Missing Link Band celebrates change at the last 2014 Music on the Mountain concert

This Saturday, September 20th marks the last Music on the Mountain concert of 2014. It’s become something of a tradition for The Missing Link Band to close out the concert series, and the band will return again to play the last show. It will be a special show for a variety of reasons.

The Missing Link Band will debut new additions to the band and say farewell to a longtime member on Saturday, Sept. 21 for the last free Music on the Mountain concert of 2014

It’s been a year of big changes for the band, whose bass player, Paul Barker, moved to Florida to be closer to family. “We spent the last six months trying to fill his shoes, and it wasn’t easy,” says Nick Kuhlmann, the band’s drummer and sound engineer. They finally found Doug Whitney, who hails from Marble, to fill the roll. “He’s shown a lot of capabilities,” Kuhlmann says.

Paul Barker is returning from Florida to perform at Music on the Mountain on Saturday. “The show is going to be a farewell to Paul,” says Kuhlmann. “He’s an original founding member, we’ve been playing together for over 14 years. He’s more than a band member; he’s a brother.”

The show will also be the introduction of Doug Whitney to the band’s fans. “Glenwood Caverns is our biggest show,” Kuhlmann points out. “It’s really the proper venue to introduce Doug and let him know what he’s in for!”

There are other new additions to the band, too. Glenwood Caverns’ own Restaurant & Retail Manager, Bob Stepniewski, has joined the band on percussion. Additionally, Louie Girardot of the popular local band Louie and the Lizards is the band’s new keyboard player. “We were going to hire him as the bass player until we found out how good he was on keyboard. He really rounds out the sound,” says Kuhlmann.

“I like to call it the evolution of The Missing Link Band. We’re going to keep playing the same music. People love our diversity, that’s the main compliment we get. With the additional percussion and keys, we’re going to be able to go to places we haven’t gone before. We can cover parts now for material we’ve always wanted to play. But we’re still all about the stuff that would make my mom dance, as I like to say. That’s what is the most important–to keep playing music that everyone can enjoy.”

Kuhlmann encourages everyone to come out to the show to have fun, enjoy the new, fuller sound and say goodbye to Paul Barker. “Having Paul be leaving feels a bit like having my right arm cut off. But we wish him well, and as Paul would tell you–it’s not goodbye, it’s just til’ next time.”

Bring at least one can of food to donate for a free tram ride to the top! We are still trying to reach our goal of 10,000 cans donated to Lift Up, and we need all the help we can get! Even after the music stops, Glenwood Caverns will continue to collect cans at the base of the tram until the end of the month (although you will no longer get a free tram ride for donating after this Saturday). Visit Music on the Mountain for more information.

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Let Them Roar: “American musical melting pot” returns to Music on the Mountain stage

There’s only a couple Music on the Mountain concerts left! With autumn colors already appearing on the hillsides and the crisp, vibrant feel of fall in the air, it couldn’t be a better time to head up to Glenwood Caverns this Saturday. Carbondale-based favorites Let Them Roar will be performing, and this fun-loving group is the perfect band for September dancing, relaxation and fun!

Let Them Roar (previously known as All the Pretty Horses) has been together since 2010; they originally formed around exploring the music of Bob Dylan. They were influenced by a variety of sources, including legendary country singer George Jones and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. Their diverse influences led to a sound that the band describes as an “American musical melting pot.”

Don’t miss Let Them Roar at the free Music on the Mountain concert this Saturday, September 13

Let Them Roar made their debut at Music in the Mountain in 2013, and they took the stage by storm with their unique blend of country rock, rock, jazz and bluegrass. The group is comprised of Olivia Pevec (vocals), Mateo Sandate (guitar), Ashton Taufer (bass), Aaron Taylor (drums), Frank Martin (guitar, mandolin, lap steel, vocals) and Sophia Clark (vocals).

The band performs all around the valley; this year they appeared at Mountain Fair in Carbondale and Strawberry Days in Glenwood Springs. They regularly rock out at local hot spots like Steve’s Guitars and Phat Thai.

In December, Let Them Roar released an EP of their tunes, which you can listen to and purchase here. The August “Maroon Bells Bash Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness” event saw the band performing alongside well-known indie folk bands Paper Bird and The Shook Twins. Overall, it’s been a pretty great year for the band!

Saturday’ show will also feature great deals on food and drink, with rides open until dusk. Bring at least one can of food to donate for a free tram ride to the top. We’re getting close to our goal of 10,000 cans (7,040 donated so far), and with two shows left every can really counts! Visit Music on the Mountain for more information. Hope to see you there!

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The Goodman Band makes their Music on the Mountain debut Saturday, Sept. 6

This weekend will be a double-dose of Music on the Mountain, with shows on Saturday and Sunday. First up on September 6th is The Goodman Band, a hard rockin’ trio based out of Grand Junction. The Goodman Band is comprised of Gerry Goodman (guitar and lead vocals), John Brown (bass guitar) and Darin Elwell (drums). The three of them produce a huge sound together, and we can’t wait to hear what they will bring to the Music on the Mountain stage for the first time! We asked Gerry Goodman for a little background on the band to get us even more pumped for the show.

NJ: What’s the “origin story” of The Goodman Band?
GG: Darin and I started playing together eight or nine years ago in Grand Junction. We were the “house band” for a bar called DJ’s Roadhouse. John joined us about four years ago and we’ve become quite a tight little unit.

