Mountain Town Music turns final summer show into a benefit
Ryan Summerlin September 2, 2014
On Wednesday, Sept. 3, Mountain Town Music will wrap up its Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series at Deer Valley.
Originally, the headlining artist was to have been Afro Omega. But due to a bout with cancer, guitarist Bronte James has been too weak to perform because of all the therapy, and the show has been reimagined.
Instead, Mountain Town Music and its executive director, Brian Richards, have decided to make the concert a benefit for James, said Junior Richard, who is organizing the lineup.
"There was talk about making this a Junior and Friends show," Richard told The Park Record. "But I didn’t want that because I wanted it to be all about Bronte."
Richard is tapping into his musical connections to find as many musicians as he can for a jam session at Deer Valley.
"It should be a really cool concert, because of all the different collaborations and artists," he said. "I mean, it’s also for a great cause. It will help out one of our brothers."
Unfortunately at press time Richard couldn’t confirm any of the acts, but did say there will be a mix of acoustic and electric sets.
"We’re planning to have some singer/songwriters perform for the first 45 minutes to an hour and then have some cool jam collaborations with all these different musicians to finish the night," he said. "We’re just going to go for it. There are no rehearsals going on, so it will be kind of loose and fun."
Donations for James’ treatments will be collected at the concert.
"All the musicians are donating their time as well," Richard said.
Afro Omega and Bronte James have been part of the local music scene for many years, and Richard, who runs sound for concerts when he isn’t performing, has known James for at least a decade.
"I’ve mixed Afro Omega so many times that I have lost count," Richard said. "Bronte has played the festivals that I have done and is a strong force in the reggae scene here.
"He breathes music and his life is music," he said. "As a musician and a guy, he’s a really good dude."
Richard hopes the concert will show James how much people appreciate all he’s done for the local music scene.
"I know it’s been a long summer for him. It seems like it’s been a pretty aggressive process for him," Richard said. "I’m calling this a Jam for Bronte."
Mountain Town Music will present the final Grand Valley Bank Community concert of the 2014 summer season at Deer Valley on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m. The concert will be a fundraiser for Afro Omega’s Bronte James. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted at the gate. For more information, visit www.mountaintownmusic.org .