RIDGWAY – Michael Martin Murphey returns to Ridgway for Father’s Day, Sunday June 15, performing on the new stage at Ridgway’s Hartwell Town Park from 4:30-6 p.m. The concert is a benefit for the Ouray County Ranch History Museum and the culmination of Ridgway’s Heritage Days events, where the museum will offer books and retail items for sale and auction Concert Commemorative Stetson hats adorned with a Sweet Bird Studio hat pin.
This is the second time Murphey, a popular entertainer in Western Colorado, has helped the museum with a fundraiser. The ranch museum has outgrown its rented facility at the old schoolhouse in Colona and seeks a home of its own for the expanding collection, which includes old cabins and farm and ranch equipment as well as items housed inside the museum.
A few lucky people will be able to personally meet with “Murph,” and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for a 4 p.m. pre-concert gathering in Town Hall, VIP concert seating, and a post-concert ‘Meet and Greet’ with Murph at the Timber Creek Gallery (on the boardwalk, across from the park). True Grit Café caters the event with a cash bar and photo opportunities. VIP Tickets are $150 individual or $250 couple.
Everyone is welcome at the concert, and donations are gratefully accepted. Bring a folding chair or a blanket, and relax on the grass in the Park while you enjoy the Murph’s unique cowboy music – a blend of classical, country, folk, blues, bluegrass and pop. A native Texan, but now a Colorado resident, Murphey’s songs reflect his lifelong cowboy lifestyle. In an interview with Bob Welch for American Cowboy, singer/songwriter Murphey describes himself and his music: “I’ve always been a poet of the American West and American cowboy, and that’s what I consider myself to be.”
For information, please visit http://ocrhm.org/events/michael-martin-murphey-benefit-concert/