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‘Paint’ concerts at Thorndale into August


Johnny Long plays June 15 in the first Paint the Town Blue at Thorndale Park. The audience watches from the grass.
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Thorndale Park is the site this summer for the annual live-music series called Paint the Town Blue.
       Running from 5:30 to about 7 p.m., the free concerts started in June and are continuing Thursdays through Aug. 10, according to Jim Sesters and Marty Gordon of the organizing nonprofit, the Pikes Peak Blues Community.
       Located in the 2300 block of West Uintah Street, Thorndale was chosen after the Bancroft Park bandshell - where the summer concerts had been held for the past 11 years - was damaged in a January fire.
       A city-hired contractor has started bandshell repairs, with an estimated finish in late August. (See article, Page 7.)
       The bands in “Paint” are playing in the park's covered pavilion, facing north (away from Uintah), in the direction of a slightly uphill grassy area where people can set up portable chairs and/or dance.
       Sesters noted that if there's too much rain at an event, it will have to be canceled. If needed, a “rain date” has been scheduled Thursday, Aug. 17.
       Like Bancroft, Thorndale has no off-street parking. Free on-street parking can be found in the adjacent residential area, although attendees are asked to be respectful of the neighborhood.
       The PPBC website is pikespeakblues.org. The phone is 290-7190.
       Here is the band schedule from July on:
       July 6, The Verdict.
       July 13, Jeremy Vasquez.
       July 20, Old Souls.
       July 27, Lethal Lisa McCall Band.
       Aug. 3, West Side Rhythm Kings.
       Aug. 10, Erica Brown.

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