Strawberry Days music makes for a juicy party |

Strawberry Days music makes for a juicy party

April E. Clark
Arts & Entertainment Contributor

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Over three short days, Glenwood’s biggest affair, Strawberry Days, will bring funk, cowboy, Celtic, gospel, classic rock, Vegas party rock, country and more to Sayre Park.

And that’s just a few of the genres on tap this weekend in the ode to the red berry.

Glenwood Springs native Caleb Liston said he is looking forward to seeing fellow Glenwood Springs High School alum Shanti Gruber take the FamilyFest stage at 3 p.m. Sunday with her musical comrades.

“Shanti Gruber and Friends is sure to be a great performance,” he said. “Gotta love the local girl.”

Many of the Roaring Fork Valley’s own musicians will be the highlight of the Main and FamilyFest stages this year. This week, the Glenwood Idol contest returned to the Strawberry Days roster with a competition earlier in the week building up to the Top 10 list of promising musicians performing from 1:45-3 p.m. Saturday on the FamilyFest Stage. The Top 10 Glenwood Idol finalists are: Kevin Snyder, vocals/piano; Haley Johnson, vocals; Ozus Lohani, vocals/guitar; Maddie Melia, vocals; Web Heyliger, vocals; Lisa Atkinson, vocals/guitar original composition; Trevor Lovell, piano; Karyme Meixueiro, vocals/guitar original composition; Kyle Snyder, piano/guitar; and Gwen Hill, vocals.

The yet-unnamed Glenwood Idol winner will be in the Main Stage spotlight from 6:45-7 p.m. Saturday.

The Strawberry Days weekend starts at 7 p.m. Friday with a dance party with Colorado homegrown large horn band Funkiphino. The all-star group was named one of the nation’s most successful cover bands by Keyboard Magazine.

Saturday’s Main Stage includes Strawberry Days Battle of the Bands winners that competed in a pre-festival Facebook contest that garnered likes for bands such as Carbondale’s popular All the Pretty Horses, featuring Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour Frank Martin. The band, which features Martin on guitar, will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Carbondale’s JAS Aspen award-winning youth band The No Joes will entertain from 1:30-3 p.m., followed from 3:30-6 p.m. by Woodie and the Longboards, Gigmasters’ only 5-star rated Beach Boys Tribute band and the No. 1 rated oldies band in California.

After the Glenwood Idol winner plays, Strawberry Days favorite Ashley Red out of Las Vegas makes its triumphant return to the Main Stage, hopefully without the downpour of rain, from 7-10 p.m. to close out Saturday’s fun with Vegas party rock.

On Sunday, the Main Stage showcases the valley’s own Earthbeat Children’s Choir from 10–10:45 a.m. The Barnes Duo performs cowboy music from 10:30-11:15 a.m. on the FamilyFest Stage. Western Slope locals Jodi Boyd and Trea Traver, lead vocalists and songwriters for 7th Ember, play from 11:15 a.m. to noon on the Main Stage, followed at 12:30 p.m. by Glenwood rock ’n rollers Fifty50, playing classic, modern and original rock.

Singer-songwriter and motivational speaker K.J. Wagner will share her talents on the Family Fest stage from 12:15-1:30 p.m. On the Main Stage from 2:30-4 p.m. is Strawberry Days Battle of the Bands finalist Eagle vs. Falcon, which harken back to the days of rock ’n’ roll bands like Bon Scott-era AC/DC, The Faces, The Who, and The Stooges.

Shanti Gruber and Friends host an open jam from 3-4 p.m. on the FamilyFest Stage, with the Barnes Duo returning with Celtic music from 4-5 p.m.

The Strawberry Days Main Stage music comes full circle with Carbondale alternative funk band Echo Monday from 4:30-6 p.m. The band played popular Aspen venue the Belly Up Monday night in preparation for the Strawberry Days weekend.

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