Starwood returns to Basalt on Wednesday |

Starwood returns to Basalt on Wednesday

Staff report

There won’t be fireworks in Basalt for July 4, but the town’s planning a heck of a party today to kick off the long holiday weekend.

The legendary groups Starwood and Night Plane will lead off the Basalt Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Music Series with a free concert in Lions Park at 5:30 p.m. today.

Haden Gregg and Jimmy Dykann formed Night Plane in 1980. Both are lead singers and guitarists; Brian Savage is on flute and saxophone; John Zajicek is on bass; and David Starr is the drummer. They have a remastered album from Capitol Records on sale. They are reuniting for the special release.

Some members of Night Plane also will take the stage with Starwood, an Aspen-area favorite with roots in the Roaring Fork Valley back to the 1970s. The band recorded two albums and toured with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Firefall. Four of the seven original members will be together for the concert, including Gregg and Savage from Night Plane. The other founding members are lead singer and guitarist Bobby Mason and bass player Bernie Mysior. Starr will join them on drums.

Both bands feature original music and classic rock. The chamber’s beer tent will open at 5:30 p.m. and feature Colorado Native beer, Agave Underground tequila and wine. No outside liquor will be allowed in the park.

While music fans feast on the tunes, they also can feast at the Basalt Regional Heritage Society’s annual Mother Blaire’s Fried Chicken Fundraiser. The cost is $6 for heritage society members as well as kids 5 to 12, and $12 for nonmembers. The meal includes fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, cobbler with ice cream and lemonade.

To top it off, Boy Scouts will sell snacks from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The Basalt Chamber Summer Music Series will continue each Wednesday through Aug. 21. The venue switches between Lions Park near downtown and Triangle Park at Willits Town Center.

The lineup at Lions Park features: Brad Manosevitz & the Flying Tourettes of Berzerkerstan on July 17; the Smuggler Mountain Boys on July 31; and Eagle VS Falcon on Aug. 14.

The featured tunes at Willits are: The No Joes, July 10; Velma & the Heart Tones on July 24; the Natural Disasters on Aug. 7; and Poser on Aug. 21.