Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Music scene warming up for summer

Express Staff Writer

Caroline Aiken and Bonnie Rait have shared the stage. Aiken performs solo at the Sun Valley Brewery this Friday. Courtesy photo

    There’s lots of music happening around town this week.
    Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Caroline Aiken will play country and acoustic folk music Friday, May 16, at the Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey.
     Tickets are $5 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
    Aiken’s 2006 song “Are We There Yet, Mama?” was nominated for a Grammy.
    On Sunday, May 18, Mickey Avalon will take center stage at Whiskey Jacques’ nightclub at 9 p.m. in Ketchum. Tickets are $12 online or in advance, or $15 on the day of show. Avalon is an American rapper from Hollywood.
    And for more traditional sound, the Colla Voce womens ensemble and their special guests the Btones and Enchanté will perform a variety of movie-themed songs for the public Thursday through Saturday, May 15, 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre on Main Street in Hailey.
    For the last 10 years, young women from Wood River High School have banded together in an elite vocal performing group called Colla Voce. Under the direction of choir director Max Stimac with assistance from R. L. Rowsey, Dorinda Rendahl and choreography from Melodie Mauldin Taylor and Jaymie Stimac, they rehearse mornings before school, preparing music ranging from classical to jazz, performed both a cappella and with a group of instrumentalists.
    The members of Colla Voce focus their unique talents on music from the standard repertoire, but also sing many songs especially arranged for the group by Stimac, Rowsey and by Blaine County School District Music Department accompanist Jim Watkinson.
    The shows will be free to the public, but donations are appreciated. All of the proceeds will be used for the choir to attend competitions in 2015.
    “The choir is excited to perform and they hope to see you there!” Stimac said.

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