MINTURN — The Minturn Concert Series is in full swing. Thursday night Minturn locals, The Turntable Revue, will perform. Bring the kids, dogs on leashes and a picnic dinner and join in the fun at Little Beach Park and Amphitheater in Minturn.
The Minturn Concert Series is a project of the Minturn Community Fund, which is an organization to connect people, enhance lives and preserve Minturn’s authentic community.
The series began two years ago, when town planner, Chris Cerimele, an avid music supporter, rallied some volunteers to get some music back to the Little Beach Amphitheater. Terry Armistead, a Minturn local, and Matt Sprecher, owner of Minturn Anglers, worked to bring the idea to fruition. The series was born and has grown to include volunteers Darcy Giles, Chris Alexander, Michael Gerity, Mark Serle and an amazing roster of talent featuring both local and national musicians.
“I am so excited for this season’s lineup,” Armistead said. “With Darcy Giles help, we were able to bring in some bigger acts this year and it is going to be amazing. Little Beach Park is the best play to see live music in the valley. The sound is incredible and the views are classic Minturn. You have the river, the cliffs and the park for the kids. I am so grateful to my Minturn neighbors who built this stage and park.”
Here is a little history of the park if you don’t already know it. Laura Wolf, a Minturn local, had a vision to create a gathering place with an amphitheater and playground so we could bring more amazing events to Minturn. With her idea and Kelly Brinkerhoff’s incredible grant writing skills, a committee was formed to make it happen. Ernie Glesner, Stan Cole and Jim Brinkerhoff worked tirelessly to make it happen. Randy Quintanna gave hours of his time grading, hauling and loaning his equipment to complete the park.
The Turntable Revue has been heating things up this summer in Vail. Preferring to play locally, due to the large families of several members, the band has been fine-tuning its sound at clubs like The Shakedown Bar and acoustic shows at HP Provision’s in Eagle.
Led by Armistead and Joe Bianchi, The Revue plays a mix of rock, pop and country. The brother and sister duo have been playing music together since they could talk. Their parents are both musicians and instilled that love in the siblings. Bianchi graduated from University of Vermont’s school of music with a degree in classical guitar and enjoyed large success with his band back in Vermont. Jeff Armistead, Armistead’s husband, plays the keyboards and his Detroit roots shine in the music. With Scott Kabel on the bass and Brian Loftus on the drums, the sound is unmistakably rock and roll. Expect to dance a lot of your favorite classic songs and some new ones too.
Presented by Alpine Bank, the Minturn Community Fund and the town of Minturn, show time is at 6 p.m. The concert is rain or shine. Cans of 3.2 percent alcohol beer is allowed but there is no glass allowed in the park. After the concerts, the fun continues with the “After the Beach parties” at Kirby Cosmos, The Saloon and Magustos. Look out for shows in August with The New Orleans Suspects, Paper Bird, The Congress, BLT and Jaden Carlson. For more information on the series go to www.facebook.com/LittleBeachPark, www.minturncommunityfund.com, or www.minturn.org or call 970-827-5645.