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Paint the Town Blue returns to Thorndale

       A year ago, the Pikes Peak Blues Community was getting used to the idea of a new Westside venue for its free, annual Paint the Town Blue live music series.
       For the 11 previous years, it had been a Bancroft Park tradition in Old Colorado City. But the bandshell fire in January 2017 ended that streak.
       In response, the Parks Department offered Thorn-dale Park (about a mile away in the 2300 block of West Uintah Street) at no charge and the PPBC agreed to give it a try.
       By the end of the summer, the volunteer nonprofit decided the new locale was a keeper - even though it only has a covered pavilion and Bancroft would be available again in 2018.
       Between June 14 and July 19, the PPBC has six Thursday-evening concerts planned at Thorndale. Shows are scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
       According to PPBC President Jim Sesters, the neighborhood park has a “natural amphitheater” for sound. In addition, it has a playground (helpful for attendees who bring kids), “great shade trees” and “less homeless people to deal with.”
       Sesters also addressed one other issue - the number of shows. Six is fewer than normal (last year nine were scheduled).
       He said it's because of the cost. A single night runs $600 to $800. Even though audiences often number 400 people, donations don't come close to covering that expense, he explained.
       “If we can see better donations this year, we could bring it back to nine” (in 2019), Sesters said.
       The bands through June are listed in the Westside Happenings on Page 9.
       Rainouts will be posted on the website, pikespeakblues.org, by 4:45 p.m., Sesters said.

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