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First Fridays wrap up in Edwards with Brothers Keeper

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First Fridays return to the Riverwalk Backyard Amphitheatre in Edwards beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, with free live music from Brothers Keeper and a booth bonanza featuring local beer, wine and food vendors.
Tom Mullen | Special to the Daily |

If you go …

What: First Fridays, featuring music from Brothers Keeper.

When: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4.

Where: Riverwalk Backyard Amphitheatre, The Riverwalk at Edwards.

Cost: Free.

More information: Call 800-VAIL-JAM, or visit vailjazz.org.

EDWARDS — No excuses are necessary to make a celebration out of a Friday afternoon, especially when it’s the last Friday of the summer. Like many other artistic communities across the country, Edwards has jumped on board to make the first Friday of the month extra special.

First Fridays return to the Riverwalk Backyard Amphitheater in Edwards beginning at 4:30 p.m. today with free live music and a booth bonanza featuring local beer, wine and food vendors. It is the final First Fridays event of the year.

BROTHERS KEEPER PERFORM

The music kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with local feel-good rockers Brothers Keeper. With a core group of Shakedown Bar owner Scott Rednor on guitar, Michael Jude on bass and John Michel on drums (the latter two formerly played in the famed Hall and Oates), Brothers Keeper delivers energetic rock ’n’ roll with plenty of heart and lots of vocal harmony, ramped up by as many as five vocalists.

Produced by Vail Jazz and KZYR 97.7 The Zephyr and sponsored by Alpine Bank, the inaugural First Fridays series kicked off in June with a throng of families, passing cyclists, shoppers and happy-hour seekers. By July, the First Friday crowd doubled and in August, doubled once again. Organizers are expecting big things for this Friday’s event.

“The goal from the beginning with Riverwalk First Fridays was to utilize this ideal new music venue and to give Edwards families a great reason to get together and enjoy incredible music, beer, wine, food and good company,” said Owen Hutchinson, Vail Jazz development manager. “At this point in the summer, we’re thrilled to see that the series is doing exactly that, becoming one of the valley’s best ways to kick back on a special Friday.”

Picnics are welcome at First Fridays, but no pets or lawn chairs with legs more than 4 inches tall are allowed. The event is nonsmoking. For more information, call 800-VAIL-JAM or visit vailjazz.org.