Fests aplenty in Carbondale
CARBONDALE, Colorado Sample traditional Celtic cuisine, such as Hotch Potch, Tattie Soup, Irish Stuffed Leg of Lamb, Kasseler Ribchen, salad, Ale Bread, Bannocks, Highland Cooler and, of course, potatoes at Carbondales fourth annual Celtic Fest today.The Celtic Fest events begin at 5 p.m., and the haunting sounds of the bagpipes played by the Roaring Fork Highlanders will fill the air at about 6 p.m.Other live music for the evening includes local Irish troubadour Jimmy Byrne and Ted Frisbie at 6:30 p.m. and the Last Minute String Band at 7:30 p.m. under the large tent on Fourth Street. Live music and themed events will continue inside Steves Guitars until we run out of Hotch Potch and spirits, says Steve Standiford, owner of Steves Guitars, which is co-sponsoring the weekends events.Men are invited to fashion their kilts, and even dance a step or two, for the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest, which will be at 7 p.m.Break tradition and wear a mini-kilt, urges Standiford. Yes, its a little sexist but a lot of fun to see men in skirts.A popular event last year, the second annual Celtic Spirits show will be at 8 p.m. inside Steves. Bring a favorite bottle of Celtic spirits and some verse to share among the group.The Old European celebrations continue with the towns seventh annual Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, also on Fourth Street and at Steves Guitars.Festivities begin with the traditional wood keg tapping and the opening of the German Biergarten.
Competitions for the day include the old-style-only Nail Driving, in which carpenters can show off their expertise, the Bratwurst Eating and the Liter Holding competitions.Local musicians highlight the live music lineup for the evening, with The Tippetts performing at 6 p.m. under the large tent. Valley natives Shanti Gruber and Megan Goodwin will play acoustic guitar and perform songs with beautiful harmonies, according to Standiford.Following The Tippetts, local favorites The Redtones take the stage. Led by Nelson Oldham (guitar, harp, vocals), this band played Mountain Fair this year and recently opened for The Band of Heathens at Belly Up. Oldham describes The Redtones focus as rock n roll with some R&B, roadhouse, country and folk music influences. The other band members are Jason Z. Upper (guitar, vocals), Jeremy F. (guitar, vocals), Jon Strecher (bass, vocals) and Carleton Pike (drums, vocals). Elemenopee concludes the outdoor concerts. Rob Dasaro plays keyboard and is lead vocals for this band that also has a cool horn section.Live music continues until 11 p.m. inside Steves Guitars. Festivities are free. For additional information, visit http://www.stevesguitars.net.
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