Celtic duo performs at Evergreen Lake for EChO benefit

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By Sandy Barnes

Switchback, a duo whose music is a mix of American roots and Celtic soul, will headline a concert at Evergreen Lake on Wednesday, July 24, with proceeds benefiting the Evergreen Christian Outreach summer lunch program for under-nourished children in the mountain communities. 

The concert will begin with a performance by the Centennial State Pipes and Drums from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Switchback takes the stage at 7 p.m. for a two-hour concert.

For more than two decades, musical partners Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, known as Switchback, have been entertaining audiences around the world with their unique blend of sounds. Switchback has been on tour as the opening act for such notable performers as the Moody Blues, Leon Russell, Lee Greenwood, John Hartford, and Beausoliel.

“We are very excited to have Switchback return to our Summer Showcase Concert Series for what promises to be another outstanding, spirited performance sure to please the audience,” said John Erlandson, a producer of the show. 

“We look forward to a terrific evening of music and community celebration, all with the vital purpose of helping children in our community who need Echo’s support for their basic needs," Erlandson said.

Concert proceeds will go to support EChO’s summer lunch program for undernourished children who have been identified with the help of area elementary schools.   

There is a suggested donation of $10 for the concert. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge.  

The concert features open seating on the lawn in front of the Evergreen Lakehouse. Food will be available for purchase from Switchback Smokehouse. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring camp chairs and beverages of their choice. 

The Summer Showcase Concert Series sponsors are Betsy and Warren Rose, Chow Down, Tom Carby Farmers Insurance, Colorado Serenity, Intero Real Estate Services, Marmalade, Evergreen Park and Recreation District and the Green Merchant.