The hills are alive with the sounds of Music on the Mountain this weekend
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Inspired by last summer’s success for the Music on The Mountain program at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, owners Steve and Jeanne Beckley decided to continue and expand the program this year. Music on the Mountain will begin its second season of live music at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on Saturday, Aug. 14, with free tram rides and admissions being offered in exchange for a canned food donation beginning at 4 p.m. The bands will play from 6-10 p.m. Steve Beckley, 48, said the event is perfect for citizens to get out and enjoy some music and help the community at the same time. “Just getting the community together and benefiting from it [is the best part],” he said. “We collected over 900 cans of food [last year], and it’s a good energy with all the family, not a big party scene.” The canned food exchanged for the ride will be donated to the LIFT-UP food pantry. LIFT-UP is a nonprofit organization that has offices and food pantries in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, New Castle, Rifle and Parachute. Beckley said there is not a lot of venues for live music in Glenwood this late in the summer, and it’s a good chance to enjoy the weather while it lasts. “This time of year evenings are so wonderful,” he said. ” It’s an event where a lot of families come up with kids, parents can listen to music, have a beer and relax. Evenings are not real crowded.” Beckley added that although the program helps the community it is beneficial to the business as well. “The best thing business wise is that it gets locals up here to see what we have,” he said. “We do it specifically when tourist season slows down.” The bands are all local and will perform a variety of music during the series, from classic rock to bluegrass. Beckley said he finds the bands through word of mouth, and then pays them to come up and play. The bands include Rock Dogs, Derringer, KrossroadZ, Cottonwood Acoustic, The Missing Link Band, and Starcher Hutsen, which will open the series. The park’s main features will also be open during the performances, including the rides and eateries. The rides will close at 9 p.m. while the music is playing. Beckley said the music isn’t the only enjoyable thing. “Seeing people having a good time, listening to music, it’s just a real good community thing, I enjoy being there,” he said.If everything goes well this summer, the Beckleys plan to expand the series even further. Future shows include: Rock Dogs, high-energy rock-n-roll grooves, on Aug. 21; Derringer, the region’s hottest country rock band, on Aug. 28; KrossroadZ, an eclectic blend of dancing music, on Sept. 11; Cottonwood Acoustic, bluegrass originals and newgrass jams, on Sept. 18; and The Missing Link Band will wrap up the season with rock and R&B on Sept. 25.For more information about Music on the Mountain, call 945-4228, ext. 0.
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