The TANK Center for Sonic Arts

Third Annual Solstice Celebrations

Three Days of Sonic Explorations for Midsummer, 2018


This year, be part of this extraordinary sonic event.

Thursday, June 21

Solstice Celebration, Dawn to Midnight

Free to the Public

Dawn Sing, 5:30am

When the sun comes through the portal it shines across the floor and makes a circle on the opposite wall, a wonderful effect

Solar Noon Bell, 1:17 pm

The Titanium Bell, a gift to the TANK, was originally part of the Apollo space program.  It was the nosecone for an liquid oxygen tank that propelled the rocket.  The Bell rings for 3 minutes when struck, and when it activates the TANK’s acoustics the results are extraordinary and ear opening.  It will be a psychoacoustic event unlike any other, a sound you will remember in your minds ear.

Solstice Sunset Gathering, 8:30pm.

All invited.  Bring your instrument, your voice, share your music, join the community of TANK lovers.  Send an email to james@tanksounds.org to sign up.


Friday, June 22

Georhythmic Drift Music
Ryan Ruehlen
Shows at 7 and 9pm

Hear the music of the sphere (the ionosphere) in the resonance of The TANK, as Ryan Ruehlen flies his drone/radio/antenna to capture the auditory potential of the atmosphere. He will broadcast these ionospheric vibes to Tank and to surroundsound outdoor speakers. Two 20-minute shows, at 7 and 9 pm. By donation, $10 suggested.


Saturday, June 23, 8pm

Ron Miles Solstice Concert

–for Bob Sheets– 

Hear Ron Miles’s virtuoso horn playing in the sonic splendor of The TANK.

With special guests, including flutist Fred Hess.

Special reserved seating inside The TANK–for just 49 seats–will make a peak experience. And a Meyer Sound speaker array will vividly broadcast the sounds to a larger audience under the Colorado stars. Tickets, $10 outside, $75 inside.


Trumpet player Ron Miles is among the most talented improvisers and composers of his generation. On Saturday, June 23, Ron Miles brings his artistry to the sonic wonder called The TANK.

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg called Ron Miles one of the greatest melodists of his time.  Jazz Times calls Ron Miles “one of the finest trumpeters in jazz today.” 

Ron is a songwriter and cornet player based in Denver, Colorado. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1963 and moved to Denver with his family in 1974. He has previously recorded as a leader for the Prolific, Capri, Gramavision, and Sterling Circle labels. In addition to leading his own bands, Ron Miles has performed in the ensembles of Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, Mercer Ellington, Don Byron, Myra Melford, Joe Henry, Madeleine Peyroux, Jason Moran, Matt Wilson, the Bad Plus, Harriet Tubman, Ginger Baker, and Ben Goldberg.

This Spring we lost Bob Sheets, the first director of the Colorado Council on the Arts. Bob created the Chautauqua Tour of 1976, to bring the arts to rural Colorado. On that tour, Bruce Odland discovered this amazingly reverberant water tank on the outskirts of Rangely, and that was the beginning of it all. We will honor Bob by dedicating our Saturday night concert to him.

Buy tickets for Ron Miles at the TANK here:



Click here for a poster for Solstice 2018


“One road to the musical future now runs through Rangely.” – Alex Ross 
Illustration by Vincent Mahé 

A Water Tower Turned Music Venue

In Colorado, a uniquely resonant performance space.

Read Alex Ross’s article about The TANK in The New Yorker




Listen to slide guitarist Scot Ray’s vEsSeL here.