Summer Concert Series
Wednesday, May 3.
Doors open 7:00, concert 7:30 pm.
The Black Lillies are a band for the ages: rich, rootsy tunes performed with as much heart as technical virtuosity. If you ask them, they’ll tell you they play “Tennessee music” – combining strains of wampy Memphis soul and blues with Nashville’s classic country and East Tennessee’s traditional Appalachian style – while Rolling Stone describes it as “country music with a soul-rock infusion, supported by bandleader Cruz Contreras’ smart songwriting and tight musicianship.” Either way, it’s music that stirs your soul, touches your heart and makes you want to dance.
Tickets: $20/advance, $25 at the door.
Get tickets here.
River Fest Block Party featuring Policulture w/ Sol Seed
Saturday, June 24
Join us after the Gunnison River Festival on South Main Street for an exciting community gathering featuring free music by Sol Seed and Policulture as well as awards and prizes from the River Fest Event, food vendors, and more! Free community event.
Friday, June 30 7:30-910:00 pm
Doors open 7:00, Concert 7:30 pm.
Experience a unique concert as local singer-songwriters take the stage to combine their stories, inspiration, music and talent. Sit back in the Arts Center’s intimate Black Box Theatre and enjoy an exciting evening of diverse musical artistry. Hosted by Singer-Songwriter Chris Coady and featuring performers Alan Wartes & Issa Forrest, Jenny Hill, Sam Pankratz, Steve Kurtz, Shannon Renee and Brady Snow. Concert held in the GAC’s Black Box Theatre.
Tickets: $15/adults, $12/kids(12-), snrs(60+), members.
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FIRST FRIDAYS IN THE COURTYARD
The GAC’s summer ArtWalks feature musicians performing outside on the courtyard stage. All shows are free to the community. The bar will be outside as well and there will be room for dancing! ArtWalk music 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
Marimba Mu Gomo
Friday, June 2nd.
Marimba Mu Gomo (Marimba in the Mountains) is an eight member troupe comprised of Gunnison and Crested Butte locals, playing traditional and original Zimbabwean music on wooden African Marimbas.
Lizzy Plotkin and Sophia Chudacoff
Friday, July 7th.
Lizzy Plotkin and Sophia Chudacoff weave together old time fiddle tunes with original songwriting to access the timelessness of human emotions and unearth the living folklore of Gunnison Valley’s history. Letting stories ring through song, harmony, body percussion, and exuberant fiddling, this place-based performance walks the line between traditional sounds and unique composition. Both women have roots in Nashville, TN and draw from the deep wells of Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Folk and the Blues to create a feel-good experience.
Friday, August 4th.
Steve Kurtz is the primary songwriter of the local band Barefoot Companion. He writes songs with an optimistic message that are influenced by his life and experiences living in desert regions of America. From folk to alternative to indie rock influences, Steve dubs his music desert rock and will perform acoustic arrangements of his band’s tunes.
Art Walk Festival featuring Zolopht
Friday, September 1st
This block party event will be on the street in front of the Arts Center and feature free live music, food and drinks!
Funk. Rock. Reggae. Established in 2009, Zolopht has become a premier act in the Colorado music scene. Loosely described as psychedelic reggae-rock, Zolopht has an entirely unique sound that is as catchy as it is progressive. Lovingly crafted music and rigorous touring has provided the band diehard fans around the country and beyond. Zolopht has shared the stage with artists such as: The Wailers, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Dirty Heads, Tribal Seeds, Passafire, Ballyhoo! and Katchafire. With two full-length studio efforts (pH-Balanced/Flexor*) under their belt and a third on the way, Zolopht has gained an unstoppable momentum.
SUNDAYS @ 6
Join us under the big trees of Legion Park on the corner of Tomichi Avenue and Teller Street every Sunday evening, June through August at 6 – 8 pm for free live music and community and family fun. This long-standing tradition has continued over the years, come rain or shine, featuring the music of local and regional bands. See you there!
Sunday, June 11
Nationally touring, NY based songwriter, Marc Berger has performed at Austin’s South X Southwest Music Festival and opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts. His current release, RIDE, is a collection of songs all having to do with the romance of the American West. His band is known for its dynamic, rootsy sound:
“A well choreographed mix of deep country folk songs with touches of bluegrass, roots, Americana, a little spicy cajun, and even a little indie with an effects laced lead acoustic guitar. It’s near impossible to sit through a set without feeling a musical kinship to something in every song, even if it’s just the basic joy of watching a well seasoned band rip through every song as if it was the final number of their farewell tour.”
-The Living Room, NYC
Sunday, June 18
Cary has been described as acoustic Native Americana Fingerstyle Blues; with strong qualities of jam, reggae, jazz, blues bluegrass and dance. Tim Duffy, president of Music maker Relief Foundation, describes Morin as a “brilliant guitarist, heartfelt songwriter and soulful singer whose music gives us pause to reflect on life’s great rewards.”
Sunday, June 25
Barefoot Companion is all about chill tunes and an optimistic message. Most of their material is written by Steve Kurtz, who is influenced by his life experiences and his positive outlook on life. Their sound is hard to categorize – it varies from folk to alternative to indie rock – so the best name for it is desert rock.
Gunnison Country Ramblers
Sunday, July 2
A four piece Colorado style bluegrass ensemble blending traditional and modern “Grass” filled with familiar faces from the Gunnison country, this band is mountain music and will feature performances from the Gunnison Valley Youth Fiddlers.
Two Faces West
Sunday, July 9
Sunday, July 16
Colony Funk focuses their energy on the funk sound while teasing into genres that keep the listener’s ear intrigued and satisfied. They produce an original style of funky soul rock that gets audiences on their feet to boogie!
Sunday, July 23
Sunday, July 30
Local band members Chris Coady (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica), Jack Lucido (drums, vocals) Kevin Doherty (electric guitar), and Brian Camp (bass) will have the park jumping with their original folk/country rock sound.
Sunday, August 6
Zolopht is an explosive reggae rock group out of Grand Junction, CO, and has become a staple in the Colorado music scene. Touring the national circuit on a regular basis as a full band, they are bringing a unique experience to Gunnison, as they ‘strip down’ to bring you a special acoustic performance, you won’t want to miss.
Gypsy Jazz Social Club (Acoustic)
Sunday, August 13
Mysterious… yet strangely familiar, the Gypsy Jazz Social Club is a consortium of local, versatile musicians. The GJSC performs vocalized and
instrumental arrangements of jazz and swing standards, latin rhythms, and original material, as well as
contemporary and traditional gypsy tunes, all of it “gypsified” for your listening and/or dancing enjoyment.