Grand Lake will be bluegrass central this weekend
September 15, 2009
Winners of the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, The Blue Canyon Boys, are string-picking and toe-tapping their way to Grand Lake.Set to perform on Sunday, Sept. 20, the four-person high energy bluegrass band is one of six Colorado bands taking the stage during the Grand Lake Fall Bluegrass Festival, a new take on the town’s fall festival in its seventh year.The Blue Canyon Boys consist of Gary Dark on mandolin, Jason Hicks on guitar, Drew Garrett on bass, and Jeff Scroggins on banjo, blending duet-style vocals and hard-driving instrumentals. In their fourth year playing together, the band has quickly become a mainstay of the Front Range bluegrass scene.For Saturday and Sunday, the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce has assembled a line-up of bands from the six-person Denver-based Loose Canon Bluegrass Band, to the Grass it Up trio, to the four-piece all female high energy band the Giddy-Up Kiddies, to the Steel Pennies of Louisville. The bluegrass ensemble Highway 40 starts off the music performances on Saturday, made up Grand County musicians – all who live on Highway 40 from Kremmling to Fraser. The band plays everything from “Motown to new-grass,” according to Sarah Clements, who plays fiddle. Mike Music is on banjo and guitar, Mike Turner plays bass guitar, Gary Roberts is on mandolin and Stevie Frazier is lead singer and guitarist. As many as 30 Grand County businesses are making the two-day weekend of free music possible, according to Grand Lake Chamber Executive Director Brad Taylor, with the event’s “title sponsor” Foran-Schoenfeld Mortuary. The chamber, in partnership with the Gateway Inn, Grand Lake, is offering a fall menu of turkey legs, wild boar sausage on-a-stick and corn on the cob, as well as libations, beer and wine for sale.The fall festivities in Grand Lake are in tandem with the nonprofit Mountain Family Center’s efforts to stock food banks in Grand County. The first-ever “Walk Away Hunger” event is a pledge walk on Saturday, benefiting food shelves and the Mountain Family Center’s work. Those who attend the festival will also notice a 10.5-foot statue of Smokey the Bear made out of donated canned soups.- Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.