Nancy Heard: “We are constantly moving forward”

Ask Nancy Heard, Mountain Operations Manager at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, what she likes to do in her free time and she will respond, “think about the Caverns!” That mind-set and dedication are part of what makes her such an integral part of the Glenwood Caverns team.

Nancy has been with the Caverns since 2008; she started on April Fool’s Day! She is responsible for overseeing attractions, cave tours, and maintenance. “The best part about the job is the variety,” says Nancy. “I get time in the field and time at my desk. I truly enjoy the contact with the guests. Guests are so blown away with even the most simple of courtesies when extended genuinely, and I find that so rewarding.

“There is never a dull moment!” she adds. “We are constantly moving forward.”

Nancy Heard, Mountain Operations manager, at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park (that's the Cliffhanger roller coaster in the background).

Nancy moved from her hometown in Michigan to Denver in 1985, fresh out of college. “I worked for Martin Marietta Aerospace. I started in the engineering department and ended my tenure with the corporate training department, where I taught computer-aided design to other engineers.”

While at Martin Marietta, she earned an MBA from the University of Colorado and moved to Aspen. For the next 16 years she worked at Aspen Skiing Co., first as lift operations manager at Snowmass and then as General Manager of the mountain photography division.

Nancy lives in Basalt with her husband (“Jimbo”) and two teenage girls, Mackenzie and Nicolette. Besides thinking about the Caverns in her free time, she can be found swimming at the Hot Springs Pool or biking the Rio Grand Trail.

Throughout her years at the Caverns, there is one very memorable day that sticks out in Nancy’s mind. “We made special accommodations to provide the opportunity for a 4 year old child with disabilities to ride the Alpine Coaster. She didn’t have any limbs. Several of us put our heads together and came up with a solution to attach her to her dad using climbing harnesses. It was a very special time for the girl and the parents were so grateful. They said that this would likely be the only roller coaster their daughter would ever be able to ride. It was very touching,” Nancy reflects.

Another significant day was the opening of the Cliffhanger roller coaster. “I was involved start to finish on that ride,” says Nancy. “I worked with the broker to negotiate the price; I flew to Missouri to inspect it; I organized the shipping and installation; I oversaw the refurbishment of the ride and the final inspection and commissioning of the ride. It was a proud day when the Cliffhanger opened to the public!”

For Nancy, working at the Caverns has been a unique experience. “Glenwood Caverns is different because of the ownership. Steve and Jeannie Beckley are wonderful people. They are very involved in the Caverns. They truly care about the product and the employees. When a decision is being considered, Steve asks, ‘what is best for the guest?’ and the decision usually becomes obvious. Steve has a way of bringing us all back to center when asking this question.”

Nancy’s favorite part of the Adventure Park is the Nature Trail. “It is a beautiful trail, and it offers so much opportunity for development. I enjoy the constant brainstorming process of ‘what should we do next?’”

“What should we do next” is a motto that makes Glenwood Caverns the dynamic, ever-growing place that it is. Nancy and the rest of the Glenwood Caverns staff are excited about the future of the park, and they hope you are, too!

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Creepy Cocktails & Little Goblins at The Lookout Grille

The Candy Corn, one of many Halloween themed drinks at The Lookout Grille

Halloween is almost here and if you’re not already in the mood for spooky fun, The Lookout Grille at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is offering some frightfully delicious drinks to get you ready!

For ghouls and goblins over the age of 21, there are a variety of decadent Creepy Cocktails guaranteed to leave you screaming for more. Try the Witches Brew: rum, apple cider, grape goo, and gummy worms. Or the Pina Ghoulada, made with raspberry blood! The Ghost Buster is a martini-style drink with raspberry vodka, melon liquor, irish cream liqueur and sprite.

For hair-raising drinks that are kid friendly, the Lookout Grille offers the Little Goblins menu, with such concoctions as Swamp Juice, made with lemonade, sprite, lime goo, garnished with a gummy fish and gummy worm. The Candy Corn is a popular drink made with orange juice, grenadine, whipped cream and candy corns. Ogre Eye Stew is hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallow eyes!

