Celebrate the solstice at The Tank

The giant old water tank in Rangely is attracting musicians from far and wide because of the amazing acoustics inside.

A celebration of the longest day of the year will resonate throughout Rio Blanco County with the Tank Solstice Festival in Rangely.

"For three years, folks have celebrated the solstice at The Tank, welcoming the first day of summer and greeting the sun at its zenith for the year," according to a news release.

From dawn Friday, June 21, through sunset Sunday, June 23, there will be events at The Tank, 233 County Road 46, in Rangely.

The headlining concert will be with percussionist William Winant at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

Winant, who was nominated for a Grammy in 2014, will play "marimbas, drums, gongs, superballs and an array of found percussion instruments" to use The Tank's capacity for sound to its fullest.

Tickets for seating inside The Tank cost $75. Tickets for outside seating, where the music can be heard via a speaker array, cost $10.

Those who want to take in all of the festival, though, can begin by welcoming the dawn at 5:45 a.m. Friday at The Tank and then by attending a ringing of a titanium bell to mark the solstice solar noon at 1:17 p.m. Friday.

The bell is the "huge nose cone of an Apollo mission oxygen tank, which produces a deep, resonant roar, multiplied over and over in The Tank's powerful reverb," the news release said.

The concert "When the Tank Swallows the Sun" will be from 7:48–8:48 p.m. Friday with and feature the musician, composer and violinist Joshua Hill playing ambient drones and electro-acoustic violin.

This will be followed by another concert, titled "Mysteries of the Night," at 9 p.m. Friday and described as "a fabulous and transcendental night time deep listening experience inside The Tank." This concert will feature musicians James Marienthal, Tom Wasinger and Lois LaFond.

Tickets for both Friday evening events cost $20.

Other events on the festival schedule are:

■ The Tank will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for visitors to sing, play and experiment at no charge. Short musical presentations will be given on the hour.

■ The festival will close with "Sunday at Sunset" at 8:48 p.m. Sunday with a group bell ringing.

Visitors are invited to bring you their own bell and help "raise a joyful noise in the deep reverberations of The Tank."

Tickets and information can be found at tanksounds.org.

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