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Folksinger caps weekend at Steve’s

Aspen Times Staff

Courtesy Red House Records

Grammy-nominated folksinger/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson headlines a day of music at Steve’s Guitars on Saturday and coincides with two days of live music on the streets of town

Tonight brings Carbondale’s first Celtic Fest, with music under the tent on Fourth Street and at nearby Steve’s between 5 and 11 p.m.

In the festival tent, it’s Celtic fiddle tunes with Ann Federowicz and Robert Rosenberg at 6 p.m., Grand Junction quartet Feast at 7 p.m. and Celtic songs and dance with Front Rangers Lain and Joanna Hyde at 8:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, at Steve’s, local musician Steve Skinner plays at 6 p.m., fiddlers Federowicz and Rosenberg take the stage at 7 p.m., The Hydes are on at 7:30 p.m. and Feast closes the night with an 8:30 p.m. show.

Saturday is Oktoberfest in Carbondale, starting with the 11 a.m. keg tapping, plenty of bratwurst and another lineup of music in the tent.

The Oktoberfest stage has The Alpine Echo Band at 11 a.m., the Tom Allen Grengs Band at 2:30 p.m., the Frank Martin Band at 6:30 p.m. and rock outfit The Butchers at 7:45 p.m. before they head over to the Black Nugget for their second gig of the evening.

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Saturday at Steve’s kicks off with Rich Huttenhower and Eric Gross at noon, Acoustic Mayhem at 1 p.m., singer-songwriter Elizabeth Wills (she opened for Dwight Yoakum at the Belly Up in Aspen) at 2 p.m., local singer-songwriter Jimmy Polowchena at 3 p.m., Nelson Oldham at 4 p.m. and Take the Wheel members John Michel and Michael Jude at 5 p.m.

Gilkyson takes Steve’s stage at 8:30 p.m., with an opening set by her guitarist, Robert EcEntee. Take a chance on getting a seat for the “major league talent” on Steve’s tiny stage, or get a ticket in advance at Sounds Easy in Carbondale, advises shop owner Steve Standiford.

“Eliza is an incredible singer-songwriter and we feel very lucky to have her present her songs in our little room,” said Standiford.

Gilkyson earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk with her 2004 release “Land of Milk and Honey,” losing to Steve Earle. Said a New York Times review of the CD: “Gilkyson doesn’t pull any punches. She graces the music with her lush and passionate voice; a dark and lonely sound, hope and satisfaction, and edgy lyrics with piercing imagery round out the whole.”

Her latest, “Paradise Hotel” (also on Red House Records) has produced equally effusive praise: “Paradise Hotel is simply a stunning album. One of the Most original and influential folk artist of our time,” says This is Texas Music.