RIDGWAY – The popular free summer concert series, Pickin’ in the Park, revs up Thursday, July 8, at 6 p.m., Ridgway Town Park featuring the Two Man Gentlemen Band, followed by T Bird and the Breaks, an 11-piece band (with a large horn section) from Austin, Tex. Thursday, July 15, brings the Alaskan group, Bearfoot, playing Americana and bluegrass music, with opening act Waiting on Trial. July 21 brings Sally Ford and The Sound Outside, described as “rootsy indie rock,” from Portland, Ore., with opening act Elephant Revival. All artists can be found on their websites; their are available at Cimarron Books.
After the close of each Pickin’, the action moves over to the Sherbino Theater, where the evening’s opening act plays, after the concerts end (at dusk).
All of these events are family-friendly.
The concert series is fully supported by donations community and fundraising donations; T-shirts bearing this year’s logo are on sale Town Hall (with all proceeds benefiting the Pickin’ concert series). Beer-sale proceeds will go towards funding the series, as well. This year, each concert features a different local micro-brewery; on July 8, it’s Colorado Boy; July 15, it’s Smugglers and on July 22, the Ouray Brewery. All kegs are donated by the breweries, so all funds raised go directly to support the series.
An original watercolor painted from a photo taken at last year’s Pickin’ series that has been donated for a silent auction is now on display at Cimarron Books (along with the bid sheet).
Additional fundraising and support is still needed to reach the necessary goal, so please help out and make donations at the concerts.
A number of local businesses have donated services to make the series possible, including the Chipeta Sun Lodge (providing lodging for all of the bands); Viking Rental (with substantial discounts on the stage rental); The Watch (all advertising, free of charge); and Adobe Inn (lodging for the sound crew). Fishbone Graphics designed this year’s logos, and the three participating breweries are all donating their beer.
Major sponsors include Mountain Market ($2,000) as well as Orvis Hot Springs, Alpine Bank, Ponderosa Realty, Geri Weaver and The Colorado Yurt Company ($1,000 each).
Smyth’s Pub and Chop House held a Pickin’ fundraising brunch in April, raising $1,195; the street party held in May raised $1,300 thanks to donations from Shed Nuisance and The Last Bus, who played for free, and from Rusty Weaver’s donation of his expertise (and use of his sound equipment). T-shirts sales to date total $1,960.
Donors include Bill and Carol Lawler ($500); Tisdale Law Firm ($250); Ridgway/Ouray Community Council ($200); Dana Ivers and Rob Hunter ($150); Colorado Boy Brewing ($160); Randy’s Independence Café ($100); and Steven Zwick, Parker and Aimee McAbery, Jim Nowak, Phillip & Ann Plienis, Sheelagh and Scott Williams, Shining Mountain Herbs, Vivian Toan, Brad McMillon, Ridgway Family Dentistry, Ouray County Veterinary Services and Rick Discoe ($50), as well as Lupitas, Cimarron Books, Frank Lambert, Rick Hamilton, and Donna and Bob Green.