Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park concert series kicks off May 27 with Doctor Robert
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Music on the Mountain, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s free mountaintop concert series, is back for its eighth year. Visitors can ride the tram or bus free from the floor of the Roaring Fork Valley with the donation of a canned food item for the LiftUp community food pantry. The concerts are held on top of Iron Mountain overlooking Glenwood Springs.
“We’re excited for another spectacular season of Music on the Mountain,” said Nancy Heard, general manager for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. “Not only are these concerts a lot of fun, bringing people together to dance and tap their toes to talented local and regional bands, they do a lot of good for our community. Since the series began in 2009, more than 53,700 food items have been collected and donated to the LiftUp food pantry. That’s what really makes this series so unique.”
The first event of the year features Beatles tribute band Doctor Robert and coincides with the Summer Kick-off Party on Friday. In addition to the concert, Maciej Mrotek will perform the Dance of the Sacred Fire at 8:20 and 9 p.m. These high-energy, 15-minute shows are captivating.
“The Kick-off Party is always special because it marks the beginning of our summer season,” Heard said. “It’s going to be even more exciting this year with the addition of the fire show. Dance of the Sacred Fire has performed on national and international stages, and collaborated on projects around the globe. We’re thrilled to bring this high-caliber entertainment to Glenwood Springs.”
The Lookout Grille and Snack Shack are open for dinner and refreshments, with drink specials available inside and in the plaza. A Funday Pass, $35 with the free tram ride, includes both walking cave tours and unlimited access to the Glenwood Canyon Flyer, the Alpine Coaster, the Giant Canyon Swing, the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, the Mine Wheel, the Wild West Express Coaster, the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, the Fort WhereAmI Maze, the 4D motion theater, the laser tag arena, the climbing wall and the Giddy Up! Western ride. The outdoor rides are open until dusk; the laser tag arena and 4D motion theater are open until the park closes.
The park is open until 10 p.m. during the Summer Kick-off Party and all Saturday Music on the Mountain events. On Sunday, June 12, and Sunday, Sept. 11, the park will be open until 8 p.m. More information about the park, including hours of operation and a list of which attractions are open, can be found at http://www.glenwood caverns.com or by calling 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 0.
Unless otherwise noted, visitors can ride the tram free beginning at 4 p.m. with a donation of a can of food for LiftUp food pantry, and bands play from 6 to 10 p.m.
• Friday, May 27 — Doctor Robert (Beatles tribute band): Back for the fourth straight year, this Crested Butte-based tribute band featuring Ben Wright, Karen Janssen, Casey Falter and Kevin Reinert brings a modern sound and feel to the Fab Four’s classics. The band’s high-energy sets include everything from “Please Please Me” to “Abbey Road,” and no two shows are ever the same.
• Saturday, June 4 — The Missing Link Band (dance party blend of classic rock, dance, funk and groove tunes): The only band to perform during every season of Music on the Mountain, The Missing Link Band is Nick Kuhlmann on drums, Paul Barker on bass, Erik McPherson on guitar and lead vocals, Kim Kwiatkowski on lead and harmony vocals and Bob Stepniewski on percussion. The band feature the “AM Gold” sounds of the ’60s, plus hits from all ages and genres.
• Saturday, June 11 — Already Gone (American resort rock): Already Gone weaves together originals, classic rock, R&B, funk, blues, country crossover and rock ’n’ roll. Already Gone is composed of drummer Eddie Muniz, Cristian Basso on bass guitar, lead guitarist Mark Chenoweth, Randy DeHerrera on alto sax and keyboards and the powerful voice of Aundrea Batson Ware.
• Sunday, June 12 — Conjunto Elevacion (Latin music): The seven musicians of Conjunto Elevacion have been entertaining audiences with Nortena music from Northern Mexico for more than eight years. Playing the accordion, bass guitar, guitar, drums and saxophone, their music is getting a lot of air time on local Latin radio stations. Visitors can ride the tram free beginning at 2 p.m. with a donation of a can of food for LiftUp food pantry, and the band plays from 4 to 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 20 — Fifty50 (classic, modern and original rock): Fifty50 is a Roaring Fork Valley-based band composed of Dave Stoltzfus, Beth Getzen Stoltzfus, Dale Loper, Jerry Larsen and Tom Mercer. The band’s choice of music — classic, modern and original rock — and its blend of vocal harmonies and instrumental energy make it unique.
• Saturday, Aug. 27 — The Gerry Goodman Band (Stevie Ray Vaughan cover tunes, classic rock): The three-piece Goodman Band plays music that ranges from early country, rock and blues to today’s music. The band features Gerry Goodman on guitar and vocals, John Brown on bass and vocals and Darin Elwell on drums and vocals.
• Saturday, Sept. 10 — Tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band (folk, rock and blues): A select group of local musicians will come together to pay tribute to two icons of American music, Bob Dylan and The Band, bringing folk, rock, bluegrass and gospel together for one magical, musical night.
• Sunday, Sept. 11 — Christian Music on the Mountain (The Orchard from Carbondale and The New Creation Church from Glenwood Springs): The Orchard, a collective of local musicians, worships together through a variety of musical styles, from keyboard-driven rock to finger-picking folk. The New Creation Church Worship Team plays energetic, uplifting and inspirational music to help people feel a spiritual connection. Visitors can ride the tram free beginning at 2 p.m. with a donation of a can of food for LiftUp food pantry, and the band plays from 4 to 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 17 — Fifty50 (classic, modern and original rock): This local rock band returns for its second show of the year.
• Saturday, September 24 — The Missing Link Band (blend of classic rock, dance, funk and groove tunes): This band returns for the final show of the season.
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