Caleb Dean Band brings country twang to Music on the Mountain

Country fans rejoice! This Saturday’s Music on the Mountain show features the country and Western swing group Caleb Dean Band, and they are prepared to have a great time. “We have so much fun it should be a crime!” says Caleb Dean, the lead singer and band’s namesake. “Folks that come out to see and hear the music, they always give you great energy to perform.”

The Caleb Dean Band will perform a free show this Saturday, August 23rd at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

The Caleb Dean Band is comprised of Dean, Dean’s son Parker Wade, Brian “Twang” Lemke, Larry Gottlieb, Don “Professor” Pennington, Rod Taylor, and Billy Harmon. They have been together for about two years and play lots of gigs around the Western Slope, typically favoring places like the 4Eagle Ranch and the T Lazy 7. “Those are the best for our country dancin’ friends,” says Dean. Caleb Dean and the band are excited to share their sound with the crowd at Music on the Mountain for the first time. “This will be our first time on the mountain, we’re lookin’ forward to performing some great country music for y’all!”

Caleb Dean has been playing music since the age of 10, and counts Roger Miller and Hank Williams among his influences, as well as “the guy my mother loved: the great Elvis!” He is also a big fan of country legend George Strait: “He is the real deal of country music.”

Dean was born in Indiana, but raised in Glenwood Springs. He moved to Nashville for a time to write and record music, but couldn’t escape his love of the Rockies and ended up back in Colorado.

Caleb Dean passed his love of country music on to his children: his son Parker Wade plays guitar and mandolin with the band, and has been performing onstage since about the age Caleb himself started. His other son, Keenan Date, lives in Nashville (brother Parker plays in his band as well, the Keenan Date Band) and collaborates with his dad on original tunes. “They’re really good songs, and the reviews are good!” says Dean.

To keep up with Caleb Dean and the boys, visit their website at calebdeanband.com. You can join their email list to find out where and when they’ll be playing and what’s new with the band.

Come up to the park this Saturday to enjoy “classic country with a twang,” drink specials, rides and attractions, and gorgeous views! Bring at least one can of food to donate for a free tram ride to the top. For more information, visit Music on the Mountain.

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Catch Already Gone at Music on the Mountain Saturday, August 16

Already Gone takes the stage for the free Music on the Mountain concert series this Saturday, August 16th

This Saturday, Already Gone will make their fourth appearance at Music on the Mountain! The popular local band has had a great year since they last graced the stage at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. They took 1st place in this summer’s Strawberry Days Battle of the Bands competition, and they’ve also been traveling to perform events in other states. “In my opinion this has been our best year yet,” says Lisa Poplish, lead singer of Already Gone.

The band, known for covering a large variety of genres, has been working on refining their sound. “We’ve been learning new material and polishing up the classics,” Poplish says.

Another exciting development was the addition of bass player Christian Basso who, according to Poplish, “absolutely tears it up!”

August  is Already Gone’s busiest month: among other engagements, they performed at the Garfield County Fair in Rifle and will travel to Nevada at the end of the month for a two-night street party. In September, you can see the band at First Friday in Carbondale and opening for Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband in Silt, to name just a few spots. Says Poplish, “We are so busy we almost don’t know what to do about it, but don’t get me wrong, we love that!”

“What can I say? We’re living the dream!”

Be sure to join Already Gone for the free show this Saturday. Rides and attractions are open until dusk, drink specials will be offered, and if you bring at least one can of food to donate you can ride the tram for free! Visit Music on the Mountain for more information.

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Music on the Mountain and Fifty50 return to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Music on the Mountain is back! After taking a break during the summer high season, the concert series is returning this Saturday, August 9. The remaining concert schedule is full of great bands, and it’s a perfect way to take advantage of the late summer and early fall on the mountain.

Helping get back into the swing of things is popular local band Fifty50. These previous Local’s Choice winners are experts at playing to the crowd and sharing their enthusiasm for the music. The band is comprised of Beth Getzen Stoltzfus, Dave Stoltzfus, Dale Loper, Jerry Larsen and Brian Brown. They play an upbeat mixture of classic rock ‘n’ roll and original tunes.

Taking the stage for a third year at Glenwood Caverns, the band just likes to have fun together. “We have so much fun on stage!” says Beth Getzen Stoltzfus. “There’s no stress, no egos, we’re just friends–a family, really–and our performances just show our love for each other and for what we do.”

