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All we need is music festivals

April E. Clark
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
April in Glenwood

For the first time in days, the stage was quiet. The party was officially over. No more picking of the strings. No more beating on the drums. No more sound checks.

Goodbye, Marble Fest 2011.

Looking for my keys after Sunday’s last band, I walked back to the festival’s stage area in the dark, with only a headlamp to light my way. I passed the enormous blocks of marble in the park that seemed to whisper their deep-voiced goodbyes. I emerged from the trees into the clearing where the stage is built around a marble slab. I was, after all, in Marble, Colo.

They don’t call it that for nothing.

The last of the bands, this one from Boulder, had moved backstage to start the after-party party. The stage glowed with a blue hue from the ceiling art as I felt the energy of the weekend’s 30 bands in three days hang in the air like humidity on a midwestern graduation day. It just didn’t seem to want to go anywhere.

I didn’t want it to, either.

Living in Colorado for the last eight years, I have developed a strong affinity for summer music festivals. If it’s a summer weekend in the Centennial state, there’s a dance party somewhere. And if it’s August in the mountains, Marble is the place to be.

Best of all, there’s no cell coverage.

In past years, I’ve been much more of a festival-goer as opposed to a festival-doer. I would show up at a festival, dance, play, then go home. These days, I’m more involved in what happens behind the scenes. And as Robert Frost said, it has made all the difference.

This path sure is a lot of fun, too.

I’m lucky to have the chance to emcee events like Marble Fest, Dandelion Day and any other of the aptly named Colorado festivals. Emceeing is my favorite way to meet new people, and – best of all – I get my comedy fix. I like to meet the bands, ask them about the origin of their band names, and find out where they’re from in Colorado and beyond. And there’s no snarky references to being a groupie. Maybe someday I’ll have my own.

I’m sure my dad loves that idea.

I find myself drawn to the entertainment scene in a way that makes me wonder if I were a vaudeville performer in another life. I love the hair and make-up and the costume changes – I had eight this weekend. I love feather boas and corsets, but not to sleep in.

Trust me on this one.

I like the idea that all the world’s a stage and that life is entertainment. I even love that a man came up to me on Sunday, the morning after we hosted bands from 10 a.m. to midnight nonstop and said, “I thought you were really funny yesterday. I didn’t think your jokes were funny, but I thought you were funny.”

I’ll take that as a compliment.

The greatest part about all my world being a stage is the talented, creative people I meet. I might not be able to play an instrument to save my life – outside of banging on some drums in a late-night jam session. But I do have friends who can play everything imaginable, so I live vicariously through them.

That’s one way to do it.

I may not be able to do much picking of the banjo strings, but I can at least help get the party started, and keep it going, through the day and night. Ask my college roommate Lynne and she’ll tell you this was always one of my strongest leadership qualities as a co-ed.

I so should have picked emceeing as my major.

If I’m going to live as if all my world’s a stage, then I’m sure I’ll eventually start playing a little music of my own. I’ll take my brother’s advice and listen to all of AC/DC’s “Back in Black” album. Then Angus Young costume here I come.

Hello, Marble Fest 2012.

April E. Clark thanks Miss Shanti Mae Gruber and Miss Meagan Goodwin, better known as The Tippetts, for being magnificent Marble Fest mavens. You rocked it, ladies. April can be reached at

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