Saturday evening, September 8th, I will have the pleasure of joining my friend Jeff Solon and his swinging big band. The Telluride Volunteer Ball is sponsored by community members in thanks to the thousands of volunteer hours put in by Telluride locals over the summer to produce one major festival after another. Bluegrass, Jazz, Film, Blue & Brews, the Ride, Yankee Doo-Dah -- it's unbelievable the talent that has passed through the San Miguel Valley in a span of four short months, otherwise known as summer and late summer. The Telluride community is astonishing in its support of the musical arts. I toast all their efforts!
The following weekend I'll be doing a fundraiser for Local First! -- a Durango-based nonprofit under the direction of friend Leeanne Vallejos. The fundraiser will feature appetizers and tapas using locally raised produce and beverages and will be held at the Durango Discovery Museum on Friday, September 14th from 5 until 7 pm. I will be joined by drummer Mark Rosenbaum.