Excited and nervous was what I felt leading up to the first of our Centennial Concert Series and the Centennial Market.
And it was exciting on Sunday, when the Patti Fiasco Band took the stage at Centennial Park and captivated the crowd with their rocking, soulful style of alternative country, demonstrating why they had the most played alt-country album in Colorado last year.
With conflicting events taking place, like Father's Day as well as Strawberry Days in Glenwood Springs, I expected a smaller showing. But our local community not only stopped by to enjoy the first of the concert series, families packed coolers, folding chairs, blankets and even a few dogs into the park to take in three hours of some of the best entertainment on the Western Slope.
Visitors kept the sidewalk hot, jaunting back and forth between the stage and Centennial Market, munching hot dogs, strolling, visiting and exploring the unique wares of local vendors.
Punctuating Centennial Market every week, visitors can find a classic car on display. On Sunday, Mike and Donna Dunlap, the owners of a dark purple, 1934 Chevy Sedan, enjoyed chatting with admirers who stopped by to learn more about the sleek classic.
Against a backdrop of kids splashing in the water park and friends and family kicking back on the grassy lawn, the night wrapped with a Patti Fiasco rendition of another classic from Johnny Cash.
This Sunday, a local band joins us: The Starletts. Some of Carbondale's finest female vocalists - Ananda Banc, Meagan Goodwin, Marilyn Lindquist, Nikki Miller and Shanti Gruber - will bring a cool blend of harmony, dance and soul to the stage, covering some of your favorite Motown, soul and contemporary hits.
The fun starts every Sunday at 4 p.m., the music sometime between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Come out and enjoy!
Blair Bracken is the special events coordinator for the Rifle Recreation Department.