2018 Solstice Celebrations at The TANK

Three Days of Sonic Explorations for Midsummer

Thursday, June 21

Public Solstice Celebration, Dawn to Midnight

On the astronomical Solstice, a day of music and resonance.
Special Guests including Lois LaFond and Bruce Odland
Free to the Public

Bring your own sonic Solstice celebration to The TANK. 
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, $30 inside, $10 outside suggested.

Saturday, June 23, 8pm

Ron Miles Concert — A 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.
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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.

Ron Miles 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. Ron Miles has previously recorded as a leader for the Prolific, Capri, Gramavision, and Sterling Circle labels. Clarinetist Ben Goldberg called Ron Miles one of the greatest melodists of his time. 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 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.