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Though this is considered the “off-season” in a lot of ways throughout the Arkansas Valley, the entertainment scene is not lacking thanks to Buena Vista newcomer, Coleman Smith. Teaming up with the Surf Hotel, Smith is kicking off 2019 with a free music Monday’s concert series 6:00-9:00 pm every week beginning Jan. 7, which will showcase a variety of top artists from all over the state.

Smith performing with Bruce Hayes at the Wesley & Rose Christmas Eve show. Photo Courtesy of Coleman Smith.

Harking from Decatur, TX and already staking a big name for himself in the music world across the country for his authentic Suzuki style method, the award-winning artist and violinist is currently performing with his band Rapidgrass and offering instrumental instruction in fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass, cello and viola at his very own Coletrain Music Academy which has locations in Texas as well as South Main in BV. Smith offers private and group lessons which are available in-house or through virtual Skype education.

The Smith and Friends live music Monday’s will be hosted inside the Surf Hotel at the Wesley & Rose restaurant at the same time every week and will also feature dinner specials and half-priced bottles of wine. Each month will feature a new style of music and every Monday will also highlight unique, jam-style collaborations with Smith and each talented artist offering one-of-a-kind performances that can only be heard in this intimate setting.

“I couldn’t have been more excited when Jed [Selby, owner of the Surf Hotel] presented me with the opportunity to partner on this music series,” said Smith. “As a fan of the local music scene and an avid performer I am proud to bring this free concert series featuring a wide variety of musicians and small ensembles to the Chaffee County community.”

“These artists are some of the most sought-after performers and exciting bands to see live,” he added. “We hope the community will come out to support the arts and enjoy weekly specials at the Wesley & Rose.”

The concert series begins Monday, Jan. 7 at 6:00 p.m. with Bonnie Culpepper, who has a classical music background in piano and singing and recently has found a fondness for the ukulele. She has toured as a singer/songwriter and produced her own music styles hinting selections of contemporary rock, folk, Americana, bluegrass, jazz and blues.

Next week, Jan. 14, Smith has invited the Royal Street Ramblers from Denver to spark the feeling of Mardi Gras with their NOLA fusion sounds of New Orleans classics, gypsy jazz school, originals and brass band funk.

Later in the month Kit & Cole will make an appearance with Smith as the “Cole” and Kit Simon the owner of Old Town Picking Parlor in Arvada. This dynamic duo will play all the favorite swing hits from the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s from classic to Western, big band and gypsy it will be difficult to resist tapping the toes along to this Monday night program.

As a finale to the January lineup, Smith will join forces with Roma Ransom out of Colorado Springs. Talented couple, Grace and Gordon, are true music lovers emulating instrumentals from all genres around the world self-dubbing their sound as eclectic bohemian world psych folk.

For more information about this free music event, or to find out more about the Coletrain Music Academy, Smith’s website has an up-to-date schedule of each month’s artists as well as the group and private lesson opportunities available in the area. Music-lovers can also follow the event’s Facebook page for the latest news at ” Smith and Friends Free Music Monday’s Concert Series”.