Leadville Block Party welcomes live music back to downtown
Local women business owners collaborate to throw party
LEADVILLE — Venezuelan bassist Gonzalo Teppa, a two-time Latin Grammy Nominee for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Latin Jazz Album,” will perform Saturday for the Leadville Block Party (PbBP). This women-led event will welcome live music back to the streets of downtown Leadville.
Part of Seventh Street near its intersection with Harrison Avenue near The Manhattan Bar will be closed for the party, which runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Barbecue and drinks, including alcohol, will be available for purchase, and open containers will be allowed.
Teppa and his award-winning band will take the stage from 4-6 p.m. They will perform songs from recent albums “Away From Home” and “New Way of Freedom.”
Karen Lauffer of Tree-O, which normally performs original “Campfire Classical” melodies while perched in the trees, will shred her electric violin from noon to 2 p.m. Local guest multi-instrumentalist Ike Spivak will join her on beats.
The Little Li-burro, a new little free library shaped like a burro and hosted by Leadville Main Street, will be unveiled at 10 a.m. in Zaitz Park, on Harrison Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets.
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Local Women Lead Party
The block party is led entirely by local women who are business owners and community leaders, in a city historically known for take-charge women like the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown and the industrious Augusta Tabor.
“Leadville is unusual in the number of women it has in leadership positions, and now local women have come together to host this special event after a challenging year,” said co-organizer Lisa McGuinness of The Manhattan Bar. “We are excited to bring community members and visitors together in this open-to-the-public outdoor event, one of the first since spring of 2020.”
The following women are helping to throw the party:
• Marla Akridge, Leadville/Lake County Economic Development Corporation
• Nancy Bailey, Leadville Main Street
• Sarah Dae, Diane Kiss, and Lori Tye, City of Leadville
• Kelly Erbstoesser, The Manhattan Bar
• Felicia Federico, Leadville/Lake County Panthers Cheerleading Squad
• Teresa Gaskill and Kaitlyn Ham, Polly’s Kitchen
• Lisa McGuinness, The Manhattan Bar
• Emily Olsen, Cloud City Conservation Center
• Kira Spivak, Leadvillain Music
• Christine Street, Treeline Kitchen
Learn more by visiting: bit.ly/PbBlockParty.