Colorado may have postponed fireworks this summer, but now that Labor Day weekend approaches, end-of-season entertainment options have exploded.
A big part of the weekend’s festivities is the Taste of Colorado, the huge bash filling Civic Center Park in downtown Denver. For Boulderites looking to check out some local flavor, three of the entertainers peppered throughout the busy lineup represent our county.
The Wild Road Band takes the KYGO Country Stage on the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 31. The group describes itself as a classic country band playing everything from Brooks and Dunn to Dwight Yoakam, taking the audience on a journey through one of the truly American genres of music. Get ready to imbibe in pedal steel guitar and drawling vocals that are the perfect musical complement for your American flag t-shirt.
Indie pop-rock band Foam Bullets, call themselves “a band of five guys, four real jobs, seven advanced degrees and one brand new tattoo,” will amble onto the KBCO World Class Rock Stage for two sets on Saturday, Sept. 1. Founded by CU grad students at a law school talent show, fans of the local quintet will get their last chance to see band’s current incarnation. Lead guitarist Eric Schmidt will perform alongside his mates at the Taste before moving to the East Coast.
If you have little ones tagging along this weekend, head over to the Comfort Dental KidzStage to check out Magical Enchantment with Erica Sodos, performing live Friday, Aug. 31. The Boulder-based magician claims she is “bringing real magic back to life” by wowing crowds by bending metal with her mind, reading the thoughts of the audience, and by escaping the bonds of ropes and chains. Her ability to entrance your children for more than five minutes sans help of television might be the best trick of the show.
It may be easy to get caught up in the festivities and food surrounding Civic Center Park this weekend, but take a break (or a time machine) from watching Lou Gramm of Foreigner and The Pointer Sisters to support Boulder artists dotting the stages. If anything the walk between stages can help stave off the funnel cake heartburn.