Blues series, other live music at Bancroft Park

       Free summer-night music in the Bancroft Park bandshell has become a tradition, and it will be enhanced this year by 10 blues shows and 2 “special concerts.”
       Already starting up are Floyd Frame and his “Soft Summer Nights” series. A performance June 7 was with his Jazz Ensemble, and the performance Thursday, June 8 will be with his Concert Band. Either band will play Wednesday and Thursday nights through June from 7 to 8 p.m. (See Westside Happenings, Page 9, for concerts scheduled within the next 10 days.)
       “Paint the Town Blue” is the name of the blues series, which will be Thursday nights from June 29 to Aug. 17, in a joint effort of The Pikes Peak Blues Community, City Parks and the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group. The concerts will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
       This will be the first time in the Blues Community's four years that it has scheduled a full summer series in Bancroft.
       “It's a great park with a great neighborhood, and we get tremendous support from the OCCA,” said Emily Pearson of the Pikes Peak Blues Community, a non-profit organization. “Those were major deciding factors.”
       She said blues bands had played Bancroft three years ago, but not a whole series.
       The schedule for the blues nights is still being finalized.
       The two “special concerts” (as they are called in a City Parks brochure) will be in early July. On July 5, there will be “An Old Fashioned Fourth of July in Bancroft Park” featuring Floyd Frame's Patriots band with Amy Sue Hardy on vocals. This show will be 7 to 8:30 p.m.
       July 7 will have the “Tribute to Freedom Concert,” featuring the 451st Army Band From Minnesota, also from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
       The Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society's “Jazz in the Parks” series has one show planned in Bancroft: “Henrique DeAlmeida and The Brazilian Project” Aug. 9.
       Frame will return in August with his Midland Brass Band Aug. 1 and 15 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Westside Pioneer/press release