Music on the Mountain to offer back-to-back concerts |

Music on the Mountain to offer back-to-back concerts

Music lovers have two reasons to celebrate this weekend, with back-to-back Music on the Mountain concerts. The Goodman Band performs classic rock on Sat., Sept. 6, followed by an evening of Christian music on Sun., Sept. 7. Guests can ride the tram or bus free for both events from the floor of the Roaring Fork Valley with the donation of at least one canned or other non-perishable food item for the LiftUp community food pantry.

“Once again, our community has been very supportive of our Music on the Mountain concerts. We’ve collected 5,792 cans of food for the LiftUp food pantry so far this year,” said Bob Stepniewski, restaurant and retail manager for the park. “There are four concerts left during 2014; we’d love to reach 10,000 cans to really get those shelves stocked up before winter. The Glenwood Insurance Agency is holding a thousand-can drive, so people can drop off their donations at 1605 Grand Ave. through Sept. 19 or bring them here to the tram base.”

Sat., Sept. 6 — The Goodman Band, based in Grand Junction, features Gerry Goodman on guitar and vocals, Darin Elwell on drums and vocals and John Brown on bass. Their music ranges from classic rock and Stevie Ray Vaughn cover tunes to early country and blues. Cans-for-a-tram rides begin at 4 p.m.; the band plays from 6 to 10 p.m. This concert is sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

Sun., Sept. 7 — There are two groups performing at the Christian Music on the Mountain concert. The New Creation Church Worship Team from New Castle is led by Melissa Hefferon and consists of musicians and songwriters from within the congregation. Jerry Alcorta, from The Orchard in Carbondale, performs with local musicians to blend faith and music that ranges from rock to bluegrass. Cans-for-a-tram rides begin at 2 p.m.; the groups play from 4 to 8 p.m. Bighorn Toyota is the sponsor of this concert.

Guests can enjoy the park’s rides and attractions during the events with a Funday Pass. Just $35 with the free tram ride, it includes both walking cave tours and unlimited access to the new Glenwood Canyon Flyer, the Alpine Coaster, the Giant Canyon Swing, the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, the Mine Wheel, the Wild West Express Coaster, the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, the 4D Motion Theater, the Laser Tag arena, the Ft. WhereAmI maze, the climbing wall and the Giddy Up! Western ride. The outdoor rides are open until dusk; the Laser Tag arena and 4D Motion Theater are open until the park closes immediately following the concerts. The Lookout Grille and Snack Shack will be open for dinner and refreshments, with $4 drink specials including glasses of wine, well drinks, Coors Lights and Coronas.

The Music on the Mountain series continues Sat., Sept. 13, with Let them Roar, rock/country, and Sat., Sept. 20, with The Missing Link Band, classic rock. More information about the park, including hours of operation and a list of which attractions are open, can be found at or by calling 800-530-1635, ext. 0.

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