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Cyndi Palmer: Phish head treads water

Cyndi Palmer
A Face in the Crowd

I have had joined what I’ve heard to be a great percentage of the county in battling a virus this past week.

I’m riding on a wave of DayQuil, dancing the flu-bug boogie since last weekend.

I am sorry to say I missed the Gateway Inn’s second winter cribbage tournament. But I made sure to keep tabs on how the new format went and also gave a call out to enthusiasts in Granby to see how their club organization was going.

It seems that with the cribbage queen unable to defend her title, things just fell apart for the Gateway’s launch of the new cribbage game format. With residents graciously sharing some kind of merciless virus (like those in small communities tend to do), only two souls showed up for the challenge, and they ended up playing something else entirely.

I know I had at least three people in my party that were scheduled to go with me, had they not had variable appointments and ailments, like me, to keep them from going.

So, I think Tom and Gary at the Gateway are still going to try to host players and tournaments on Monday nights.

William “Woody” Zerkle, who is helping gather Granby people together to play, said there was a good handful of interested parties who showed up for the organizational meeting. He said he also received another couple e-mails from people who missed it and wanted to get the details.

Considering the turnout, Zerkle said he wants to “keep it social for the rest of the year” and “turn it into a learning thing” to attract all levels of players.

The group, which encourages even those who don’t know how to play but want to, will continue to meet Thursday nights at Remington’s.

Other big news “in the cards” are a bunch of great bands, playing everything from folk to funk. It was interesting to note that several of this week’s featured musicians had been students under the direction of Ellis Marsalis, including local jazz pianist Brad Pregeant and members of the E.O.E. (Equal Opportunity Employment) band.

Marsalis, who retired in 2001, is known as one of the premier modern jazz pianists in New Orleans (where E.O.E. and Pregeant came from). He’s been a guest on many network television shows, has honorary doctorate degrees from several colleges and universities, continues to perform in public and is making a name for his own recording label.

One of the greatest musical influences in my life, growing up in the early ’80s, was Phish, and I couldn’t even recognize their song “Funky B****” on Sirius radio the other night. Of course it sounded familiar and I was a little out there, as I’ve explained, and those of you who know the band know it’s famous for its spontaneous, extended song endings.

I love to scroll through Sirius’ channels, especially its Top 40 list, to see what musicians are making waves. I usually have to have a pen and paper nearby to write down their names.

My download of the week was “Bring It” by reggae artist Elephant Man who is better known for his song “Jook Gal.” I also noticed Carly Simon and Jewel had some good new tunes out.

The Lariat Saloon has also changed the mix up a little bit and I’m starting to see Oly on their schedule, and we’ve got some huge names – can I hear a Great American Taxi pulling over to Grand County? – next week. As always, share the news and tune in for your All Access pass to entertainment in Grand County – right here.

Food for thought: “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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