Don’t let the cold, rainy weather get you down, Montrose. The warm weather will be back, and with it comes the Montrose Summer Music Series.
The lineup for the 2019 edition of the music series was announced Wednesday evening at Horsefly Brewing Company. The concerts will take place the first Friday of the month from June through September.
MSMS is a nonprofit that hosts free concerts at the Black Canyon Golf Course, 1350 Birch St., Montrose. This years lineup features: Groovement with opener Peachy (June 7); Mason Lively with opener D&G Railroad (July 5); Southern Avenue with opener Brown Family (Aug. 2); and Felix Y Los Gatos with opener Ghost River Band (Sept. 6).
Music will start around 6 p.m. with the headliner starting around 7 p.m. Attendees will be seated on the driving range. Items welcomed: blackets, chairs, food and nonalcoholic beverages. No outside adult beverages will be allowed but alcohol will be available for sale. Glass and cans are also not allowed.
The bands scheduled play a variety of music. Groovement played at FUNCFest last year, were easy to work with and were well received, said MSMS founder Dave Bowman, who also serves as the mayor of Montrose. The band is a horn, funk-rock band from Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Mason Lively is a country band from Texas; Southern Avenue is a R&B/soul/ blues band out of Memphis; and Felix Y Los Gatos is a Tex-Mex band is out of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Bowman said he is excited about Southern Avenue. The band has been to Montrose twice before but under a different name. The band’s name was under guitarist Ori Naftaly’s name. They first played a few years ago on a flatbed truck outside Horsefly as part of Main in Motion and again in 2015 as part of the first MSMS. The group is signed with Stax Records, an old soul label out of Memphis.
“Southern Avenue has gotten a lot of help from a lot of really, really fine musicians and producers and is a really, really cool band,” Bowman said. “I think Montrose is really going to like the energy of Southern Avenue.”
After the opening acts perform at the MSMS, a second showing will take place later that night at Intrinzik, 512 E. Main St., Montrose. For more information on these shows, visit the Intrinzik Facebook page @IntrinzikVenue.
The June opener Peachy is a trio out of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. The drummer for this group is Jeremy Trujillo who graduated from Montrose High School. D&G Railroad features Donny Morales and Glenn Patterson. The Brown Family is composed of father Jody Brown; his children Levi and Tia Brown; and one other member. Ghost River Band, led by Russell Austin, has been playing in the area for years.
“It’s really going to be a great combination of some of the really great bands from Montrose and bands from all over the United States,” Bowman said.
As in the past, each concert will open with the Star Spangled Banner. The first of the performers will be Montrose High School’s a cappella choir, Vocal Effect. The group will be using this time to collect donations to put toward its next competition.
“Montrose Summer Music Series likes to help nonprofits and kids groups in town. Whether it’s athletics or music,” Bowman said. “So this is a way for us to help a community group make some money so that they can go to their next competition.”
Others performing are: Sarah Jane Guinan in July; Tia Brown in August; and the performer in September is TBD.
There will also be a variety of food vendors, craft and nonprofit tables. The new restaurant at the golf course, Divot’s, will also be on hand serving food and drinks.
With the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival moving to the Montrose County Event Center, August is shaping up to be filled with music with live music being played Aug. 2-3 and 9-10. The City of Montrose, the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival and MSMS have teamed up for the first weekend to create marketing outside of Montrose to bring in more tourists to town.
The weekend of Aug. 2-3 is big Bowman said, noting the sweet corn festival and concerts on Friday and Saturday. Bowman said the three organizations are trying to step up their game to bring more people in to make the event larger and to help all the restaurants, hotels and businesses in Montrose be more successful in the summer.
Bowman said Montrose has grown up more, and they are trying to offer more to the local community and people outside the community.
Bowman also announced the return of Acoustic Tuesdays Pocket Park Series. This will take place the second and fourth Tuesday of June, July and August. Bowman said he is working on this now and will be doing do as a DART, or Development and Revitalization Team, member.
Local breweries donate beer, local bands play and free hotdogs are handed out. The money from beer sales goes to the band.
Those who are attending the MSMS events need to give themselves extra time as the Miami-Hillcrest Roundabout Project will be underway. Miami Road and Hillcrest Drive intersection will be closed for most of the summer, Bowman noted. Coming from the north, Bowman said they may need to come down Park Avenue to 12th Street then back to Hillcrest Drive.
“Montrose Summer Music Series has developed into the new community event,” Bowman said. “We put on four great concerts, we have thousands of people out at these shows; there’s no where better to be on a lovely summer evening than out on a field of grass, hearing great music with your friends, your neighbors.”
Monica Garcia is the news editor at the Montrose Daily Press.