Minturn Summer Concert Series kicks off July 7 with Euforquestra
If you go …
What: Euforquestra, part of the Minturn Summer Concert Series.
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7.
Where: Little Beach Park and Amphitheater, Minturn.
Minturn Summer Concert Series schedule
All concerts are free and begin at 6 p.m.
• July 7 — Euforquestra
• July 14 — You Knew Me When
• July 21 — Town Calvary
• July 28 — Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters
• Aug. 4 — The Altitones
• Aug. 11 — Dead Horses
• Aug. 18 — King Cardinal
• Aug. 24 — Hazel Miller
MINTURN — The Minturn Summer Concert Series returns to Little Beach Park and Amphitheater on the banks of the Eagle River beginning today with funky grooves from Fort Collins band Euforquestra.
First out the gate
Euforquestra (pronounced yoo-FOHR-keh-struh — think euphoria, plus orchestra) has an ever-evolving, energetic, rhythmic sound that has been influenced by music from all over the world, with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove. For more than a decade, the band has been blending the roots of funk, soul, Afro-beat, reggae and dub.
In 2015, Euforquestra collaborated with featured guests including DJ Logic, Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident), Kim Dawson (Pimps of Joytime), Ayo Awosika, Kevin Kinsella (formerly John Brown’s Body), members of The Motet and more.
The band’s fifth full-length record, “Fire,” was produced by Kyle Hollingsworth (of The String Cheese Incident) and captures the passion and musical maturing of these road warriors, who have clocked more than 1,000 shows to date. Over the course of 14 tracks, the band takes you on an hour-long adventure with a handful of special guests, including Elliot Martin (John Brown’s Body), Gabriel Mervine and Kim Dawson (The Motet) and Hollingsworth, who put their own touches on the album. The result is a record that is distinctly modern, maintaining one foot in the future and firmly planting in the musical roots traditions of the past (www.euforquestra.com).
As noted in a live show review by Grateful Web, “… the boys seem to play like the apocalypse will happen at any second and they want to die doing what they do best.”
The Minturn Summer Concert Series continues through August, with free concerts every Thursday at 6 p.m. from the following acts.
• July 14 — You Knew Me When is husband-and-wife indie folk-rock duo Cie and Karisa Hoover. With blended vocals and an array of instruments — Karisa provides piano, ukulele, glockenspiel and percussion, as Cie supplies guitar and other rhythmic nuances — the couple parades between a fusion of progressive indie-rock and folk compositions, all infused with pulsing and stirring beats (www.youknewmewhen.com).
• July 21 — Town Calvary is composed of Colorado musicians Johnny Schleper (MTHDS, guitar and vocals), Rob Eaton Jr. (The Drunken Hearts, guitar and vocals), Mark Levy (The Congress, drums) and Alex Scott (40oz to Freedom, bass). The band has a smooth, steady rhythm section coupled with guitar solos and vocal harmonies. Town Cavalry plays a mixed bag of covers, including Derek Trucks, Bob Marley, Sublime, Edgar Winter, Led Zeppelin and a few soulful originals (www.facebook.com/towncavalry).
• July 28 — Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters are Johnny Campbell, a third-generation fiddler hailing from Nashville, Tennessee; his wife, Whitney Campbell, on bass; Jeff Burke on mandolin; Chris Carter on banjo; and Carl Caldwell on guitar. Johnny started the Bluegrass Drifters in Santa Cruz, California, with Whitney, and the traditional bluegrass band now hails from Nashville (johnnycampbell.net).
• Aug. 4 — The Altitones are a six-piece band, with Memphis, Tennessee-born Tommy “Gun” Anderson on lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar; Mr. Miami, Mauricio Cadavid, on vocals, lead and rhythm guitar; Altoona, Pennsylvania’s Jude “The Dude” Wargo on washboard, percussion and accordion; Houston, Texas, runaway Ben Ray Swonke on drums; Colorado native Sam Bee on vocals and the bass guitar; and another Miami native, Brian “Jordie” Jordan on trumpet and percussion. The band plays an array of tunes, from rock ’n’ roll and honky-tonk to blues, reggae and zydeco (www.facebook.com/thealtitones).
• Aug. 11 — Dead Horses is the trio of Sarah Vos (vocals and guitar), Peter Raboin (guitar, mandolin and vocals) and Daniel Wolff (double bass and vocals). The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Americana and folk band has performed with Trampled by Turtles and Elephant Revival, as well as on main stages at Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Americana Music Festival and Red Ants Pants (www.deadhorses.net).
• Aug. 18 — King Cardinal is Brennan Mackey on vocals, guitar and banjo; Scott Roush on drums; Andrew Porter on bass; Ben Waligoske on pedal steel; and Texanna Dennie on vocals. The Denver folk band’s original songs deal with timelessly familiar themes such as regret, resolution and redemption, delivered with heart and understated emotion from a strong alt-folk foundation (www.kingcardinal.com).
• Aug. 24 — Hazel Miller began her 38-year career in Louisville, Kentucky, where she opened for popular artists such as Mel Torme, James Brown, Temptations, Earl Klugh, Bob James and others, and has been a sought-after performer in Colorado for the past 24 years. Whether she is singing blues, jazz, pop or gospel, her voice charges the songs with a primal dose of soul (www.hazelmiller.com).
Kaiser Permanente and Alpine Bank sponsor the Minturn Summer Concert Series, which is a Minturn Community Fund event. Concertgoers are invited to bring a blanket to sit on, a picnic dinner and 3.2 percent alcohol by volume cans of beer only to the park. For more information, visit http://www.minturncommunityfund.org.