The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, in partnership with Alpine Bank Durango, takes its show off the mountain and to the street on Friday, June 24, 2011 as the free music series “Fridays at the Fort” goes Downtown.
An evening of rockin’ blues with the Kirk James Blues Band and The Plateros will be featured 5-7:30 p.m. on 11th St. between Narrow Gauge and Main Ave. in Historic Downtown Durango. Food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale.
“Fridays at the Fort is designed to give back to the community and make music available to as many folks as possible, as well as showcase local or regional talent,” said Charles Leslie, Community Concert Hall director. “Coming Downtown allows us to truly embrace the town and gown concept, and with Alpine Bank stepping up as our sponsor, we are able to make this show available free of charge.”
Opening the show at 5 p.m. will be local favorite, the Kirk James Blues Band. Solidly grounded in the Texas Blues tradition, Kirk James is known for his ragtime, Texas shuffles and funky grooves. Raised in Dallas, Tex., James has been playing music since age five, and counts as his early influences greats such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Reverend Gary Davis. James’ unmistakable phrasing mixed with a signature bottleneck slide conjures images of T-Bone Walker, Elmore James and Lightning Hopkins during his performances. Learn more at www.kirkjames.com.
The Plateros, a dynamic, young trio that has redefined Native American music, takes the stage at approximately 6:15 p.m. Headed up by guitarist Levi Platero, of the Eastern Agency of the Navajo Nation, the Plateros offers up a unique hybrid of blues, rock and funk. Levi Platero has drawn comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Santana, with a style that is original, personal and instantly recognizable. It has been said, “If Los Lonely Boys had little brothers, they would be the Plateros.”
View a video of the Plateros performing at the 2010 Gathering of Nations at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEE5JQ3nVt0&feature=related.
The free Fridays at the Fort music series will continue July 29 at the Community Concert Hall with Robbie Overfield and D.L. Marble. The August 26 show – with artists to be announced – will coincide with Fort Lewis College’s Welcome Weekend.
For further information, log on to www.durangoconcerts.com, call 970.247.7657, or visit the Ticket Office in Downtown Durango at 7th and Main Ave.
The Community Concert Hall is located in the growing arts complex of Fort Lewis College. It operates through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, as well as the city of Durango, and with financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.