More than 30 performers will entertain at Tabor Opera House

More than over 30 performers will converge on Leadville’s historic Tabor Opera House for a family-friendly, all-ages show Saturday. Organized by Salida-based art nonprofit group Articipate, the event will feature marimba ensembles Wooden Rain and Wooden Raindrops, River Tribe Drum and Dance Troupe, Leon Joseph Littlebird, percussionist Trevor “Bones” Davis and more.

Wooden Rain is Articipate’s 12-piece adult marimba ensemble. Boasting 11 marimbas, two steel drums, guitar, drums, percussion and a repertoire that includes songs in five languages, Wooden Rain has been entertaining and educating audience of all ages for over four years.

River Tribe Drum and Dance Troupe is a group of performers dedicated to rhythm and music steeped in the traditions of Africa and the Caribbean.

Wooden Raindrops is Articipate’s 16-member youth marimba ensemble.

Bones said the marimba is the perfect instrument to introduce young people to the joys of playing music because of its kinetic nature and ease of playing.

Wooden Raindrops often open concerts for Wooden Rain and River Tribe. The aspiring musicians also join the adults onstage for a couple of numbers, putting over 30 performers on stage at one time.

The program begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and children.

Articipate was founded as a nonprofit organization in response to the decline of art programs in schools and communities. Knowing the importance of the arts to healthy, vital communities, Articipate founders Bones and Jill Davis diligently researched the issues and discovered that declining compensation for art educators is a fundamental problem. The other major problem is budget reductions among public entities that have traditionally funded art education.

The loss of these vital programs led to the formation of Articipate in order to foster awareness and teach the importance of the arts in building communities and improving lives through art education.

Leon Joseph Littlebird will sing and play Native American flute as part of the Articipate concert Saturday in Leadville.