18th Annual Mt. Sopris Music Fest on First Friday on the Town Plaza – Tuesday Night with Maybe April – Friday Night with George Weber & Friends in the Shop – Second Sunday in Sopris Park

Live Music Fans,

We have another music-packed week with 10 acts all booked and ready for your entertainment pleasure. It starts tomorrow night with a very talented touring trio for their first visit to the little old byob shop. Then, on a fun packed First Friday night, we have five cool local music acts on the Town Plaza from 5pm to 10pm for our 18th Annual Mt. Sopris Music Fest. In addition, we have a fantastic show in the shop with a special early start at 7pm with long time music director for CRMS, George Weber.

Our music week ends at 8pm on Sunday in Sopris Park with three excellent acts starting at 4pm for our next Summer of Music free concert. Lots of musical options just waiting for you to enjoy this coming week. Come on out!

See you at the shows. And remember that on Sunday, KDNK will be doing another live broadcast of the live music from Sopris Park. You don’t even have to leave the house now to enjoy the beautiful music. But believe me, it always sounds better live.

TUESDAY NIGHT – JULY 3RD – MAYBE APRIL – 8:30PM – www.maybeapril.com

Seeing that we are celebrating the 4th of July on a Wednesday, I thought it might just seem like having another Friday Night right in the middle of the week. So, I booked this sweet trio. Check out their website videos for more good reasons to come out on a weeknight before a holiday They should sound amazing in the little room.



5pm: Wes Engstrom 6pm: Tommy the Animal 7pm: Cowboy Corral 8pm: Sleepy Justice 9pm: Cat Toys for the People

ABOUT WES ENGSTROM: Wes is a young local singer/songwriter/guitarist who has been writing songs since early in high school and performing his original material around town. His last gig was at the 5 Points Film Festival. He has also played a number of times in the shop and he has some very cool original songs and a great voice.

ABOUT TOMMY THE ANIMAL: Caleb Cofskys band’s music is a “combination of folk, classic and psychedelic rock”. Another band of talented locals with cool original songs and lots of talent. Their first gig for us. Should warm up the little stage nicely.

ABOUT SLEEPY JUSTICE: www.sleepyjustice.com

We have had this talented teen band play the shop a number of times and I’m constantly amazed how well they play classic rock from when I was a teen. A century ago. And they also have some great original rock songs too. Come out and enjoy and support this next generation of rock musicians. I bet you will be impressed too.

“Our band members are sophomores from RFHS and CRMS. Our band truly began in 7th grade when we used used to jam out together for fun after band class. Through the years, Sleepy Justice evolved into the band we know today with the help of mentors like Dan Rosenthal and Jason Jones. Now, you can catch Sleepy Justice playing shows at venues all around the Roaring Fork Valley. These shows will allow us to raise enough funds to produce our first recorded album. We’re enjoying our journey so far and look forward to what’s ahead!

Our music is a combination of folk rock, classic rock, and psychedelic rock!

ABOUT COWBOY CORRAL – “Carbondale’s own singing cowpokes the Cowboy Corral is a group of local folks who have spent years gathering for the sheer joy of singing together. Besides singing in four-part harmony, the group is known for yodeling, reciting cowboy poetry, sharing cowboy humor, and including some fascinating but little known history about cowboy songs. The genre is anything cowboy, from the traditional Home on the Range to the playful Ragtime Cowboy Joe to a beautiful rendition of Cowboy Lullaby to Ghost Riders in the Sky.”

ABOUT CAT TOYS FOR THE PEOPLE: This talented local band features local teacher, Morgan Williams as the lead singer and creative force for the band along with Deb Colley (long time staff for Carbondale Arts and major player with the Green is the New Black fashion show for years. I started this annual music fest years ago to feature some of our many creative musicians in the valley. This band is exactly what I meant to present for this annual celebration of our incredible, vibrant and growing musical scene. Come out and support it when you can.

“Cat Toys for the People band is Eric(percussion), Dylan (trumpet, mandolin, vocals), Deb (vocals), and I (vocals, loop pedal, iphone keyboard, electric and acoustic guitar). We will play original songs that fluctuate between bluegrass to droning indie rock. This set this summer is going to blend these different genres and hover and dwell around songs about family and love. I have been getting weird with my phone garage band keyboard and cool electric loops on the guitar. I have been experimenting with the glass slide on the electric. My songs are usually anthemic and obtuse revolving around contemporary life and common situations.”


