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A super summer Superbowl lineup

Tamie MeckStaff Writer

From Marcia Ball, Big Head Todd, Commander Cody, Johnny Winter and Shakedown Street to world-class comedians, The Dags, the Johnny O Band and Ralph Dinosaur, the upcoming lineup of music and live entertainment at the New Castle Superbowl promises something for everyone.The Deck Party season kicks off this Sunday afternoon with rock ‘n’ roll music to dance to by Ralph Dinosaur and the Fabulous Volcanoes.Superbowl entertainment coordinator Noreen Nolan said she believes it’s important to offer a variety of quality entertainment.”We’ve all got great souls and we need to laugh and feel good,” she said. “It’s good clean energy. It’s a venue for everybody.”Sunday’s party begins at 3:30 p.m., with music from 5:30-10 p.m. Formerly of Grand Junction, Ralph Dinosaur now resides in the Durango area. He’s recruited drummer Randy Wentworth, formerly of The Dags fame, as his saxophone player. Nolan has spent almost every moment of her spare time for the past year making contacts from Las Vegas to New York to pull together an impressive lineup that will carry the Superbowl’s summer season of entertainment into late September.It isn’t just music and comedy either, said Nolan, whose endless energy apparently has no weights attached to hold it down. For Mother’s Day, she’s planned a patio party with acoustic guitar music by Tom Toler. For Father’s Day, she’s booked a comedian and a barbecue. She’s also working on some family days and live performances by ska bands and the like for the “under-21″ crowd. Of course, there’s always bowling and dining.”I’m trying to cater to everyone,” said Nolan, who, in another life back in a time known as the ’60s, played guitar and sang with rock ‘n’ roll bands in New York City. Most people know her as a local hairstylist and former owner of Making Waves.From Making Waves to music seemed like a natural progression, said Nolan. Waves grow and progress. As the population and its diversity continues to grow, New Castle also needs to grow and progress. Nolan has also booked the entertainment for this year’s Burning Mountain celebration, scheduled for July 19-21 in New Castle. For that event, she’s lined up an eclectic blend of bluegrass and mariachi bands, fiddlers, local bands and musicians, jugglers and magic acts.Nolan said one of her goals is to help connect local communities through music and comedy. Not everyone thinks New Castle when they think of entertainment, she said, but she wants that to change.”I think New Castle can do this,” she said.For special events, the Superbowl currently offers a free shuttle service to Rifle and Glenwood Springs and points in between. If the shows continue to be successful, she hopes to offer the service to as far away as Carbondale and the Vail Valley.The May lineup includes:-Cowboy Attitude, performing country rock from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, May 11;-Comedy Nite, starting at 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, with stand-up comedian Alex Reymundo, whose career includes a stint on Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh.” Opening for Reymundo is Jason Holman;-The Love Machine, performing funky rock ‘n’ roll from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, May 18;-A Deck Party with the Johnny O Band, playing smooth blues and rock ‘n’ roll from 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday, May 19;-The Beaters, performing classic rock from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, May 25.June promises even more great performances.On Sunday, June 2, Black Timber, a band out of Delta, performs at the Deck Party.A 1998 Grammy nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Marcia Ball performs her deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads on Saturday, June 15.And on Sunday, June 23, the mother of all Grateful Dead cover bands, Shakedown Street, performs. For 15 years, this Rocky Mountain-based band has performed up to 200 shows a year and has headlined at some of the hottest spots from Salt Lake City to Santa Fe.Local bands and musicians will open for many of the headliner acts, added Nolan. There’s so much more coming up, said Nolan, who hopes to be making waves all summer long.Getting out and celebrating with friends and neighbors, laughing, dancing and singing and meeting new people is what it’s all about. When everything is just right, it’s magic, said Nolan.”We sometimes forget the magic in this life, don’t we?”For details on this weekend’s performances, call 984-2739.


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