Glenwood Springs Summer of Music returns for full season starting June 29

Paa Kow performs at the first installment in the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music on June 29 in Two Rivers Park.
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Add the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music to the list of local entertainment comebacks this year.

The free Wednesday night summer concert series is slated to return to Two Rivers Park on June 29 for the first in the six-concert series, featuring the world fusion (heavy on the percussion) and funk sounds of Paa Kow. Opening the show will be local Latin jazz vocalist Josefina Mendez.

Concerts begin at 6:30 pm on six consecutive Wednesdays. And, in case you’d forgotten the routine, bring a blanket and chairs, a picnic basket (or buy from an on-site vendor) and settle in for some music and socializing.

Summer of Music was suspended for the past two years because of the pandemic, with the exception of a one-off concert last August to help keep the vibe going.

Now, Summer of Music board president Annie Olson said she’s hoping the community will step up to really keep the vibe going by opening their pocketbooks.

“We need about 40% more in funding right now, so we’re really looking for support from the community and businesses to be able to continue the free concerts at Two Rivers Park,” Olson said.

“It’s just a great chance to get out in the middle of the week, laugh with friends, dance and have a wonderful time in the mountains,” she added.

The experience does cost money, though.

Bands are all lined up for the series, but each show costs about $13,000, Olson said.

In addition to passing the buckets at the Wednesday concerts, Olson and her fellow organizers are asking supporters to consider donating in advance at: Glenwood Springs Summer of Music, Inc., PO Box 945, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81602.

Summer of Music has been in existence for 12 years — an extension of the Wednesday night concert tradition that began with the former Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz that had a 25-year run from 1985-2010.

“Due to COVID these last two years it hasn’t happened, so we’re really happy to bring it back,” Olson said.

Glenwood Springs Summer of Music is a nonprofit organization, so donations are tax deductible,

Olson reminds concert-goers that pets, glass containers, smoking and outside solicitors are not allowed in Two Rivers Park.

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