George is a member of the CRMS Arts faculty as the Director of the Music Program. George holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music and has been teaching at CRMS since 1996. Here are a few words from him about his 20 year career at the local school. He has also played in all kinds of local bands, too.

This show will feature George with some of his local musical friends. It’s an all star locals band with Jackson Emmer on acoustic guitar and vocals, Lester Price on smokin electric guitar, Lynn Pulford on soulful vocals and Mike Facey laying down the beat on electric and acoustic bass. Should sound great.

“The first year I taught music at CRMS, the new headmaster and I did not know what to expect. I waited in my classroom and when my first students arrived I asked them what they wanted to learn and they unanimously replied guitar, so I taught them how to play guitar. I have a symphonic and jazz background and education, but I had also played lots of jazz, folk, rock and pop music, so I was very comfortable teaching these students.” Weber draws on the musical breadth he has absorbed as a former member of a renowned bluegrass band with Pete Wernick and The Live Five, his own jazz ensembles, and his work in classical orchestras as a percussionist. His beginning-music classes cast a wide net, enticing students to play multiple instruments and bring in their own music. “I want kids to buy into music, because if they like the music they’re playing, they are more willing to study technique and theory that will enable them to advance and have the option of playing advanced music, exploring songwriting, recording and engineering and CD production.”

Beyond music classes, Weber has led all-school sing-alongs that are as likely to feature Mexican folk tunes as Wilson Pickett’s Mustang Sally. Weber has also been director of residential life, a canoe instructor and wilderness leader. He has led homestay trips to the Navajo Nation and now leads hut-to-hut trips in the fall and day hiking in Arches and Canyonlands National Park in the spring. For the past few years, during Interim he and fellow faculty member AO Forbes have led a week-long songwriting workshop.”


4pm: Banjira 5pm: Let Them Roar www.letthemroar.com 6:30pm: Eldergrown www.eldergrown.com

ABOUT BANJIRA: You have got to love Carbondale and the valley for their creative spirit and quest for new musical sounds. So that’s why it’s no surprise that Sarah Morehouse should think her banjo and vocals would go perfectly with an African instrument called the Mbira. Joining Sarah is the multi instrumentalist, Eric Baumheier and Aja McAdams. Should sound sweet and new.

ABOUT LET THEM ROAR: This popular local band “weaves mountain folk into a soulful tapestry of roots, rock, and raw improvisations. A group bent on bringing their hearts to the stage and sharing the meaning and purpose of their lives, each member honors their historical roots while pushing their creative boundaries.”

“Their music reflects their home, which is nestled deep in the heart of the Elk Mountains where a confluence of Culture – farmers, immigrants, naturalists, recreationalists, artisans and musicians; and Wildlands – free flowing rivers, big mountains, wildlife and migrating birds – come together in a richly laden land known as Carbondale, Colorado.”

The band “has a live album and two studio EPs. They are contemplating new recording projects, community-based performances and tours. They have performed in venues and festivals through out the state and have opened for bands such as Elephant Revival, The Samples, Tab Beniot, Hit and Run Bluegrass, Hellbound Glory, Paper Bird, Band of Heathens, and more.”


We have had this high energy band from the south to play the room and they put on a powerfully entertaining show. They should sould great in the park so bring your dancing flip flops for a sweet time in the park. In the shade dancing with your friends and neighbors. And probably a few strangers who stumbled on the live music. All are welcome.

“Funk meets Rock, Pop meets Hip Hop. Elder Grown combines the freedom of improvisational Jams with their Captivating, Original songs. From the First Song to the Fourth Hour, Elder Grown encourages you to break down your idea of genre and tempo with your hips and heartbeat. A personal Pandora station, Elder Grown rollercoasters listeners through seamless, rule-breaking sound. Switching instruments mid-song, you never know who is going to sing or play what next. Join Elder Grown and journey into the unrecognizable familiar.”

Josh “Brew” Hoffman- Guitar, Vocals, Keys, Bass *** John “Cheeks” Hoffman- Bass, Vocals, Guitar, Keys

Paul “Pabs” Hoffman- Drums, Vocals *** Sam Kelly- Saxophone, Vocals ** Brandon “Branch” Clark- Keys, Vocals, Guitar, Bass

Musically Yours,

Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon