The music plays on |

The music plays on

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

Music has a way of helping people of all races, religions, genders and body types come together and forget their differences.

Bonnaroo is a great example.

Not only have I relied on music for my own gender peace relations, but I also seek it to get me through life. I listen to it when I want to dance to old-school rap songs I listened to in high school. I turn to music when I’m writing, and I need to focus.

I can’t do the quiet when I work.

Music has been my friend and my lover. My crutch and my ladder. Songs of all genres, from big band and bluegrass to hair bands and classical have been the solace I seek when I’ve suffered, celebrated, grieved or commemorated. Music helps when we go through the myriad emotions and feelings humans must encounter in our time here on Earth.

There are really too many to list here.

This week, many of my friends in the Roaring Fork Valley have been suffering grief on exponential levels. In the passing of Steve (Stevo) Miller, the people of Colorado lost a music lover and music maker, a champion of the art that is punk, and an awesome friend. He played guitar for one of Glenwood’s original punk bands, EOS, wrote songs, and was an all-around champion for local music. His life will be celebrated this weekend, hopefully with music. And I can’t think of any better way to remember his contribution to founding the Glenwood punk music scene.

I will definitely be listening to Agent Orange this weekend.


Glenwood Springs is not only lucky to have skiing and snowboarding just a short drive away at Sunlight Mountain Resort, but it also has an après ski that rivals any large resort. With locals mingling with visitors, it’s a hometown kind of party. On Friday starting at 5 p.m., Sunlight Inn hosts an Après Ski/Full Moon celebration with the Johnny Kongo All-Star Show. The band plays roots country, honky-tonk, rockabilly and cow punk, which sounds like my kind of fun. There is no cover charge, and everyone is welcome to join the party.


If the Eagles Club’s GrimFest 2014: Metal on the Mountain doesn’t bridge some gaps of musical tastes, we might have to take a trip to Tennessee to Bonnaroo. For those about to rock who love heavy metal, or music lovers who have limited experience in listening to this genre, check out my comic friend Rob O’Leary’s band Ancient Wind Saturday night. Horde of Draugar, Pile of Priests, Oak Ash and Thorn and Murder Café are also on the docket. I promise it will be a show to remember. The hard rocking begins at 7 p.m. Cover: $5.


On Sunday, the Denver Broncos play the New England Patriots in a grudge match of the century. OK, it might not be that dramatic. But a Broncos win will bring the team one step closer to a Super Bowl title. No matter the outcome, plan to spend the après game evening at Heather’s in Basalt with Sunday Funnies. My favorite Roaring Fork comics Todd Hartley, Gail Mason, Beth Brandon, Steve Skinner, Michael Robinson and Chris Kelly will be throwing the humor like a Manning pass to Decker at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Make sure to be there early for a front-row seat.

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