Super commercials, bluegrass in the Castle, and a bountiful brunch |

Super commercials, bluegrass in the Castle, and a bountiful brunch

This weekend is not just about football.

I’m sure Broncos and Seahawks fans strongly disagree.

It’s true, Sunday’s big game, Super Bowl XLVIII, is everywhere — in the news, in my dreams and on Facebook. It has been on my mind since my favorite football player, Peyton Manning, and the Denver Broncos beat the Patriots in one of the greatest spectacles of football I have witnessed.

That might be a little overdramatic.

Football may be all I can think about this week, but it’s not just the game I’m getting all psyched to watch. The Super Bowl commercials have me all giddy like a little girl waiting for Santa. If the Super Bowl spots are anything as wonderful as the Budweiser horse-puppy commercial that has been leaked for optimal social networking sharing, I do believe we are in for a treat. Go ahead, try and watch the Clydesdales commercial without crying.

I dare you.

Along with Budweiser, M&M’s, Audi, Volkswagen, Axe and Dannon have prereleased their game-day spots to build the anticipation of the Super Bowl commercial-watching that I hold so dear to my heart. Since John Stamos will be in the Dannon Oikos spot, and I had a poster of him on my wall in middle school, I am definitely ready for some football.

And the commercial with a puppy and a horse.


Legendary punk band Agent Orange, which started in Orange County, Calif., in 1979, plays the PAC3 in Carbondale for a show that will definitely be a rousing good time. Dubbed the original OC punk/surf power trio, Agent Orange was an integral part of the American punk scene in the ’80s. I’m sure that wasn’t a good time at all. Barrel Proof and Revive Reagan will open the show, so make sure to be ready to rage by 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 for the early birds). Tickets are available at the door or online at


Grove’s Black Dog Saloon is bringing great live music to New Castle, continuing the trend this weekend with Grand Junction bluegrass band The Old Time Remedy. This trio of pickers will play guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and slide guitar for a night of old-time jams. This should tide over all those bluegrass fans in the valley that have to wait until summer for the bluegrass festivals of the summer in Palisade or Telluride.


One look at the brunch menu on Heather’s Savory Pies and Tapas Bar’s web page and I’m convinced this weekend culinary tradition is one of the best inventions in the world. Of course there’s the go-to brunch eats including crepes, a three-egg omelet and French toast. But it’s the smothered burrito covered in pork salsa verde, chili relleno benedict with rojo sauce and fried egg sandwich that really hooked me. Even better, valley musician Chris Phillips plays soothing, classical music on Sundays to drink a mimosa and eat eggs to, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April E. Clark wants an Agent Orange T-shirt. She can be reached at

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