CARBONDALE — Dancers looking for a place to show off their two-step, it’s time to Cowboy Up.
The annual fundraiser returns to Fourth and Main in downtown Carbondale today at 6 p.m. with live music to dance to by the valley’s own Adam Ashley Band.
“I love the band and the fact that there is an event where we can dance — swing dancing, two-step etc.,” said returning volunteer Irma Sanic. “I enjoy seeing the same familiar faces every year. I do all the photography at the event and just really enjoy seeing many happy, smiling faces of people having the time of their lives.”
Cowboy Up is in its fifth year and features live country music, food by Smoke Modern BBQ, a cash bar, and silent and live auctions. A $5 donation that directly benefits ACCESS Roaring Fork will be collected at the door.
“Every year we choose a different beneficiary to benefit from the event, and this year’s beneficiary is ACCESS Roaring Fork,” Sanic said. “We started the event to celebrate Carbondale’s western heritage, and while doing so helping local nonprofit organizations.”
Carbondale’s ACCESS Roaring Fork provides students with affordable after-school academic and enrichment programs at four middle schools and two elementary schools in Garfield County.
Program manager Luis Polar said the organization is honored to be the Cowboy Up funding recipients.
“This is a great opportunity to share with the greater Carbondale community what ACCESS is all about,” he said. “Our after-school programs will benefit from the proceeds of the event, and we’ll continue to provide students with quality instruction at reasonable rates.”
Sanic said the valley’s community embraces the event each year, with Cowboy Up attendance numbers increasing each year.
“We have found that among people who have bought VIP tables in the past almost 80 percent return to be VIPs again year after year. People love the auction items as we always have some great items up for grabs,” she said. “I know everyone loves the band and the dancing, and the food has been great year after year.”
Country singer-songwriter Adam Ashley, a Rifle native, has played every year since the event started in 2008.
“The crowd loves him. He gets everyone up and dancing,” she said. “He is a local Colorado boy and plays a mixture of rock, country and country-rock.”
Sanic said with the mixture of past years’ success coupled with First Friday in Carbondale should make for a spirited, boot-stomping, western-themed night.
“People can expect a lot of fun,” she said. “There will be great music, food and dancing.”
To hear a sampling of Ashley’s country music, visit www.reverbnation.com/adamashley. For more information on Cowboy Up, visit www.accessrf.org and click on Cowboy Up or call 963-4402.