Some tickets are still available for a cabaret-style benefit concert on Saturday, Oct. 11, in Durango when country singer/songwriter Tim Sullivan and family members will perform.
Tim is well-known in Pagosa Springs for his many local performances, notably weekly gigs when the dance floor is jammed with people doing the Texas two-step and line dances to Tim’s music, both original and covers of such greats as George Jones and The Eagles. Tim has performed in Carnegie Hall and appeared on stage with country stars such as Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette.
Others in the remarkably talented Sullivan musical family are less well-known to Pagosa music lovers.
Headliner at the concert will be Tim’s sister, KT Sullivan. She is an internationally acclaimed singer and recording artist who performs regularly in New York City at the famed Algonquin Hotel, initially made famous as the home of the Round Table after World War I, when leading literary figures met there daily to exchange ideas and opinions — and launch The New Yorker magazine.
KT has sung in numerous venues in the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and also at festivals in London and Australia. Her multiple theater credits include Broadway, where she starred in Marilyn Monroe’s role of Loralei in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and played and danced the tango with Sting in “Threepenny Opera.”
KT was a guest star on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion,” and twice was named one of the top 100 Irish Americans by Irish America magazine. She has just returned from a singing tour of China, performing six concerts in Beijing and Shanghai with the Manhattan Symphonie.
In addition to Tim and KT on the stage, three other Sullivans will come to Durango from Oklahoma to perform. Matriarch of the family Elizabeth “Betty” Sullivan and Tim’s sister, Robin Brooks Sullivan, will sing. Robin’s son Montana, already an expert pianist at age 15, will accompany the vocalists. Years ago, Betty’s eight children formed the Sullivan Family Gospel Singers with their mother, from whom they learned classical piano and voice as youngsters.
The Sullivan family benefit concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the theater at the Strater Hotel. All seats are reserved. Box seating and general admission tickets are available for $35 at www.henrystratertheatre.com or 375-7160. VIP seats are $50 each, available by calling Tim at 749-5531. Tables for four, six and eight are available, as are corporate sponsorships. Refreshments also will be available.
All concert proceeds go to the Jim and Elizabeth Sullivan Foundation to provide scholarships for disadvantaged youth with a talent for music, dance or the visual arts in Archuleta and La Plata counties.
KT promises several duets with her talented family members. Among her solos will be songs written by her mother and a special medley of 29 songs written by women including Carole King and Betty Comdon.
“This is only my second visit to your beautiful part of the country,” she said. “I am greatly looking forward to being there and singing with my family for you.”