Lyons Bluesologist, David McIntyre

Lots of great music coming our way right here in town. If the first couple of free Thursday night concerts in Sandstone Park this year were any indication you better get there early to get a good seat close to the stage.

Thursday, June 28, will feature the sounds of The Good Manners band, with talented Lyons musicians Ian Brighton, Eric Thorin, Jesse Garland, and Kate Little; accompanied by David Wiatrolik, Jon Gray, and Russ Meissner. Good Manners band is an eclectic group playing some originals and lots of 20s and

30s swing era numbers that will get you on your feet and doing some jitterbug and swing dancing. The front-line kids should have a fun time dancing to this band. Kate Little’s swing guitar and perfected styled vocals will have the park crowd jumping and hollering. This band has lots of fun on stage and their music is delightful with so many top notched musicians.

On Thursday, July 5, we will have the honor for the first time of hosting Daniel Rodriquez and his friends play the Sandstone Park concert series. Dan will bring many friends from the area to join him in some of your favorite Elephant Revival tunes, and many of his own personnel songs for a special night of Americana wide ranging music. Don’t miss these great Thursday evening performances. Bring the kids, the dog, something to sit on and eat or drink, or check out the food vendors offered there.

Speaking of the Thursday night concerts; remember there will be no show in the park Thursday July 12, so we can all go to the Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass for “Taste of Lyons – With a Side of Blues” to support Lyons Regional Library and hear the marvelous Hazel Miller. Backed by a rock-solid band, Miller’s rich and vibrant voice ranges across the American songbook mixing Soul, R&B, Blues, Motown and Pop standards. I recently heard Hazel sing at a Bob Dylan tribute night where she blew the crowd away with her interpretation of Dylan’s music. The crowd was stunned with her incredible voice.

What a chance to support our fabulous library and an opportunity to hear one of Denver’s premier vocalist right here in Lyons, where she hasn’t appeared in many years.

Friday, night, June 29, at Oskar Blues here in town they debut a new band called Tangled Senses appearing from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. This Denver-based band tangles genres of Blues, Rock, Soul, and Americana while providing a wide landscape of original music as well as covers. They are fresh from a very successful gig at the Boulder Oskar Blues recently.

The following night, Saturday, June 30, The Lyons Bluegrass Collective will bring their brand of Bluegrass and more to Oskars. This is a relatively new group put together by Lyons bluegrass stalwart K.C. Groves, joined by Dylan McCarty, Erik Yates, Natalie Padilla, and Sarah Cole. This stellar lineup has been making a big splash with their tight ensemble playing and gathering some hi-end gigs around the area, like opening for Hot Rize at the 30th annual KGNU extravaganza, and The Charles, up at the Gold Hill Inn on Sunday, July 22, starting at 11:30 a.m. They are also appearing on the RockyGrass line-up this year; opening the show Sunday morning, July 29, with a fine gospel set of music from these local musicians to get the day off right.
Please be sure to support the Lyons music scene, as you all are vital to its existence.

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