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Cyndi McCoy: Yall got to hear these musicians

This side of Berthoud (Pass) is rocking these days.It was rocking before, but Im talking about the 20 different Grand County musical ensembles that appear on Volume One of the This Side of Berthoud CD, and the many more (CDs and musicians) to look forward to thanks to the new project.Hostess Tree Hill and Mackinaws threw a mighty fine shindig at the release party and it was good to see so many community members showing their support. Artists from the area interested in submitting an original song for future volumes are encouraged to contact Hill through http://www.myspace.com/sacredherb.Best line of the night had to be from Andy Straus of Hunker Down, who termed a new genre of music for one of their songs: Yalternative. Very catchy. Andy, Greggy, Matty, Yaniv, Mickey, Willy, Oly, Tom, Jake, Gary, Kay and Andy, Ali, Robbie, Jed (and those Ive failed to mention) you rock. Thank you. CDs are $15, available at Singin Dog, Rise & Shine Cafe, and at 7 Sisters. Musicians should have them available.The festive atmosphere and creative camaraderie was symbolic of what All Access is about. Im pleased to say the Sky-Hi Daily News arts and entertainment section (and the daily) celebrates its one-year anniversary this week. For All Access, it has been an exciting 52 issues.Through its pages, weve followed the endeavors of such Grand County musical talents as the Sofa Kings, Empty Suits, One Time, Third Time Lucky, Ohm Tribe, 9-Toed Bob, Steve Cormey, Peggy Mann, Brad Pregeant, Tim Connelly, Claddagh, and youth bands; to big names brought up to the area through the efforts of local watering holes, the GC Concert Series, GC Blues Society, Grand Arts Council, and chambers of commerce (like Tab Benoit, Moses Guest, Wendy Woo, Sonic Bloom (fest), Great American Taxi, and Johnny Winter, Tommy Shannon and George Rains (and the list goes on for that Blues from the Top Festival).We admired the creativity of area artists like Donna Lyons, Patty Alandar and Howard Neville; photographers Greg McFadden, Michael Broughton and Steve Pisano; storytellers like India Alar Moon, Katie Gailey and Joanne Sundell; Scandinavian, belly and square dancing; and the beginnings of a model railroad museum and new exhibits at area museums.Culinary highlights from this past year have included everything from new libations at the Grand Lake Brewing Company, Wild Creek Brew Pub and Winter Park Winery; to Middle Park High Schools culinary class, progressive dinners, the opening of the Seven Trails Grille, Silverado II Steakhouse, Joy Has Garden Cafe, Boardwalk Cafe, Tabernash Tavern, Bistro 28 and Rise & Shine Cafe Bakery; and new owners at Grand Pizza and the Riverside Hotel; and a story about The Longbranch by Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine.Plays, murder mysteries, movie nights, chorales, cultural fundraisers, games, the circus, and hawg-, jazz-, funk-, fall-, Oktober- and you-name-it fests and fairs whatever fills in your free time with fun, there could be a story behind it. I encourage everyone to send me appropriate e-mails to let me know whats going on in Grand County. Deadline for entertainment listings in the calendar is noon Wednesdays for the following Friday-through-Thursday week.When youre out and about, keep an eye out for the new Warren Miller film (lots of wows, oohs and Doh!s), catch Yaniv performing if you can (hes the gingerbread man) before he heads out on another, shorter cruise; congratulate Gary Key on bagging an elk, and wish the Hulkstar a happy (belated) birthday.


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