Alamosa’s New Venue: Society Hall

By Mike Rosso Back in 2014, a small group of Alamosa residents began considering the possibilities of buying and converting an old Christian Science Society building into an event and performance center. By the spring of 2015, they formed a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, The Society Hall Foundation, and purchased the building in August that same year. […]

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Ancient Tones: The Lithophone

By Marilyn Martorano Several years ago, a number of very interesting and unique artifacts were identified in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve museum collections and in private collections throughout the San Luis Valley. A cursory study of these artifacts suggested that some of them may have been used as tools called pestles. […]

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The Real Deal Music Review

by Brian Rill ELM – Darkness Made Light Known 2014 elmtunes.com In the damp, waterlogged hills of rural Scotland sits an old house in autumn. Vines ascend its austere stone walls, escaping an abundant landscape. Over dozens of miles a proud and majestic river known by the name of Orchy weaves under a verdant green […]

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Leadville Cherokee: mountain music

By Tyler Grimes “A funky jam band” is how the Leadville Cherokee were described at a recent show at the State Highway Theater in Buena Vista. The band of five from – of course – Leadville, can certainly be described as funky and jamming, with a dose of bluegrass, reggae and rock. They describe themselves […]

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Meet Doctor Robert

By Elliot Jackson For most of us, our first memory of “The Music” was mediated through the miracle of electronics, whether through the radio: 12 years old, rushing around getting ready for school, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” plays on the AM radio, stops me in my tracks, and I’m instantly in love – […]

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Twenty Years of Making Music: The Alpine Orchestra

By Wendy Oliver When I first moved to Buena Vista, I expected to gain a traffic-free life in the mountains while losing out on performing arts. Three months later, I attended the 1999 Alpine Orchestra’s Christmas concert and discovered a high caliber community orchestra right in the Upper Arkansas Valley. By January, I’d dusted off […]

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Q&A with San Luis Valley Musician Don Richmond

Don Richmond has been performing in the Colorado-New Mexico area since about 1970. He has released six solo recording projects and has played with a number of bands including Tumbleweed and The Rifters. He has composed and recorded musical soundtracks for three documentary films seen nationally and internationally. Don also owns and runs a recording […]

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Rhythm, Soul and Education

by Mike Rosso Salida-based musician Bones has put quite a few achievements under his belt over the past 25 years. He has performed in a variety of rock bands from England to Los Angeles and was a member of the popular Afro-beat band Jaka as well as the Grateful Dead tribute band, Shakedown Street.

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When the sap is running high

Column by George Sibley Music – January 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine HERE WE ARE in the dark days of the year. Our boys are slogging on in Iraq; the price of heating fuel is going up as fast as the temperature is going down; the Colorado legislature is slouching toward Denver with the far […]

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Alpine arias

Sidebar by Marcia Darnell Music – April 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine Alpine Arias As Crestone is blessed with operatic singers, those singers are blessed to have a place to perform, Hazlerig Music House. Sylvia Hazlerig built a structure in 1998, just down the hill from her new home. That building was meant to house […]

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Crestone with a high C

Article by Marcia Darnell Music – April 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine TINY CRESTONE Isn’t the kind of place you’d expect to find opera singers in residence, but Sue Vaughan and Meryl Ennis help their community reach the high notes. Vaughan has been in Crestone for eight years, after having spent 20 in New York […]

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Classical Music: Getting through a Wet Mountain Winter

Article by Rayna Bailey Music – April 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine FROM THE HIGH MOUNTAIN Hayfever Blue Grass Festival in July, to Jazz in the Sangres in August, to Wet Mountain Western Days country and western music festival in September, it’s all about music and summer in the Wet Mountain Valley.

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