OURAY – Eclectic, fun and super danceable. That’s the buzz about the bands that will take the stage in Ouray this summer for the newest free outdoor concert series on the Western Slope.
The Mountain Air Music Series, happening from 6-9 p.m. each Thursday evening at Ouray’s Fellin Park throughout the month of June, adds another month of programming to the existing Western Slope Music Series happening in Ridgway in July and Paonia in August.
Concert promoter Rob Miller of Pickin’ Productions in Paonia has assembled a stellar line-up for Mountain Air’s inaugural season. Headliners (with Miller’s annotations) include:
Thursday, June 7: Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams
(Fun, very danceable Front Range band playing country and Rocky Mountain honky tonk; “There’s a potential for a lot of two-step that night.”)
Thursday, June 14: The Pimps of Joytime
(Funk mixed with salsa, afrobeat, electronica; “They bring a funky, groovy city vibe, with a little bit of a hip hop edge.”)
Thursday, June 21: O’Brien Party of 7
(Stellar bluegrass family band playing Ouray on its way to Bluegrass in Telluride, featuring siblings Tim and Molly O’Brien and their spouses and kids; “A mix of very talented moms and dads.”)
Thursday, June 28: Chuck Prophet
(Rock & Roll singer/songwriter, heavy on the guitar. “He’s very engaging in stage shows, and will get the crowd dancing and singing.”)
Although the line-up has yet to be finalized for the opening bands, Miller promises that they are going to be top-notch, too. After each concert in the series, head to O’Brien’s Pub and Grill to catch the openers again, with no cover charge.
The Mountain Air Music Series is presented by the Ouray Hot Springs Pool. KVNF, a Paonia-based public radio station, will do live broadcasts of each headliner in Ouray, as well as those in Ridgway and Paonia later in the summer. Food and drink vendors will be on hand, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Concerts will be family-friendly, with kids’ entertainment to go along with the music.
In keeping with Mountain Air’s family-friendly vibe, the theme of the June 6 show is “Touch a Truck Night.” The Ouray Volunteer Fire Department, Ouray County Emergency Medical Services, and Ouray Mountain Rescue Team will surround Fellin Park with their trucks to help raise appreciation for the county’s emergency services.
Organizing the inaugural Mountain Air Music Series has been a “huge joint effort” between the Ouray Chamber Resort Association (OCRA) and the City of Ouray’s Parks and Recreation Committee (PARC), noted PARC member and concert series go-to guy Dave Turner.
The Mountain Air Music Series still needs a few more donors and sponsors. “We’ve had tremendous response from the community thus far,” Turner said. “Everyone we’ve asked has said ‘Ouray needs this,’ and opened up their wallets.”
To become a Mountain Air Music Series sponsor, contact Heidi Pankow, OCRA Marketing Manager, at 970/325-4746 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit the Mountain Air Music Series Facebook page.