Music series starts at Community Center

       A monthly, third-Thursday series featuring live blues as well as other styles will kick off April 19 at the Westside Community Center's Hughes Hall and return in May and June.
       Doors will open at 5 p.m., with music starting at 6 and the event, titled “Roots in the Hood,” continuing until about 8:30. The public is invited. The center is at 1628 W. Bijou St.
       The admission price of $5 will also include a sampling of catered food, according to Brenda Knight, president of the Pikes Peak Blues Community, the event sponsor.
       No alcohol will be allowed. The music will be “primarily” acoustic. “It will be a big, fun family event,” she said.
       The band for the opening show will be the Florissant Fossils, a five-member bluegrass band, accompanied by blues guitarist Jeremy Vasquez. Similar efforts to cross musical genres can be expected at each of the Roots shows. “It's not just blues,” Knight said. “It's blues, Americana, jazz and roots music. We hope to have them intertwine.”
       Another element of the evening, she pointed out, will be encouraging people to talk to the musicians during breaks and vice versa. The goal is to make music feel more accessible, especially to kids. It's also true that musicians are sometimes a bit withdrawn. “We're trying to expand everyone's comfort level,” Knight said.
       The shows will lead up to the Blues Community's annual summertime “Paint the Town Blue” series in Old Colorado City's Bancroft Park. These will consist of seven early-Thursday-evening performances by different bands, starting July 12.
       A difference between the Community Center and Bancroft as venues (other than indoor vs. outdoor) is that the Bancroft shows, which are aided by sponsors and fundraising efforts, will be free. Knight said an admission price is needed at the center to cover the costs of putting on the events, including paying bands and sound engineers. However, “we'll see what works for the community,” she said. “We don't want something people can't afford.”
       Dick Siever, center director, said he and his staff are “excited about them [the Blues Community] coming. It really fits what we've tried to do with Hughes Hall, by improving the sound system. I think it will attract a family-type audience.”
       Knight is hoping for a big turnout for the first Roots night. Anyone thinking about attending “should come and bring five people,” she laughed.

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