include a children’s activities area to keep the kids entertained, while the parents dance and mingle with new & old friends. Expect spectacular views of the San Juan and Cimarron Mountains, stellar music, and lots of dancing. Delicious food and regionally brewed beer and other libations will be available. The audience is welcome to bring (short backed) lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and picnics. Pease note, no glass or outside alcohol & no dogs are allowed in the park. The Ridgway Concert Series is presented by the Town of Ridgway in conjunction with Pickin’ Productions and is funded entirely by community sponsors, fundraisers and donations. The on-site beer sales benefit a local not-for-profit.
Billy Strings – www.billystrings.com
From Nashville Tennesee, Billy Strings is one of the most popular up and coming bluegrass guitarists around. Featuring Drew Matulich on mandolin with banjo prodigy Billy Failing and much-loved Nashville bassist Brad Tucker, his band encompasses the deep roots of folk/bluegrass music.
Opening Act: Freddy & Francine – www.freddyandfrancine.com
In 2008 2008, Bianca Caruso and Lee Ferris, with the help of drummer Christopher Allis and bassist John Classick, Freddy & Francine have become regulars on the Los Angeles live circuit, building a following through word-of-mouth with regular gigs at “listening rooms” such as The Hotel Café, Vermont Restaurant and McCabe’s Guitar Shop.
Carolyn Wonderland – www.carolynwonderland.com
Previously known as Austin’s Best Blues Band, Carolyn Wonderland is a multi-award winning artist from Texas. With her band mates Bobby Perkins, Kevin Lance, and Shelley Cox, she has been featured on many “Best of” lists.
Opening Act: A.J. Fullerton – www.ajfullerton.com
Winner of eight 2017 Colorado Blues Society “Member’s Choice Awards”, A.J. Fullerton is a Colorado native currently taking the Colorado music scene by storm. From rock, folk, bluegrass, roots and blues, his distinct style and vocals have already earned him vast recognition.
The Lowdown Brass Band – www.lowdownbrassband.com
A horn-driven ensemble out of Chicago, the Lowdown Brass Band shows strong roots in the New Orleans Second Line Tradition. With electric energy and powerful brass, they blend modern funk, hip-hop, reggae and pop into a unique style.
Opening Act: The Last Revel – www.thelastrevel.com
The Last Revel trio utilizes their multi-instrumental abilities to bring the acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, 5-string banjo, harmonica, kick drum and three-part vocal harmonies together to consistently deliver “Bombastic live performances,” as well as delicate and haunting folk ballads.
For more information or to request interviews with the artists:
Rob Miller, Pickin’ Productions (970) 260-6493 [email protected]