Eilen Jewell Concert

Eilen Jewell. Photo by Erick Jacobs.

Eilen Jewell. Photo by Erick Jacobs.

By: Liesl Greathouse.

(February 18, 2014)  Blue Sky Music Presents will be bringing Eilen Jewell and her band back to Montrose on Friday, March 21 at Turn of the Century Saloon, along with local up and comer, Emma Cooper.

Eilen Jewell covers a broad spectrum of music including blues, jazz, folk, and good old rock and roll in her mostly original songs.  This is her fourth trip to Turn of the Century Saloon in Montrose and she has also played in the Paonia summer series.  Opening this show will be the very talented local singer songwriter, Emma Cooper, a local high school student who performs like a seasoned veteran.

The concert is especially significant for fans of Eilen Jewell as this will be her last tour for a while due to pregnancy.

This concert is just one of the over a 100 shows that Blue Sky Music Presents has put on.  The variety of music offered includes blues, jazz, vocals; basically great Americana music.  “We are able to bring first class, live music to a small town,” owner Dave Bowman said.  “We attract international attention, with attendees from Norway, Australia, and Canada coming to see our shows.  We are getting on the map for people who like live Americana/Acoustic music.”

As the owner of Blue Sky Music Presents, Bowman has a desire to bring great live music to Montrose.  He first started with Blue Sky Music, a cd store on Main Street.  However, when the iPod hit the scene, there was no longer any way of keeping the store open.  “We had to transform, so we switched to putting on shows at various venues, including restaurants and the Pavilion,” Bowman said.  “Now we just do concerts at the Turn of the Century Saloon.  Due to its size it makes for very intimate concerts.  People can see big name acts up close and talk with them afterwards.”

With the amount of people who go to festivals or the Pepsi Center in Denver for live music, Bowman believes that it is a big part of life.  “I let people tell me what they want to hear and what they can afford,”he explained.  “That is why we try to make tickets as cheap as possible. $15 per ticket to see Eilen Jewell is a great price.”

Blue Sky Music Presents works to promote the community by attracting music fans from outside the area, leading to overnight guests.  They also host concerts made up entirely of local bands and host concerts to raise money for local organizations.  “We give back to the community while bringing first class music here,” Bowman said.

Bowman is looking forward to seeing Eilen and the band again and to enjoying a wonderful night of music.  Besides seeing the interaction with the audience, Bowman has also likes meeting and talking with the performers that come.  “After we set up, Pine Cone Catering will bring a hot meal for the band, sound guys, and my wife and I,” Bowman explained.  “We’ll sit down and have a meal together.  It is really amazing to listen to their stories.”

Other concerts that are coming up for music lovers hosted by Blue Sky Music Presents include the Young Ancients on April 11 and the ever popular Dave Stamey on July 18.

For Bowman, music will continue to be his passion.  “I have had a lot of fun for 10-12 years doing this,” he said.  “We have had great support from the community and I look forward to having more shows in the future.”

The Eilen Jewell concert will be March 21.  Tickets are $15, available at Riddled Raven, 8 S. Grand St, Shear Beaute’, 34 N. Selig, and Montrose Music, 7 S. Townsend. Tickets are also online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/555665   For more infomation on Eilen Jewell visit www.eilenjewell.com