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GUNNISON – George Winston presents a Hawaiian slack-key guitar concert to benefit the Gunnison Arts Center (GAC) on July 19 at Western State College’s Quigley Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Winston performs approximately 110 concerts per year in the U.S., Asia and Europe. These concerts are mainly solo piano, but also include a few solo guitar and solo piano dances. His favorite instrument is the solo acoustic steel string guitar. In 1985, Winston began recording the Hawaiian slack key guitar masters. Slack key is the name for the finger-pieced guitar tradition which began in Hawaii in the early 1800s (and predated the steel guitar by more than 60 years). Concert organizers ask attendees to bring a donation of nonperishable food to the concert to support the Gunnison-Hinsdale Department of Human Services. Concert tickets are available for $20 (GAC members) and $25 (non-members). The ticket price includes post-show appetizers and desserts. For more information, contact GAC at 641-4029 or visit http://www.visitgunnison.com.Blues and Brews Festival announces lineupTELLURIDE – The 12th annual Telluride Blues and Brews Festival lineup includes Black Crowes, Maceo Parker, Tedeschi and more. Tickets are already on sale.The 12th Annual Telluride Blues and Brews Festival returns to Telluride Town Park Sept. 16-18. The three-day festival will feature performances by the Black Crowes, Susan Tedeschi, Maceo Parker, Mofro, The Subdudes, Sonny Landreth and more. Friday and Sunday passes can be purchased for $50 and Saturday passes for $55 and three-day passes (currently available) for $140.00. Camping passes are still available for $35 per person. The Grand Tasting of over 100 microbrewery beers will be held on Saturday from noon-3 p.m, featuring Sweet Water Brewery (Atlanta), Flathead Lake Brewing Company (Montana), Flying Dog Brewery (Colorado) and Reaper Ale (California).Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.tellurideblues.com or by calling (866)515-6166 or locally at Telluride Music Company (201 East Colorado Avenue, 970-728-9592). The Shakespeare Theatre to present a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream in AspenASPEN – The Shakespeare Theatre will present its production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Aspen Ideas Festival, a week-long offering of lectures, seminars and tutorials sponsored jointly by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic Magazine through Sunday. The production, directed by Mark Lamos and restaged by Jef Hall-Flavin, will run at the Aspen District Theatre from July 6 through July 10. The production will play at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $50. To purchase tickets, call (970)920-5770 or visit http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com.In Their Honor Air show launches 5th seasonCOLORADO SPRINGS – Tickets are now on sale for the 5th annual Colorado Springs In Their Honor Air show Saturday and SUnday. Gates open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the former Colorado Springs Airport on Fountain Blvd. east of Powers. “The air show gets bigger and better each year, and 2005 promises new and unusual acts, a larger static display, and several ‘back by popular demand’ crowd pleasers,” John O’Donnell, event chairman, said. “New this year is a wing walker, who walks and rides the airplane wings, while the pilot performs low-level aerobatic stunts. Plus, 20-person teams compete on the ground for best time as they take turns pulling a FEDEX 727 – an event that benefits Special Olympics.”This year’s show features 15 nationally recognized acts, including:– US Air Force Academy (USAFA) Wings of Blue Parachute Team– Tim Weber, one of the world’s top aerobatic performers– Aerobatic pilot Greg Shelton and wing walker Ashley Battles– The US Air Force F-15 West Coast Demonstration Team– Bob Carlton, one of the country’s top glider performers– Gary Dawson, national award winning aerobatic pilot– The Green Beret Parachute TeamTickets are on sale online at http://www.ticketswest.com, at all King Soopers/City Market stores and at the gate. All tickets are general admission and priced $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65 and older), $5 for children (6-11) and children 5 and under are free. Active military and spouses with ID can purchase tickets at the gate for $8. More information on the show and event sponsorship is available on the Web site at http://www.csairshow.com.Gunnison hosts tribute to John Denver concertGUNNISON – Gunnison Area Community Foundation (GACF) will hold a Tuesday concert to honor John Denver, who earned international acclaim as a songwriter, performer, actor, environmentalist and humanitarian before his tragic death in 1997. Denver’s music career spanned three decades and included hits such as “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders.”The concert, to be held outdoors at the I-Bar Ranch in Gunnison, will begin at 7 p.m. and feature three musicians who worked closely with Denver: Denny Brooks, Jim Salestrom and Pete Huttlinger. The concert is the culmination of an afternoon and evening of family-oriented activities to benefit and showcase GACF and Gunnison Valley nonprofits. For more information and tickets, contact (970) 349-6889. Boulder hosts reggae afro pop festivalBOULDER – Boulder hosts the 4th annual Soul Rebel Festival July 16. The festival is a annual grass roots reggae Afro pop music festival. The festival is the manifestation of the creative visionary ideals of Ujama News (www.ujamanews.com), a magazine that informs, entertains and educates on the Afro Centric heritage, revealed through the arts, dance, literary works, music, natural living and sports. The festival is held annually in the summer benefiting the Black Biomedical Research Movement, and it’s a tribute to Wachen Vieira, an African Immigrant who was murdered in Boulder on July 26, 2002. Tickets are available at The Boulder Theater Box Office or by calling (303)786-7030. For more information, log on