Nina Storey returns to rock Basalt River Days |

Nina Storey returns to rock Basalt River Days

Liz PhillipsSpecial to the Post Independent

BASALT – The Ninth Annual Basalt River Days Festival returns Aug. 18-19 with a new location and its signature high-caliber musical lineup.The annual event moves to Lions Park in downtown Basalt, but features activities and a host of free musical acts sprouting up throughout the River City.

In the past, River Days has been fortunate with notable talent gracing its main stage. The Subdudes, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Hazel Miler, Tracey McLain, Haden Gregg, Thelma and Louise, Midlife Crisis, Nathan Hamilton have all played the August festival. This year will be no different. Eight years ago, River Days’ first headliner, Nina Storey, packed the park. She returns in a special appearance at 1 p.m. Saturday in Lions Park. River Days opens at the Riverwalk Patio Stage at 4 p.m. Friday with Basalt Battle of the Bands winning trio Lynx. Annie Schwener and Nicco De Plata follow with an acoustic guitar set. Join Doc Eason and his Merry Magicians, who take the stage at 5 p.m., on a trek down to Lions Park for the Old-Time Celtic Megaband featuring contra dance caller Andrea Early.

Similar to a square dance, a contra dance involves a caller teaching each dance before being performed to the music. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Forty string players from across the valley comprise the Megaband, originally created as a tribute to the late Tracey McLain for Tracey’s Day earlier this summer. Saturday’s music begins with The Heart of Rockies during the Lions Club breakfast from 8:30-10 a.m. Main stage entertainment begins with Celebrate the Beat at 10:15, then Earthbeat Choir at 11:45 a.m. after the parade.Bread and a Bottle, a foot-stomping Celtic band, follow Storey’s show. Jimmy Dykann and Dan Forde will weave western tales in song at the Riverwalk Patio from 12:30-2:45 p.m. At 3 p.m., Don and April Paine – formerly of the Last Minute String Band – take the stage.

The Pete Kartsounes Band plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk and bluegrass on the Main Stage in Lions Park at 4 p.m. Kartsounes, a Telluride Brews and Blues Festival award winner for the past two years, is working on a new CD with the voices of Drew Emmitt, Sally Van Meter and other well-known musicians. ( those dancing shoes on into the evening as valley favorite Bobby Mason and the All Stars finish out the night ( Participating musicians include Bobby and Hayden Gregg of Starwood, Micheal Jude and John Michel of Take the Wheel.For more information on Basalt River Days, go to

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