Tickets are now on sale for Ouray County's own prelude to the Bluegrass Festival. On June 17, at 7:30 pm, Kort McCumber and his band, McCumberland Gap will return to the Wright Opera House for another musical love fest with the audience. Their music is best described as "Americana" featuring a range of stringed instruments with equal parts of folk, bluegrass, country, blues and a healthy dose of something new and fresh. Kort and the McCumberland Gap Band weave a rich tapestry of musical skill and energy into each song with guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, piano, bouzouki, cello, electric bass, upright bass, and more.
A limited list of Kort's many song writing accolades and invited performances include Colorado Songwriter of the Year, finalist in International Songwriting Competition, Flat Rock Music Festival Song Writing Competition, Sundance Festival, Jacksonville Symphony, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, Nashville River Stages, and Boulder's Chautauqua Auditorium, Fox Theater and Boulder Theater.
The concert is sponsored by Citizen's State Bank to assist the Friends of the Wright Opera House in their effort to purchase the building and create a center for the arts for Ouray County to complement the existing retail activity present there. Tickets are $15 and are available in Ouray at Buckskin Booksellers, Khristopher's Culinaire, and Mouse's Chocolate; in Ridgway, at Cimarron Books & Coffee and in Montrose at Ouray Silversmith.
"We feel lucky to be able to get on to Kort's schedule and especially fortunate to have the Citizen's State Bank step forward to provide the sponsorship to make it possible to bring this band back to the Wright Opera House," notes Dee Williams, Friends board member.