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Winter Park: Weekend festivities our way of saying ‘thank you’

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

This year’s Salute to American Veteran’s Rally recognizes the sacrifices veterans made for this nation and invites them and the community out for some down-home American fun.

Among the massive lineup of activities are a military parade down U.S. Highway 40, the 21st Annual POW/MIA motorcycle ride, ongoing festival with vendors and military displays in Winter Park, the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex and live music at Hideaway Park.

The Winter Park Pub will also be a hot spot for Rally patrons, with the 13th Annual Tattoo Competition Saturday and band Brethren Fast playing around 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday night in the beer garden (inside if it rains). They also play 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Hideaway Park Sunday.

Brethren Fast’s Messina brothers Mik “The Stick” (bass) and “Dynomite” Don (lead vocals, guitar), and Nate “Dog” Nicholson (drums) blend the legendary styles of musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis, George Clinton and P-Funk, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers with some “bootie shakin’, wheelie-poppin’ fun.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band Street Survivor kicks off the live performances at Hideaway Park, playing 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Members include Mike Ozborn on bass and vocals, Dusty Dogger Swartz on guitars, Jimmy G. Schwartz on keys, piano, organ and vocals; T Rex on drums, Dallas Bryan on lead vocals and guitar, and Mark Turner Upp on guitars and vocals.

Bad Company and lead singer Brian Howe play 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The English blues and rock “supergroup” was founded in 1973 with Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke, Mick Ralphs and Boz Burrell. Movie “Bad Company” gave Rodgers the idea for the band name and when he and Kirke broke off for another project in 1986 the remaining two members hired former Ted Nugent vocalist Howe as the new lead singer 1986-1994. Current tour lineup includes Robert Hart, Mick Ralphs, Dave “Bucket” Colwell, Jaz Lochrie and Harry James.

KFRX Denver radio personality Shark and his band Spankin’ Whitey (formerly Steel Hip) will rock the park 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The party band has a lot of fun on stage and is known for its music deep-rooted in blues with edgy tones.

Slopeside, which is set to play 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, is a five-piece progressive rock group with a blues influence, playing more than 150 covers and almost 60 originals.

The Inman Brothers Band follows 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seasoned musicians which make up the group include Rob and Chase Inman on vocals, Bobby Inman and Rusty Isbell on lead guitar, Matt Johns on bass, Terry Johns on keyboard, “Bucky” Isbell on drums, and Kelley Goolsby and Catherine Ritter on background vocals.

Molly Hatchet rounds out Hideaway’s live entertainment with a performance 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday. The legendary southern rock band headlines the free concert series, covering favorite rock anthems like “Flirtin’ With Disaster,” “Dreams I’ll Never See,” “Gator Country,” “Whiskey Man” and “Beatin’ The Odds.”

Seven young men and women soldiers from the U.S. Army at Fort Carson, as Harmony in Motion, are also scheduled to perform, singing patriotic songs at the POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony at noon Saturday, with the Colorado Highlanders Pipes and Drums at 4 p.m. Saturday during the Ceremony at The Wall, and they kick off Sunday’s live music lineup on the Hideaway Park stage at 9 a.m.

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