Ridgway Colorado Free Summer Concert Series in July
Ouray County, Colorado: Ridgway: The fourth annual free summer concert series will be held this year, on all four Thursdays in July. Music will begin at 6:00 pm in Ridgway Town Park. A children’s play area will be provided, along with micro-brewed beer, food and merchandise.
The July 2011 line up includes:
- July 7: Big Sam's Funky Nation - high voltage horn driven rock & funk direct from New Orleans
- July 14: Great American Taxi - Leftover Salmon's front man leads Colorado's favorite Americana Band
- July 21: Lake Street Dive - a New York City based quartet, soul and rock propulsive grooves with a Motown influence
- July 28: Euforquestra - Afro-Caribbean-Funk from Iowa City
The concert series is funded entirely from local donations, fund raisers and the sale of t-shirts and micro-brewed beer sold at the concerts. The series is currently seeking financial sponsors. Major sponsors at the $1000 level currently include: Mountain Market, Orvis Hot Springs, Alpine Bank, The Colorado Yurt Company and the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad.
In-kind sponsors contributing goods and services over $1000 currently include: Black Canyon Equipment Rentals, Chipeta Sun Lodge, The Watch Newspaper, Rich Durnan Photography and Fishbone Graphics.
The series has obtained state approval and can offer cash donors (of $100 or more) state income tax credit on the contribution of 25% of the donated amount. In-kind sponsors a state tax credit of 12.5% of the value of the contribution.
Each show will feature a different brewery which will donate micro-brewed beer which will be sold during the event, again to raise funds to pay for the series. The first concert will be sponsored by Ouray Brewery, the second by Colorado Boy Brewery, third SKA Brewing and the fourth, New Belgium Brewing.
Fund raisers to support the series include the 16th annual Love Your Valley Festival, which will be held on Saturday, May 14th in Town Park, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm. This is a free event, and for a $20 fee participants will receive a commemorative glass and have the ability to sample micro-brewed beers from 13 regional breweries. Live music will be provided by James and the Devil, out of Denver. Second Chance Humane Society will host dog contests and activities, local organizations will display information, and there will be concert series t-shirts and food for sale.
Another free fund raiser will be the second annual Community Block Party which will be held on Friday, June 3rd at the corner of N. Cora and Clinton Streets. Festivities begin at 6:00 with locals, The Brothers Fugazi on the stage, followed by Howard Berkman and the Big Bottom Blues Band from Paonia. Concert series t-shirts will be on sale, along with raffle tickets for a bicycle donated by Peak to Peak Bicycles. Food, drinks and libations will be sold by established businesses in the area.
Concert series t-shirts, proceeds of which fund the concert series, can also be purchased at Ridgway Town Hall. Any questions regarding the series, fund raisers, or persons interested in becoming vendors at the concerts should contact Pam Kraft at Ridgway Town Hall, 626-5308x11.