Fifty50 to perform at the return of Music on the Mountain on Saturday, August 9

“What sets us apart from other bands is the harmony blend between myself, Dave, and Dale. A lot of our songs are harmonies the whole way through. You don’t see that with a lot of bands.”

Fifty50 has had a busy summer, playing gigs up and down the Western Slope from Eagle to New Castle and everywhere in between. Since their first 2002 performance together at Rivers Restaurant in Glenwood Springs, the band has become a popular staple in the Roaring Fork Valley music scene. “We have had so much support over the years,” says Stoltzfus. “We are just so honored that we can live, work, and play in this valley.”

Make sure you enjoy every last bit of the gorgeous Glenwood Springs summer and come hang out with Fifty50 this Saturday! There will be drink specials, and rides and attractions are open until dusk. Bring at least one can of food to donate to Lift-Up for a free tram to the top. Can for a Tram starts at 4pm, and the music is from 6 to 10pm. See you there!

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Now That’s Entertainment!

Harmony Sisters at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Get your dancing shoes on and come on up this summer. There’s more live mountain-top music at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, than ever before!

“Our guest experience is about more than the rides and the cave tours, we’re hoping to entertain at every turn,” said Bob Stepniewski, the retail and restaurant manager for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park who is also responsible for coordinating all of the performances. “There are a lot of things to do here at the park. Sometimes it’s nice to just kick back and enjoy the show for a while. This is definitely added value for our customers since it is all included at no extra cost.”

Cowboy Camp at Glenwood Caverns Adventure ParkCowboy Camp – A little ways up the Iron Mountain Trail, which leads to the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster and the Glenwood Canyon Flyer, you can take a seat and enjoy some country and Western music. The schedule will rotate with one of three cowboys singing and playing from noon to 4 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Jim Hawkins is a local singer, songwriter and lover of history who draws from his experience to tell stories of the new and the Old West. Craig Curry has been performing live music since the 1960s; his shows reflect growing up listening to legends such as Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Sons of the Pioneers and Marty Robbins. Caleb Dean Whittington, a former member of the Eagle River Band who also performed with two-time Grammy nominee Rick Devin, is a real crowd-pleaser for country music fans.

In the Plaza – Just outside the General Store, the Harmony Sisters will make you laugh, dance and sing with their funny and engaging musical shows on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The duo, which consists of sisters Susan Anderson and Barb Cyr, performs at the Burlingame Cabin family dinner shows in Snowmass in the winter. This summer, they’re entertaining you by sharing their love of music and laughter. Be careful, they might even convince you to join in the fun.

Doc and Kid at Glenwood Caverns Adventure ParkBack by popular demand, Doc Holliday and Kid Curry reenactors are patrolling the plaza, stirring up trouble and posing for photos most weekends. New this year, our own Bob Koper is roaming the park as the Roving Rock Ranger, sharing his knowledge of geology and park trivia, mixed in with science tricks and optical illusions, on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m. Koper was hired as a manager and cave tour guide in 1999 — owners Steve and Jeanne Beckley’s first employee — after retiring from 30 years of teaching science at Rifle High School.

In addition, you can watch a blacksmith make sparks at a working coal-fired forge and anvil Blacksmith Shop located just across from the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride.

Friday Afternoon Club at Glenwood Caverns Adventure ParkFriday Afternoon Club on the Mountain – The Lookout Grille is the place to be on Friday afternoons! To thank everyone who voted Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park as the Locals’ Choice for Best Place to View a Sunset, Best Music Venue and Top Local Attraction, we’re giving you more chances to enjoy all of it this summer with our new Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) on the Mountain. Featuring live music and food and drink specials from 5 – 9 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 15, our FAC also includes a free tram ride with a copy of the ad that’s pictured here.

