Many thanks for GrassRoots support |

Many thanks for GrassRoots support

Dear Editor:

I am writing to publicly thank everyone who made the Great Western Slope Musicians Gear Swap and Jam a success. All who attended had a great time, some great deals were made, and I was very impressed with the high-quality gear that was up for grabs.

I specifically want to acknowledge our media partners – KDNK, KSPN, Aspen Public Radio, KSNO, KZYR and KAFM in Grand Junction. All of these stations gave us great coverage and really helped us get the word out. The calendar listings in the Aspen Daily News and The Aspen Times helped too!

GrassRoots TV board members Alan Feldman, Michael Miracle, Richie Cohen and especially Paul Menter (who was at the event the entire day) were great help. Thanks to my fellow GrassRoots TV staff members and community volunteers for their individual contributions and support. Thanks to all of our fabulous vendors who took a day to clean out their studios, garages and storage units, haul all of their gear to PAC3, set up, swap it, and pack up and take home what was left – we couldn’t have done it without you!

I would be remiss if I did not mention John Sommers, who gave me permission to go forward and make real his original vision of the gear swap. It was his brainchild from the beginning. Thanks, John! This was a great first-time event that helped raise money for GrassRoots TV’s satellite studio in Carbondale. People already are talking about the next time!

In case you haven’t noticed, GrassRoots TV is celebrating four decades of community access television with a special week of programming through Saturday. Every evening starting at 6, the Musical Mystery Tour begins as GrassRoots TV takes a look back at the music, performances and performers we’ve captured over the past 40 years. Viewers will be treated to blasts from the past as well as brand-new shows that have never been aired until now. We’ve combed through the vast archives to pick out some memorable musical moments.

John Denver, Bobby Mason, Jimmy Buffet, Jimmy Dykann and Dan Forde from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. John Oates at Roots Jam 2000. Excerpts from the “Concert for Harmony” including the original line up of Leftover Salmon. Zuba’s after-hours performance during the One World Festival back in 1994. The list goes on and on.

New “Live on Location” shows will debut, too, featuring fresh performances by James McMurtry, Guy Clark, Cowboy Junkies and Kinky Friedman. You’ll just have to tune in to see who’s up next. For a complete schedule and to help sustain GrassRoots TV for another 40 years, visit We cant do it without you! Thanks for watching.

Brad Manosevitz

Brush Creek

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