If you go
What: Craig Concert Association-sponsored performance by Home Free, an a cappella group
When: 7:30 p.m. tonight
Where: Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: $20, or $35 for a full-season membership (five concerts)
For more information, call Julie Dempster at 824-5251
Whenever Julie Dempster would leave for a performance put on by the Craig Concert Association, she said her husband, David, would roll his eyes.
But since he started joining his wife at the shows, he has grown to appreciate the variety of dynamic performances the association brings to Craig throughout the season.
"He used to just kind of say, 'Oh, alright,'" Dempster said. "But he has grown to really enjoy them. He always comes away like, 'Wow, those people were so awesome and talented.'"
The Craig Concert Association opens its 2009-10 season tonight with a performance by Home Free, an a cappella group from Minnesota, at 7:30 p.m. in the Moffat County High School auditorium.
Tickets are $20 at the door. However, memberships that include tickets to this season's five shows can be purchased for $35.
Dempster, media liaison for the association, said the organization's mission is to bring more opportunities for enjoyment of the arts to Craig.
"We're made of volunteers," she said. "And everyone's drive is to bring some culture and some outstanding acts to town."
She said it's often difficult to find affordable entertainment options and that quality and variety is rare in a remote town like Craig.
"What's nice is that as an association, because of our sponsors, we can keep our membership prices really low," she said.
The association, which has existed in one form or another since the 1980s, is supported by local businesses and individuals who go "above and beyond," Dempster said.
Each spring, organization members go through a pile of the performing acts that happen to be passing through the Craig-area at a given time.
They play each other music and research the acts until they come to a consensus on the ideal, family-friendly shows they want for the Craig community.
Dempster said Home Free was the obvious choice for the season-opener.
The group sings a cappella, or without background music, and performs everything from children's songs to rock-and-roll covers.
"We were just impressed with the vocal range of the members," Dempster said. "They have a dynamic performance. It's not just guys standing around singing. They have more of an interactive approach, and that's something we look for - someone who can really engage the audience."
This season of the Craig Concert Association features acts ranging from instrumentals to comedians, as well as local favorites such as Riders in the Sky, a cowboy musical group.