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July 30, 2014
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Theater, music, art and comedy launch first Basalt Live festival

The hills of Basalt are alive with the sound of music, and more, as the town kicks off the five-day Basalt Live festival in Lions Park.

The event’s centerpiece is Jayne Gottlieb Productions’ “The Sound of Music,” a staging of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical with a cast of children, which runs Thursday through Sunday in a tent in the park.

“We’re hoping for this to be an annual event,” Gottlieb said.

Gottlieb organized the festival with the town, local business owners, the Basalt Downtown Business Association and the Basalt Area Chamber of Commerce.

Along with the family-friendly musical, she said they’re aiming to draw a range of valley residents to the events, which include live music tonight and Saturday night, live stand-up comedy Friday and a book and art sale on Saturday and Sunday.

Local businesses pitching in for Basalt Live include Tempranillo, which will cater food at Friday’s staging of “The Sound of Music”; the Brick Pony, which caters Saturday’s show and will provide a bar at Saturday’s concert by The Starlets; and Heather’s, which will run the bar at Friday’s comedy show. The Wyly Community Art Center runs the book and art sale. Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic for tonight’s concert by Fifty50.

“We’re trying to create some community buzz in Basalt,” Gottlieb said.

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