Potato Day in Sopris Park – First Friday with Tommy the Animal – Sunday Night with The Deer

Live Music Fans,

Here comes another busy weekend in the little old town both in the shop and in Sopris Park.  We have booked a bunch of talented local musicians to help celebrate Potato Day in the park after a rousing parade down Main Street.  The live music kicks off with the Hell Roaring String Band followed by The Cowboy Corral and a group of young musicians led by local teacher Tami Suby.  After the live music, the Carbondale Historical Society will host the Safecracking at the Dinkel event in the shop.  I will send out a separate email about this special and very unique event to be held about 3pm on October 6th in the shop.  A mystery will be solved.  Tune in later.

On First Friday Night, we are pleased to open the stage to a band of young local musicians who are celebrating the release of their latest album.  They will host a full evening of fun and live music with their friends and neighbors and make some new fans.  The room was made to give local players a good place to share their original music just like this Friday Night.  Then on Sunday Night we welcome back one of our favorite touring bands from Austin for another cool show featuring their award winning original tunes.  The Deer have put on some sweet shows for us and we look forward to the next one this weekend.

See you at the shows!


We last booked this local band to play for the grand opening of the new restaurant, The Way Home, for Mt. Fair weekend.  Nice to hear the next generation of our vibrant local music scene and they should be fired up to share their new songs with the town.  Should be a fun time.  Come out and give the boys some love.  Here’s a few words from them.

“Greetings Earthlings and Extraterrestrials, we are excited to announce the release of our second studio album, “PEACH BLOW,” which will be available worldwide on October 31st! Please come celebrate with us at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale CO on October 5th (First Friday…aka party). We will have drinks, friends, dancing, and NEW MUSIC from the record. This album has traces of folk, americana, and good ol’ classic rock and roll. The album is about a sense of place as twenty-something year olds here in Colorado…loosely based off of some classic records from the late 60s and early 70s. American Beauty, Grateful Dead. Let it Bleed, Rolling Stones. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, Neil Young and Crazy Horse. These are just a few of the records we have been listening to for inspiration!”


The Hell Roaring String band has been around for years and they are one of the most popular local string bands in the valley.  We have booked them ever since they started playing and they still hold the record for the longest single set in the shop.  These talented locals love to play and sing so follow the parade to Sopris Park and stay for some great live music for our last outdoor concert of the year.  It was a great season of live music outdoors for us but the cold weather is coming and guitarists can’t play with frozen fingers.  Time to go inside the shop and stay warm.  Following are some words from HRSB from their website.

“We are a 5 piece bluegrass band of guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and standup base from Carbondale Colorado.  Our music is rooted in traditional and contemporary bluegrass but also, due to a wide range of musical backgrounds in the band, influenced and inspired by rock, blues, and pop.  We also write and perform quite a bit of our own music.  In addition to playing locations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond, we are available for weddings and private parties. Here are some words on this five players in this long standing, popular local band.

Shannon Meyer is a classically trained violinist who began her musical journey at an early age and somewhere along the line learned to instantaneously translate a melody to her fiddle fingerboard.  It wasn’t long before she felt the pull of old timey music and began adding bluegrass, old time, and Irish fiddle tunes to her repetoire.  She moved to Carbondale in 1999 and has been playing fiddle and singing (and valiantly putting up with 4 guys) in the Hell Roaring String Band ever since.

Brett Nelson grew up in Iowa and found himself as the bass player of the professional and touring rock band The Nadas for 5 years.  While he has traded the full time musician life for that of a teacher, his musical foundation, deft skills, and soulful and humble approach make him an extraordinary asset to any band.  We thank our lucky stars every time we play with him that we were the band to get him!

Kayo Ogilby fell in love with the sound of the banjo as he would fall asleep as a child to his dad practicing it in the evenings in the family log cabin in the Vail valley.  After spending his highschool years learning to play guitar he began taking banjo lessons at the Evergreen State College.  On a tropical ecology course in Costa Rica during his Junior year, where he had brought along his banjo, he ran into Mark Sumera, who happen to have his guitar, and the first baby steps of their bluegrass journey were etched out of the mist of the cloud forests of Monteverde.

Mark Sumera originally hails from the great state of Wisconsin where his musical journey  on the guitar was born (as well as his love of cheese) in the form of blues and rock and roll.  Mark’s love for these genres, his crafty and ingenious brain, and an all encompassing ability with his hands with any tool manifest themselves in music in marvelous ways.  He is truly at home with a guitar in hands and his leads are clean, rich, and full of blues and rock and roll influences.

Ted Frisbie, who grew up in Minnesota, is an amazing vocalist, song writer, and guitar player who added mandolin to his musical resume when we found ourselves in need of a mandolin player early in the band’s history. Ted’s vocal range, harmonies, and mandolin playing have allowed us to follow all sorts of musical pathways over the years.”

