Missing long summer hikes and camping among the rugged peaks of the Colorado Rockies? The self-proclaimed “mountain-flavored” bluegrass music of Greg Blake is sure to remind you of those clear starry nights, those breathtaking landscapes, and the many reasons you love Parker Colorado. For your listening delight, the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society is bringing the high-energy bluegrass of Greg Blake and the Martin Gilmore Trio to the PACE Center in Parker, CO on Saturday, February 7.
Born in West Virginia, but adopted by Conifer, Colorado, Greg Blake has been playing bluegrass both as a member of bands such as The Bluegrass Missourians, Mountain Holler, and Jeff Scroggins and Colorado and as a solo artist since he was seven years old. A pastor at Elk Creek Community Church and a gospel musician, Greg Blake was also a member of male gospel quartet The Harvest Quartet while living in Kansas City. For 5 years in a row, Blake was selected as Bluegrass Guitar Performer of the year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA). Greg Blake will be playing songs from his new solo album, Songs of Heart and Home, at his Parker concert on Saturday.
Greg Blakes Bluegrass discography includes:
- Greg Blake—Songs of Heart and Home
- Jeff Scroggins & Colorado—Self-Titled Debut
- Jeff Scroggins & Colorado—Western Branches
- Mountain Holler—Live at the Altona Grange
- The Bluegrass Missourians—Bushwacker
- The Bluegrass Missourians—In the Wind
- The Bluegrass Missourians—Stormy Point
Another deep-rooted Coloradan, Martin Gilmore will be opening for Greg Blake with the Martin Gilmore Trio. As the lead singer of Colorado-based bluegrass group Long Road Home, which he co-founded in 2005 along with fiddle-player Justin Hoffenberg, Martin Gilmore is known for his distinctive voice and his ability to craft unique songs that tell a story. Through his music, Martin Gilmore reminds listeners of almost-forgotten histories and the sounds that have shaped America and made it great—bluegrass, country, jazz, swing, and folk. When not filling concert venues with his particular brand of bluegrass and Americana, Martin Gilmore teaches lessons, conducts workshops, plays as a studio musician, and works as a producer around the Denver area.
Martin Gilmore’s recordings include:
- Martin Gilmore—Self-titled Album
- Martin Gilmore—Martin Gilmore and Friends
- Long Road Home—Live at eTown Hall
- Long Road Home—Headed Back to Dixieland
Greg Blake and Martin Gilmore will kick off the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society’s 2015 Winter Series South at Parker Mainstreet. The Mainstreet Center is right off of Parker’s Mainstreet near the Mainstreet Dental Center and the Parker Chamber of Commerce. There are plenty of dining options in the area for before the show and tavern and bar options for a weekend nightcap afterwards including the Tailgate Tavern and Grill, Vines Wine Bar and Bistro, and the Elev. 5900 Kitchen and Bar.
Come down this Saturday for the bluegrass event of the season! Tickets are available online for $15 or at the door. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7.