Kremmling hosts full day of live music
August 29, 2008
Live acoustic old-time, bluegrass, Celtic, gospel and cowboy music are the highlights of the first-ever Labor Day Music Festival Monday. A Kremmling family will be the host band. The event will showcase four other local and regional bands, with members ages 5 to senior citizens playing in the Kremmling town square for a free, family-friendly afternoon. Everyone is encouraged to come out with lawn chairs, maybe even a picnic, and enjoy a variety of tunes and activities, brought together in part by Gary and Suzie Solomon of GospelGrass Productions and duo SouthWind.The Colorado couple, who plays as a duo, travels around the country producing family-oriented acoustic music events and the Worden Family of Kremmling had attended some of their festivals. Paul and Faith Worden said their five children were inspired by what they heard. They started playing and performing and have in turn now asked the Solomons to visit Kremmling to help with what is hoped to become an annual event.Suzie plays anything she puts her heart into, Faith Worden said, adding that Suzie plays at least nine instruments and that her and Garys son Michael may join the duo on upright bass, dobro and guitar for the Monday festival.The Worden Family, which has been practicing every day, is especially excited about the upcoming show and are working on learning a new instrument for the performance, an Irish drum called the bohdran. As host band the Worden Family, with youth members Beth (16), Daniel (13), Hannah (11) and fraternal twins David and Cherish (8) to be included; will be joined by other performers from around Colorado, including SouthWind.Were looking forward to it, Faith said. I think, matter of fact I know it will be some really good music.The Brouillette Family of Peyton, Colo. with eight children ages five to 17 (parents Al and Nancy, and Michelle, Albert, Elise, twins Timothy and Thomas, Nancy, Amy and Michael), also inspired by the Solomons, is coming as For That Blessed Hope to play acoustic gospel. Area resident favorites Mike Music & Friends of Kremmling and Bill Schade of Granby round out the star lineup.Their collective talents span almost all of the acoustic stringed instruments banjo, fiddle, guitar, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, upright bass, cello, autoharp, harmonica, recorder, dobro, as well as a few wind instruments.Pickers are also encouraged to bring along their instruments and workshops will take place throughout the day. A guitar give-away (donated by Beth Worden), free and for all ages will take place at the end of the festival (must be present).