FALCONER, NY (WNY News Now) – A Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Inductee performed a ‘Salute to Summer’ concert in Falconer last week, which drew in crowds of younger and older generations alike.
Glenn Colton has been performing for over four decades, and has gained quite the following by parents and of course, kids.
“I’ve been doing kid’s shows since the mid to late 80’s, it became a full-time endeavor in the early 90’s then in 2012 I had a self-imposed retirement, but now I’m back,” explained Colton, “I try to create music that parents, teachers, and kids can actually enjoy together as opposed to maybe the traditional children’s music as defined by say ‘Sesame Street’ or ‘Barney’, I try to find music that adults can enjoy with the kids.”
A typical Glenn Colton concert is held in school, but at his outdoor shows, Colton says it is easier to interact with kids.
“The beauty of shows like this, and believe me when I say this. I’ve done about 4,000 shows, no two are the same,” said Colton.
The topic this summer is creating something beautiful.
“As years go on, the alumni get older and older and it’s a wonderful connection. I don’t know if you saw the photo that young lady gave me of the picture of her when she was a little girl, and now she’s going to college. It’s just a wonderful, priceless thing that only time can create,” Colton said.
However, with time things changes, and Colton has learned to adapt.
“I do know that schools will always have that task of steering young people in the right direction. And it seems every couple of years the verbiage, the actual words that they use change, but the essential message is always the same,” said Colton.
At the end of the day, all the singer aspires to do is make his audience happy.
“If I’m having a bad day, my goal is to say I’m gonna maximize that 50 minutes to be the best that it can be, and when I do that, it just makes me want to do another show,” said Colton.