Century rides and hot Blues bands complement a treasury of fine art this weekend at Keystone’s River Run Village
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Another free festival is coming to thecourtesy of Keystone Resort, where the Blues and fine art take center stage Aug. 21-22 at the 6th annual Blues Festival and Art Show at River Run Village.
The weekend also features the Blue River Century Ride (Aug. 22) for cyclists with three different finish options, including Loveland Pass (11,990 feet), Arapahoe Basin Ski Area and the funky mountain town of Montezuma.
A “metric century” 100-Kilometer race is another option, will all the fund-raising rides starting 7 a.m. at Keystone’s River Run Village. The Blue River Century Ride is billed as an event to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and cyclists can choose from three different charities: The Lance Armstrong Foundation, The Roundup River Ranch or the Marc Jr.’s Foundation. The Blue River Century claims to be one of the first cycling events to focus on a zero-waste goal. Last year’s event was able to divert more than 90 percent of its waste from the landfill. More info here.
As always, there’s free parking and a kid’s playground to keep the young set happy. Info on all Keystone’s summer festivals is online here.
Lipbone Redding: Inventive singer/songwriter/ guitarist / voice-instrumentalist and former subway musician, Lipbone Redding revs up the party and creates original songs that effervesce with New Orleans swing, Memphis grooves and New York City style. Lipbone Redding website.
Tommy Thomas: Raised by a musical family in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Tommy has been groomed by the sweet sound of blues and gospel since the day he was born. Tommy is a past recipient of the Living Blues Critics’ Award. Tommy Thomas website.
Blooz Dogz: Geoff Meyer & Jon Sterling met in 1996 and formed a fast friendship based on mutual insanity…Both Geoff and Jon have a heart for children and want to use the gift they have been given to help raise funds and awareness for children. Blooz Dogz website.
Hazel Miller Band: Hazel Miller is not just a great singer, “she is a force of nature!” quotes the Rocky Mountain News. Her voice has been called “stunning, moving and powerful.” Hazel has been a sought after performer in Colorado for the past 24 years. Whether she is singing blues, jazz, pop, or Gospel, her voice charges the songs with a primal dose of genuine soul. Hazel Miller Band website.
Dana McDaniel, Lynne Anderson, Sandra Garcia, John Burnett, Kevin Eslinger, Dave Holman, Hal Connelly, Gary Rowley, Amy Rickard, William Duran, Myan Sorensen, Michelle Henzel, Kimberly Frayer, Michael Krob, Bear McLaughlin, Wendy Sollod, Kat Hogan, Janet Klein, Peter Grannis, Jaime Rood, Rebecca Weil, Thom Bumblauskas, Frank and Nickie Keith, and Rick Gnerich.