The Halloween drinks are the brainchild of staffer Amanda Alberico and her co-workers at the Grille.  “We have fun drinks for Christmas and we thought, ‘why not do it for Halloween too?’” says Amanda. They found a few recipes online and made a lot of their own tweaks for unique creations. Her favorite is the Rotten Apple, with apple cider, grape goo, and gummy worms. “For the adult drinks, we had to test out a lot of different combinations,” she says. It’s a rough job, but someone’s got to do it…

Take Amanda’s advice to “come and enjoy our fun creepy cocktails!” Besides scary sipping, the Lookout Grille offers select wine, beer, and a variety of other beverages. For dining options, you can’t go wrong with Colorado hormone free hamburgers, fresh wraps, salads, sandwiches, a great kids’ menu and more.

Visit park info for more information and seasonal hours. Hope to see you there sooooon! Boo!

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Aspen Leaf Jewelry and Ornaments at The General Store

Aspen trees are a quintessential part of Colorado. We Coloradoans take pride in the abundance of aspen groves that populate the state, especially in the summer and fall when their beauty is in full force.

As winter approaches, we’ll say goodbye to the trees brimming with colorful leaves for the time being. However, The General Store gift shop at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers a way to hold onto the beauty of the aspen leaf…permanently.

Rocky Mountain Leaf Company, based out of Littleton, Colorado, offers one-of-a kind, gorgeous jewelry and ornaments made from real, hand-collected aspen leaves.

Silver, copper and gold plated aspen leaf ornaments. Rocky Mountain Leaf Company hand-selects each leaf, available for purchase at The General Store at Glenwood Caverns.

The business was started in Aspen in 1974. Liz Meyer has owned it for the past five years. She started out on the sales team, but ended up purchasing the company from the original owner. It’s always been something of a family endeavor–her youngest daughter used to help out producing the artwork. Now her oldest daughter and husband are part of the team, along with two other employees.

“We go out every summer and fall and collect leaves. We usually collect about 100,000 a year,” says Meyer. “We are very careful not to hurt the trees!” The company has some property off of Route 285 where they collect the majority of the leaves. Who gets the task of leaf-collecting? “Whoever I can get to do it!” laughs Meyer. “It can definitely be dirty, and buggy!”

The leaves, individually chosen for shape and size, are then brought back and placed in phone books to flatten and dry out. They are then re-sorted to weed out any misshapen, undersized, or bug-bitten leaves.

Only the best of the best make it to the next step, an acid bath, which washes away everything but the veiny structure of the leaf. The veins get coated in copper and are then electroplated with 24k gold, fine silver (a softer, more pure form than sterling silver) or iridescent copper. The pieces created by this method are “lace” styles, because  the intricate patterns of the veins resemble lace. Some leaves are left out of the acid bath, creating the “solid” style pieces–whole leaves plated in metal.

The last step is to create the actual jewelry and ornaments–attaching chains for necklaces, loops for ornaments, and so on. Rocky Mountain Leaf Company offers a wide variety of products–necklaces, earrings, magnets, charms, and more. You can view the pieces at the company’s website.

“Every one really is individual and unique,” Meyer says. Of the roughly 100,000 leaves collected, the company will sell nearly all of them. The ornaments are probably the most popular offering , says Meyer, and the 24k gold pieces are the most sought after plating. “People associate the gold with the golden color of the aspen leaves.”

“It’s a great item for visitors; they can bring home a little piece of Colorado with them,” Meyer points out. The jewelry and ornaments make great gifts for visitors and locals alike!

Visit The General Store at Glenwood Caverns to see for yourself the unique creations of the Rocky Mountain Leaf Company! For hours and more information, visit park info.

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Colorful Sights Abound at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

It’s no secret that Colorado in autumn is a sight to behold. Rich reds, glittery golds and deep oranges blaze across the mountainsides, and on bluebird days the views are especially spectacular. What makes the fall display all the more special is how fleeting it is; before we know it our landscapes will be covered in snow (and have been briefly already!)

There really is no better place to soak up the awesome autumn colors than from Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Taking the tram up to the park offers unmatched opportunities to see the Roaring Fork Valley in all its splendor. Early storms have topped Mt. Sopris and other peaks with white snow, creating even more dramatic panoramas. You really can see it all.

The vibrant color of the red maple at the entrance to the cave tours walkway really pops!

Once you get to the park, you can see nature’s artwork up close. One example is the red maple tree near the entrance to the cave tours walkway that almost doesn’t seem real. It’s leaves are a brilliant scarlet color from top to bottom.

Many locals and frequent visitors have noticed that this year’s fall foliage is especially dazzling, and that’s no accident. “A growing season with ample moisture that is followed by a rather dry, cool, sunny autumn that is marked by warm days and cool but frostless nights provides the best weather conditions for development of the brightest fall colors,” according to the United States National Arboretum. This pretty much sums up our weather this season: very moist and rainy summer, with most of September being relatively dry and sunny.

