Fraser Java Mic night fills the stage with holiday music
In honor of Christmas, Ali Grayson of Just A Glimpse Productions presents more than a dozen performers throughout Grand County and the region as the next Java Mic Night feature.
Talents scheduled for a Christmastime special at Java Mic Night include Grayson herself, Retta and Emily Yarbrough, Franklin Brown, Josh Metten, Joe Farstad, Heidi Guenther, Luke and Nicole Nutting, Simon and Amelia Nicol and Luke Henderson (of the Neighborhood Heroes and most recently Fable, feature band last Friday).
Retta and Emily Yarbrough are a mother-daughter duo gearing up to offer “a few different, unusual arrangements” of Christmas tunes. Retta has been coming to the Fraser Valley with her husband since the late 1990s and is now a full-time resident.
She has played for Java Mic Night several times with Boulder-based musicians and said, “I’ve always liked it.” She plays guitar and both she and Emily will sing about four songs.
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Grand County resident Franklin Brown said he’ll also “go by and hang out with everybody down there” for a handful of tunes. As far as Christmas songs go for Brown, he said, “I like ’em all.” Brown is inspired by the music of Appalachia, where he is originally from.
Grayson, who plays guitar and helps coordinate the event is more of a “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” performer. She’s just “going to see what happens” and said she hopes to play one of her favorites: “Mary, Did You Know?” She might be joined by bluegrass fiddle player Josh Metten, who just moved from Fort Collins and now works at the Roastery.
“It’s just some fun things that are planned for this evening,” Grayson said. “It’ll be fun – a nice potpourri show. Everyone’s quality in their own right.”
Last year’s performance was more of a sing-along event and the place was “packed out,” Grayson said. This year, she hopes it’ll be some of the same.
Some of the musicians will play one song, others more. Farstad plays guitar and also sings. One of his songs tentatively scheduled is the classic “Joy to the World.” Heidi Guenther, a Middle Park High School senior this year, will also bring out her guitar for the event, as will Luke Nutting. Luke’s sister Nicole, whom Grayson describes as an “absolutely amazing” concert pianist, is also scheduled.
Brother and sister Simon (guitar) and Amelia (piano) Nicol will perform as a duo that evening, with both singing backup and lead vocals. Luke Henderson rounds out the list playing an instrumental piece called “Carol of the Bells” on acoustic guitar.
Every Friday night through the winter season the roastery is hosting diverse talent from throughout the Grand County area and Colorado region. Schedule for the event’s fifth year includes Rob Drabkin Jan. 2, Gregory Alan Isakov Jan 9, Aaron Espe Jan 16, a Grand County Blues Society show or open mic night Jan 23, Andy Irvine and the Brian Jordan Trio Jan. 30, The Really Serious String Band Feb. 6, The Blackthorn Project Feb. 13, Jasco Jazz Feb. 20, Brad Pregeant Feb. 27, Open Mic March 6, open events March 13 and 20, Haas ‘n’ Friends March 27, and Ali ‘n’ Friends April 3.
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