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The foothills will have an outdoor music celebration on Memorial Day — the first time in decades for such an event — in addition to the annual July 4 function. The inaugural Memorial Day Music …
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The foothills will have an outdoor music celebration on Memorial Day — the first time in decades for such an event — in addition to the annual July 4 function.
The inaugural Memorial Day Music Festival will be on May 31, and the 31st annual Evergreen Music Festival will be July 4, both at the Buchanan fields — with attention to social distancing and mask-wearing. Both are organized by the Evergreen Music Festival.
“With the encouragement of the Evergreen Park & Recreation District,” said Cheri Rubin, president of the music festivals, “we are setting the template for the rest of the summer events by producing an event that is COVID-19 safe and within all of the state and county parameters.”
Heart Cameron, park operations manager with Evergreen Park & Recreation District, said he was pleased the outdoor concerts will take place this summer, especially after the pandemic sidelined all summer events in the foothills last year.
“(The events) are for the community, and I think that’s the most important part of it — to let people have some feeling of normalcy. It’s going to be great, and we are all trying to find a way to make it happen in the best way for everyone.”
Both celebrations will be configured with two separate shows each day: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m., which leaves time for cleaning in between. Different musical acts will perform at each show, accompanied by Colorado Ballet dancers. A car show is planned from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Memorial Day.
Tickets are $25 and go on sale May 1 for the Memorial Day show and June 5 for the Independence Day show. All tickets must be ordered in advance. Food trucks will be available at the events.
The number of attendees is based on COVID-19 protocols, and if Jefferson County is at blue on the COVID-19 dial, then 250 people will be allowed at each show on Memorial Day. If the county is at green by the Fourth of July, then EPRD has the option to increase the number of attendees, Rubin said.
Everything will hinge on what public health looks like and what EPRD says 10 days before the festival,” Rubin said. “Hopefully we will go in the right direction.”
The musical lineup for the morning Memorial Day show is the Denver Brass and Spinphony. Performing during the afternoon show will be Franny & the Jets: A Love Letter to Amy Winehouse and Paa Kow.
Rubin is proud of how businesses in the community have stepped up to sponsor both events. Presenting sponsors for the Memorial Day event are Bruce Anderson Farmers Insurance, Chow Down, Boone Mountain Sports and the Evergreen Brewery. Presenting sponsors for the July 4 event are Anderson Insurance, Chow Down and Evergreen Clothing Co. In addition, Tupper’s Team is a premier sponsor on July 4.
“The staff and volunteers are just delighted to be able to provide this for the Evergreen community and beyond,” Rubin said.
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