Summer Concert Series to benefit ten local nonprofits

Ten local nonprofits have been selected to benefit from the 2019 Community Concerts in the Secret Garden at the Rochester Hotel. The selected organizations are Durango Creative District, Durango Fall Blaze, Housing Solutions for the Southwest, La Plata County Historical Society, La Plata County Humane Society, Manna, San Juan Mountains Association, The Liberty School, Wolfwood Refuge and 4Core.

Now in its fifth year, the Community Concerts benefit the nonprofit community and promote Durango’s local music scene by featuring a different nonprofit and music talent each Wednesday evening, June 26 through August 28, 5 – 7 p.m. in the Secret Garden. The Rochester will provide a bar and food for sale at each event.

The cover charge is a $10 cash donation to support the ten nonprofits selected for the concert series. At the end of the series, all proceeds will be pooled and donated equally to the ten featured organizations. Last year each participating nonprofit earned $1,750.

“We are excited to launch another year of Community Concerts with such an impactful group of nonprofits,” says Briggen Wrinkle, Executive Director of the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado.  “The Secret Garden has become a popular spot for a mid-week happy hour, allowing friends to enjoy our beautiful summer evenings, while supporting local organizations that are helping to make La Plata County a vibrant place to live.”

Ten-punch passes for the 2019 Community Concerts in the Secret Garden will be available for $90 at Maria’s Bookshop.  Once purchased, passes may be used 10 times by one individual, once by 10 individuals or anything in between. Cash donations are also accepted at the door.

The Rochester Hotel has partnered with the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado to provide the concert venue. The event is also sponsored by Four Corners Community Bank and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.  More than 25 nonprofits applied for the grant, and a selection committee of event and corporate sponsors narrowed the final list to ten organizations.

As a community facilitator, the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado works to increase sustainability and success for nonprofits while maximizing effective grantmaking for philanthropists to make Southwest Colorado a better place to live. The Community Foundation serves Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties.



2019 Concert Schedule: Featured Nonprofit and Band


June 26:

La Plata County Humane Society

Elle Carpenter


July 3:

Durango Creative District

Six Dollar String Band


July 10:

Housing Solutions for the Southwest

Leah Orlikowski


July 17:


Zia Chicks


July 24:

La Plata County Historical Society

Kirk James Blues Band


July 31:

Wolfwood Refuge

Wells & Van Tyn


August 7:


Robin Davis Duo


August 14:

Durango Fall Blaze

La La Bones


August 21:

San Juan Mountains Association

Space Between Shadows


August 28:

The Liberty School

You Knew Me When

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