Grand Lake: Two days of music heralds in fall
The gentle turn of the aspen leaves throughout Grand County ushers in the return of the popular Grand Lake Fall Festival.The Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is putting together family fun with live music, arts and crafts, hay rides around town, square dancing demonstration and community dance party, and several kids activities: jump tent, duck pond, treasure chest, games, and pumpkin patch and decorating (pumpkins may be purchased for $1).Theres a two-day roundup of musicians set to perform in the Grand Lake Town Square and beer and wine tents will feature beer from the Grand Lake Brewing Co. and wine from Redwood Creek of California for patrons to purchase.DJ Tom and Route 66 kick off the show playing rock n roll and music from the 1960s at 11 a.m. Saturday, and at 2 p.m. and at 11 a.m. Sunday. Members include singer Kristin Treptow, Bill Novak (bass), Ronnie Frosch (lead guitar), DJ Tom Mares (drums), and James Horne (keyboard) who are said to bring rock and blues to a new level.The John Adams Band, a John Denver tribute band, follows with a performance at noon. Holland-born Adams got an early start in the field, taking up the six-string guitar just before John Denvers Take Me Home, Country Roads became a hit in Europe. After that he said his taste in music instantly changed and he became dedicated to Denvers music.Guitarists Ryan McBride and muse Decker Randall of Daddy Long Legs will play mostly folk starting at 3:30 p.m. with Heidi Browning on bass. Songs include hits made famous by Buffalo Springfield and Neil Young and Randall says they might sneak in an original or two a repertoire McBride describes as Light and crisp, like a summer night in the lake, raw and full of truth.New Orleans-style jazz pianist Brad Pregeant brings the Bourbon-Street heat to the park stage starting at 4:30 p.m. A student of jazz piano great Ellis Marsalis, his playing includes about 50 original pieces and pays homage to many of the genres greatest artists.Singer, songwriter and guitarist Peggy Mann performs at 6 p.m., fresh from the 34th Annual Gospel Music Awards where she earned second-place honors in the performance vocal category II. Her music is known for its positive messages of hope and love. The Never Summer Squares round out the evening with a free demonstration and community dance party. Then, Sundays concert docket features Route 66 and DJ Tom at 11 a.m., followed by spunky local Irish band Claddagh at noon (members are Dennis Stafford, Sarah Clements, Becky Shaw, and Dave and Kathy Naples playing at least 17 instruments).Amy & The Rock Sisters round out the festivities with a concert performance starting at 2 p.m. Members Amy Mathesius (songwriter, vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica and flute) and her daughter Nicole Granati play folk rock, acoustic and country tunes. The mother-daughter has a CD out entitled Colorado Blue with 12 songs featuring them and their band called The Mountain Men.
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