2 performances to wow crowds at Cooper Creek music stage this weekend
Rob Drabkin and his six string Acoustic ON FRIDAY
The music of Rob Drabkin is spirited in nature, light from the heart, and rocking on the six-string acoustic. The blend of rock, improv and singer-songwriter will have you dancing, smiling, and falling in love with Rob Drabkin one song at a time. Drabkin takes the stage from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
His 70s afro is as recognizable as his ubiquitous grin, but it’s his music that has landed Drabkin national tours and sets at some of music’s most iconic venues. From the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in his hometown of Denver to tours in the Middle East, Drabkin’s musicality has taken him and his guitar across the world.
Whether he’s playing a solo acoustic set or a full band performance, the sincerity of his singer/songwriter background comes through every time. It’s no surprise that he and his band have become a force in the live music scene as they headline tours and support bands such as John Butler Trio, Trevor Hall, and The Wood Brothers.
Drabkin’s newly released single, “Someday,” has earned a spot on major international Spotify playlists and in just one month, the single accumulated over one million plays from listeners around the world.
Music On The Square is a summer concert series held every Friday through Aug. 31 at Cooper Creek Square in downtown Winter Park. The series is free and open to all ages.
New Orleans musician helps celebrate Grand County youth on Saturday
New Orleans recording artist and native Andrew Duhon brings his haunting and soulful vocals to Cooper Creek Square on Saturday. Local mother-daughter duo, Retta and Emily Yarbrough, will open the performance at 6:30 p.m. with Duhon starting at 7:30 p.m.
Duhon, who has performed at Cooper Creek’s Music on the Square for the past several years, was happy to support the Opportunity for Youth mission as he tours Colorado with his new album, “False River,” released in May. Duhon’s 2014 release, “The Moorings,” was nominated for a Grammy award. He has previously performed at Bonnaroo and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. A local favorite, Duhon also looks forward to returning to Colorado to enjoy fly fishing and its natural beauty.
This special show is being sponsored by the Opportunity for Youth Fund, the Grand Foundation and Cooper Creek Square to raise awareness about the Opportunity for Youth funds available to Grand County Youth. The organization’s mission is to transform the lives of youth by building self-esteem and empowering youth to be their best. Opportunity for Youth relies on the support of generous donors to increase its impact and continue to fulfill its mission.
“Every young person should have the opportunity to live his and her dreams despite financial deterrents,” said Opportunity for Youth founder Ron Jones. “Opportunity For Youth helps support passions such as sports, school trips or cultural trips, additional educational pursuits, arts and culture or a multitude of similar arenas by providing grants to make such activities financially possible.”
Examples of past grants include cultural trips to Costa Rica, Washington, D.C., France, Italy and Greece, music and leadership camps, athletic activities, arts and culture and AP testing fees. Over the past eight years, Opportunity for Youth has funded activities for over 150 children in Grand County.
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