Rio Blanco concert series to kick off

Free community entertainment program offers summer fun for families

Rio Blanco County residents who are longing for some wholesome family entertainment this summer won't have to travel far from home.

Based on the popularity of several trial events, every Saturday night beginning June 12, the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District will sponsor free live entertainment in a series of casual community concerts at Paintbrush Park in Meeker.

District Director Heidi Ham said the district is committed to providing family-friendly entertainment for the community.

"We did a few concerts last summer, and the public was very receptive," Ham said.

The music will be from 7 to 9 p.m. every Saturday through September 18 with the exception of the July 3 holiday weekend.

"That (July 3) is Range Call weekend, and we felt there would be conflicts with many people," she said.

"We hope people come and enjoy the park setting, maybe bring a picnic and just spend some time with family, friends and music," Ham said.

Most of the musical talent will come from groups including The Bob Searcy Band, Gold River Band and John Wayne Band. There also will be three dates when special guest groups will perform.

Ham said all of the performances will be unique, but one special attraction will be "TVS and Two Fingers" on July 24 in conjunction with Park and Recreation Celebration Day. Festivities that day will begin at 4 p.m.

"This group uses Bundt pans and various household items to make music. They are billed as performance poetry and should fit well with the celebration, " Ham said.

Other special concerts include the Aug. 21 performance of Jon Chandler, a Western performer and the Alpine Brass Trio from Glenwood Sept. 18.

Ham said the district would provide an event tent during concerts for protection against rain or for extra shade.

"This should be a lot of fun," Ham said.

Paintbrush park is next to the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds in Meeker. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation office at 970- 878-3403.

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