Support the summer concert series

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By Kirsten Laskey

Russ Gordon, organizer of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series, is putting on a show Friday although not in the usual settings.

Acoustic slide guitarist and banjo player Tony Furtado will perform at 8 p.m. at the Blue Window Bistro. Tickets for the concert cost $12.

Hearing Furtado live is well worth the money, which will help support next years’ summer concert series.

Gordon said Furtado is a noteworthy musician because of “his musicianship, for one. He’s just a fabulous musician … he plays old-time blues with a slide guitar. So there will be old-time music, but he’ll mix it up by doing some rocking versions of classic blues and folk.”

Gordon explained Furtado has performed in Los Alamos in the past. He has taken the stage at the old Hot Club and he has been featured in the summer concert series.

Furtado’s music is comparable to Pete Seeger and Bela Fleck as well as early slide guitarists such as Lightin’ Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt. Gordon explained Furtado started out his career as a blue-grass performer and was a champion banjo player by the age of 19. Eventually Furtado branched out into blues and the slide guitar.

In addition to a quality performance, Gordon said the money will help bring next summer’s series to fruition. The series costs $120,000.

“It costs so much,” he said. “It’s a very expensive series to put on.”

The expenses are a result of presenting professional bands, many of which are from out-of-the-state.

Besides being a fundraiser, it is just a great excuse to put on a show. “A number of people, including myself, are missing the live music in Los Alamos,” Gordon said. “This was a chance to satisfy myself and others.”

The restaurant is expected to close its regular business at 6 p.m. and the concert will take over business.

If interested in ordering dinner, people may call the Blue Window at 662-6305 to make a reservation. The price of the ticket does not include a meal.