to http://www.reggaemovement.com/festivals/soulrebel.htm.Widespread Panic to play two nights in AspenASPEN – Jazz Aspen/Snowmass Labor Day Festival (Sept. 1-5) has never been hotter with rock classics. Widespread Panic plays two concerts, Loggins and Messina perform a reunion concert, Willie Nelson takes to the stage and Johnny Klegg, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and others will also take the stage. Ticket prices range from $45 single day tickets to a $150 four-day pass and can be purchased by visitingwww.jazzaspen.com. For lodging/ticket packages, call (800)SNOWMASS or visit http://www.snowmassvillage.com.Oktoberfest starts Sept. 10 in Aspen ASPEN – Oktoberfest kicks off the 10-day “Fall in Love with Aspen/Snowmass” celebration Sept. 10 with a packed day full of live traditional German music and modern rock performances, biergartens, food, dancing, Teutonic cheer, jugglers and family entertainment for all. Music is a key element to this celebration of the fall harvest season. For more information, log on to http://www.snowmassvillage.com.Aspen Filmfest announces 2005 fall festival datesASPEN – Aspen Filmfest has announced the dates for its 27th edition, which runs Sept. 28-Oct. 2 in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House, as well as Carbondale’s Crystal Theatre and The Springs Theatre in Glenwood Springs. This annual festival will host an array of features, documentaries and special presentations including the prestigious Independent by Nature Award. Recognizing screen artists whose work has made a significant contribution to film culture, this award has honored a number of luminaries including Michael Douglas, Sydney Pollack and Angelica Huston. The complete program will be announced around Labor Day. Tickets go on sale Sept. 21 through the Wheeler Box Office in Aspen and other locations. For information, visit http://www.aspenfilm.org.The plants of the Lewis and Clark expedition “re-discovered” at Denver Botanic Gardens DENVER – Denver Botanic Gardens will mark the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark’s transcontinental journey of exploration with “The Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition” now until July 31. The “Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition” offers a mix of specimens, photos and information about the plants collected along the trail, assembled by Fay Schaller. Schaller’s show, which has toured many venues around the country including Missouri Botanic Gardens, will complement 16 original botanical illustrations created by the garden’s students. The exhibit will extend into the gardens where visitors can take a self-guided tour to see living examples of plants collected during the expedition. The “Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition” coincides with the Lewis and Clark exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which opened May 6. For more information, log on to http://www.botanicgardens.org.Denver Botanic Gardens hosts tour of gardens and villas throughout ItalyDENVER – Denver Botanic Gardens Life Trustee and honorary member of the Garden Club of America Edward Connors will lead “The Gardens and Villas of Italy” tour from Sept. 7-17 in locations from Lake Como to Rome. Italian guides and experts from Denver Botanic Gardens will be on hand to offer direction, insight and information on the gardens and their surroundings. Connors has led many tours to Italy to view gardens and villas (as an art history at Kent Denver Country Day School for 28 years). Trip price is $4,100 per person and includes 10 nights of lodging, breakfast, dinner each day and luxury bus coaches that will transport tour participants. Air travel to and from Italy is additional.For more information, visit http://www.botanicgardens.org.Grand Junction sprouting with flavorsGRAND JUNCTION – With the arrival of summer comes the promise of sweet, sun-ripened Colorado fruits. All summer long, orchards and vineyards in Grand Junction, Palisade and Fruita will be offering Colorado’s best. All locations offer orchard tours and tastings. Here’s when you can expect to find the region’s produce at its peak:– July 25-Sept. 10: peaches (depending on variety)– Aug. 25-Sept. 15: plums — Aug. 15-Sept. 15: pears — July 25-Aug. 25: apples (summer varieties)– Sept. 9-25: grapes– Sept. 15-Oct. 30: apple (winter varieties)In addition, roadside stands throughout the area offer produce, as well as jams, preserves and ciders made with local fruit. The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau Web site, http://www.visitgrandjunction.com, has links to orchard maps as well as Web site links, addresses and telephone numbers for fruit stands and orchards that offer tours. For more information, call (800)962-2547.Leftover’s Drew Emmitt Band hits the road Leftover Salmon founder, co-lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Drew Emmitt will lead his own Drew Emmitt Band on the “Freedom Ride Tour” this fall. Dates are being confirmed now by booking agency Skyline Music. The schedule will include the Strictly Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 2 in San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Park, and includes stops in Chicago, Cleveland, New York City, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Portland, Seattle, Milwaukee, Madison, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Burlington, VT. “The Freedom Ride Tour” begins Sept. 29 and runs through early December. Compass Records will be supporting the Freedom Ride Tour with publicity as they continue to work Drew’s new album “Freedom Ride” “My commitment to LOS prevented me from really supporting this CD when it came out,” Emmitt said. “So I’m now excited to go out and play these songs.” The Freedom Ride recording included guests John Cowan and Sam Bush both of the late band Newgrass Revival, plus Vassar Clements, Stuart Duncan, Peter Rowan, Randy Scruggs, and members of the John Cowan Band. For more information, go to http://www.drewemmitt.com. Vail Colorado


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