The seventh annual free summer concert series in Ridgway Town Park begins July 3 with Paper Bird. Concerts continue every Thursday in July from 6 p.m. until dark.
Since the band’s formation in 2007, Paper Bird has been playing its joyful blend of indie folk, blue-eyed soul, and rock to delighted audiences nationwide. The current lineup includes Mark Anderson (drums), Sarah Anderson (vocals, trumpet), Paul DeHaven (guitar), Esme Patterson (vocals), Genevieve Patterson (vocals), and Caleb Summeril (banjo, guitar, bass). Everyone writes for the group, and there is no leader. Paper Bird’s live performances showcase the group’s diversity and good-time vibe. Their rare and beautiful approach to music has led them to be featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, in a New York Times story about up and coming Denver bands, and most recently in Paste Magazine’s Top 10 Colorado Bands to Watch.
This year the Ridgway Concert Series has been expanded to five concerts, culminating on July 31 with a special concert from bluegrass legend Peter Rowan. The entire series is free to the public and features top-notch national acts. The events are family-friendly and include a very fun children’s activities area. Expect great mountain views, fantastic music and lots of dancing. Five food vendors will be on hand, cooking up a diverse selection of locally prepared meals. In addition to local breweries, wine and margaritas will be featured. The audience is welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and picnics. Please note, no glass is allowed in the park.
The Ridgway Concert Series is presented by the Town of Ridgway and funded entirely by community sponsors, fundraisers and donations. The on-site alcohol and merchandise sales also help fund the series.
The 2014 lineup includes:
July 10 — A Tribute to Dylan and the Dead with Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams. Opening and late-night sets by Lash Larue.
July 17 — Orgone. Opening and late-night sets by Andy Frasco.
July 24 — Zongo Junction. Opening and late-night sets by The Royal We.
July 31 — Peter Rowan with Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. Opening and late-night sets by Bruce Hayes and Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen.
Each night starting at 10 p.m., after the concert in the park, the opening act will play a full show at the Sherbino Theater, just two blocks from the main stage. The cover is $5 and there is a full bar at the theater.
All five Ridgway concerts will be broadcast live on KVNF Community Radio beginning at 7 p.m. and will be streaming live on the web at www.kvnf.org. The concerts are produced by Pickin’ Productions, which also produces Pickin’ in the Park in Paonia (Thursdays in August).