Music on the Mountain is Back! – Our mountain-top concert series, Music on the Mountain, resumes on Sat., Aug. 9, with classic rock band Fifty50. You 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 Music on the Mountain series continues through Sept. 20:

Sat., Aug. 9 – Fifty50, classic rock
Sat., Aug. 16 – Already Gone, classic rock
Sat., Aug. 23 – The Caleb Dean Band, country music and Western swing
Sat., Sept. 6 – The Goodman Band, classic rock and Stevie Ray Vaughan cover tunes
Sun., Sept. 7 – Christian Music on the Mountain with The New Creation Church Worship Team and Jerry Alcorta (free tram rides begin at 2 p.m. for this special Sunday event and the bands play from 4 to 8 p.m.)
Sat., Sept. 13 – Let them Roar, rock/country
Sat., Sept. 20 – The Missing Link Band, classic rock

The Lookout Grille and Snack Shack will be open for dinner and refreshments, with $4 drink specials including glasses of wine, well drinks, Coors Lights and Coronas. You can also enjoy our rides and attractions during the events with a Funday Pass. It’s just $35 with the free tram ride and includes both walking cave tours and unlimited access to the new 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 all Saturday Music on the Mountain events. On Sunday, Sept. 7, the park will be open until 8 p.m. for the Christian music concert.

Thanks to our Music on the Mountain sponsors: Bighorn Toyota, Community Banks of Colorado, Dalby Wendland & Co. Inc., Glenwood Springs Post Independent, AMT Network, Swire Coca-Cola, Perri’s Collision, Glenwood TV, Glenwood Insurance and Hotel Glenwood Springs.

What are you waiting for? Come on up and get ready to be entertained!

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The Bobby Mason Band arrives at Music on the Mountain

Local legend Bobby Mason will take the Music on the Mountain stage this Saturday, June 14. He’ll be joined by Hap Harriman, Bryan Savage and Hayden Gregg for Americana rock ‘n’ roll, soulful originals and classic hits.

The Bobby Mason Band performs a free show this Saturday, June 14 at Music on the Mountain

Bobby Mason arrived in Aspen, CO in 1969, just as the town entered something of a “Golden Age” for artists, eccentric characters, partiers, skiers, and everyone in between. He soon joined up with the storied Aspen band Black Pearl, and went on to form Home Brew with Bob Carpenter, who now plays keyboard with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Home Brew evolved into Starwood, which gained national traction, signing with Columbia Records and touring with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Bryan Savage and Hayden Gregg were members of the band as well, so their performances together are something of a Starwood resurrection.

Starwood eventually broke up, but Mason and Home Brew went on to collaborate with John Denver, recording an album of originals under Denver’s Windsong Records. Mason has continued his distinguished career even after undergoing open heart surgery in 2012. He is listed in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Anthology. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is honored to have The Bobby Mason Band for a second year, and we can’t wait to see the show!

Bring at least one can of food to donate to Lift-Up for a free tram ride to the top. Rides and attractions will be open until dusk. The Lookout Grille and Snack Shack will be serving dinner, snacks and drink specials. Visit Music on the Mountain for more information.

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Poser: Not just your average band/synchronized swimming team

Roaring Fork Valley-based band Poser will play at Music on the Mountain this Saturday, June 7th.

Poser is made up of Matt Harrington (lead vocals and rhythm guitar),  Mark Pearson (bass guitar and background vocals), Michael Miller (keyboards and background vocals), Paul Buechler (lead guitar), and Mike Luciano (drums). It’s the band’s first time playing Music on the Mountain, so to get to know them a little better we asked the lead singer, Matt Harrington, for some details about the band.

NJ: How did Poser come into existence?
MH: I formed the band in the late 1980′s when I lived in Aspen. My former wife was working at a flower shop, and the husband of a gal she was working with also played guitar. His name was Steve. We got together with the intentions of learning every Beatles song written and became the best of friends. A band slowly developed over the years and had Steve not passed away 10 years ago, we would have been playing together for over 25 years.

NJ: What does Poser do in their spare time?
MH: When Poser is not performing the hits of rock ‘n’ roll legends, we all participate in a men’s synchronized swimming team. We compete around the world at public swimming pools and have won several competitions.  In honor of Ester Williams, the queen of synchronized swimming, my favorite formation is a Daisy. Mark, Paul, Michael and I form the daisy petals, while my drummer, Mike Luciano, takes the position of the center where he spurts water from his mouth. It truly is an incredible sight to witness.

NJ: Can you describe the band’s style (onstage, not in the pool)?
MH: We’re strictly a rock and roll cover band. To be honest, I couldn’t write a song if my life depended on it and I greatly admire those who can. I love playing the Beatles, probably due to the fact that it’s where it all began with my friend Steve. Although we only do covers, we pride ourselves on playing them our way, and making it ours.

