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The Americana Project students present ‘Gary Morris in Concert’

The Americana Project class at the Pagosa Springs High School would like to see you at the Gary Morris Concert being held 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium on Saturday, April 16.

The concert will feature the multi-talented and part-time Chromo resident Gary Morris. Some of Pagosa’s 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 (www.garymorris.com) 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” was 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” can be found on the platinum-selling, Grammy award-winning cast album. Besides playing the concert on April 16, Gary will conduct a master class for the entire Pagosa Springs High School cast of “Les Miserables.”

The Americana Project is a class at the High School that promotes creativity through music. This semester, we have 27 students who are performing, writing and recording original music. The class also studies Americana roots music and its connection with history and culture. The students have recently recorded and mixed 18 original songs and will be releasing the compilation CD soon. The CD was recorded using equipment we purchased with money from grants and donations/fund-raisers. Scott Smith (Scooter’s Place Studio) has donated his time to master the project.

Another important Americana Project event will be held on Thursday, April 21. The fund-raiser event is titled “Colored Chords.” It will be held at Wild Spirit Gallery and starts 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 beautiful works of art out of old guitars. The pieces of art will be auctioned off during the evening and 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, a copy of the students compilation CD of original music 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, recording equipment and bringing in guest artists and professional musicians for master classes.

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

Music and the arts are very much alive in this town and we hope to help keep it that way.

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