ALAMOSA — A Spring Fire Benefit Concert will be held in Richardson Hall on the Adams State University campus in Alamosa on Sunday afternoon, February 10th at 2 p.m. Proceeds of the concert will be available to any San Luis Valley Fire Department for the purpose of fighting wild fires.
The concert will feature three groups of performers – Indian Nickel Band, Don Richmond, and Corliss Taylor Dunn. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door (cash or check) and can also be purchased through mtblancamusicconservatory.com. Firefighters and first responders who worked on the Spring Fire will be admitted free.
Indian Nickel Band: The variety of music from the Indian Nickel Band has entertained the people of the San Luis Valley and beyond. With their “Get Up and Dance” cumbias, country, old rock & roll, and oldies, it is no wonder why this band is the “Hardest Working Band” in the Valley.
Leroy Casias is lead guitarist and founder of the Indian Nickel Band. Leroy’s’ musical journey began in 1969 with love for all types of music, especially old corridos and piesas. With great perseverance, he has continued to bring out passion through the music.
Floyd Martinez performs rhythm guitar, vocals and is one of the band’s founders. Floyd’s musical journey also began in 1969. Floyd’s smooth harmony vocals and rhythm guitar talents are easily heard in each song.
Jeffrey Jacquez performs on keyboard and vocals. Jeffrey joined the band in 1999, bringing a new flavor of New Mexico style Tex-Mex and a little salsa to the band. Jeffrey’s keyboard and vocal talents is no doubt a unique add to this already great band.
John Overton is a drummer and sings vocals. John joined the band in late 2004, bringing along with him a background of talent. His energy, talents and great personality shine through with each beat.
Arnie Queseda performs bass guitar and vocals. Arnie joined the band in 2011. Arnie’s unique style brings great musical talent to the band.
Don Richmond has been a professional performing musician for more than 45 years. He regularly performs and records on more than a dozen instruments including electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, violin, viola, dobro, pedal steel guitar, banjo, harmonica, accordion, trumpet and percussion and is an award-winning songwriter. He has released six solo CDs, four other albums with the Colorado band Tumbleweed earlier in his career, three with the Taos, New Mexico based group Hired Hands, four with the New Mexico based group The Rifters, and two as a duo with David Clemmer. Don owns and operates Howlin’ Dog Records, which has recorded and released hundreds of other recordings by many local, regional, and national artists.
Don has also been an Artist-In-Residence and Aesthetic Institute instructor in Colorado Council of the Arts’ Art in Education program. Don created and recorded the music for the public television documentary Roy Bedichek’s Vanishing Frontier, the highly acclaimed civil-rights documentary film We Did It All Ourselves, and a film on the plight of Katrina refugees titled Still Waiting – Life After Katrina, which aired nationally in the fall of 2007. Don released his sixth solo CD, titled Like Lazarus, in 2012. In late 2004, Don published a book on performance psychology and creativity titled Getting Your Music Past the Fear. He is also a regularly featured contributor on creativity to the nationally-syndicated radio program The Art of the Song.
Don is currently on the board of Crestone Performances, Inc., which produces the Crestone Music Festival, the Society Hall Foundation, which owns and operates the non-profit performance space Society Hall in Alamosa, and is a past board member of the Alamosa Live Music Association. He also volunteers for and supports numerous other local non-profit organizations. Don was awarded an honorary doctorate in musical performance from Adams State University in 2014and in 2015 received the Governor’s Award for Creative Leadership in the state of Colorado. Don makes his home with his wife Teri McCartney a few miles outside of Alamosa, Colorado.
Corliss Taylor Dunn spent many years doing summer stock and repertory theatre working with many of the great Broadway performers of the late 20th Century. Corliss starred on Broadway in Bubbling Brown Sugar and Raisen, toured U.S., Mexico and Canada with the Doc Severnsen Orchestra, and toured Europe in Raisen and PORGY AND BESS.