McCoy: Park swings into Grand Lake concert season
This Side of Berthoud
The Grand Arts Council presents:
Concerts in the Park
5-7 p.m., Grand Lake Town Park
June 29-Aug. 24
The Grand Lake Arts Council presents summer live music 5-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, kicking off today, June 29. People are invited to bring a chair and picnic to enjoy Concerts in the Park. The town park is a very casual, family-friendly setting and shows are free. Sponsors include Grand Lake Chocolates and the Grand County Colorado Tourism Board
The lineup includes the ACME Duo, followed by Sasquatch Mountain Project July 6, Tight Like That July 13, Peggy Mann July 20 and Aug. 31, Kevin & Faith July 27, Cari Eyres Aug. 3, Jubilant Bridge Aug. 10, Red Dirt Hill Aug. 17, and Matt Brown on Aug. 24.
About the series
The musical series was created in 1999, when Brad Pregeant and wife Lynnea Godfriaux contacted him about a possible performance, just for the exposure, Jim Cervenka said. Pregeant jokes that they “snuck in” and just knocked on his office door. Cervenka worked for the Town of Grand Lake and happened to be on the arts council board as well. “We made it happen, and it’s been going on since,” he said.
Pregeant (piano) and Godfriaux (flute) regularly visited Grand Lake during the summer to escape the heat of Madison, Wisc. As accomplished musicians, it was only natural for them to seek out where they could share their talents. In 2007 they moved here year-round and perform as jazz band Tight Like That July 13. Local drummer Patrick Brower will be joining them, as well as Steve DiSciullo (bass) and Dave Anderson (guitar).
Tracey Williams and Hayden Burke of the ACME Duo are similar visiting-musicians-turned-full-timers. The two, from Los Angeles started touring to Grand Lake in 2006 and moved permanently in 2009. For many of those years in-between, they have been a part of the Wednesday performances. “We’re happy to be a part of it,” Williams said. The pair shares vocal and guitar lead, playing rock and dance music, No. 1 hits from the ‘60s-on, original and “adult alternative” — everything from Coldplay and Soundgarden, to Paul Simon, Elton John and The Hollies.
Sasquatch Mountain Project and its “Americana jamgrass” makes its gazebo debut July 6. Members are Joe Rooyakers (guitar), Scott Torello (mandolin), and Sarah Clements (fiddle). Rooyakers said he’s wanted to play the venue a long time. They play Johnny Cash, John Prine, and “enjoy putting our own twist on tunes from the likes of Tom Petty and Steve Miller.” Rooyakers said there’s also a hint of folk in their set, because he likes “to focus on great song writers.” Their set also includes many songs Rooyakers and Torello have written over the years.
Red Dirt Hill returns Aug. 17, with Michael Turner, Tim Miller and Clements. Turner (lead vocals) plays lead guitar and harmonica. Tim Miller plays upright bass, and Clements plays fiddle and mandolin. They play everything from originals to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, the Cars and Beatles, and cover rock, bluegrass, jazz, Motown, and country.
Kevin (Danzig) & Faith (Crawford) are “happy to be returning once again to play” (July 27). Their music is “a variety of folk / rock and soul … mostly original songs and our own twist on some favorites.”
Cari Eyres, stage name “Hat Lady,” says her life consists of many tasks, so her “music has a lot of textured genre, therefore, many hats.” New CD “Three Seeds” is a mixture of her spiritual and public music, and instrumentals — for all audiences. Eyres is a self-composer, “all original writes,” and says her music is “a little jazzy, bluesy, and bluegrass, with an old-school vibe.”
Jubilant Bridge consists of Carol Van Alstine (guitar) and Willie Jaeger (dulcimer) — a “harmony-driven duo”. They “feature unique harmonies, intricate arrangements, compelling original songs and instrumentals, and unexpected covers … .” The Grand Lake gazebo is “one of (their) favorite summer venues,” and they plan to highlight a couple songs from their upcoming Christmas album during their performance Aug. 10.
People may remember Matt Brown as one of the lead vocalists and guitarists from Hunker Down, or have recently heard him play solo regularly at Granby Ranch, Mackinaw’s, Brickhouse 40 and Strip and Tail restaurants. He returns to play for Concerts in the Park Aug. 24, and says one or two special guests may join him. “I just love playing outdoors in Grand Lake,” he said. “And I appreciate the people who support live music.” Note: Brown also plays during Grand Lake’s upcoming annual Buffalo BBQ.
Local singer / songwriter Peggy Mann performs July 20 and rounds out the season Aug. 31. Mann, another one of the “original folks” to play for the series, performs Americana encompassing folk, country, rock and blues. She says the gazebo is one of her favorite places to play. “Folks can be outside in their lawn chairs and listen to music on a warm summer evening with Mount “Baldy” as the backdrop! What could be better?”
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