MARBLE — Seven Colorado bands, including longtime favorites The Samples and Firefall, will play among the bristlecone pines and marble ruins of the largest stone mill in U.S. history Saturday.
And that’s just the start.
The town’s Slow Groovin BBQ plays host to the returning Marble Fall Fest music and food celebration starting at noon with live tunes until 9 p.m. Started last year as a fundraiser, the event was the brainchild of Marble musician Larry Good and Slow Groovin BBQ’s Ryan Vinciguerra and Steve Homer.
“The idea was developed to raise money quickly for Marble artist Dan Prazen who had been in a bike wreck and needed some financial assistance from the community,” Good said. “And it worked.”
Good said the Fall Fest was such a success last year, he and the organizers decided to bring it back this season in support of the newly founded Marble Community Relief Fund.
“The event brought me to my knees,” Prazen said of the 2012 event that raised more than $6,000 in a two-day festival headlined by Feast and Shakedown Street.
“This year’s single-day event will be even bigger, following the blueprint drawn up last year,” Good said.
Marble Fall Fest is expanding on craft booths and food, also stepping up the mountain camping options and seasonal crowd participation-driven contests including pumpkin carving, log splitting, pie baking and chili cooking competitions.
“We also have a tight musical lineup once again benefitting Marble locals,” Vinciguerra said. “The pie baking contest winner is featured on our menu for a year.”
Not only are the contests and live music set to impress Fall Fest eventgoers, but Vinciguerra said the food will be a highlight this year.
“We’ll have Trash Dogs with our homemade barbecue chili poured on a smoked sausage served on a hoagie, toasted pumpkins seeds tossed in secret spices, Buckeyes peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, and a selection of steak skewers served with chimichurri sauce,” Vinciguerra said. “We’ll also have all of our popular barbecue cuts, pulled pork, brisket, St. Louis ribs and smoked chicken wings.”
Vinciguerra said festivalgoers can also enjoy fall fare such as curried butternut squash and pear soup, homemade veggie burgers and Granny smith apples with drizzled caramel.
“And much, much more,” he said. “We’ll also include over six fall-themed beers and plenty of hot drinks.”
Many Coloradans may remember popular ’90s touring band The Samples, based in Boulder, which plays pop, reggae and rock. The band has toured with the Allman Brothers, Phish, Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band and Hootie and the Blowfish.
“Though they never charted nationally, The Samples were known for spectacular live shows and a cutting-edge gravitas for that time,” Good said.
Going back to the ’70s folk-rock scene in Colorado and nationally, Firefall had more than a dozen hits including “You Are the Woman” and “Just Remember I Love You.”
“Firefall will perform these intimate songs as an acoustic trio for Fall Fest,” Good said. “They wrote and produced pure hit records during the golden age of love songs and remain the top-selling Colorado band ever.”
Early bird tickets for Marble Fall Fest are $25 until Saturday online at www.slowgroovinbbq.com/fall-fest-2013. At-the-door door passes are $40. Visit the event’s Facebook page and www.mcrchamber.org/fallfest for more information, or call 963-4090.