Ever wondered why, exactly, leaves change their color? As trees prepare for the winter, they start to lose chlorophyll, an essential compound for photosynthesis, which transforms energy from the sun into food for the tree. Chlorophyll is also the most abundant color pigment in a tree’s leaves. As the chlorophyll goes away, it allows the other color pigments to shine through, namely carotenoids, which produce yellow, orange, and brown colors. Carotenoids are always present in leaves, but the color pigment of chlorophyll is much more dominant. So the golden yellow and orange hues we see have always been there, they have just been in hiding.

Reddish tones, like the ones on the gorgeous tree at Glenwood Caverns, are a different story. Some trees produce red-hued anthocyanins, a naturally occurring pigment that gives raspberries, blueberries and any other red-to-purple plant its color. For trees, it is usually produced only in autumn. Scientists aren’t exactly sure what function the production of anthocyanins serve, but there are ideas that it might serve as a kind of sunscreen or antifreeze for the trees (from National

So come up to Glenwood Caverns to see carotenoids and anthocyanins in all their beautiful glory while they last, and make sure to bring along your camera! You can ride the tram up and stay for rides and cave tours, too! Go to Park Info for fall hours and more information.

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The Missing Link Band To Play Last Concert of Music on the Mountain

The Missing Link Band will close out this year’s Music on the Mountain concert series on Saturday, September 21. The group has been performing at Glenwood Caverns since before Music on the Mountain officially existed! This band has not only helped the park become a prime live music venue, they’ve also been there to witness first hand how much the park has changed over the years.

“The Caverns has grown in every aspect. As far as music goes, every year that we’ve played, it’s been more professional. The first year, there was no stage, we just played on the sidewalk! The next year, there were lights, the year after that, more changes….it’s just become a more professional situation every year. Crowds are getting bigger, and there’s more diversity,” says Nick Kuhlmann, the band’s drummer and sound engineer.

The male members of The Missing Link Band; the band will close out the concert series this year

“It just gets more special every year. It’s definitely the coolest place to play, it’s my personal favorite place to play in the valley.”

The Missing Link Band started with Kuhlmann on drums, Paul Barker on bass, and Erik McPherson on guitar and lead vocals. They later added female vocalists, Holly Guerin and Kimberly Saddler.  The band prides itself on offering a variety of music that appeals to all types of people. “We want to appeal to ages eight to 88. We want to give people the best from all genres: country, rock, R&B. Having female vocalists gives us the ability to be diverse, we can cover songs that feature both male and female vocalists,” says Kuhlmann.

“Missing Link is a good way to describe how we fit into the music scene in the valley. There are country bands, classic rock bands, southern rock bands…but we play all those genres; we’re the ones you call when you want a mix of everything.”

People in the valley have responded well to the band over the years. “At our shows, we see quite a few of the same people every time. People seem to appreciate it. Also, besides being good musicians, we have one of the best sound systems out there!” says Kuhlmann.

The Missing Link Band has traditionally performed the last show of the series. “There are two reasons we like to play the last show,” says Kuhlmann. “First of all, the weather. It’s usually a really nice up there this time of year, and being able to see Mt. Sopris and the whole mountain range in the fall is the best. I’ve looked at the weather and it looks like we will be in the middle of a high pressure system; no rain expected for the whole week.”

“Secondly, it’s my birthday! There’s nothing I’d rather do on my birthday play up there in front of a great crowd.”

Some of the band’s favorites to play are “Jackson” by Johnny Cash and June Carter, and “1963 (Oh What a Night)” by The Four Seasons. “I personally like the female vocalist songs; Carole King, songs that are a little more melodic. As a drummer, one of my favorites is “Walk Like an Egyptian” by Cyndi Lauper. It’s just fun to play,” Nick says. “We just try to give the crowd as much dance music as we can, and add in some eclectic music too.”

The Missing Links’ 2012 performance not only set record attendance numbers at the park, it also featured a very memorable experience for the band and anyone who was in attendance that day. A flash mob had organized to put on a dance during the song “Beautiful Day” by U2, and dancers from troupes across the region surprised the crowd by assembling, seemingly out of nowhere, to perform a choreographed dance and then disperse afterwards. Read more about the flash mob here.

“It was one of the coolest things that has ever happed for us as a band,” says Kuhlmann. “No one was expecting it. A lot of people took away good feelings from that experience.”

