Tunes with a view
Sandstone Summer Concert Series returns next month
Lyons is bringing back a summer staple after wretched COVID snuffed it in 2020. The Sandstone Summer Concerts will spotlight local musicians in the park with free weekly shows.
Summer is officially here and with it comes the promise of longer days, packed patios, new seasonal ales and live music throughout the Front Range.
Star ting next month, the Sandstone Summer Concert Series — a free of fering featuring some of the area’s beloved musicians — will celebrate its 23rd year at the Raul Vasquez Community Stage in Sandstone Park.
“After a long and dif ficult 14-plus months, filled with isolation and numerous changes in our daily lives, the Town of L yons is proud to offer the return of our free Sandstone Summer Concert Series for 2021,” said Kim Mitchell, director of communications and community relations for the Town of L yons.
In previous years, the series has featured Bonnie and the Clydes, Daniel Rodriguez and Woodbelly.
“The Sandstone Summer Concer t Series is a L yons summer tradition for over two decades and a must-do event in L yons for residents and visitors,” Mitchell said. “We tried multiple times last summer to tr y and pull of f a safe outdoor event, but just could not do it with the various restrictions. The community was ver y understanding.”
While admission is free, scheduled performers will be paid with the suppor t of L yons Community Foundation.
Concer t-goers are encouraged to bring a blanket, lawn chair and snacks.
In addition to enjoying live music in a lush locale, attendees can look for ward to a vendor or two touting wares.
“We plan to have local businesses and community groups offering some farmers’ market/cottage industr y offerings as well as popcorn and more from the L yons Community Foundation,” Mitchell said.
Kicking of f the Thursday night series July 1 is multi-instrumentalist and singer Dechen Hawk — a Colorado native and former entertainment booker for Boulder’s Laughing Goat — known for his stirring ballads and tunes rich with retro funk and soul.
Throughout the pandemic, Hawk kept fans engaged by providing a variety of livestreamed shows from his L yons home — but nothing comes close to taking an actual stage.
“It’s such a joy and a pleasure to get to share music with people again,” Hawk said. “My wife and I — and our dog Asher — are newbies to L yons. We’ve lived here for about two years now — one of which was under quarantine. I’ve had the privilege and honor of performing at a few events here in L yons during that time, but this will be my first show with my full band.”
With venues shuttered last year, Hawk — like so many touring musicians and talent buyers — found himself reevaluating his career and pondering what direction he should take.
“My friend Ar thur Lee Land, here in L yons, called it the great pause of 2020,” Hawk said. “It truly was a wonder ful oppor tunity to pause and reflect. To stop and take stock. I questioned ever ything I had been doing. I got in touch with my purpose. Realigned with my mission. Studied a lot. In the end, I came out stronger, clearer, with so much more appreciation and gratitude.
So the overall ef fect on my career has been positive, growthful, clarifying, strengthening and inspiring.”
Hawk began of fering lessons to area creatives looking to sharpen their skills and aspiring musical beginners interested in stepping up their game.
“As I’ve got clearer on my of fering of working with songwriters on per fecting their craft, helping them clear out blockages, thrive and reach their full potential, I’ve been attracting the per fect students,” Hawk said. “I love the people I’m working with and I’m always accepting new students, space allowing.”
Those interested in learning more can set up a free 30minute video chat with Hawk or log on to dechenhawk.com/lessons-coaching.
In addition to helping others embrace their creative sides, Hawk was able to craft new music as well, some of which attendees can likely expect to hear on July 1.
“I’ve always felt connected to music as though I were in a relationship with it, that I am communicating with an entity,” Hawk said. “‘ Lady Divine’ is a devotional love song to music itself personified as the divine feminine. I take the listener on a journey through my life as my relationship with music grows and evolves. I give the listener the opportunity to reflect on their lives and the relationships that matter most to them.”
The jazzy single is available to stream and download at dechenhawk.hearnow.com.
“One of the real treats of coming out of the other side of the hardships of the last year is my profound appreciation for listening to other people’s music, to really receiving it as a listener,” Hawk said. “The fact that it’s my job has often gotten in the way of that in the past. I used to be more critical as a listener or just wanted to be on stage myself. Now, I just let it wash over me and really take it in.”
Also returning to the legendar y creekside L yons venue Planet Bluegrass is RockyGrass Festival on July 23-25 and Rocky Mountain Folks Festival on Aug. 6-8.
“I plan on seeing as much live music as possible this summer, whether it’s here in L yons, up in Jamestown, down in Boulder, like at the Creek Fest, or down in Denver,” Hawk said.
Organizers see the Sandstone Series as so much more than a chance to take in some free entertainment on a weeknight.
“The past year was dif ficult for ever yone,” said Mitchell. “So many of us were forced to miss out or not plan the ver y things that help us to celebrate life and each other.”
Also hosting live music throughout the summer are L yons-area venues The Stone Cup, Mojo Taqueria, Pizza Bar 66, A-Lodge L yons, Oskar Blues Bar and Grill and the newly opened Main Stage Brewing.
“We must reflect and respect the challenges that all of us faced during the pandemic and that so many still face today,” Mitchell said. “But as we begin to advance
for ward in Colorado, the summer concer ts are a great way to gather as a welcoming community and to celebrate the tenacity, resilience, creativity and collaborative spirit of our amazing community, which together have created the ability for each of us to be in a much better place.”
Sandstone Summer Concert Series
*Shows star t at 6:30 p.m.
July 1 Dechen Hawk (Mr. and Mrs. Good Old Days special feature at 7:15 p.m.)
July 8 Jessie Burns, Beth Gadbaw and Friends
July 15 Joe Kuckla & Irons in the Fire
July 22 Billy Shaddox July 29 Ar thur Lee Land
Aug. 5 The 89s
Aug. 12 Blue Canyon Boys