Grant Farm Band and Tim Carbone play free show in Avon Friday
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What: Grant Farm Band and Tim Carbone perform at Apres Avon.
When: Event goes from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: Possibility Plaza, 45 Benchmark Road, which is the primary plaza of the new mall just east of the Wyndham in Avon.
More information: There will also be performance artists at the event, 11 Colorado artisans and local vendors at a winter market and complimentary hot cocoa. Parking is available at the Avon Rec Center, Lake Street, Avon Town Hall and Benchmark Road. Additional parking can be found at Beaver Creek’s Elk Lot.
AVON — Grant Farm Band is slated to perform at Avon’s WinterWonderGrass Festival in February, but you can see them perform for free today, when the band, along with Railroad Earth violinist Tim Carbone, performs at the first Apres Avon. The street-fair style event takes place today from 4 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the grand opening of Avon’s Main Street Mall.
Carbone and Grant Farm’s bandleader and guitarist Tyler Grant first met at Bill Nershi’s “Honkytonk Homeslice Tropical Hoedown” in Costa Rica in 2007.
“That was a neat experience because we had a few days to work together with a group of musicians that had not played much together, and we put together a great show,” said Thorn, who was the 2008 National Flatpicking Champion and is one of the most respected guitarists in the scene today. “Tim is a musician’s musician, and a real positive, spiritual guy. (He’s) always a great presence to have on stage.”
Since that Central America meeting, Carbone and Grant have played together at the nearby YarmonyGrass festival and other music events around the country.
“Anytime we can have him we will take him,” Thorn said. “He always knows just what to play in any situation.”
Carbone lives in New Jersey but between doing shows with Railroad Earth as well as some of his side projects, he spends around 30 or 40 days a year in Colorado. For example this week, along with tonight’s show, he spent a day tracking some vocals for the new Great American Taxi record he’s producing, he said during a phone interview last week.
“I’ve played with Tyler a few times and he and I always hit it off really well musically,” Carbone said. “The show is going to be great. I’m looking forward to it.”
Boulder-based Grant Farm plays jamming roots music. Expect a few covers from The Doors, The Allman Brothers and more, in addition to the group’s originals.
Apres TO COME
This is the first Apres Avon event, meant to give you a sneak peek at a series of Avon events slated for February. Expect to hear lots more about the event as we draw closer to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, when the events will be held post-race each day from Feb. 3-14 (from 2 to 5:30 p.m.) at Avon’s Main Street Mall. Along with music, performance art, food, craft beer and liquor there will be athlete signings, visits by 2015 mascots and other festivities.
Tonight’s event will feature 11 Colorado artisans and local vendors offering home accessories, natural soy candles, lotions, handmade jewelry and ornaments, clothing and more. Performance artists will entertain with fire juggling, puppetry and living statuary art. Food by Marc and Gourmet Cowboy will serve a variety of homemade soups and stews. Complimentary hot cocoa is offered for children of all ages (while supplies last). KZYR radio will broadcast live from the event.