Kuhlmann credits the employees for making the park what it is. ““There are really great people that work up there,” he says. Kuhlmann looks forward to the show in part because one of the park managers, Bob Stepniewsk​i, gets out his percussion instrument and joins the band onstage!

As the concert series winds down, Kuhlmann would like to remind people to continue to support local music. “I would want everyone to know that there are a lot of good bands in this area. Just because you hear ‘local band,’ it’s not ‘Jim Bob and his brother Jim Bob playing somewhere.’ These are professional musicians. For example, in our band, our members have played professionally and toured in different parts of the country. I got my start in Chicago and LA. There are really good musicians out here; the best quality that you would get under any circumstances.”

This Saturday is a perfect opportunity to support local musicians and have a great time doing it. Celebrate the last show of the year and wish Nick Kuhlmann a happy birthday! Bring at least one can of food for a free tram ride to the top. There will be drink specials, food, and open rides and attractions. For more information, visit Music on the Mountain.

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Don’t Miss Acoustic Mayhem: ‘Genre-Impaired Americana’

Here’s the bad news: there are only two Music on the Mountain concerts left this season. Now for the good news: this Saturday’s show will feature Acoustic Mayhem performing their first time at the park, and the band is ready to kick it into high gear!

Acoustic Mayhem will take the stage at Music on the Mountain Saturday, September 14

“We’re definitely fun, and a little goofy,” says group member Lorraine Curry. “We are all having a great time when we perform, and that energy travels off the stage and into the audience.”

Acoustic Mayhem has been around for a decade. They came into existence when the group members were sitting around a campfire at a music festival, jamming and hanging out. The band’s eventual fiddle player, Mark Bruell, suggested the friends form a band, but take up instruments that they don’t usually play.

“It was slow going at first!” laughs Curry, who is a classically trained cello player but picked up the bass for Acoustic Mayhem. She had played bass before, but not as a member of a formal band. “We wanted to challenge ourselves,” she said. Her husband and bandmate Craig was primarily a guitar player, but he plays dobro and mandolin in the band.

“We tried to play strictly bluegrass at first, but that didn’t last very long,” says Curry. “Now we call our music ‘genre-impaired Americana’. We play swing, rock, country….just everything that we like.” She cites an eclectic mix of music influences, including country and bluegrass musician Tim O’ Brien, John Hiatt, and legendary Western swing band Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.

The band has some originals in their playbook–“Elliot Leonard writes some really nice tunes,” says Curry–but they will mainly be performing an upbeat set of covers. Some of Curry’s favorites are “It’s a Good Day,” by Peggy Lee, “Jambalaya” by Hank Williams and “Mambo Italiano” originally performed by Rosemary Clooney. “None of our songs will make anyone depressed!” says Curry.

The band has opened for the likes of The Drew Emmitt Band, folk rockers The Mammals, and Austin-based alt-country artists The Gourds. Acoustic Mayhem mainly plays in the Roaring Fork Valley, although Lorraine, Craig and Elliot recently went to Austin to perform in restaurants and nightclubs there. Sunday’s performance will feature the entire five-piece band: The Currys, Mark Bruell, Elliot Leonard, and Dan Rosenthal.

“We just have so much fun when we are together!” says Curry. “We’ve been looking forward to playing Music on the Mountain all summer. Everybody should get in the mood to move. Wear your dancing shoes!”

The show starts at 6 pm. Along with live music there will be drink specials, food, and open rides and attractions. Starting at 4 pm, bring at least one can of food for a free tram ride to the top! For more information, visit Music on the Mountain.

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The Orchard and New Creation Church To Play Special Sunday Show

Can’t get enough Music on the Mountain? You’re in luck! A special Sunday show has been added to this week’s lineup. The show will feature two bands from local churches, The Orchard and New Creation Church Worship Team. Both groups bring the promise of fun times and good music for all ages.

The New Creation Church Worship Team plays energetic, uplifting and inspirational music

“We’re very high energy, not what people would think of as a church group,” says Melissa Hefferon, leader of the New Creation Church Worship Team, which performs contemporary Christian rock. “It’s definitely music that anybody would enjoy. ”

The team often performs at their church in Glenwood Springs with over 40 people including a choir. At Music on the Mountain they will bring a smaller group with five vocalists and a full band–still a big group by any band’s standards, but according to Hefferon they are a tight-knit group. It’s a good thing because, as Hefferon says, “we are together all the time!”

