On Tuesday, June 19, Music That Matters and Relay for Life are privileged to host the incomparable Hazel Miller Band. The show is a fund-raiser for Archuleta County Relay for Life and The American Cancer Society.
The Rocky Mountain News once wrote, “Hazel Miller is not just a great singer, she is a force of nature!” I couldn’t agree more. I first saw her at Red Rocks Amphitheater 15 years ago or more and still remember the chills I had listening to her voice resounding off the rock walls. I made a point to see her every chance I could thereafter. She is truly amazing, soulful in everything she does and a fabulous entertainer. She is sure to appeal to a variety of tastes: blues, jazz, rock, even a touch of gospel. No wonder she was voted one of 150 people who make Colorado a better place to live by Best Independent Blues R&B Recording (2002); and Outstanding Performer at Red Rocks Amphitheater. She has performed in numerous Denver-area musicals, including ”Sisters and Storytellers” and “The Vagina Monologues,” and received awards for Best Local Star in a Theatrical Production.
Since coming to Colorado over 20 years ago, she has regularly performed with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, as she will do this Saturday in front of an always-sold-out crowd at Red Rocks. She maintains a performance schedule that rivals few others, sometimes appearing more than 10 times per month across multiple states and is one of the most sought after performers for music festivals throughout Colorado. All this and a fabulous band which won the Westword Readers Poll “Best Blues/R&B” band for three consecutive years, 1995, 1996 and 1997. She has sung with or opened for such artists as Julian Lennon; John Hammond Jr.; Peter, Paul and Mary; John Mayall; Charlie Musselwhite; Bob Weir; Herbie Hancock; Pop Staples; Five Blind Boys of Alabama; Nancy Griffith; Junior Wells; Buddy Guy; James Cotton; Lonnie Brooks; James Taylor; Michael McDonald; Mel Torme; James Brown; Temptations; Bob James; and many more.
Her fame and popularity has not changed the beautiful soul that she is, though. She continues to do whatever possible to support many fund-raisers and we are truly blessed to have her in town to help us raise money for this wonderful cause. The concert will be held in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium. Tickets for the show on June 19 are only $10 and are available at the Pagosa SUN, Bank of the San Juans and Community United Methodist Church, or by calling 903-5380. Doors open at 6 p.m. The opening act, JJ Davids Blues Band, will start at 7 p.m., and the Hazel Miller Band will take the stage at 8 p.m.