GOWD promises a 'boot-scootin'' time

With a variety of music, food and entertainment, Monday's Grand Olde West Days events promises something for everyone.

Yampa Avenue will be closed from Fourth to Sixth streets and the sounds of music will fill the air no matter which direction one heads.

"Since the theme is the Grand Old West, we're concentrating on a blend of music, not full-out country, not full-out Western," said Carol Wilson, owner of Neolithics and one of this year's event organizers.

Music will begin at approximately 10 a.m. in a tent located in front of the Craig Daily Press building and the group Blue Harvest will start it off.

Blue Harvest, a local band, will fill the air with sounds of folk music and bluegrass.

Prickly Pair will follow Blue Harvest. According to Wilson, Prickly Pair features the "sounds of the pioneers." Their music is peppered with yodels and the use of fiddles with what she calls a Celtic twist.

Down Home Country will travel from Wyoming for Monday's portion of the Memorial Weekend events. The performance will feature a mixture of country and blue grass.

"We've got a nice mix of music," Wilson said.

Smokehouse will close the show with its brand of Western music that makes the band popular in Northwest Colorado, which is often seen performing in Steamboat Springs.

Each group will perform for a little more than an hour with short breaks between each set.

"I think it's going to be wonderful," Wilson said. "Folks can sit for 15 minutes or they can kick back and stay all day."

Legacy will be playing throughout the day at the Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig. The local band specializes in soft rock and oldies and will begin its performance at about 11:30 a.m.

They'll be accompanied by 1340, a local group, which started as the Monday Night Mugs playing informally each week at On the Shelf Bookstore.

"I've heard they're really good," Wilson said.

Continuing north to the Museum of Northwest Colorado, people will find the Yampa Valley Boys performing. The Yampa Valley Boys combine cowboy poetry and music for an unforgettable performance.

Prickly Pair also will provide music at the museum for an hour before moving down the street to the music tent.

Music at the museum begins at 11 a.m.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, Ext. 210 or by e-mail at ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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