Poser takes the Music on the Mountain stage Saturday, June 7th at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

NJ: What type of music do you like to play?
MH: The thing about Poser is our diverse selection of music that everyone is familiar with. From Bruce Springsteen to Hank Williams, if it’s a song we like, we do it. As a younger musician, I focused on songs that I thought people wanted to hear. As time progressed, I learned that if it was a song that I liked, I would play it well for the simple reason that I liked it. The advice I give to up and coming bands is: “Do what you like to do and, if you play what you believe, you will play it well!

NJ: Can you share a funny or memorable moment that has happened to Poser?
MH: We played our first gig around 1986, at the Red Onion in Aspen.  The owner was not at all interested in having live music, but I managed to bully my way in.  He agreed to pay us $200, which was great. The problem was, we invited all of our friends, bought drinks for them all night, and by the end of the evening our bar tab was about $11.00 more than what we were getting paid. A scene right out of the Blues Brothers!

I have been blessed over the past 30 years of playing with my best friends, and the “Stories from the Road” would make a good book and an even better movie!

NJ: Who are your musical influences?
MH: I grew up in New Jersey, in a musical family. At the age of 8, I played in my Uncle Billy’s country band.  There I was introduced to songs by Hank Williams, Chet Atkins, Roger Miller and the like. I have always been receptive to all music, but my main musical influences are Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, and of course, the Beatles.

NJ: What is your favorite venue in the Roaring Fork Valley so far?
MH: We play for a group of sculptors from all over the world that camp in the woods for a week while they’re learning to sculpt marble. Great people, a magical setting, and after living in a tent for a week, these artists are starved for entertainment to the point where they start dancing while we’re tuning our guitars!

NJ: So are you looking forward to your show this weekend at the Caverns?
MH: We’re very excited to play at Glenwood Caverns. I was hooked last year when I saw the Beatles tribute band Doctor Robert play. Great stage, great food, great fun, and cold beer at a reasonable price: doesn’t get much better!

The music starts at 6pm, and Can for a Tram starts at 4pm. Bring at least one can of food for a free tram ride to the top. The Lookout Grille and Snack Shack will be open for dinner, snacks and refreshments, including drink specials on select wine, beer and well drinks. Rides and attractions will be open until dusk. See you on Saturday!

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Night Plane lands at Music on the Mountain on Saturday

Night Plane performs a free concert this Saturday at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Night Plane will take the stage for a third year this Saturday at Music on the Mountain, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s ongoing free concert series. Singer-songwriters Jimmy Dykann and Haden Gregg are longtime Roaring Fork Valley locals and, together with John Zajicek, the acoustic trio have become area favorites.

Night Plane has been in existence since 1979. Throughout the decades, the band has played alongside John Denver, Jimmy Buffett, and many other noted musicians who came through the Roaring Fork Valley. Night Plane plays rock and blues classics, but they also write and perform a lot of original material.

The band recorded two albums together. In 2013 Night Plane re-released their debut album, Night Plane, on vinyl. The album includes four new original songs, which concert-goers will hopefully hear them play at the concert on Saturday.

The Park will be open with rides and attractions, including the new Glenwood Canyon Flyer. The Lookout Grille and Snack Shack will be open for dinner, snacks and refreshments, including drink specials on select wine, beer and well drinks. We hope to see you there!

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Music on the Mountain kick-off party: good times, new thrills

On Friday, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park kicked off its summer concert series with Doctor Robert. The energetic band performed a wide selection of Beatles tunes for the crowd, some of whom were dressed up as characters from Beatles songs!

The NEW Glenwood Canyon Flyer

Friday park-goers were able to be some of the first people to ride the Glenwood Canyon Flyer, a thrill ride that swings you up and around the edge of Glenwood Canyon, high above the Colorado River. A lot of people commented that it felt like they were flying, so the name of the ride is perfect! Check out the video to see what the Flyer is all about.

It was fun for a good cause. Can for a Tram collected a good supply of canned goods and other non-perishable foods to donate to Lift-Up. People who brought at least one can of food got a free tram ride to the top. Guess how many cans were donated and you could win a pair of Funday Passes! Go to the Glenwood Caverns Facebook page and look for the “Tuesday Trivia Contest” to post your guess.

