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Gearing up for Mountain Fair

Kay Vasilakis
kay@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted photoChicago funk/soul band Bumpus performs at the 2008 Mountain Fair.
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CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Carbondale Mountain Fair organizers realize the need for people to have fun during these challenging economic times, and for the community to support nonprofits. They are bringing back one of the best dancing bands for the first Midwinter Mountain Fair, to be held from 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Carbondale Rec Center.

“Last year, we did a concert toward the end of January, with the band Band of Heathens, and the response was overwhelming,” said Amy Kimberly, Mountain Fair director. “People were so thrilled to be able to dance. So we thought it would be great every year to bring back one of the best dancing bands from the Mountain Fair in the middle of winter, and Bumpus was it.”

Bumpus is a high-energy Chicago funk/soul band. Joe Lang from Jazz Aspen saw them at the Mountain Fair last year and booked them for the Labor Day Fest. Local funkmeisters Elemenopee will start off the entertainment at 8 p.m.



When the Carbondale Rec Center was built, there was an emphasis put on sound quality.

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Juggler Jammin’ Jim and fire performer Carolyn Cipperly are bringing an extra-special facet to the event, the inflatable Bubble Sphere. It accommodates up to eight people and contains comfy pillows, has cool colors projected on it, and is an interesting space to hang out.

Libations include Jack Rabbit Hill organic wine from Paonia, and The Backstage Lounge serving New Belgium Beer and mojitos.

Members of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities who purchase tickets in advance will receive $5 off the purchase price. All proceeds help benefit CCAH.

“It’s a big venue, so the more the merrier to make it feel like Mountain Fair,” Kimberly concluded.

To volunteer or buy tickets, call 963-1680.


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