Starwood reunion one of highlights in packed Basalt summer |

Starwood reunion one of highlights in packed Basalt summer

Admirers check out the classic cars in the 2015 Motors on Midland show.
Basalt Chamber of Commerce/courtesy photo |

There’s something about Starwood reunions and Basalt that just seem to mesh.

Some members of the legendary band will reunite at Lions Park at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 as part of Basalt’s summer concert series. The band, whose roots in Aspen reach back to the 1970s, also reunited for Basalt’s River Days in 2012.

“The park was just packed,” said Bennett Bramson, interim director of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce.

In fact, it worked so well he decided to approach band members to test the waters for another reunion. It was music to their ears.

Starwood will be one of the highlights of a packed summer events calendar in Basalt. Another highlight will be a quadruple-header on Saturday. Four events will be staggered throughout the day.

“When did we have four events that weren’t conflicting?” Bramson asked.

The Basalt-based Roaring Fork Conservancy will host its annual Education River Float, starting at Coryell Ranch in Carbondale at 8 a.m. This is the 13th annual fun float and barbecue.

The Basalt Public Arts Commission will host a dedication of five art sculptures that have been installed in various places around town starting at 2 p.m. There will be a special ceremony at Lions Park at 4 p.m.

The popular Motors on Midland classic-car show will be held on Midland Avenue that evening from 5 to 8 p.m. The event keeps growing and will feature 45 classic cars this year, Bramson said. There will be live music and a beer garden. This year the town government granted permission to allow the beer garden to be held in a roughly one-block section of Midland Avenue that will be shut down for the event. Viewers will be able to check out the sweet rides while enjoying a frosty one.

Topping off the night will be a screening of “Singin’ in the Rain” in Lions Park after dusk. There will be food vendors, drinks and popcorn available for the outdoor screening.

The movie is part of the Saturday Night Cinema in the Park series. The other movies are “Hook” on July 15 and “E.T. — The Extra Terrestrial” on Aug. 12.

The summer concert series at Willits Town Center and at Lions Park downtown also are a focus of the events. Willits Town Center will host concerts at Triangle Park in June and July.

The band Painting the Wind will play 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 23, at a kick-off party for the Lift-Off for Lift-Up balloon festival that will be held at Crown Mountain Park on June 24-25. The festival is a fundraiser for Lift-Up, which helps people in need in the Roaring Fork and lower Colorado River valleys. The event is intended to be an annual occurrence.

Willits will host three concerts in Triangle Park on Wednesdays in July. All shows are at 6 p.m. The lineup features the Atomic Drifters on July 5, Zolopht on July 12, and Wild Mountain on July 19.

No concerts were initially scheduled in Lions Park, but the chamber, town government and Alpine Bank teamed to come up with funds to let the music flow. Concerts downtown will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in August.

The lineup includes Poser on Aug. 2, Caleb Dean Band on Aug. 9, and Starwood on Aug. 16. The Caleb Dean Band’s performance will be linked to the annual Mother Blair’s Fried Chicken Dinner at Lions Park. The event is a fundraiser for the Basalt Regional Heritage Society.

The chamber of commerce needs volunteers for nearly every event. Contact 970-927-4031 to help out.

“Events are never easy because they take a lot of support,” Bramson said.

Basalt’s summer fun also will feature a couple of standing events. The popular Sunday Market will be held Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lions Park from June 18 through October.

The ArtWalk will be held the second Friday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown.

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