Carbondale Music and Lobster Fest boiling with popularity |

Carbondale Music and Lobster Fest boiling with popularity

April E. Clark

CARBONDALE – It’s last call for lobster tickets for Carbondale Music and Lobster Fest.”It will be very hard to get tickets after Thursday,” said Chris “Woodsie” Woods, recreation and special events coordinator for the Town of Carbondale and co-organizer of the event. “Please don’t call me Friday.”Woods has taken nearly 700 orders for fresh lobster dinners being served alongside live local music offerings this weekend. A limited number of walk-up tickets will be available, but Woods said they’ll go fast. “Last year we sold 500 total, and at this stage last year we only had about 300 orders,” Woods said. “This year, 800 was my goal. It’s been pretty crazy – I’ve been pretty busy.”This summer’s Carbondale Music and Lobster Fest includes an additional day, starting at 5 p.m. Friday at Fourth and Main streets downtown. The food-and-music event continues through Saturday, ending around 9 p.m. on the Town Plaza Main Stage.”Jeff and Gail Brodsky are coming over once again with their crew from the Front Range to cook dinner for us,” said Steve Standiford, owner of Steve’s Guitars, a co-sponsor of the event with the Town of Carbondale. “And, once again, the profits from the event are going to support their humanitarian work.”For $30, patrons receive a fresh Maine lobster dinner with sides and a beverage. The event features a choice of 10 varieties of wines, five different microbrews, margaritas, and $2 Pabst Blue Ribbons beers.”Rumors are that there will be clam chowder, too,” Woods said. “But just a limited quantity.”

Standiford said the event is not just about the food, drinks and music. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Joy International, a cause close to the Brodsky’s hearts.”This year, Jeff and Gail want to help keep young girls in Thailand from being sold into a life of child prostitution,” said Standiford, via e-mail. “Your money will not only go for a great meal, but to a worthwhile cause. The Brodskys will also have some donated art for sale at the event.”Local musicians are providing the tunes at 10 downtown Carbondale venues at no charge – quite a bargain in Standiford’s eyes.”Where else could you watch nearly 100 local musicians perform at no charge while having a great meal?” he said. “You don’t have to buy a lobster to catch the shows. Carbondale has plenty of other great options for food around the music.”Standiford said the statewide popularity of the Carbondale Music and Lobster Fest is well deserved.”This weekend, our little Carbondale will be the ‘live music capitol’ of the valley,” he said. “Downtown Carbondale has become a real destination for great food and live music. Come out and see why.”The event includes family-friendly activities such as face painting and a castle jump. The second annual Lobster Crawl Fun Run, benefitting the Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s preschool, starts at 9 a.m. A 5K run begins at 10 a.m., and the Kids Dash kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Fourth Street Plaza.Last-minute meal tickets are available by stopping by Carbondale Town Hall or by calling Woods at 704-4116. For more information about the music, contact Standiford at 963-3304 or, Colorado

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