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Holy Water and Whiskey in concert

Holy Water and Whiskey performs in concert at 7 p.m., Friday, March 9, at The Ross Aragon Community Center.

Advance tickets — on sale at the Community Center and Boulder Coffee Cafe — are $12. Tickets at the door are $15. Young people, 18 and under, will be admitted free. A beer and wine cash bar will be open throughout the evening. You are invited to bring a dessert to share, if you wish.

Renowned for its beautiful vocal harmonies, Holy Water and Whiskey is a delightful trio from Albuquerque that specializes in traditional and contemporary American folk music, cowboy songs, gospel and bluegrass — with a solid instrumental style, great stories and humor. Their music is like hearing what you see when birds change formation in mid-flight: seamless. These folks are the real deal, for whom music is as natural as breathing. Their vocals are exceptionally fine — with Maggie Washburne’s voice soaring clear as a bell one minute, and then, just as naturally, joined by Bruce Washburne and Scott Altenbach’s harmonies.

Maggie Washburne’s voice has more than a trace of the superb quality of another female singer, Joan Baez. Washburne is a biology professor at the University of New Mexico. Maggie’s husband, Bruce Washburne, is a social worker in charge of the VA programs assisting blind veterans in New Mexico and southern Colorado.

“There’s nothing like harmonies and some good jokes to restore sanity, if you had it in the first place,” quips Scott Altenbach. “We are interested in music, our kids, horses, steam engines, trains, farming, humor, small towns, meeting interesting people, and family,” he says.

Altenbach — when he isn’t playing music — might be found dangling on a rope three hundred feet down an old mine, looking for bats. A retired professor of biology, Altenbach is the foremost photographer of bats and he has written extensively about them. Currently, he consults with several state governments about preserving natural habitat. He is a renowned rattlesnake expert and once owned the largest personal collection of rattlesnakes in the world. Altenbach, who is very involved in solar technology and organic farming, enjoys rebuilding old steam engines and mining machinery.

The Pagosa community’s devotion to the arts is one the things that makes it such an appealing place to live. Join us for an evening of music that blends well with the environment of natural beauty wherein we dwell.

The Ross Aragon Community Center produces this concert in collaboration with Elation Center for the Arts. The community center is located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. 

For ticket information, call 264-4152.

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