Durango's growth is an issue frowned on by many, but if there's one beneficiary of a swelling population it's the
town's music scene.
Durango's music offerings are more than a smattering of shows by a few local bands that attract uninformed purveyors
of bad music on random amateur nights. It's now a full-blown music scene," boasting a range of quality music from
rock 'n' roll to jazz to folk and bluegrass and beyond.
The Durango Business Improvement District, or BID, is showcasing some of that music on CD, offering the fourth
installment in the Rhythms of Durango" series in the form of holiday music.
The Holidazzle CD release party will be tonight at the Henry Strater Theatre, with performances by A Women's
Prerogative, Kirk James, Tim Sullivan, The Assortment, Playing in Traffic, Hello Dollface, and C.C.N. You'll find all
these bands on the CD too, along with Gigi Love, The Bob-Chad-Tom Trio, Lisa Blue Trio, Jelly Belly Boogie Band, Alison Dance and the Cyprus Café Quartet, Midnight Backhand, Wild Mountain, Lee Bartley, Tim Guidotti and Dave
Mensch. All proceeds from the CD benefit the BID, which supports local businesses. The bands were selected by Indiana
Reed, who handles public affairs for BID, and all the music (with the exception of Sullivan, whose holiday song was
at the ready) was recorded at Scooter's Place by engineer, producer and occasional musician Scott Scooter" Smith.
There are some classic Christmas cuts as well as some original holiday songs written by the musicians.
It's a town release by a number of the town's musicians.
Durango is our home, and it's great to have a song on this CD that speaks about our community," said Brad Bartlett, singer and guitarist for the bluegrass band Wild Mountain. It's a real treat for Wild Mountain to provide a song."
The release speaks volumes of our collection of musicians, although Durango's full roster could never be represented
on one CD.
Durango is really coming into its own musically; we have some really talented musicians living here, playing a ton
of different musical genres and this is a great way to showcase local talent," Bartlett added.
This is the second time local bluesman Kirk James has been featured on a Rhythms of Durango" release, but it's the
first time with his full band. But because of a scheduling snafu with his bandmates, he'll play solo again for
tonight's event. James echoes the sentiments of Bartlett, touting Durango's often underappreciated musical menu.
I think CD releases like this let people know just how many musicians are on the Durango music scene," James said.
Liggett_b@fortlewis.edu Bryant Liggett is a freelance writer and KDUR