Women rock out at Keystone
KEYSTONE – Hear some of the top Colorado women in rock ‘n’ roll at 7 p.m. Thursday. Women in Rock is part of the Keystone Rocks Music in the Mountains Concert Series, benefiting the Summit Middle School Music Program.
Ever since Nancy Cook graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in humanities, she has been a professional musician. In 1979, following her graduation, she moved to Boulder and began playing music full time. At the time, there were no other female musicians who were fearless enough to go onstage solo.
“It was a novelty back then,” Cook said. “There were no other women willing to get on stage by themselves, and here was me, this cute little 24-year-old.”
In 1988, Cook moved to Summit County partly because the Boulder music scene dried up, and she was performing in the High Country often.
Cook tours for three to four months a year, and her songs have been played nationally on National Public Radio’s “River City Folk” and “Car Talk.” The Texas Music Cafe has featured her, and she has performed at the Napa Music and Wine Festival in California. Her show at Keystone Rocks features two other locals – Gail Smith and Aimee Warner.
“Gail was on my most recent album (“Practice”), and Aimee and I have been wanting to play together for some time, and the show at Park Lane Pavilion seemed like a golden opportunity to pull this trio together,” Cook said.
Smith has been playing in local musicals for the Backstage Theatre and other local theater groups for 15 years and is the co-author of a musical based on the life of Amelia Earhart.
Warner teaches percussion and drums at All Music and has been living in Summit County since 1995 and has a background in jazz
Marcy Baruch (Bah-roosh!)
Marcy Baruch came to a crossroad in her life a year after she graduated from college. She had spent the last year as a youth group leader intern at a church in Texas. But she felt something inside her, something that told her to follow her dreams.
“There was something in my spirit, in my heart, that was far more demanding than the paths that were carved out for me,” Baruch said. “When I was working in Texas, I was following the safe route, not the route of unknowns.”
During the final 10 days of her internship, Baruch met Littleton resident Mitch Samu. Samu told Baruch that she could live in his basement.
“I figured I would live in his basement for three months and move away, but (after the three months) I stayed, and the rest is history,” Baruch said.
Baruch has been performing professionally for six years now and has been touring nationwide for two years.
Her music goes back to her spiritual roots, so she hopes her music moves her audience.
“I hope the experience hits in that place, and I think a lot of people can relate to my music. It’s about the human experience,” she said.
Baruch has released two CDs, “Hathaway Smiles” and “Clearly.”
Liz Clark began playing in coffeehouses when she was 14 years old. Seven years later, she is about to pursue her music career in New York City.
“When I was young, I did musical theater and thought I wanted to be an actress, then I fell in love with the Beatles, and ever since I have wanted to get signed,” Clark said.
The singer and songwriter is a native of Colorado and doesn’t see her music career taking off in Denver anytime soon.
“I feel like Denver is in the middle of nowhere and my dream is to get signed,” she said.
She has opened for Joe Walsh and Richie Haven among others and has a band but usually flies solo.
Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at Thursday’s show at the Park Lane Pavilion, or by calling (970) 496-4FUN.
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