On Thursday evening the Wildflower Pavilion becomes the city of light; the St. Vrain is magically transformed into the Seine River meandering past Parisian cafes and hot jazz clubs...
This Thursday evening (May 7) we welcome the passionate, invigorating music of the John Jorgenson Quintet, "the tightest and most innovative gypsy swing ensemble in North America today" (Barron Beshoar, Longmont Jazz Association).
Gypsy jazz has its roots in 1930s Paris and the music of the guitarist Django Reinhardt. John Jorgenson is widely hailed as America's greatest gypsy jazz guitarist. A musician of rare breadth, John is equally comfortable jamming with Bryan Sutton and Stuart Duncan as part of the "Hot Club of Nashville" or touring the world with Earl Scruggs or Elton John.
In the Wildflower Pavilion, John will be joined by his hot quintet of gypsy jazz all-stars - Kevin Nolan on rhythm guitar, Simon Planting on bass, Jason Anick on violin, and Rick Reid on percussion - featuring "dynamic interplay that was as thrilling to observe as it was to hear" (Washington Post). Check out this NPR profile on John Jorgenson, listen to several tracks with his quintet, or watch them live.
Not since Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio wowed RockyGrass in 2004 has a gypsy jazz group of this caliber played in Lyons. Grab a few friends on this gorgeous almost-full-moon Thursday night - this is a rare treat that should not be missed.
Tickets are available now at shop.bluegrass.com / 303-823-0848, or at the door (cash-only) to enjoy the bonfire by the river, beer and wine at the bar, and a warm evening on Planet Bluegrass. Doors open at 7pm; the first of two sets of music starts right at 8pm; and free parking is available conveniently on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch (here's a map).
With just two more shows this spring, we're starting to piece together our fall concert schedule - with shows already confirmed with Boulder Acoustic Society and Gregory Alan Isakov. Help us build this year-round concert community here in Lyons by bringing a friend to one of the spring shows; become our friend on Facebook; or forward this email to some fellow music lovers, or follow us on Twitter. We can't wait to see you on Thursday.