The sky cleared and the wind subsided as Sticky Mulligan, Paul Sammons and Andrew Cranson took the stage at the Paonia Public Library. This was the kickoff of what looks to be an exciting Summer Concert Series.
Every Tuesday through July, starting at 7 p.m., different local musicians will showcase their talent at the amphitheater behind the library. "It is great to have events in the evening that the whole family can enjoy," said one happy patron. "The entire night was perfect."
The night was perfect. "It was great to see people getting into the music, with the whole family. It is also great that we have an opportunity to promote local artists. We have a lot of talent in the area, and there is not always a venue for them to be recognized," said district library director Annette Choszczyk. "This is why the amphitheater was built, to bring together families and the community. People are invited to bring their supper, and local food vendors will be present in the future as well."
"Paul Sammons, Sticky Mulligan, and Andrew Cranson, all members of the community, have been playing together for two years. They offer a unique blend of soul melodies and soaring harmonies," said regional manager Kit Stephenson. "They are releasing an album later this year and we are fortunate to have had the opportunity to hear them play. It means a lot to all of us."
Organizer Laura Lee Yates was very happy with the turnout. "We had a great crowd and we are extremely grateful to all of the musicians who offered their time and talent to the community. Pete Seeger would have been proud of their soulful rendition of 'If I Had a Hammer,'" Lee added.
So as the music faded on what was a great evening, everyone offered a round of applause. They left looking forward to future installments of the series.
Future musicians who will participate in the Summer Concert Series include Russ Chapman, David and Tamara Hauze, Honey Don't, The Helleckson Family, Mike Gwinn, Ellen Stapenhorst and closing out the series will be the Strolling Scones.blog comments powered by Disqus