Park Lane Pavilion presents a summer of comedy, classics, rock, funk and eclectic music |

Park Lane Pavilion presents a summer of comedy, classics, rock, funk and eclectic music

Last summer, the Park Lane Pavilion made its debut with the wildly eclectic Little Feat show, Tommy Chong’s unique blend of Maui-Wowy-Labrador humor and the Big Easy feel of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. This summer, the lineup’s even bigger.The latest addition to the pavilion’s summer series is Keystone Rocks -Music in the Mountains, a concert series featuring funk, rock, women in rock and metal. Each show highlights three Colorado musicians and benefits musicians in the Summit County school district.——–Keystone Rocks: Music in the MountainsKeystone Rocks begins Thursday, June 19, with the Burn, Bop Skizzum and You Call That Art? The Burn ignites the show with its high altitude mountain funk. Bop Skizzum’s Tower of Power-esque horn section and rock-solid rhythms draw on a range of styles including James Brown, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Psychedelic Zombies. You Call That Art? frames the show with its wicked funk.The Universal Rocket Surgeons and Newcomers Home present the rock concert Thursday, June 26. Newcomers Home has become the beloved black sheep at Celtic festivals, with its blend of Irish, Latin and American folk-rock music.Liz Clark and Nancy Cook perform Thursday, July 3, at the women in rock concert. Clark’s rich vocals and poetic songwriting are reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, Jewel and Tori Amos. Cook’s guitar-driven melodies about love, friendship and relationships are local favorites.The concert series ends Thursday, July 10, with metal fest’s tentative lineup of Brutal Infliction, Typhoid Mary and Trip Cage.——-More rocking, funky, bluesy soundsGrammy award-winning Steel Pulse incorporates politics and spirituality into its reggae rhythms Friday, July 18. Steel Pulse became one of reggae’s most successful bands in the late 1970s and early 1980s with its innovative blend of straight reggae, flamenco and Europop.Boulder banjo virtuoso Tony Furtado spices up the Bluegrass and Beer Festival at River Run Saturday, Aug. 9, with his blend of modern beats, blues, Celtic and funk.One of the most anonymous big shots in pop music, Leon Russell, comes to the pavilion Sunday, Aug. 17. He has produced and played on sessions with many well-known musicians, including Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike and Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones and Willie Nelson.Flamenco guitarist Ruben Romero returns to the pavilion this summer with his sultry, Spanish-flavored sounds Friday, Aug. 22.Guitarist Keller Williams alternates between playing eight guitars, singing, playing his signature mouth flugel and incorporating loops in a captivating show Sunday, Aug. 31.——-CompetitionsThe pavilion hosts three competitions this summer – a Celtic dance competition with traditional and progressive Scottish and Irish country dance exhibitions and pipe and drum solo competitions Saturday, June 21; a two-day bluegrass fiddle competition Saturday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 10; and the Colgate Country Showdown Friday, Aug. 19. Hundreds of Colorado’s best country musicians compete for a record deal and a $100,000 national prize at the showdown.——–Comedians and theaterAfter 14 years as a stand-up comedian appearing on such shows as A&E’s “Evening at the Improv” and “The Dennis Miller Show,” James R. Zingleman decided to switch his persona and do a stage hypnosis act. Now, under the alias Rusty Z, he hypnotizes volunteers and brings out their hidden talents on stages across the nation. Rusty Z takes his mesmerizing act to the pavilion Friday, June 27.Margaret Smith, named the best female comic in America at the American Comedy Awards, delivers her dry, deadpan brand of humor Saturday, July 12. She was the co-star of “That 80’s Show” and has appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show.”Drama and comedy fill the pavilion with “Parallel Lives,” a two-woman show featuring myriad characters, from supreme beings to downtrodden Texans. The show runs Thursdays from July 17 to Aug. 21.The Lake Dillon Theatre presents a musical review of cabaret and theater tunes, including gospel, ballads, funk and character numbers, in “Songs for a New World,” Wednesdays, July 2 to Aug. 20.———-Classical collaborationsThe National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) performs five concerts at the Park Lane Pavilion. The first concert, Sunday, June 29, features American music, including Bernstein, Peck, Daugherty and Copland. American movie music fills the pavilion Sunday, July 6, followed by Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird” Sunday, July 13. The fourth concert, Sunday, July 20, includes pieces from Strauss, Till, Eulenspiegel, Beethoven and Defalla. The last show is a pops concert.The Snake River Chamber Players join the NRO Tuesday, July 29, for a fundraising concert. The Snake River Chamber Players also present a pops concert Tuesday, Aug. 12.————Surfing into summerThe summer season begins with a beach party Thursday, June 12, with The Beloved Invaders. The surf-and-punk band rides in like an “Austin Powers” cast party- dressed in 1960s attire and sporting go-go dancers on stage.The opening party is free. Most other shows range from $5-25. For tickets or more information, call (970) 496-4386.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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