concert in downtown, St. George, Saturday, Sept. 12, 7 - 9:30 p.m. The event welcomes the returning musical talents of David Jorgensen and Laura Lounsbury, with the addition of Jason Gottfried. From Baton Rouge, Fla., Gottfried has been playing drums since age 6. His wide range of live performance experience includes orchestral music, musical theatre, afro-pop, jazz, electronica, and country.
Jorgensen, known for his high-quality live performances, began playing the guitar at age 13 following a serious injury to his right arm that curtailed a bright future in piano. Lounsbury has performed in a wide variety of venues including Tanner Amphitheater at Springdale, Utah, and the Zion Brewing Company Jazz Garden at Historical Downtown St. George. The trio will perform original and standard jazz numbers with the artistic depth and verve they have come to be known for.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit Heart Walk Foundation’s initiative to build durable, permanent barns for South American alpaca that are fundamental to the Q’ero villagers in Peru.
While alpaca provide soft fiber wool for Q’ero women to weave into clothing, blankets, and textiles sold for community income, Q’ero men weave and sell strong wool ropes from the alpaca hair. Tragically, many alpaca are lost each year to severe storms and temperatures in the high Andes Mountains where the Q’ero live.