If you go
What: High Street Concerts series
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18
Where: Rogers Hall, 4th and High streets, Lyons
More info: highstreetconcerts.com
Lyons is recovering from the September flooding. The signs are everywhere.
Residents started moving back to their homes in late October. The elementary school reopened in early December. Businesses are reopening as they make repairs.
And here's another sign that's music to the community's ears: High Street Concerts is back.
The series is planning three shows for its 11th season, with the first concert planned for Saturday, Jan. 18.
Annie Sirotniak, executive director of the series, lives in Lyons and had other things to worry about during a time when she otherwise would have been preparing for the concert season.
"It really wasn't my priority," she said, but added, "We wanted to do it."
Bands were already booked, and the Lyons community made steady progress as the season approached.
"I was hopeful. We're a hardy crew up here," Sirotniak said. "It was really amazing what our town did."
The first show features the folk duo Mike+Ruthy, with Colorado singer-songwriter Justin Roth opening the evening. Roth is based in Fort Collins, but he has strong ties to Lyons and has been deeply involved in flood-recovery efforts in the town.
"It's a sign of the town carrying forward," Roth said. "I have a feeling it's going to be a great celebration of people getting back to normalcy."
Roth wrote a song, titled "Rise," that was inspired by the flood, and proceeds from sales of the song benefit Colorado Flood Relief. It's available at justinroth.com/rise. He plans to perform "Rise" during the Saturday show. (Watch Roth perform a version of the song at secondstorygarage.com).
"That's going to be a meaningful part of it for me," he said. "To me, it'll be kind of the public debut of the song in Lyons."
Enion and David Pelta-Tiller, who are best known for their band Taarka, are Lyons residents whose home was destroyed in the flood. They were featured in national reporting on the flood and became one of the emblems of the effect of the disaster. They're living temporarily with family in Virginia but plan to return to Lyons.
"That's our home, that's where we want to be, we don't have intentions to go anywhere," Enion said.
It's hard to say there was anything positive about the flood, but it did provide the Pelta-Tillers with a pool of raw creative material.
"One thing this experience has been good for, as you might imagine, is it inspired some new songs," Enion said. "It's a way of processing things."
Enion will perform a High Street Concerts show with the Expedition Quintet. The group, led by Boulder banjo player Jake Schepps, applies bluegrass instrumentation to newly commissioned classical work. It has the aural qualities of bluegrass with the compositional sophistication of classical music. The concert is scheduled for March 22.
Music is at the core of the Lyons community, which is strengthened when events such as High Street Concerts takes place, Enion said.
"One thing that's been kind of a theme after this experience we've all had together ... is that all the things that make us a community and all the things that are important to us, we're going to power through that," she said. "Having this concert series continue, even as we're trying to get back on our feet, in so many ways is great."
Another Lyons musician, bassist Eric Thorin, plays with Expedition Quintet, and he is scheduled to perform in the third High Street Concert, on April 12, with Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore. He lost some personal property in the flood, but his home survived.
He's watched High Street Concerts become a central part of the music culture in Lyons.
"It's one of the best playing opportunities in town," Thorin said, adding that the audiences are always great.
"It's a great cross section of the town," he said. "It always feels like they're on your side."
Contact Quentin Young at 303-684-5319 or email@example.com.