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Duarte on the Map for Cow Bop Route 66 Music Festival Tour

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Free Concert at Westminster Gardens, Aug. 7

Giddy-up, Cow Bop is coming to town. The jazzy western swing bebop band, led by internationally acclaimed guitarist, Bruce Forman, will perform a free concert in Duarte, Thursday, Aug. 7 on the last leg of its history-making Chicago to L. A. Route 66 tour.
The public is invited to bring a lawn chair and cozy up for a picnic and evening of music and family fun under the shade of the trees at Westminster Gardens, 1420 Santo Domingo Ave. Gates will open at 5 p.m. Cop Bop will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available. Parking is free.
In what is being billed as the “world’s first linear music festival,” Cow Bop and dozens of other bands will be traveling and performing in towns along Historic Route 66 over a two-week period beginning in Chicago on July 25 and concluding at the Santa Monica Pier on Aug. 9. The tour is sponsored by Rifftime, a new online music community, created to provide musicians and bands with a wide array of technological support for promotion and sales. Many of the concerts will be streamed on the Rifftime website (route66.rifftime.com). There will even be a digital tip jar for a favorite band.
“Think of it as the asphalt highway meets the digital highway at route66.rifftime.com,” said Forman, who came up with the idea for the Route 66 Linear Music Festival. “As we rediscover the small town and charms of The Mother Road, in person or digitally, we just might be creating a roadmap for a musical future,” he said.
Cow Bop was recently inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. The band has toured extensively throughout the world exciting audiences with their unique brand of music.
Westminster Gardens is sponsoring the concert on Aug. 7 in conjunction with the Duarte Community Coordinating Council and the City of Duarte.
For more information, call (626) 357-4151.

July 15, 2014

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