Community - A unified body of individuals (as defined by Merriam- Webster)
The definition also rings true for our local bluegrass scene. Whether you’re a professional musician, a casual picker, a dedicated listener, or an occasional supporter, you fall into this category. As a performer on this glorious stage we call Colorado, I can attest first-hand to this. Community. We help each other. It’s sharing a contact for a location to play music at. It’s jumping in with your friends’ band because one of their own couldn’t make it. It’s showing up on a Tuesday in a blizzard to support a group when most folks wouldn’t wander out. Or it’s as simple as sharing a meal in the campsite with your neighbor at a festival. We’ve all helped out in some form or another. In August when a life-altering injury occurred to one of our friends, you’ve shown me once again that this community we have is amazing. Brian Jung is one of us who appreciates the scene. Being a musician himself, he understands that sometimes it’s not always the best gig, or a big crowd, but that it’s live local music and needs our support to continue on. He’s the guy who will stay up late night to enjoy the wee hour picks (and I assure you folks, those aren’t always enjoyable) or the guy who has a cold beverage in his cooler for you when you are walking (or tubing, in some instances) by his campsite at a festival. And that describes most of us. Community. So when I was asked to play a fundraiser event for Brian, it didn’t matter what my plans were for the day, helping a friend in this community jumped to #1 on my lists. And a large number of local musicians felt the same way. We’re dedicating our music to help out with the costs of his transition, and we are doing so with a stellar lineup including many of our local friends. Our Community. A mini bluegrass festival and fundraiser will take place on November 5th at Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple. Musical acts will include Bottle Rocket Hurricane, That Damn Sasquatch, Timber,Follow the Fox, Pistols & Friends, Modern Whiskey Market,Strung High String Band, The Sweet Lillies, The Lonesome Days, True Blue Band and more to be announced. National bluegrass bands have contributed to a silent auction, providing a John Popper (Blues Traveler) signed harmonica, Leftover Salmon concert tickets, Yonder Mountain String Band show tickets, and Umphrey's McGee tickets to be auctioned off. The silent auction will also showcase autographed memorabilia from Dispatch, Railroad Earth, My Morning Jacket, Hot Buttered Rum, Rhiannon Giddens and Twiddle, amongst donations from local artists, classes, businesses, and services. Open to the public of all ages, tickets for the Bluegrass Benefit and Concert will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $15 Find out more about the event here. If you can’t make it, check out his fundraising page to help.