Cowboy event secondary to amphitheater |

Cowboy event secondary to amphitheater

J.K. Perry Daily Staff Writer
J.K. Perry/Vail DailySteve "Mac" McCartney jams on the string bass Sunday at the first-ever show at the Minturn amphitheater. McCartney joined several other acts with the Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering.

MINTURN – The stories and lyrics of the Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering on Sunday brought to mind scenes of the trail, lost love, sunsets, deserts and horses.But while the first-ever show at the Minturn amphitheater focused on the cowboy way, many in attendance saw the new venue as a significant cultural addition to the valley.”The theater’s great – great sound, beautiful backdrop,” Minturn resident Bec Jones said. “It’s big enough to entertain a variety of music selections. It’s a great addition to our community.”The amphitheater and adjacent Little Beach Park – formerly known as La Playuela Park – are the brainchildren of Minturn volunteers with the Little Beach Park Committee. The group raised $400,000 in private and public donations to construct the amphitheater.”A lot people here put in a lot of time and money into this,” Jones said.

The group wasted little time building, which began in the spring.”For them to pull this together in such a short time is amazing,” said Edwards resident Liz Sterling. “It’s wonderful to see more cultural venues for working folk. It’s wonderful Minturn is building this into its infrastructure.” Sterling, along with the musicians and several of the 180 spectators, seemed pleased with the attention the newly-opened amphitheater garnered. “We’re excited to be the first ones,” said Liz Masterson, a singer and guitar player with the cowboy gathering. “I thought it was a good turnout for the first time.”

The event nearly went unscathed until a downpour caused most spectators to pack their blankets and head out looking for shelter.”It’s too bad rain is so predictable in the mountains,” Sterling said.After seeing the turnout for the cowboy gathering, Jones is confident the Live in Minturn Concert Series beginning later this month will draw even more spectators.”When (bands) Little Hercules and Papa Grows Funk come here it’s going to sell out,” Jones said.Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or, Colorado

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