Avon will be celebrating all things uniquely Avon with weekend long festivities over Labor Day weekend during the second annual Summer’s End. “We are honored to announce Summer’s End features a free performance by all-female super group, Big Richard on Monday, September 5th”, said Danita Dempsey, Culture, Arts & Special Events Manager for the Town of Avon.
What began as an all-female festival collab quickly morphed into a serious passion project driven by sisterhood, harmony, and humor...…along with the shared desire to rage fiddle tunes and smash the patriarchy. Big Richard is a neo-acoustic super group made up of four well established Colorado musicians: Bonnie Sims on mandolin (Bonnie & Taylor Sims/Everybody Loves An Outlaw/Bonnie & the Clydes), Joy Adams on cello (Nathaniel Rateliff/Darol Anger/Half Pelican), Emma Rose on bass + guitar (Sound of Honey/Daniel Rodriguez/Whippoorwill) and Eve Panning on fiddle (Lonesome Days).
Formed in late 2021, the band gained immediate notoriety for their charismatic stage presence and their vocal/instrumental prowess. After selling out all their club shows Big Richard quickly started confirming festival appearances across America. 2022 is sure to be a big year!!
Opening the free concert for Big Richard, is Arlo McKinley and Jeremy Pinnell. Music has always had special meaning for Arlo McKinley. Born and raised in Cincinnati, he started singing in Baptist church when he was eight. At home, the family record collection included everything from George Jones to Otis Redding. As a teen, inspired by his dad and uncle, who played guitars in church, Arlo learned some power chords and figured out every song on the first Social Distortion album. “From there, I taught myself,” he says. As McKinley visualizes the year ahead, he is optimistic that touring will be easier, and that he will get to play Europe for the first time this summer. When asked what he hopes listeners will get from This Mess We're In, he says, “I hope they can identify with things they are too ashamed to talk about or feel. There is such a stigma that goes along with things like addiction and mental health. I just want them to know that I go through all that stuff too. I would just like to make them feel a little less alone. At least for the 47 minutes of the album, you can remove yourself from the world and just let everything disappear for a bit.”
When Jeremy Pinnell released OH/KY in the summer of 2015 to stunned acclaim, it felt like an entire career compressed into one knock-out album. Hailed as, a “Mind-blowingly good” (Greg Vandy/KEXP)” tutorial on classic country music” (PopMatters), Pinnell’s debut immediately differentiated as authentic and unflinching. Dogged touring through Europe and the States and celebrated radio sessions followed, cementing Pinnell’s position as a no-fuss master of his craft.
“Summer’s End is a weekend-long celebration designed to close out our summer season with a wide variety of activities appealing to the entire community. We kick off Friday, September 2nd with Lakeside Cinema followed by the second annual Paddle Battles and an expanded SunsetLIVE! on Sunday, September 4th leading up to the Big Richard concert on Monday, September 5th” continued Ms. Dempsey.
For more information about Summer’s End or Special Events in Avon, please contact Culture, Arts and Special Events Manager Danita Dempsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 748-4065.