Author: Ericka Kastner


Opportunities abound for Ark Valley craic Although the lowlands and hills of the Ark Valley will hardly be draped in green by March 17, residents from Salida to Leadville will likely don the emerald color while taking part in local celebrations in hopes of catching a bit of the “Luck o’ the Irish” this St. Paddy’s Day. Salidans can catch a good dose of St. Patrick’s Day fever beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday when local band Stuck in the Briar takes the stage at Soulcraft Brewing with their Celtic and afro-rhythm sound. Stuck in the Briar is comprised of...

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Midwest ‘Ozark stomp’ band returns to Salida When multi-instrumentalist Ben Miller first formed his band in Joplin, Mo., more than a decade ago, band members couldn’t afford new instruments. Out of necessity, they hunted down thrift store guitars and discarded banjos. At one point, they even removed the handle from an ax to craft an instrument. Years later, the Ben Miller Band is still playing on “whatever works.” “It’s a trial and error process. Homemade is really appealing to me personally. Nearly everyone in the band still plays on instruments that have duct tape in places; it’s junky and...

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Salidans organize weekly event As a direct result of a team effort between multiple community organizations, the staff at Seasons Cafe will once again open their doors on Thursday, Feb. 15, to more than 70 teens taking part in Teen Night, a new weekly happening. The event is sponsored in part by Partnership for Community Action, Family and Youth Initiatives, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County. “The need for safe and inclusive events for teens is a glaring issue in our growing community. By the end of the first Teen Night (Feb. 1), it was clear...

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Salida artist Brinkley Messick opens new exhibit Two weeks ago, Salida artist Brinkley Nelson Messick found a small bullet hole in the wall underneath where he sits to paint inside his converted 1964 Airstream Land Yacht studio. He was able to follow the path of the hole to an exit hole on the other side of the trailer and then to a pock mark on the neighbors’ fence. Messick has not been able to find any leads as to the person responsible for the shot, but it has him on alert. And he hopes that “any would-be jackassess out...

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Americana band performs at Soulcraft A 2014 move to a “junkie little house” next to the Arkansas River in Pueblo inspired Colorado Springs transplant – then Haunted Windchimes multi-instrumentalist Mike Clark – to scribble down more than a handful of lyrics about heartbreak, love and fleeing from societal expectations. Nearly four years later, Clark’s band, The River Arkansas, plans to release their third album in August – an album that is a collection of tunes with very similar themes. “Any Kind of Weather,” the title cut, is mostly about “being able to adapt and keep up, no matter what...

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