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Redstone magic, Civil War lore and juicy music in downtown Glenwood

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

I’m not sure the odds of me becoming a comedy writer for “The Middle.”

I try not to think about numbers so much.

Maybe if I put all my energy toward something that seems so unachievable, it will in turn happen. That’s how the universe usually works for me. What I do know is that the opportunities I’ve been to given to be funny, whether on stage or in writing, have landed me where I am today.

Every chance has led to something bigger.

The key to all of it — the success, the fame, the invitations to celebrity weddings — is hard work and pursuit of excellence. I know that may sound like a lot of pressure, but artists who take their craft seriously would say the same. In art, there is everything a Rob Base song talks about — joy, pain, sunshine and rain.

I think all the bases are covered.

Purveyors of art for a living know the ups and downs of the business. They know that experiencing more rejection than acceptance, at least in the beginning, only makes them stronger as artist. Thick skin is the thing to have.

Money to pay rent is also helpful.

Like a child or a plant, art needs support and love to help it grow. Community is especially helpful to create that environment. That’s what was so great about the Strawberry Days Glenwood Idol competition I helped judge last weekend. Vocalists, an accordion player, guitarists, and more competed for top honors and money to pay the bills after a friendly competition on the KidsFest stage.

Glenwood Idol gave the valley’s artists the chance to perform for an audience, share their talents with their community and try for something big. It’s a fun part of Strawberry Days to watch. I appreciate the odds of seeing a rock star in Glenwood Springs before she made it big.

Dream big or go home.

Friday and Saturday

Redstone is making musical dreams come true this weekend with the return of the Magical Moments Summer Concert Series. Tonight features music by Gigi Love, a friend of my musical friend Shanti Gruber, making her technically a friend of a friend. Shanti plays Saturday night’s show with her Motown band, The Starletts. I predict a barn burner. Since I know Shanti this puts me at only one degree of separation from Gigi. I’ll take it. Both shows at Redstone Park start at 6 p.m. More information can be found by calling 963-8240 and visiting http://www.redstonecolorado.com.

Saturday

I’m a sucker for a Civil War re-enactment. Who knew, right? Luckily, the Silt Historical Park has that covered this weekend with Civil War-era history presented by Darrell Osburn. With a banjo on his knee and in character, Darrell will tell of Colorado’s Civil War soldiers and their lives then at the historical park at 707 Orchard Ave. The community bluegrass band the Porch Pickers will be there providing live music in the park. History buffs should arrive around 7 p.m. Admission is free and donations are appreciated, as this is a community-supported event. No community should go without visiting the past.

Saturday and Sunday

Last week’s posting of Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse’s new offering of music under its waterfall caught my attention. The thought is completely delightful. I can’t think of anything more relaxing than sipping a glass of chardonnay and dipping my steamed artichoke in something I would describe as comfort food-like. Meaning mayo or butter. This weekend the patio beats go on with music by singer-songwriter Brock McLeod at noon on Saturday followed by the Leonard Curry Trio at noon and Suzzanne Paris at 6 p.m. Sunday. I recommend the salad with strawberries, filet cooked medium rare, and a spicy port to follow.

April E. Clark is suddenly hungry. She can be reached at arts@postindependent.com.


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