Street dance, annual Starwood reunion highlight Basalt’s summer concert series |

Street dance, annual Starwood reunion highlight Basalt’s summer concert series

Bobby Mason (center) with Starwood in the 1970s. Some members of the band will hold their annual reunion show in Basalt on Aug. 14.
Norman Seeff/Courtesy photo

Basalt’s summer concerts will feature a street dance on Market Street in Willits in July and the annual reunion by Starwood in downtown Basalt in August.

The 2019 Summer Concert Series is getting a fresh look this year with production by The Arts Center at Willits (TACAW), the organization that operated the venue called The Temporary. Marc Breslin, TACAW artistic director, headed selection of the bands.

“The Summer Concert Series will be a tremendous showcase of talent, some of which we introduced to the community at The Temporary,” Breslin said in a statement. “There will also be some new faces on the stage that are sure to please.”

As in past summers, the concerts will be held in Triangle Park in Willits and in downtown Basalt’s Lions Park. All shows are on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. The exception is a special street dance that will be held on Friday, July 12, on Market Street in Willits.

The series kicks off tonight with Dirty Revival at Triangle Park in Willits. The band melds a mix of hip-hop, R&B, soul and funk.

Following is the rest of the lineup:

• June 26 — Tinsley Ellis, blues and rock, at Willits.

• Friday, July 12 — Niceness, reggae meets soul, special street dance on Market Street in Willits.

• July 17 — Tierro Band with Bridget Law, folk and world music styles, Lions Park downtown.

• July 24 — Cash’d Out, a Johnny Cash-inspired show, Lions Park downtown.

• July 31 — The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, hi-energy country blues, Lions Park downtown.

• Aug. 14 — Starwood, reunion by a valley favorite, Lions Park downtown.

Attendees are urged to bring a blanket and dine al fresco.

“The Basalt Chamber will be working with local restaurants to have to-go picnic dinners and happy hour specials available on concert nights,” Kris Mattera, executive director of the Basalt Chamber, said in a statement.

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