Granby / Live music: Making sure there is music
December 28, 2007
As music programs are scaled down from the curriculum of many public schools, Dubb P Productions presents band Planet O and The Winter Park Project at a festive benefit to reintroduce the importance of music to children.Goals of the fundraiser are two-fold, explained Lawrence Norman, Grand County Center 4 Excellence director. He said a lot of the music and entertainment is being brought together from young talents who either have ties with the county or the center and its program. This is also the first time the center opens up a new program to the public.Members from lead band Planet O run a similar program in southern Colorado. Musicians Paula and Jac, who play flute and bass respectively for the band, run a school of rock that helps introduce children from different schools in the area to music, including everything from writing songs to performing in front of large audiences.It gets kids to be more active in music, said Planet O drummer Bo, whether it’s in rock ‘n’ roll or classical music, or just getting them on a stage. He said the band also usually lets students open for Planet O when the band is in their area.Other members from the band are guitar prodigy Jason Jug Colangelo, and newest member (who has been with the band for three years now) Clavon Sostand, on horns. Most are third- or fourth-generation musicians who play more than one instrument and who have played with the likes of Frank Zappa, Ray Charles, Little Feat, the Doobie Brothers and The Radiators.Planet O’s musical style is said to be a fusion of the jamming, eccentric, folksy melodies evolved from the hippie movement of the late ’60s, and the slide electric, bright lights and big city band sound of the ’70s funk revolution.We’re not a garage band, Bo said. We’re a dance band … very authentic, with horns, a little bit of jazz, rock, blues and some reggae rhythms.The Inn’s ballroom will be filled with local vendor booths as well, and a silent auction. Vendors include Earth Enchanted, Winter Park Glass and Tattoos by Mario. Auction items include an autographed basketball from Carmello Anthony, two-hour bowling party for up to 25 guests at Grand Lake Lanes, floral display from the Rustic Urn, two-night stay in Grand Lake and a gift certificate from A’La Mode. The event also touts presentations from musicians Nectaflow, DJ Euel, DJ Normski & Da Crew, and special guest The Beat Box Boy-Elroy from Chicago’s Liquid Soul who spent some time growing up in Granby. Radio station representatives from KTOP 91.1/Winter Park and 23.187/Hilltop also plan to join in the fun.The silent auction starts at 5:30 p.m. and the music and various entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments and a cash bar are available. Tickets are a suggested $9 donation for adults and $6 for students 15 and over.A workshop for youths is scheduled earlier in the day, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the ballroom. Students who attend the workshop are invited as guests to the afternoon buffet and the evening fundraiser and concert.Just last year, through the center, volunteers and residents created a program that offers tools to help students be successful in their life as well as their academic or vocational pursuits. Classes this year will be offered free of charge to participants 4:15 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday evenings in Granby. For more information on the GCC4E, its programs or classes, or to register for the workshop, call Norman at (970) 509-0504.