Boogie to the booms of music and fireworks for July Fourth
Fireworks wont be the only entertainment eliciting oohs and aahs from crowds this weekend.From Carbondale and Redstone to Glenwood Springs and New Castle, Fourth of July partygoers can dance to the beat of a variety of music throughout the long holiday weekend.The Redstone Community Association starts the July Fourth celebration with Bongo Love, who will provide original African roots reggae and drumming. Lisa Wagner, of the community association, said his music has been crowned as healing, happy and very danceable, and well-known musicians and music critiques have applauded Bongo Loves compositions. Bongo Love will play from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, followed by bluegrass and gospel band BlueGrace from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, and Chuck Grossman & Friends rock n roll and country performance from 1-4 p.m. Monday. All concerts are part of Redstones Magic Moments summer concert series through Aug. 28 at Redstone Park.In Carbondale, New Orleans bluesman Eric Lindell will perform at 4:15 p.m. before Mamas Cookin, of Gunnison, takes the Sopris Park stage. Mamas Cookin, who played at Mountain Fair last year, has been making a splash all over Colorado, said KDNK development director Amy Kimberly. Theyre pretty funky. Their music is Afro-world beat.Carbondales July Fourth celebration in the park includes a patriotic reading, free watermelon, chalk-art drawing and tile art for the kids, and fireworks at dusk for kids of all ages.A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be in Carbondale for the Fourth of July, and the whole park was filled with people dancing and people of all ages having a great time together, Kimberly said. Thats the magic of these events. In Glenwood Springs, Fourth of July fireworks will launch from Red Mountain at dusk over the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers. Fireworks fans can view the show at Two Rivers Park, the pedestrian bridge, or from Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Owners Steve and Jeanne Beckley suggested watching fireworks from above on the parks observation deck before a dinner at Exclamation Point. The Beckleys said the parks new rides, which opened at the end of May, will be up and running until fireworks begin.The 26th annual July Fourth Freedom Celebration, which runs from noon until after 9:30 p.m., when fireworks start, is a New Castle tradition focused on family entertainment. Festivities at Apple Tree Park include a horseshoe tournament, sand treasure hunt and music by the New Hope Praise Band at 6 p.m., and the Bluegrace Mountain Band at 7:15 and 8:45 p.m. Monday. Bluegrace Mountain Band, which started in 2002 as one of the worship teams at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gypsum, features Fiddlin Phil Kramer, a 12-year-old fiddle player.Whether its bluegrass or world beat, music will fill the valley before the sky lights up with color. Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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