Eagles do comedy, art & music in Redstone, and Labor Day weekend at Steve’s Guitars
The Labor Day weekend is here, and taking time off, cooking food and finding a body of water to swim in are on my list of ways to relax on this national holiday.
A day off from social media will do wonders for my mind.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Labor Day was birthed from the labor movement. Each year, the first Monday in September is “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, and constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” I appreciate everything American workers who came before me have done to provide our country with possibility and opportunity. I’m especially grateful for my grandparents’ and parents’ lifetimes of work.
Talk about serious work ethic.
Since 1882, families have been taking Labor Day off to enjoy picnics, parades, parties and any other means of rest and relaxation they find fit. Some sleep in on Labor Day, like me, while others wake up early to hit the auto, furniture and electronics sales hard for Sept. 1 specials. I’m trying to spend less these days, so I won’t be committing to any major investments this weekend. I’ll splurge on food, though, and I foresee my favorite cook-out fare in my future.
There will of course be deviled eggs.
The secret — well maybe not-so-secret now — to my eggs is adding an extra splash of apple cider vinegar and a dollop of horseradish to the filling. When it comes to cheeseburgers for the grill, I like to mix in blue cheese crumbles, Worcestershire and cumin to the meat before forming it into hefty patties. For dessert, I keep it simple with watermelon wedges lightly sprinkled with sea salt.
I feel relaxed already.
Some of my favorite valley comics will be working for the weekend (like Loverboy) at the Fraternal Order of Eagles’ Valley Comedy All-Stars show Friday night in Glenwood Springs. Comic Rob O’Leary may or may not do planking exercises on a bar stool. My longtime stand-up buddy Bob Richmond will share his perspective of living and working upvalley. Broadcaster and music guru Don Chaney might provide his insights on fatherhood. Also on the lineup are new comics Joshua Anderson and JR Gonzalez. The comedy show starts at 8:30 p.m. Friday and seating is limited, so arrive early for a good seat to give all the comics your utmost attention as they set the scene for labor-free laughs. Enjoy the Eagles’ laid-back atmosphere, and dinner and drink specials. Facebookers can RSVP at http://www.facebook.com/events/291376614375206.
Along with Redstone’s annual Labor Day art show, the tiny mountain town off Highway 133 hosts family-friendly fun by wrapping up its Magical Moments Summer Concert Series this weekend. Dance to live music by Bonnie and Her Clydes, the Front Range band described on its website as a “fiery six-piece country band fronted by Bonnie Sims and backed by musicians with more than 80 years of combined musical experience shaping a new sound of Colorado country.” Bonnie and Her Clydes play old-timey western swing, country boogie and honky tonk of the ’60s and ’70s. The free outdoor concert starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Redstone Park. Hear a preview of the band’s music at http://www.bonnieandherclydes.com.
Saturday and Sunday
Steve’s Guitars, 19 N. Fourth St., will help the hard workers of the valley take a load off this weekend with two shows in its relaxed Carbondale music room. First, Melbourne, Australia’s Mustered Courage will play traditional bluegrass and modern roots music with a jig-inducing show at 8 p.m. Saturday. Sunday evening around 8:30 p.m., celebrate Labor Day Eve with Heather Maloney and Darlingside, out of Northampton, Massachusetts. Maloney is a meditating rocker and singer-songwriter who says her influences are rooted in adventurous folk. Download her latest LP with Darlingside, “Woodstock,” on iTunes at http://www.heathermaloney.com.
April E. Clark is hoping to celebrate Labor Day floating in an inflatable tube and listening to music this weekend. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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