Music festival out of this realm |

Music festival out of this realm

An upcoming festival pays tribute to a former valley friend and father in hopes of raising money for his widow and children.The inaugural Realm Festival, a scholarship benefit for Doug Gundlach’s children, takes place from noon to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1777 County Road 241, New Castle.Gundlach passed away unexpectedly in July of a clogged artery at his home in Silt. With little or no life insurance, he left behind a young wife and four kids under 10 years of age.To support the Gundlach family, the event offers live music, a silent auction with items from local businesses and free camping. Cost is a $20 donation, and kids 12 and younger are free. Food will be available for purchase from Burning Mountain Bowl BBQ of New Castle.Little Hercules headlines the show, with musical guests Wave Mountain Riders, Rocking Horse, Dave Hill and Bruce Imig of the Dags, and the Joe and Terry Band performing throughout the day. The festival is described by event organizers as “embodiment of people through the realm of music.”Before his passing, Gundlach, a bartender at Burning Mountain Bowling Alley, helped with the colon cancer survivor benefit at the Elks Lodge and in New Castle.Organizers are hoping people in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond will do the same on Sept. 23.

When: Noon to midnight, Saturday, Sept. 23Where: 1777 County Road 241, New Castle (exit off I-70, turn left at the four-way stop, follow the signs and balloons through downtown New Castle to Seventh Street, turn right for two miles and take the right fork for 1.7 miles to the site).Why: As a scholarship benefit for the four children of Doug Gundlach, a Silt resident who died unexpectedly in July

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