Established bluesman Kirk James headlining tonight’s 19th Hole Concert

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By Leslie Wustrack
Special to The PREVIEW

A former Telluride Blues Contest winner, guitarist Kirk James, will entertain tonight’s outdoor concertgoers with original material and classics from the Blues Masters.

American singer-songwriter and guitarist Richie Havens once raved, “I wish I could play guitar like Kirk.”

The fourth of six summer concerts held to benefit local nonprofits will take place tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club, 1 Pines Club Place.

Sponsored by the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado, each live concert will feature some of southwest Colorado’s most talented musical acts and will spotlight a different nonprofit each week.

The entry cost of each family-friendly show is $10 cash per person. Food will be available for purchase and there will be a cash bar. Attendees are encouraged to bring low-back camp chairs or blankets. No outside food or beverage is allowed. No dogs, please.

A performer with over 25 years of experience, James is known for his searing guitar style and distinctive vocals. Solidly grounded in the Texas blues tradition, James has opened for such greats as Los Lonely Boys, James McMurtry, Tab Benoit, Charlie Musselwhite, Edgar Winter and Arlo Guthrie.

Nashville bluesman Big Mike Griffin proclaimed, “Man. That guy can play.”

Ann Butler, of the Durango Herald, dubbed his playing “smokin’ hot blues.”

The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) is tonight’s featured nonprofit.

Founded and organized by volunteers and propelled by the support of local, regional and national entities, the GGP’s mission is to educate the community in sustainable agricultural practices by producing food year-round using local renewable energy. The group’s goal of building three greenhouses in Centennial Park, on the San Juan River at 5th Street in downtown Pagosa Springs, will be advanced the first week of August with the installation of the Education Greenhouse, a growing dome. The first greenhouse’s purpose is to provide a fun, learning environment for children of all ages while teaching the basics of growing, sustainable agriculture and the benefits of healthy eating. For more information, visit pagosagreen.org.

Net series proceeds will be distributed equally to the six selected nonprofits: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado, Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, Foundation for Archuleta County Education, Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership, THRIVE and Veterans Memorial Park of Archuleta County.

The Community Foundation facilitates the growth and effectiveness of philanthropic contributions and expands the culture of giving to meet the needs of our communities.