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Carbondale’s Mountain Music Fair

With its appealing fusion of live music and laid back culture, Carbondale is a thriving hot spot for musicians.

Last Saturday was no different as a cascade of eight acts performed at the third annual Mountain Music Fair hosted by the Town of Carbondale and Steve’s Guitars.

Though still young, the event is part of a live music buzz that has found its niche on the streets and restaurants in town. It has attracted a pool of talented local singers, and musicians who in turn are attracting crowds that want to hear live bands.



No one seems to like this culture more than Steve “Social” Horn. He appeared at the event wearing three ties over a tie-dyed shirt and carrying a threadbare music case for another musician, looking like he had just crept out of a ’60s music gig in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood

“It’s a fun, venue.” Horn said of the music fair.



Dustin Micheli played with his group, the Last Minute String Band.

“It’s great. They’re really inspiring and good people to hang out with. We’ve been looking forward to playing outside in Carbondale,” Micheli said.

Which is why Mountain Music Fair organizer Steve Standiford started the event.

“The intent is to showcase local musicians,” Standiford said.

The musicians, who play for free are just happy to bring their music to the public.

Standiford also believes that music brings economic growth and development into the area.

“It unites a community,” Standiford said.

Pat Corcoran of Glenwood is a real estate appraiser for Western Slope Appraisal Service and daughter, Samantha Corcoran is 2.

From left, Mark Chain of Carbondale is planner at the Town of Carbondale; Shannon O’Gara-Standiford, 13, attends Carbondale Middle School and Mary O’Gara-Standiford of Carbondale is a nurse at Aspen Valley Hospital.

From left, Craig Curry of Glenwood plays slide guitar and works for Aspen Research Group; Lorraine Curry of Glenwood plays the cello and bass and teaches music at the Waldorf School Marc Bruell of Carbondale plays the violin and is an IT specialist for the RE-1 School District and Elliott Leonard of Rifle is a fisherman and guitar player.

Lisa DiNardo of Carbondale is a horticulturist for the Town of Basalt; Jenni Newcomb of Carbondale is Community Safety Officer for the Town of Basalt and Mike Newcomb of Carbondale hauls heavy equipment for a rental company.

Lisa DiNardo of Carbondale is a horticulturist for the Town of Basalt; Jenni Newcomb of Carbondale is Community Safety Officer for the Town of Basalt and Mike Newcomb of Carbondale hauls heavy equipment for a rental company.

From left, Carlos Herrera of Carbondale is program director for Computers for Kids and a board member at La Mision newspaper; Annie Flynn of Carbondale is a teacher at Music Together and John Ramo of Missouri Heights owns an education technology company.


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