NJ: Did you grow up playing music?
GG: I was three years old when I started taking guitar seriously. I actually have an old photo of me playing a plastic guitar when I was a year and a half old, it’s pretty funny! I was a young teenager when I finally got the courage to play in front of people and I was 17 when I started playing for a living.

NJ: Who were you influenced by?
GG: My musical influences are vast. I grew up listening to Elvis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry….all those guys from the 50′s. As soon as my dad brought home the first Beatles album (Meet The Beatles), it was game over! I’ve been a Beatles fan since ’64. I didn’t take much stock in the blues until I heard Johnny Winter and then Stevie Ray Vaughan. I fell in love with the blues and I started doing my homework to see who influenced Johnny and Stevie. I grew up on country music too: Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and Glen Campbell.

NJ: What was one of your best times performing as a band?
GG: We got to open Rock Jam 2009 [in Grand Junction] on the Main Stage; that was fun and scary! We also opened Country Jam 2010 on the Main Stage as our Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Band (Texas Flood). Some of the bigger events here in Grand Junction are fun to play, like the Colorado Pork & Hops Challenge. We’ve had lots of fun gigs over the last nine years.

The Goodman Band brings good times and good tunes to the free show on Saturday

NJ: Where are your favorite places to play?
GG: Every winter we get to play in Aspen at a place called the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain. You get to meet people from all over the world there! The Black Nugget in Carbondale is always a blast, as is the Powderhorn Ski Resort.

NJ: What is the best part about playing professionally as a musician/band?
GG: The best part of being in a band is when we’re on stage and the three of us are hitting on all cylinders. We’ve played together for so long that we know what each other is thinking and what note or beat is coming next.

NJ: How do you try to connect with the audience when you play?
GG: When doing cover tunes, it helps to do songs the audience knows, that way they’re already halfway there as far as having fun. Some songs lend themselves to singing along with us; once you get them singing along, they feel like part of the show!

NJ: How would you best describe the sound of the band?
GG: We’ve been described as the fullest sounding three-piece band out there. I’ve learned to play rhythm and lead guitar simultaneously, much like all my favorite three-piece bands: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Who, Nirvana, and so on. We over-play to fill in the holes in the music and it sounds pretty phat!

NJ: Anything else you would like people to know about The Goodman Band?
GG: The Goodman Band takes pride in being able to play nearly any kind of music, and quite authentically. We play everything from country to rockabilly to classic rock to blues to heavy metal to acoustic. We are proudly fearless. Come and check us out !

Bring at least one can of food to donate to Lift-Up for a free tram ride to the top. Help us reach our goal of 10,000 cans this year! For more information, visit Music on the Mountain.

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Sunday Music on the Mountain show features faith-based music

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is pleased to present a special Sunday concert as part of the Music on the Mountain series this weekend! The Sunday, Sept. 7th show will feature faith-based music from New Creation Church and Jerry Alcorta (performing with The King’s Loyal).

Alcorta has performed at Music on the Mountain in years past with Carbondale church The Orchard. However, for The King’s Loyal, the Music on the Mountain show will be their first performance together as a band and a treat to see for concert-goers! The five member group will perform covers of faith-based bands as well as songs by Johnny Cash, Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, U2, and more.

Alcorta currently heads up the music and arts department for The Orchard. He’s been playing music professionally since the age of 20, and has traveled the world with his guitar. “One of the best experiences was going to China,” he remembers. Alcorta toured along the coast from Shanghai to Beijing, performing for humanitarian groups working in the area. “It was so great to get to know people from the states in a totally different environment, and to get together to help people in need.”

Jerry Alcorta and The King's Loyal will perform together for the first time on Sunday, September 7

Alcorta was heavily influenced by his father, who played guitar and inspired Alcorta to take up the instrument as well. He also cites U2, the band Need to Breathe, and country stars like Brad Paisley and Keith Urban for helping him to find his own voice. This diverse blend of influences has helped Alcorta to create a unique sound all his own, a sound that connects and resonates with the audience. “It’s all about blending music, life and faith. We just want people to come out and have a good time.”

Says Alcorta, “The best part about playing music is seeing people think beyond themselves and realize that there is more to life than jobs or schedules. God plays a big part in my music. All I can hope for is that the music I play is bigger than just me.”

New Creation Church will also be taking the stage at Music on the Mountain this Sunday. Their Worship Team performs contemporary Christian rock, and last year they got the crowd moving with a fun, upbeat show. “We’re very high energy, not what people would think of as a church group,” said Melissa Hefferon, the team’s leader.

The New Creation Church Worship Team will bring their high energy to the free show on Sunday

2014 has been a busy year for the Worship Team. “It’s been a great year for us!” says Hefferon. “We recorded a five-song EP of original music that we will be selling up on the mountain on Sunday.”

“The EP is an expression of our hearts towards God,” says Hefferon. “The songs are uplifting and inspiring, about the goodness and faithfulness of God in our lives. We had a great time writing and recording the songs. The creative process brought out the best in our team, and now that we have done this project I know we will be doing more!”

“We can’t wait for Sunday!” Hefferon says. “It’s always a fun time!”

Sunday’s show is earlier than normal; Can for a Tram starts at 2 pm and music starts at 4 pm. For more information, visit Music on the Mountain. Hope to see you there!

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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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