RidgeGate Summer Beats Concert – Michael Friedman Band
- June 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- South Suburban Parks and Recreation District: Arts & Enrichment Coordinator, Monique Keohane
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- Prairie Sky Park, just west of the Lone Tree Recreation Center
- 10249 RidgeGate Circle
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Enjoy the RidgeGate Summer Beats summertime concerts out on the grass with free live music, food trucks and activities. It’s all happening in Prairie Sky Park, courtesy of the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District. Take a walk on the one-mile paved path around the park, grab something to eat at a food truck and enjoy the summer sounds.
Enjoy vendors, entertainers and art activities from 5-6pm, with live music starting at 6 and continuing until 8pm. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and the whole family.
- Thursday, June 20, 5-8pm: Michael Friedman Band (Contemporary Jazz/R&B)
- Thursday, July 18, 5-8pm: Skean Dubh (Celtic Folk)
June’s artist, Michael Friedman, is a widely respected bassist, composer and educator. Michael has been captivating audiences with his bass playing for years. He is a powerful, energetic artist who is capable of going in a variety of musical directions. “His bass playing is as in the pocket as it gets,” wrote Jonathan Widran of the Los Angeles Jazz Scene. “A Colorado mainstay,” wrote Bret Saunders of the Denver Post & KBCO Radio. Michael has become one of the brightest performers on the contemporary jazz/R & B scene.
A native of Denver, Michael’s musical career began when he was voted best instrumental student of his senior high school class and selected for several all-city and all-state music honors. He continued to earn accolades from Downbeat Magazine and the International Association of Jazz Educators. By then, his path as a professional musician was set. His talent and eminent musical skills led him to a scholarship at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where he studied under James Carroll, principal bass player of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Michael is known as a former player and co-founder of the successful smooth jazz group, Dotsero. Michael entertained audiences with Dotsero throughout America for 20 years. Michael is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the American Federation of Musicians, Denver Musicians Association and the Colorado Music Association.