Duet night benefits senior center

DaRivuhMusicIDAHO SPRINGS – Da Rivuh Fish and BBQ Company  hosts “a great night of music for a good cause,” May 16 from 6-9 p.m. The evening features duets from several performers to raise funds for the Project Support Senior Center in Idaho Springs. The night is free, but donation buckets will be available and door prizes supplied by the merchants of Idaho Springs will be given away.

The evening was conceived by Idaho Springs resident Gary Jorgensen. “As lover of musical duets, I’ve been wanting to put together a show dedicated to this particularly rich art form,” he said. After suggesting the name: “Why Don’t We Duet in the Road,” the idea quickly caught on with other local duos.

The showcase includes Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin, Gary Jorgensen and Claudia Cupp, Mike and Bonnie Coats, Miner Pickers, BitterSweet and Rob Solomon.

Bettman and Halpin of Denver are a duo who tour nationally. The Live Music Review describes them as “soothing, spiritual, thoughtful, passionate, energizing, inspirational, and fresh” and are known as amazing songwriters and musicians.

Gary Jorgensen and Claudia Cupp are local favorites and can be seen in venues across Clear Creek County.

Mike and Bonnie Coats of Northglenn call themselves The Tune Farmers. They have been members of a southern rock band for 30 years, but decided a few years ago to play folk music as a duo.

The Miner Pickers are Gary and Suzie Solomon, an acoustic duo from Idaho Springs. Suzie has performed since she was a child and Gary joined her when they married 10 years ago.

BitterSweet is a folk and Americana duo comprised of Marty Halberg and Gary Loffler.  The pair interprets songs by artists like John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, Guy Clark and Fred Eaglesmith and features the occasional original song as well.

Rob Solomon is Gary’s cousin and was inspired to play music by Gary’s dad Bing. Music has been his career. He plays with Tim Cook as Solomon-Cook, but Tim will be out of town touring nationally with the Subdudes.

For more than 30 years, Project Support Senior Center has assisted with nutrition, health and welfare counseling, information, housing and referral services, outreach, recreation and socialization for the senior citizens of Clear Creek County. It operates a Thrift Shoppe and provides recreation and field trips, hot lunches, housing, transportation, home-delivered meals, food bank, volunteer opportunities and information on health services in the county.

Da Rivuh Fish and BBQ Company is a Southern-themed restaurant, sharing a diverse and rich tradition of Louisiana Creole, Memphis-style BBQ and other inspired favorites. It also hosts an Open Mic Night, May 7 and a Blues Jam with David Booker, May 9.

Da Rivuh is located at 1446 Miner St. in Idaho Springs. Visit or call 303-963-5901 for more information.

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