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Brad Fitch And Friends Present Special Concert At Masonic Lodge

The public is invited as Brad Fitch hosts a special concert at the Estes Park Masonic Lodge on Saturday, July 5 at 7 p.m. Fitch will be joined by Eamonn Morris (cello and bass), Lise Friisbaastad (flute) and Melinda Morris (vocalist) for a performance of his original songs as well as a variety of favorite country, folk, pop and John Denver tunes.

“This concert means a lot to me and I hope many will join us to hear the unique instrumental and vocal arrangements we have put together,” Fitch said. “It is truly a one-of-kind event.”

Cowboy-BradThis charming venue was once part of the old Deer Ridge Chalet, which stood at Deer Ridge Junction in Rocky Mountain National Park until the 1960s. The building boasts a rustic yet elegant varnished wood interior in a style that was popular a century ago. It is located at 1820 S. St Vrain Ave, (Highway 7).

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. An entry fee will be charged at the door.

Estes Park’s own “Cowboy” Brad Fitch has been playing professionally since age 15. Though he still makes his home here, he performs nationally and has recorded 18 albums, featuring his original songs. Having been a member of several other popular performing and recording acts including the Arizona and Rocky Mountain Oprys, the Elktones and his own TropiCowboy Band, Fitch has amassed an impressive repertoire spanning several genres of popular music.

For the past 11 years, Fitch has also performed John Denver tribute concerts to benefit non-profit and service organizations throughout the western United States. He performed traditional cowboy music for the President of the United States during his 2001 visit to Colorado. Fitch received an outstanding community service award from the Estes Park Sunrise Rotary Club in 2006; he performed during the 2008 Democratic National Convention and was presented the Hawaii Music Award in 2009.

For the July 5th event, Fitch will be joined by Eamonn Morris on cello and bass. Though just 19 years old, Morris is considered to be one of the finest electric bassists currently performing in the Boulder, Colorado area. He has worked professionally with several bands and with student honors ensembles, all while being a full-time student. As an accomplished cellist, Morris was selected to play in the Western States Honor Orchestra in 2012.

He is a founding member of the Boulder-based jazz-fusion/neo-soul group The Mosaic, which has been a proving ground for his abilities and allowed his musicianship to mature by leaps and bounds. In 2012, he joined his uncle Brad’s TropiCowboy band, specializing in the music of John Denver.

Also joining Fitch for this special concert will be Lise Friisbaastad. She is a flute and piccolo performer and music educator.  A graduate of the School of Music at California State University, Fullerton, she holds teaching credentials in K-12 instrumental music and has taught middle school band/orchestra full time in addition to serving as guest clinician and staff flute instructor and chamber music instructor at a number of schools -elementary through college.

Friisbaastad has been a member of California’s professional wind ensemble, the Orange County Wind Symphony. She has performed with Orchestras throughout Southern California and notably as a soloist with the Irvine Valley College Symphony and as a presenter/soloist with the Orange Coast Concert Series. In 2002 she formed The Plein Air Wind Quintet, performing world premieres by Los Angeles area composers and a vast repertoire, and appearing on a reality series “For Better or For Worse” as the wedding ensemble.

Melinda Morris will be singing harmonies with Fitch Saturday evening. While her favorite instrument is voice, she has studied and played piano, flute, piccolo, mountain dulcimer, alto sax, electric bass, and mandolin. Her first musical performance was at age 4 in a church children’s choir. As a student, she performed in theatrical musicals and has enjoyed singing with various choirs since then.

Her musical influences range from Appalachian and bluegrass music to classical and religious pieces. Morris’s favorite artists range from Emmylou Harris and Coldplay to Chopin and Sakamoto.

“I hope vacationers and local residents alike will join us for this unique concert on July 5th,” Fitch said. “It will be a fun addition to the holiday weekend.”

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