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Americana Project concert and Colored Chords fund-raiser

The Americana Project class at the Pagosa Springs High School would like you to save two very important dates.

The first is for a concert being held 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium on Saturday April 16. The concert will feature the multi-talented artist, and part-time Chromo resident, Gary Morris. Some of Pagosa’s own Americana Project students will open the show. Tickets for the April 16 concert are $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:30.

Gary Morris has been in the entertainment business for many years and in many disciplines. Since the early 1980s, Gary has had 16 Top-10 singles and five No. 1 hits on the country charts. His recording of “Wind Beneath My Wings” is one of his most well known. He also had a top rated TV show “North American Sportsman” as well as recurring roles on “The Colby’s,” “Designing Women” and “Mike Hammer.” His theater experience includes playing the lead role, Jean Valjean, in Les Miserables on Broadway. His rendition of “Bring Him Home” won a Grammy. Besides playing the concert on April 16, he will be doing a master class for the entire Pagosa Springs High School cast of “Les Miserables.“

The second date is Thursday, April 21. The Americana Project will present a fund-raiser titled “Colored Chords” at Wild Spirit Gallery. This special event will start at 6 p.m. With the help of local resident, Christine Funk, the art community of Pagosa Springs and the Americana Project students have come together to produce an exciting night of art and music. Ten local artists and three high school art students have created incredibly beautiful works of art out of old guitars. The pieces of art will be auctioned off during the evening and the high school musicians will perform original music and singer/songwriter covers.

Tickets are $25 and include food by Degelman’s Red Wagon and desserts by Sugar High. Beer and wine will also be provided with the price of the ticket.

Also, the students are completing a CD of all original material recorded and produced from this year’s Americana Project class. A copy will be given to all ticket holders. Money raised from this collaboration between the artists and young musicians of Pagosa will be used to support the Americana Project class in purchasing instruments and recording equipment, and to bring in guest artists and professional musicians for master classes.

Tickets are available at Kip’s Grill and Switchback, or at the door. The event will be capped to the first 100 tickets, so get them early.

Please take the time to attend one or both of these events. Music and the arts are very much alive in this town and we hope to help keep it that way.

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