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Blue Oyster Cult, Marcia Ball play free shows in Frisco Saturday

Summit Daily News
Summit County, CO
Special to the Daily/Robert Bahner

FRISCO ” Four years since recording her last studio album, Louisiana blues musician Marcia Ball recently came out with “Peace, Love and BBQ.”

She noted that hurricanes Katrina and Rita were partly responsible for her long break in recording.

“It took me a while to feel comfortable about writing songs that were not angry,” she said in a phone interview on Tuesday.

A couple of songs on the new CD address the issues, like “Where Do You Go When You Can’t Go Home” and “Ride It Out,” however, from there she gets back to her usual “New Orleans-style, southern American mixture of music.”

She said once she got those political songs out, she was able to move on.

“Then I could relax, and play more hopeful and happy songs …” she said.

Ball said she considers it a musician’s responsibility to address in song things that are hard to talk about, but she also wants to provide the upbeat music she is known for.

Of her music, she said, “Sometimes it’s the only relief people have from their day-to-day troubles.”

Ball and her band will play at the final Music on Main Street series in Frisco beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The free show will begin at 4:30 p.m. with Mystery Achievement (a Pretenders cover band), followed by Marcia Ball, before headliners Blue Oyster Cult takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Blue Oyster Cult is an American rock band, which formed in New York in 1967. The group is best known for three songs: The 1976 single “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” from the album “Agents of Fortune,” the 1981 single “Burnin’ for You” from the album Fire of Unknown Origin, and “Godzilla” (1977) from Spectres.

More recently a Saturday Night Live clip brought the band back to the forefront with a now classic YouTube clip wherein Christopher Walken demands “More cowbell!” If you missed it, check out the Media section of Blue Oyster Cult’s website to find the SNL clip.

FRISCO ” The Free Family Fun Fest in Frisco is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area.

Families can enjoy free activities such as quad bungee jumping, train rides, bouncy castles, the inflatable obstacle course, the big, inflatable slide, Creative Cabinetry inflatable Drekko tunnel, the FIRC dunk tank, emergency services vehicles, “Wizard of Oz” characters from the Backstage Theatre, live music, face painting, arts and crafts and more.

There will be vendors selling food, beverages and wares, along with a Backcountry Brewery beer garden.

At the event, kids can learn about the importance of emergency services in our community, how to call 911 in case of an emergency, and how to “Stop, Drop, and Roll.”

The Free Family Fun Fest in Frisco is also an opportunity to sign children up for after-school activities such as High Country Soccer, Summit School of Dance, Rocky Mountain Dance Academy, Quantum Sports and Team Summit.

Music on Main Street with free live music from Blue Oyster Cult follows that night.

For more information, call (970) 453-2234 or visit

Saturday at Frisco’s Main St. and 1st. Ave.

– 4:30 p.m. ” Mystery Achievement (The Pretenders)

– 5:30 p.m. ” Marcia Ball

– 7:30 p.m. ” Blue Oyster Cult

No outside alchohol or pets allowed. The Town suggests you ride your bike and get the best parking.

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