Salida celebrates the Fourth with music, fireworks and more

The British Invasion hits Salida on Independence Day when Salida’s own Beatles tribute band, The Veedles, takes the stage at the Salida Rotary Amphitheater in Riverside Park during the annual Fourth of July celebration on Tuesday.

Festivities kick off at noon on Tuesday with a lineup of local acts, performers and vendors. Salida Rotary will be cooking up brats and burgers and hosting a beer garden. There will also be a hometown parade and, of course, fireworks over Tenderfoot Mountain at dusk. Most events will take place in Riverside Park and the Salida Rotary Amphitheater stage with the musical headliner Robin Barnes performing a set of soulful jazz and funk at 7 p.m. Other activities include a jump house and game tent for kids.

First up for entertainment will be Salida Circus at noon at Riverside Park. Called “Colorado’s most unique circus troupe,” the local organization has been a staple at celebrations throughout the valley since 2007. Next, the local Salida Brass Band, which has been performing for more than 45 years, will take the stage at the Salida Rotary Amphitheater.

At 4 p.m. Salida’s hometown Fourth of July parade rolls down F Street toward Riverside Park. Led by American Legion Ray Lines Post No. 64 and Veterans of Foreign Wars, the parade will also feature the Salida High School Marching Band. Everyone is welcome to participate in the hometown parade, and staging will begin at 3:30 p.m. near Fifth and F streets.

The Veedles are a collaboration of longtime Salida musicians paying tribute to the timeless music of The Beatles. Martin Epp, on bass and vocals, teams up with Salida musicians Jim Luchetta, guitar; Stu Pappenfort, guitar and vocals; Jim Trujillo, guitar and vocals; and Dan Shuford, drums and vocals. The tribute band will play the classics at the Salida Rotary Amphitheater at Riverside Park at 5 p.m. with the promise of “a splendid time guaranteed for all.” Epp is a familiar face in the Arkansas Valley music scene. When not playing with the Veedles, he can be seen playing bass with the Alan and Martin Band, Salida Din or the hair metal tribute band Hairitage.

Next on stage is contemporary jazz vocalist Robin Barnes, who pays tribute to jazz music greats from her hometown of New Orleans, the birthplace of the uniquely American music genre. Bringing a mix of jazz, funk and soul to Salida, Barnes “is ready to stun audiences” with music from her 2016 EP Songbird Sessions, which debuted at No. 5 on the Traditional Jazz Albums Billboard charts and No. 8 on the Current Jazz Albums chart. She’ll begin at 7 p.m. at Riverside Park and take the tunes on into the evening.

Fireworks over Tenderfoot Mountain will begin at dusk, weather permitting. During the fireworks, patriotic music will be broadcast by 97.5 Hippie Radio.