Mud Season brings more music
Mud Season has begun in the Ark Valley. Ski resorts have closed, and the majority of tourists are held in abeyance until summer hits. Typically, it’s a time for the high mountain region to slow down and recuperate. But in the Ark Valley, a clear exception to the rule, there’s a testament to its percolating scene. More than 20 musical acts are booked in the Ark Valley over the next 14 days, including styles across the spectrum from purist folk and ’90s punk to bluegrass, funk and blues. Some stand alone and some compliment other exciting events as spring marches on in Salida, Buena Vista and Leadville.
Powerhouse folk duo Pint and a Half, who have been expanding exponentially since their inception in 2014, start it off in the intimate setting of the Coaldale Schoolhouse Music Room Wednesday, April 11. Duke and Tami Sheppard create organic and pastoral sounds informed by an authentic mountain lifestyle. Having just performed in Taos and Santa Fe, Pint and a Half stops in at the Coaldale Schoolhouse before touring the frontier in Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and Montana this summer. Bearing award-winning talents and their new album, Boomtown Ghosts, the Sheppards will grace the historic schoolhouse located at 287 Hayden Creek Rd. in Coaldale from 7 to 9 p.m. Shawn Waggoner of Blue Recluse opens, and tickets are only $10 at the door.
Also on Wednesday, April 11, bid farewell to what has become one of Leadville’s favorite small music venues with Carey Nall’s open mic. Wilde’s Green Hour/La Resistance, the artsy coffeehouse and speakeasy, will regrettably close its doors April 14 due to investor skepticism and caution. The unexpected news comes shortly after Wilde’s celebrated its two-year anniversary. But Leadville says goodbye like Lionel Richie says hello. Expect a full house of Leadville musicians, both professional and in training, hosted by emcee Carey Nall of Groovespeak.
“We’re very pleased by all the joy and happiness we could bring to Leadville,” says owner and operator Luke Finken. “Open mic has been a great time for our locals and visitors to share their artistic talents with each other with lots of smiles and toe-tappin’ every Wednesday night. It’s been a highlight of our week.”
Wilde’s Green Hour will be open for brunch and dinner until April 14 at 313 Harrison Ave. in Leadville. All merchandise and wine bottles are priced 50 percent off, and entry is free as always – the password is “something’s fishy.”
But as some ventures close down, others open up. Celebrate the launch of online news publication The Ark Valley Voice at Soulcraft Brewing Co. in Salida April 14. Live music will be provided by Bruce Hayes and his mandolin. From nearby Howard, Hayes possesses virtuosic skills on acoustic string instruments and a powerful voice to match. Hayes has been performing around Colorado for years, including his history with The String Cheese Incident.
Sign on for membership to the Ark Valley Voice and receive a 2-for-1 craft beer coupon from 7 to 10 p.m. at 246 U.S. Highway 50 in Salida. Keep your ears to the ground as this voice intends to be heard “by providing objective, factual journalism that supports an informed community, civil discourse and government accountability while reflecting the values of the community.”
Among these, there’s also chill acoustic music set to wine-sipping, the Earth Day Parade in Salida, crisp bluegrass five-piece Wood Belly, solo acts at the Boathouse Cantina, three big shows at The Lariat, and a high school musical and choral concert. There’s seemingly no end to the talent stretching the seams of the Arkansas Valley. All the better for locals closing up shop or taking a mud season staycation. Enjoy and support some of the people that make it a colorful exhibit here in the Ark Valley.