‘Raise the Roof’ Saturday and Sunday with Chris ‘Hot Lips’ Lawson and local musicians

Here it is, the first weekend in May, and the kick-off celebration for Pagosa Springs Music Boosters 2009 20th Anniversary Celebration begins with Chris “Hot Lips” Lawson arriving in town for our spring concert. 

Our “Raise The Roof” concert, featuring  Chris Lawson, also stars many of our beloved local musicians, including:  Sue Anderson, John Graves, Dan Burch, Jerome Osmialowski, Bob Nordman, Joe Gilbert, Malinda Fultz, Bob Hemenger, Larry Elginer, John Wright, Josh DeVoti and Shawna Carosello.   

I asked Chris where the “Hot Lips” came from.

His reply: “Back in the fifties and early sixties there was a ‘Hotlips Maxwell’ — trumpet soloist, sang a little. He made the rounds, mainly in the midwest, soloing and clinic-ing with high school and college bands.

“My father, Chuck Lawson, was band director at Haven, Kansas, in 1959, (Ouch — that was 50 years ago!) before he moved to open a new high school in Wichita in 1961. Anyway, dad had Hotlips in for a big concert back then, which left a pretty big impression on this seven-year old. Dad was also a trumpet player, by the way.” 

This weekend’s concert series features students from the high school’s theater program, recently seen on stage in “West Side Story,” as they perform a swing dance to one of Lawson’s numbers, “In The Mood,” choreographed by Dakota Ross.  Our dancers are Jeff Reardon, Desi Pastin, Laura Stine, Jared Burch, Dakota Ross and Ami Harbison. 

For those audience members inclined to get up and “move” to the music during the concert, a dance area will be set up in the auditorium, and we encourage everyone to brush off their dancing shoes and celebrate spring.

The proceeds from our concert go to support our college scholarship fund, with which we currently, proudly support five students.  We ask everyone in the community to come out and support this marvelous event; economic woes have hit Pagosa as everywhere else, and Music Boosters needs your help in our continued support of  our students as they pursue their educations after high school. 

We offer special ticket prices for the concert to allow as many folks to attend as possible: $10 for adults, $5 for students. 

Concert dates are Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, a matinee performance at 2 p.m.  Tickets are available at the chamber of commerce or at the door prior to performances. 

Come on out and “Raise The Roof” for music and our kids!


Photo courtesy Dale Morris
Internationally-known trumpeter Chris Lawson appears on stage with a cast of Pagosa’s best musicians in the Music Boosters’ “Raise the Roof” concert Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Both concerts are at the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium and proceeds benefit the Music Boosters’ scholarship program.