The Greatest Spectacle in Racing; a weekend to honor the fallen; and live, local music |

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing; a weekend to honor the fallen; and live, local music

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

Memorial Day weekend can spark a variety of memories for different people.

On this weekend, many Americans take the time to acknowledge the reason for the federal holiday — saluting the men and women of the Armed Forces who have died while serving.

Their sacrifices are immeasurable.

From camping and grilling out to watching racing and floating on the river, Memorial Day outdoor, sporting and family activities remind us of those who have given their lives for our leisurely freedoms. Hailing from Indianapolis, I immediately think of the Blue Angels flying over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the Indy 500 as the crowd cheers loudly for the members of the Armed Forces who stand proudly at attention. I remember my own Navy veteran grandfather, and his service during the second world war. Per his request, our family will be placing a small American flag on his grave on a day he always took to acknowledge by doing the same for others who had passed.

He was a true patriot like that.

I have priceless memories from my childhood of attending the Indy 500, better known as the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, with my grandfather. Throughout my life, I’ve always enjoyed the sights and sounds only a day at the track can provide.

The roar of IndyCar drivers starting their engines is an unforgettable thrill.

Whether watching or listening to the Indy 500, picnicking with friends at Two Rivers Park, or riding the spring runoff rapids on the Colorado River, Memorial Day events are as diverse as the Americans who commemorate the weekend.

Be safe, have fun, and enjoy these indoor musical journeys in the evenings:


A lazy float on the river listening to bluegrass comes to mind today as downtown Glenwood’s Loyal Brothers Lounge hosts The Confluents at 8 p.m. at 813 Grand Ave. Enjoy these Roaring Fork Valley pickers for a free 21-and-over show on the LB music stage. Find out more at The river-themed, free live music continues down the street until midnight at Rivers Restaurant, 2525 S. Grand Ave. Steve Skinner, well-known river runner, singer-songwriter, and KDNK Community Access Radio director and DJ and his friends will play his diverse brand of live rock and blues starting at 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday

Free live music provides a weekend-long celebration in Glenwood as Kanpai Sushi and Bar, 3950 Midland Ave., hosts bluegrass-Americana music pickers The Leonard Curry Trio at 7:30 p.m. today. The next night at the same time, Glenwood’s Fifty50 band plays original rock and favorite covers to enjoy with a variety of Asian dishes ranging from noodles to sashimi. Visit for food and drink menu.

Friday and Saturday

The free live music at Basalt’s new arts and entertainment hotspot continues this weekend at Heather’s Savory Pies and Tapas Bar, 166 Midland Ave. Starting at 7:30 p.m., Basalt singer-songwriter Haden Gregg and Friends plays rock ’n’ roll and more with his group of valley musician friends. Talented trio Josefina Mendez, Tim Fox and Mike Facey return Saturday night for a Memorial Day weekend to remember for jazz, swing, bossa nova, samba, tangos and boleros tunes sung by the internationally acclaimed Mendez in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Learn more about Heather’s events and menu at

April E. Clark is rooting for Pippa Mann to be the first female driver to win the Indy 500. She can be reached at

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