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The girl remains the same

Steppin' Out with AprilApril E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Here it is, a new year and I’m already back to my old ways.I’ve sang “Pour Some Sugar On Me” in karaoke, I slipped and fell on the ice, and I bought myself a new dress.And I was trying so hard to improve my reputation in ’07.Really, I can rationalize every action. The karaoke was for my friend Deja, who is moving out of state. I’m so giving.I’m blaming the fall on my cowboy boots that have worn-down heels and absolutely no traction whatsoever. They’re brown-leather death traps, I tell ya.And the shopping? I’ll just chock that one up to being a girl. Plus I can’t resist a good sale. Especially 60 percent off – impossible.I get a little leery about making New Year’s resolutions because when I don’t get things done, I’m really hard on myself. Last year I said I was getting a passport. That didn’t happen.I also said I wouldn’t lose my cell phone, and I would erase any erroneous text messages in case I were to lose it. I lost my cell phone like 15 times last year.I’m a lost cause.Some people never change.

It’s happening in Glenwood Springs to boot: Erin Bode Band, four-piece, jazz-oriented band, doors open 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., Hotel Colorado. Tickets: $20 general admission from Glenwood Music or Hotel Colorado. Information: http://www.glenwoodconcerts.com and http://www.erinbode.comThis is why I’d kick it up here: By all description, vocalist Erin Bode sounds like a sure bet for an entertaining evening of jazz and folk-inspired tunes. The St. Louis crooner and her band are paying Colorado a visit with a show at the Hotel Colorado today, followed by a stop at the Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge in Denver Saturday night. Her voice has been likened to Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones. So, if you’re looking for a relaxing night out in Glenwood, enjoy a nice dinner at the hotel and, afterward, don’t miss an evening with Erin and her band.

It’s happening in Carbondale to boot: Reed Waddle, singer-songwriter from Florida, today; The Sidehill Gougers, classic and neo-traditional country music along with some of the best Texas songs, Saturday; and Michael Young, six- and 12-string guitarist from Minneapolis, Sunday, Steve’s Guitars, Carbondale. Doors open at 8 p.m., shows at 8:30. Information: 963-3304This is why I’d kick it up here: Look out, ladies. Steve’s Guitars has one hot lineup for the weekend’s live music performances. Oh yeah, and they sound pretty darn good, too. The first time I saw Florida native Reed Waddle, he was playing a KDNK benefit at Steve’s with none other than John Oates, of Hall and Oates. Reed’s definitely not hard on the eyes, and his music will make a heart melt. Apparently they know how to grow ’em down in Texas, too, evident from a quick peek at The Sidehill Gougers Web site. This trio of two guys and a girl look like fun, so don’t miss their show. And Michael Young? There’s more than gophers in Minnesota.


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