1PM – The Cowboy Corral is a small herd of “ordinary” locals who love to sing songs from the Old West.  Think Happy Trails to You, Rawhide and just about any song that comes to mind from decades ago about the Wild West.  I really enjoyed the songs that played for us on the Town Plaza for the Mt. Sopris Music Fest and I look forward to hearing them again in the park.  A fitting choice for this long standing celebration of the mighty potato. You will likely know every old song by heart and you will enjoy this unique, fun loving Corral of local singers.

Leader and Corral Cutie: Miss HollyBell (Holly Richardson)

Soprannys:  Clodhopper (Claudia Lauer), Daisy Jane (Jane Bionaz)

Altos:            Lassoo Loo (Shelly Merriam), Sassyfrass (Natasha Seedorf)

Tenors:         Italian Stallion (Rob Benedetti) , Wildcat (Brian Colley), Barbewire (Barbe Chambliss)

Basses:         Slim (Chris Coyle)  , Big Dave (Dave Franklin)

2PM – I remember when Mean Old Mr. Gray was teaching the Carbondale Middle School Jazz Band and our daughter, Shannon, decided that she wanted to play sax.  One instrument I did not have or know how to play, right?  Well, she had a wonderful time learning from the mean old guy and we are grateful that the program still continues under the guidance of Sweet Young Tami Suby.  She also teaches the Roaring Fork High School Concert and Jazz Bands and they will take the Gazebo Stage at 2pm for some more sweet live music.

SUNDAY NIGHT – OCTOBER 7TH – THE DEER FROM AUSTIN – www.thedeermusic.com – 8:30pm

“Described as transcendental Texas folk, Cosmic Americana, and stargaze surf-western, The Deer weave psychotropic soundscapes and tranquil, vivid dream-pop. From Austin, they are borne of a densely creative atmosphere, and stand out with their versatile and accessible sound. Members include frontwoman Grace Rowland Park (The Blue Hit), upright bassist Jesse Dalton (MilkDrive, Green Mountain Grass), guitarist Michael McLeod (Good Field, Linklater film composer), drummer Alan Eckert (Dimitri’s Ascent, A Live One), and their newest member, string player Noah Jeffries (MilkDrive, South Austin Jug Band). Frequent collaborator Roger Sellers (Bayonne) also adds some of his touch to their songwriting and production.

What began as the solo recording project of singer/songwriter Grace Rowland Park, the group formed its core membership in 2012 under the band name Grace Park & The Deer, and released “An Argument for Observation.” The songs have a dark, folky feel; eerily lilting melodies with unexpected subjects like stalking, mysterious neighbors, and violent clashes. Through the recording process they found a spark lit by natural chemistry, on and off the stage, and they began performing and touring together with alternating guests – some of whom ended up becoming permanent members. Grace’s screen-printed cover art would later be a finalist for Austin Music Industry Awards’ Best Album Art for 2014.

In 2013 they suffered the devastating loss of dear friend and band member Stephanie Bledsoe to an accident on her farm. The group rallied under the name The Deer, and collaborated on songs dedicated to her memory for their second release, “On the Essence of the Indomitable Spirit” (2015). Dark with a tinge of hope, it features special guests Dennis Ludiker (Asleep at the Wheel), Roger Sellers (Bayonne), Trevor Smith (Wood & Wire), Karl Kummerle, and Noah Jeffries (MilkDrive). With a maturing sound, The Deer were runners-up for the Austin Music Awards’ Best Performing Folk Band that year, and began touring more frequently.

Their 2016 album “Tempest & Rapture” marries their brand of moody Southern Gothic with symphonic psychedelia. It’s split into two stylistic realms: the first side is rooted in muddy folk and surf-country, and the other side wanders far out in a dream-pop and psych-rock wilderness – all with their distinctly curious and incantational poetic content printed within. It’s their largest album, boasting 17 tracks on gorgeous 180-gm bottle-green vinyl; a double LP to house its gigantic sound. It saw the return of guest collaborator Roger Sellers, and guest string players Dennis Ludiker and Noah Jeffries (who would soon become a full-on Deer). The jacket design by Grace Rowland Park features her cut-paper artwork, and ranked among Austin Music Industry Awards’ Top 5 Best Album Art category last year. The Deer were also runners-up a second time for the Austin Music Awards’ Best Folk Band.

The group won an Austin Music Award for Best Performing Folk Band and were Runners-Up for Best Austin Band in 2018. They were also recent recipients of a major grant from Austin music patron organization Black Fret, and are currently nominated for an Austin Music Award for Best Folk Band. They have played their hometown Austin’s Moody Theater and the Legendary Stubb’s, as well as The Boulder Theater, The Fox Theatre (Boulder), and The Rex Theater (Pittsburgh). They’ve played Kerrville Folk Festival, Old Settler’s, Utopiafest, WinterWonderGrass, Oregon Country Fair, Campout for the Cause, Americanafest, SXSW, Northwest String Summit, and more. “

Check out their website for more good reasons to come out for their show.  This is a fantastic touring band that sounds amazing in the little old room.  Come on out and enjoy their original sound on a sweet Sunday night in the Fall.  Why not?

Musically Yours,

Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon