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ECA concert — Bruce Hayes, energizing musician from Crested Butte

Bruce Hayes performs in Pagosa Springs, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, in a concert sponsored by Elation Center for the Arts.

Advance tickets for $12 are available online at http://elationarts.org and at the Higher Grounds Coffee Company. Tickets at the door are $15. The concert will take place at the Unitarian Fellowship. There is limited seating; early ticket purchase is suggested.

Here’s a verse from “Waiting for June,” a song penned by Bruce Hayes on his 1985 European tour:

“May morning thunder crash

rain and wash me out of bed

without warning sudden flash

visions of you dancing in my head

you know I know I tried to forget

came halfway ‘round the world to start a new

but all I’m left with is regrets

for ever having run away from you”

As a solo act and in bands with other superb musicians, Hayes’ music has taken him across the U.S. a dozen times and around Europe twice, with over 3,000 performances to his credit. Borrowing from blues, bluegrass, Celtic, world beat, folk, jazz and rock, Hayes is a powerful vocalist, mandolinist, guitarist and songwriter.

His fingers dance around the strings with incredible fluidity, creating rich harmonic textures and rapid-fire riffs. Hayes’ presence is electrifying. He’s a captivating vocalist; he taps his feet on an amplified floorboard, slaps accents on his guitar and cheeks, and he wails soulfully on the harmonica.

“Hayes is the most phenomenally talented performer you’ve ever seen,” writes one reviewer. “A master of the guitar, mandolin and dobro, he can even dance a rhythm while he plays. Bruce will astound you. He writes great songs, has a great voice and is a supreme entertainer.”

A popular musician whose home base is Crested Butte, Colo., Hayes began developing a highly appreciative following in Pagosa Springs after his dynamic main stage performances at the first two Four Corners Folk Festivals in the mid-’90s.

Hayes’ mother was a professional Broadway dancer who insisted he start his musical education by studying classical piano, but his real interest was in the guitar. When he was in seventh grade, he formed his first band. Later, in college, Hayes majored in classical guitar.

Please help us continue the tradition of our concert intermission/social by bringing a dessert to share.

The Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 301 North Pagosa Blvd., past the fire station, around the back of Greenbriar Plaza in Unit B-15.

Elation Center for the Arts is a nonprofit arts organization serving Pagosa through community concerts, music classes, dance classes and other cultural enrichment programs.

For more information, call 731-3117 and visit http://elationarts.org.