“We are so blessed to have so many great musicians and vocalists,” she says. “We have lots of mixed ages–from teenagers to people in their 60’s. But we all have the same purpose. Our primary focus is to help people feel a spiritual connection.”

The group often writes their own music, says Hefferon. “We have various people who like to songwrite, and we are very collaborative!”

“You should definitely come out,” Hefferon says of Sunday’s show. “Between the two bands, there are lots of different styles of music.”

Jerry Alcorta of The Orchard is also looking forward to Sunday’s show. “We played last year, and it was a blast. There was a good turnout, and we had fun playing music and hanging out!”

Formerly the Church of Carbondale, The Orchard performs progressive Christian music at their church, but often at other venues they will branch out. “We’ve played Carnahan’s, BeerWorks [both in Carbondale]…all around. We like to cover U2, Johnny Cash, Dave Matthews–all kinds of stuff.”

Blending life, music and faith, The Orchard knows how to have a good time!

A particularly memorable experience was when The Orchard played at First Friday in Carbondale. “One of the new art galleries had asked us to play,” says Alcorta. We set up on Main Street and everyone gathered around, sitting on the sidewalk, just listening. We got lots of positive feedback from that show. Not that many bands get to play in the middle of the street!”

The faith-based band offers a memorable experience. “You can expect to have a good time!” says Alcorta. “It’s upbeat, uplifting music meant for dancing, and for having a good time.”

Sunday’s show starts at 4 pm, and starting at 2 pm, bring at least one can of food for a free tram ride to the top. For more information, visit Music on the Mountain.

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Lizard Skinner: Local Favorites Unite for One-of-a-Kind Performance

Crowds attending this Saturday’s concert are in for a big treat, as Lizard Skinner makes its debut at Music on the Mountain. The band, fronted by local rock ‘n’ roll mainstays Louie Girardot and Steve Skinner, is a collaboration between The Steve Skinner Band and Louie and the Lizards.

Lizard Skinner, a mixture of Louie and the Lizards and The Steve Skinner Band, plans to tear it up this Saturday at Music on the Mountain

Louie and the Lizards, a very popular band in the valley for more than a decade, disbanded when Louie’s brother, the band’s guitarist, left the group.  “I tried to keep the band going, but it just wasn’t happening without him,” remembers Girardot. He eventually joined Steve’s Skinner’s band The Natives, playing keyboard.

Lizard Skinner will present the best of both bands–originals and covers. “It should be pretty epic!” says Girardot. “You can expect a really high energy, rock ‘n’ roll show that will cover classic and contemporary rock. We’ll play everything from old Rolling Stones tunes to Jane’s Addiction.”

Girardot has been playing music his whole life; he started playing the piano at six years old and knew he was destined for a life filled with music. “I played bass instruments throughout school; I was actually a tuba major at Colorado State University,” he says. Though he has since moved on to other instruments, Girardot still has tuba on the brain. “I’ve had the itch recently,” he says. “I’ve actually been looking for one on eBay.”

Girardot and Skinner go way back; they have been playing together on and off since the mid 1990’s. “Steve is an exceptional songwriter,” says Louie. “I have a lot of fun playing his music. For him, fun is number one. So we have a great time playing together.” Their friendship runs in the family; their daughters were best friends in grade school.

Asked about the band name’s similarity to Lynyrd Skynrd, Louie just laughs. “I was just looking for ways to sync up the names of the two different names. It was just too good to turn down!”

Saturday will be a special day for Louie and the rest of the band. It’s not only Lizard Skinner’s first advertised appearance, but a reunion of sorts. Louie’s brother Michael will be coming in from Durango to perform with the band, and all the original members of Louie and the Lizards will be there, except for the drummer (Corey Spagnolo of The Chambers Brothers and The Natives will be on drums).

Says Louie, “Any of the old fans of Louie and the Lizards who’ve been itching to hear the old tunes–this is their opportunity. It’s going to be nuts!”

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Lizard Skinner! Bring at least one can of food for a free tram ride to the top. For more information, visit
Music on the Mountain.

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Bring out your inner party animal with The Rock Dogs at Music on the Mountain

Roaring Fork Valley locals The Rock Dogs will take the stage this Saturday, August 24th. It’s the last concert for the month of August, so bring your family and friends for one last celebration of summer before we head into fall!