If you were at the kick-off party, share in the comments below your favorite part of the day! For a schedule of the concert series and more information, visit Music on the Mountain.

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Music on the Mountain returns Friday, May 23 with Doctor Robert

The popular Music on the Mountain series returns this Friday, May 23 to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park!

The Beatles tribute band Doctor Robert will play the kick-off concert for a second year; their performance last year was a huge hit with audience members of all ages.

The band is based out of Crested Butte and frequently tours around Colorado. “We’ve had a fantastic year since playing the Glenwood Caverns,” says band member Kevin Reinert. “We’ve been invited to play a lot of high profile shows, including summer music concerts in Basalt, Winter Park, Redstone, and Arvada. We’re also headlining the evening entertainment for the Fourth of July in Aspen.

“We’re playing a lot of new venues around the state, such as Dickens Opera House in Longmont, I Bar Ranch in Gunnison, and The Red Room in Manitou Springs.”

Doctor Robert plays free concert at Glenwood Caverns this Friday, May 23

Doctor Robert has a huge selection of Beatles songs in their repertoire. “We’re up to 112 Beatles songs in our live catalog. Every song we learn becomes our new favorite, so look for more songs to be added to our live rotation,” says Reinert.  The large selection means the band can tailor every song to the crowd’s mood. Get ready to kick up your heels, as this band got the partiers dancing last year!

“We’ve had nothing but positive feedback since we started this project in 2010, and every year brings new and exciting opportunities. We’re looking forward to kicking off another summer of outdoor music at Glenwood Caverns this weekend!” exclaims Reinert.

The free show starts at 6pm, and Can for a Tram starts at 4pm. Bring a can (or more) of food to donate to Lift-Up and get a free tram ride.

Rides and attractions will be open, and drink specials are available. Hope to see you there!

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Partnership with Colorado Mountain College adds educational value to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is collaborating on an exciting project with Colorado Mountain College. In the next few months, the park will install a series of interpretive geology and biology panels, highlighting the natural wonders of the area.

Steve Beckley, who owns Glenwood Caverns with his wife Jeannie, is very pleased to be teaming up with the college. “We love to work with CMC. They are very professional and build a great product!” he says.

Garry Zabel, professor emeritus at CMC, has been instrumental in the creation of the geology panels. Zabel spent 29 years at the Spring Valley Campus as a professor of geology and math. Though retired, he continues to lead very popular field trips to study the geology of the Grand Canyon.

With a chuckle, Zabel credits his granddaughter with the initial creation of the geology panels: Zabel borrowed her colored pencils to create his sketches that were later turned into artwork for the panels. The sketches reveal the underlying geology of the entire Glenwood Springs valley as seen from the south side of the park (they will be installed on the Visitor Center Observation Deck and the Viewing Deck near the Giant Canyon Swing). Each layer of rock is labeled and detailed, and call-out points present interesting facts about the geological history of the area.

One of the geology panels that will be installed at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in the coming months.

Panels that feature the Grand Hogback, Glenwood Canyon and Mt. Sopris are also being developed. Additionally, a series of artist’s renderings and descriptions of the local flora and fauna will be placed along the Nature Trail, which leads up to the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is committed to to the educational component of the park. From a scientific standpoint, Iron Mountain and Glenwood Springs are very distinct and the Beckleys are anxious to share some of the fascinating information behind the area’s beauty.

One of the signs that will be placed along the Nature Trail features the Colorado Pinyon Pine and Pinyon Jay.

“The geology of the surrounding area is stunning and unique,” points out Beth Zukowski, marketing specialist at CMC. “Geologists from all over the world visit Glenwood Canyon and the nearby edge of the Colorado Plateau to study its formations. Doing so helps them interpret the geologic history of other areas, notably the Grand Canyon. ”

Both Zukowski and Beckley agree that the main goal is for visitors to find added value in their time at the Caverns. “The new panels will heighten our guests’ awareness about all the wonderful natural features in the park,” says Beckley. Adds Zukowski, “We believe that the interpretive sign project will bring added educational value to the visitors of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. We hope that novices and experts alike will be able to discover something new from these signs!”

To learn more about Garry Zabel’s upcoming field trip course to Moab, go here. There are still spots available! For Glenwood Caverns’ winter and springtime hours, and other park information, visit park info.

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