The Libraries of Montrose County Foundation is holding its annual free summer concert at 3 pm on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at the Montrose Pavilion. The concert features “acoustic ninja” Trace Bundy. In 2016 when Trace was here for a Foundation concert folks who attended just raved about his performance. He really is one of those performers you have to see live. Tickets are free and available at the Montrose Regional Library.

The Libraries of Montrose County Foundation presents these concerts as a thank you for the donors who have established Permanent Book Funds with the Foundation, and to thank the community for supporting their library. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to acquire books and other related materials to supplement public libraries in Montrose, Naturita, Paradox, and Nucla, as well as the Bookmobile and soon, our book van service. Donors have so far established 116 permanent book funds, the income from which funds the work of the Foundation.

This year the Foundation is celebrating reaching its goal of over $500,000 in Permanent Book Funds and pledges thanks to the generosity of people like you. The income from those funds allowed our libraries to purchase books and materials that wouldn’t have been available otherwise. Last year libraries in Montrose County purchased over a thousand items they otherwise wouldn’t have due to the generosity of the Foundation and its donors.

Of course, such a concert wouldn’t be possible without the support of sponsors in the community underwriting a large portion of the costs. This year the Friends of the Montrose Library, Home Loan State Bank, Mayfly Outdoors, Masters and Viner, P.C., and Emily Schneider and Dr. Tom Wiard sponsored the concert.

Please do come and see Trace Bundy. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping,

multiple capos, and, most memorable to me, his unique banter and delightfully entertaining stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing him play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers.

Trace has performed concerts in 28 countries. He has independently sold over 140,000 albums on his record label, Honest Ninja Music. The library owns several of his albums and I encourage you to come check his music out before you come to the concert. Although tickets are free and available at the Montrose Regional Library, they are going fast so come get yours today.

Paul Paladino is the director of the Montrose Regional Library District.

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