Music Scene, February 2020

By Deb Barr, Music Editor

[February 2020 | San Juan Silver Stage | By Deb Barr, Music Editor]

The music business is pretty tough for musicians, with online music distribution services paying less than a penny per song and the decreasing physical sales of CDs. Sure, online plays add up, but in the long run, only the biggest recording artists make money. For those who rely on music to make a living, performance is often key. I encourage everyone, young and old, to attend a live musical performance three or four times a year, at a minimum. Not only are you enhancing your own life, you are also supporting music in a meaningful way and creating a future for young artists in your community.

For live music to flourish, there must be live music venues. There are a variety of them in Western Colorado, from outdoor summer-in-the-park concerts and festivals to performances held in brick-and-mortar buildings, such as the Wright Opera House in Ouray, the Pavilion in Montrose, the Grand Mesa Arts and Culture Center in Cedaredge, the Paradise in Paonia, and the Sherbino in Ridgway. To persevere, these established venues and their promoters require patronage and support.

The recently remodeled Sherbino is a great example of what an involved community can accomplish when there’s a need and an opportunity. In its past lives, “the Sherb” has served many purposes, including a theater, a roller-skating rink, illegal gambling hall, and post office. The beginning of the 21st century, however, found it in dire need of refurbishment and care and without a purpose.

Not wanting to lose such a valuable historical asset, the community banded together, solicited support, held fundraisers, and—ultimately—established a nonprofit to operate and manage it. It’s now the heart of Ridgway’s cultural life and offers diverse arts and culture programming, from live music to film to poetry readings and theater productions.

The Sherbino is located at Clinton Street in Ridgway, CO. Box Office: 970-318-0892. For more information about upcoming events or to purchase tickets, visit sherbino.org.

Upcoming Note

The Sherbino will host Americana duo Kort Moors and James McCumber on Wednesday, March 11, 7 P.M. (admission $22). Singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, Moors and McCumber blend two distinct perspectives and musical backgrounds to create a sound described by Moors as “Americana or roots music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues,” and more recently, “influenced heavily by Irish music.” For more info on Moors and McCumber, moorsandmccumber.com.