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7/18/2013 Fire District fund-raiser to feature renowned performers

The volunteer firefighters with the Wet Mountain Fire Protection District will kick-off the big Westcliffe Stampede/Custer County Fair weekend with a benefit concert on Friday, July 19. The music gets underway at 6 p.m. at the Feed Store Amphitheater located on north Second Street in Westcliffe. Admission is by donation.

The featured performers are Mollie Weaver and Rock Cowling, noted Southern California musicians who are making a return performance for the Fire District benefit concert.

Weaver and Cowling will take the stage with their acoustic music and powerful vocals. They have collaborated for the last five years, and are noted for their favorite timeless hits from the 1950s through today.

Weaver, whose parents have a summer home near Westcliffe, began her singing career at a young age. She and her family were friends with the late John Denver, who introduced her to his band and over the years she traveled with his band and recorded with them.

She expanded her craft by attending a music conservatory where she studied classical voice and opera. She later moved to New York City where she recorded songs for television and films while also singing on the stages of Jazz at Lincoln Center and at various other venues. In 2007 and 2010 she performed her own concerts at Carnegie Hall.

Over the years she’s shared the stage with numerous entertainers including Tony Bennett, Lionel Richie, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Martina McBride and a young Taylor Swift.

Cowling is a writer, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. He’s recorded in the studio and performed on stage with various artists including Bonnie Raitt, Gladys Knight and Peter Frampton, and performed on the Jimmy Fallon Show as the lead singer for Ambrosia with whom he continues to tour.

Cowling has had many successes as a songwriter and music producer for Capitol Records, Sony Playstation, and for TV shows like The Bachelorette and Teachers.

Friday’s show will be an unforgettable opportunity for local music-lovers to experience a performance by some world-class musicians.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a friend, bring a chair, bring a blanket and experience an evening of great music, all to help a good cause.