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Derringer plays Music on the Mountain series at Glenwood Caverns

Heidi Rice
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photoGlenwood Caverns Adventure Park employee Rachel Haftel, right, accepts a canned food donation from Anna Gauldin as part of a benefit being held through Sept. 24 for LIFT-UP of Garfield County. In exchange for a can of food or nonperishable item, music lovers can ride the tram for free and enjoy the Music on the Mountain concert series at the park.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Give a can of food and get a free tram ride up to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park for live music at the Music on the Mountain concert series.

The benefit concerts are being held to help stock the food pantries of LIFT-UP of Garfield County. So far, more than 4,000 cans have been collected, with a goal of collecting 10,000 by the end of the series on Sept. 24.

In exchange for at least one can of food per rider, guests can ride the tram for free – a $12 value.

“This is becoming quite the social scene,” said Bob Stepniewski, restaurant and retail manager for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and coordinator for the Music on the Mountain concerts. “It complements the whole Glenwood Springs music scene and benefits the food bank.”

The concert series, now in its third year, kicked off on Memorial Day weekend and continues Saturday, Aug. 20 with popular country rock band Derringer, a group of talented musicians from the Western Slope.

Derringer’s music draws from influences that range from Brooks and Dunn to the Eagles to classic country. They have played at festivals, including Country Jam, rodeos and bars around the state, and have opened for national acts such as The Pirates of the Mississippi, Doug Supernaw, Rick Trevino, Big House, Dan Seals, Michelle Wright, STYX, Dwight Yoakam, the Little River Band, Black Hawk and Tracy Byrd.

The band is made up of Sean Paxon on lead guitar and vocals, Jeff Huff on guitar, keyboards and backup vocals, Randy Goodwin on drums and backup vocals, and Gary Broyles on bass guitar.

The LIFT-UP food banks around the county are in constant need of donations throughout the year – not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“It’s not that people aren’t thinking of us or that they don’t care, but the food supply can get a little thin in the summer time and right before the school year,” said Mike Powell, executive director for LIFT-UP.

The donations should be non-perishable items such as canned vegetables, fruits, dry foods, peanut butter or beans. Those who can afford to bring more than one can will be appreciated.

“If everybody brings two cans of food from now until Sept. 24, we will surpass our goal,” Stepniewski said.

The free tram rides begin at 4 p.m., and Derringer will play from 6-10 p.m. The Lookout Grille and the Snack Shack will be open for snacks, dinner and drinks during the concert.

The Adventure Park rides and attractions will be open from 9 a.m. to dusk, except for the Bungee Jump, which closes at 7 p.m. During the concert, a day pass will cost $30 with the free tram ride and will include unlimited access to the Alpine Coaster, Giant Canyon Swing, new Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, Fort WhereAmI maze, Bungee trampolines, 4D Motion Theater, the laser tag arena, Wild West Wagon, Speleobox cave simulator, climbing wall and Giddy Up! Western ride.

“People can enjoy the rides and everybody has a great time,” Stepniewski said. “We’ve set some pretty lofty goals this year, but I think we’re right on. And we’re looking forward to continuing the concert series next year.”

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