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Bill McKay plays at free Cordillera concert

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Ash Ganley plays with the Bill McKay Band at Thursday's free concert at the Cordillera Short Course.

EDWARDS — Cordillera is hosting a concert by the Bill McKay Band featuring Ash Ganley today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Short Course at Cordillera. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

"We're excited to bring Bill McKay and his band to Cordillera," said Rachel Oys, general manager of Cordillera. "We have so many amazing venues that we want our friends and neighbors to experience, so hosting a concert at the Short Course, located at the Grouse on the Green, is the perfect opportunity."

In addition to the free music, Grouse on the Green will be offering food and beverage deals; views of the Continental Divide will provide a backdrop for the music. The green opens at 5 p.m., so bring a blanket or a lawn chair and prepare for an evening of views and tunes that are sure to set your feet to dancing.

McKay was a primary songwriter, singer and keyboardist for Leftover Salmon, one of Colorado's most successful bands of all time. Blending bluegrass, country, funk, blues, Motown and classic rock into an evening of organic, super-high energy entertainment is what the Bill McKay Band is all about. Ganley has become one of Colorado's most renowned and successful acoustic singer/songwriters in the past few years, performing everything from gypsy jazz to modern acoustic pop and delta blues to bluegrass.

The concert starts at 6 p.m. on the Short Course at Cordillera. Grouse on the Green will be manning a bar downstairs serving $5 house wine and beer; a full bar is available upstairs at the Grouse. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, but please leave your coolers and dogs at home.