The popular band plays all over the Western Slope (they’ve appeared at Mountain Fair, Strawberry Days, and the Redstone Castle just to name a few) as well as in Moab and other spots across the region. Glenwood Caverns is pleased to bring their cheerful sound and easygoing attitudes to the Adventure Park!

The Rock Dogs bring fun and danceable tunes to Music on the Mountain Saturday, August 24th

We spoke with bassist Tom Mercer, one third of the trio that makes up The Rock Dogs along with Dale Loper on guitar and Dan Brennan-Combs on drums (Tom and Dale trade off on lead vocals throughout their shows).

GCAP: So how did The Rock Dogs get their start?
TM: We started playing together in 1991. We came together from a variety of different bands, but we didn’t know each other that well. So you could definitely say that music brought us together.

GCAP: What kind of music do you guys play?
TM: We play rock music, spanning from the 1960’s to today. It’s not hard rock, though…you aren’t going to hear any metal or acid rock. It’s all upbeat stuff, that you can either dance to or enjoy listening to. We play some originals but mostly covers. Different songs work with different crowds, so we try to pick what we think will work for the crowd in front of us.

GCAP: So who are your favorite artists to cover?
TM: Well, whatever will get people up and moving around. The Beatles, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Bruce Springsteen…those are a few of our favorites, but it’s really all over the place. The main rule is that is has to be crowd pleasing.

Any memorable shows from all your years together?
TM: One thing that sticks out is a show seven or eight years ago, we were playing on the sun deck on Aspen Mountain. There were a group of people dancing and out of nowhere they formed a human pyramid. There were three or four layers of people. It was really incredible!

GCAP: Besides the possibility of human pyramids, what else can people expect at a Rock Dogs show?
TM: Honestly, just to have a good time, to have fun with their friends. It’s not about the band, it’s about the people. Everything else will just fall into place. It’s all about fun; that’s what we are there for. We don’t take ourselves too seriously.

GCAP: You’ve played at Music on the Mountain in the past, correct?
TM: Yes, we’ve performed twice before. It’s a great venue. People really enjoy being up there. When the weather is good, there’s really nowhere better to play in Glenwood Springs. Plus the staff, especially Bob (Stepniewski, the restaurant and retail manager), has been great to work with.

GCAP: Anything else to share about your upcoming show?
Just that we are really looking forward to it! And we want to tell people to bring lots of cans of food for Lift-Up, get a free ride up and come see us. It’s a win-win.

For more information, visit Music on the Mountain. Bring at least one can of food to donate and get a free tram ride to the top! Hope to see you there!

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All The Pretty Horses rides into Music on the Mountain

Music on the Mountain’s concert series continues with All The Pretty Horses performing this Saturday, August 17th.

The band is comprised of Olivia Pevec (vocals), Frank Martin (mandolin, guitar, steel guitar, and vocals), Ashton Taufer (upright and electric bass), Mateo Sandate (guitar and vocals), and Aaron Taylor (drums).

The band originally formed around exploring the music of Bob Dylan, but they soon expanded their focus to other legends, including acclaimed country singer George Jones and leading jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. “We also grew passionate about the traditional music from our country’s rough beginnings,” says Ashton Taufer. The mix of influences and genres led the band to create a sound all its own, and today All The Pretty Horses is known as an “American musical melting pot.” They are typically described as country rockers, but they are much more than that. “With our twangy voices, a jazz-trained rhythm section, a pair of tele guitars, plus steel and mandolin, we bring a unique history and passion in music,” says Taufer.

All The Pretty Horses performs this Saturday, August 17th

Having formed in 2010, the group is relatively new but they have already been recognized for their talent. They received 3rd place in the Post Independent’s 2013 Local’s Choice Awards, and also won a “Stevie” for best local band of 2013, an annual award given out by Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale.

The band performs “originals and choice covers that have been rearranged in our own unique way,” says Taufer. “We are moved to discover the beauty that comes with darkness, and we love to make people dance!”

Steve’s Guitars is a favorite spot for the band, and in 2010 they released a live album recording there (they are currently working on a studio album, scheduled for release in 2014). They’ve also made recent appearances at Strawberry Days, Garfield County Fair and the Crested Butte Arts Festival.

You can get in the spirit for their upcoming performance by catching a preview of the band’s original songs and arrangements here.

This weekend will mark All The Pretty Horses’ first show at Glenwood Caverns, so come welcome them to the mountain on Saturday! Along with great music, there will also be drink specials, food, and rides. Bring at least one can of food for a free tram ride to the top. For more information visit Music on the Mountain. See you there!

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