Special day set to celebrate Russ Gordon

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By The Staff

Los Alamos County have invited residents to join the County Council and Community Services Department in honoring longtime concert producer Russ Gordon for “Russ Gordon Day” Sept. 8.

Gordon is being recognized for his thousands of hours and 28 years of service dedicated to bringing great musical acts to Los Alamos. The county has contracted with Gordon annually to help produce the free Summer Concert Series. Gordon is retiring and moving out of state and the Sept. 8 concert will be his final concert.

The County Council will present a special proclamation to Russ Gordon at a meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 in Council Chambers honoring Gordon with his own special day on Sept. 8. Residents are invited to attend the meeting.

Starting Monday, fans can download a thank-you card on the county’s website at losalamosnm.us in advance, or, pick up and fill out a thank-you card at the concert Sept. 8 by visiting the CSD table. They will be collecting and displaying the cards to present to Gordon at intermission. Community members are especially encouraged to share their memories of their favorite bands or other concert memories on the cards for Gordon to enjoy reading after the concert.

Residents with old photos from past concerts – especially if they picture Russ Gordon - are asked to e-mail JPEG files to lacmanager@lacnm.us or hashtag them (to be visible to the county, they must have a public profile setting) on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtags #MakeAFussOverRuss or #gr8musicfor28years. Photos should be e-mailed or tagged on social media no later than Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 5:00 p.m. so the County has time to gather up and compile them into a slide show that will run Sept. 8, which is the last Friday Night Concert for 2017.

Individuals, businesses and organizations are asked to join in the celebration and its theme of “Thanks for the Musical Memories” during the hours leading up to the last show Gordon will host at 7 p.m. on the concert stage. Residents and businesses are asked to get creative over the next two weeks in sponsoring or promoting ideas for Russ Gordon Day.