Mountain Fair Mama, take me tubin’ |

Mountain Fair Mama, take me tubin’

Steppin' Out with AprilApril E. Clark(The Bearded Lady)
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There are plenty of reasons to live in this valley snow-capped mountains, cool rushing rivers, spin-art dip at White House Pizza.But lately I’ve realized what’s been a huge draw for me (besides my totally rad, high-profile position as the A&E editor at the Post Independent). I’ve fallen for the live music offerings around the valley, especially in the summer.This week wrapped up Glenwood’s free Summer of Jazz concert series with the Soul Rebels Brass Band. The show was off the hook, as the cool kids would say. The series was extra special this summer because it was dedicated to the heritage of New Orleans music. Amidst the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, music has been a saving grace for the Big Easy.The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ free Summer of Music shows have also been a great way to enjoy these warm summer evenings with friends and neighbors. Check one out before the season ends.Along with Strawberry Days, Mountain Fair this year with a circus theme is the big daddy of summer festivals. So it’s no surprise the event has drawn top-notch music acts over the years. This weekend, listen for Euphrquestra, playing bluegrass and rhythms from Africa, Cuba, and beyond, soulful originals from Wendy Woo and the Woo Crew out of Boulder, and the Los Lobos-style Latino sounds of Nosotros.Happy Mountain Fair, my barefoot-dancing brothers and sisters. May the groove be with you.

It’s happening in Carbondale to boot: The 35th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, to benefit Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. Information: or 963-1680This is why I’d kick it up here: Corn dogs, sweet corn dogs, dipped in ketchup and mustard, washed down with a cold Fat Tire. Ahh, a Mountain Fair mama’s dream come true. Sure, there’s plenty of live music, art and dance demonstrations, and fun competitions at Mountain Fair, but who can resist all that food – glorious food? I suggest a cheesesteak or maybe a gyro. Then, the limbo contest for the brave and limber. Suck in those bellies, boys and girls.

It’s happening on the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers to boot: Tubin’ on the river, with a life jacket of course.This is why I’d kick it up here: Everyone knows it’s a heater out there. And after a lively night of Mountain Fair revelry, the best way to cool your jets is with a nice, relaxing float down the river. I’m serious about that life jacket part though. Nothing ruins a sunny afternoon on the river faster than swimming fast-moving rapids in chilly water. Talk about being up the creek without a paddle. Yes, the tube may technically be a floatation device, but it won’t do much good floating down the river before, or after, you. Plus you look really stupid without a life vest, and people will make fun of you. Especially rafters.

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