French Kreek music fest going on 3 years |

French Kreek music fest going on 3 years

Leslie Brefeld
Special to the Daily

BRECKENRIDGE ” The eclectic blues band Buckwheat Groats used to play Breckenridge’s Shamus O’Toole’s on a fairly regular basis in the late 80s. Sixteen and a half years later, the band will reunite for a two-stop tour this weekend including the French Kreek Music Festival Sunday.

Daniel “Moose” Bednarski, the founder of the festival and a member of the band, said the festival performance is partly a tribute and fundraiser for drum player Pat Fullerton, who recently passed away.

“For all of us this was our first band for the most part. It had a nice run. Then to wake up all of a sudden 16 years later ” nothing brings that into focus like losing a guy,” Bednarski said. “It was time to get off our asses and put this together.”

The French Kreek Music Festival, now in its third year, is a true community event with participants invited to bring a potluck to share. “Still free after all these years” is a fitting slogan for the festival, which provides food, beer and free music.

The entertainment will take place at the Pavilion in the French Creek subdivision and includes a performance by the Mountain Gypsy Belly Dance Tribe at 4:30 p.m.

Buckwheat Groats, which along with Bednarski on harmonica and vocals includes Chip Brown on bass, Mike Royer on keyboard and Brad James on guitar and vocals, will also perform at the South Park Saloon in Alma on Saturday night.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at 668-4626 or

Vail, Colorado

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