Music festival draws big names for a good cause
NEW CASTLE – This weekend the music will be live, the sound will be funky and the love will be flying.The lineup is set to be one of the biggest in local history at the second year of The Realm Of Music Festival taking place through Sunday at the Klein Ranch in New Castle.On Saturday, Eagle County locals Little Hercules headline for the second year with help fro bands that include former members of Leftover Salmon, including Great American Taxi and the Drew Emmitt Duo.The festival features Colorado artists such as Vince Herman, who played with Leftover Salmon for 15 years and now does guitar and vocals for Great American Taxi.”I am so psyched for it this year,” he said. “It’s about time there was something going on the Western Slope.”Taxi’s music, “stems from the great well that is American Funk,” Herman said.Herman’s music is described as a light funk, inspired from New Orleans’ style jazz. In fact, New Orleans seems to be a theme at this year’s festival.
“It is the heart and sole of American music,” Herman said. Also playing the festival will be Little Hercules, with bass guitarist and singer Christian Basso. Basso describes the band as, “Sonic crusaders, drawing inspiration from the south to create a rock meets funk sound, and we continue to push the envelope of original music.” This year, festival organizers plan to donate proceeds to build a musical education feature in a local park. The Realm of Caring would like to create a music-themed play area for all children to enjoy in memory of Kindall Colbert, a New Castle infant who died in July.Basso is proud to be part of a festival with such a good cause.”Everyone is really pleased with the lineup for this year. We love that we can have such a good way to give back to the community.”The festival is distinct in that it provides free campsites so no one has to go home. The shows go from noon to 2 a.m. Saturday and noon until 10 p.m. Sunday.Chris Davis, one of the founders of Realm of Caring, is ready to rock.
“Our theme is ‘Music has the right to children!’, and a lot of people in this community believe in our cause – that we need to educate kids more in music and the arts. Everything is donated and most of those people have children, so they believe in what we’re doing.” Davis’ organization was founded when the budget cuts in Eagle County slashed the music and art programs at schools. Davis believes children need these programs to become fully educated, and now, with a 3-year-old of his own, he feels that this festival is a good way to start changing things. “Eventually we would like to build a facility that can house music and art programs for children after school. That is a long way off, but we hope to get there someday,” Davis says.Directions, band lineup and ticket information can be found at http://www.therealmofmusic.com.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
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