Friday festival blog: A happy phenomenon |

Friday festival blog: A happy phenomenon

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First, I think we all (and by “we all” I mean locals) owe a big thanks to Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Yes, they created a hilarious and edgy cartoon we can all gather to watch, but more importantly this weekend, they created such a pop culture phenomenon, as to make all things associated with the show (which of course includes its hometown inspiration) cool also.

Spending some time at the South Park Music Tour on Friday as things began to pick up and into the evening as the music was officially rolling, an interesting idea came to mind. I first watched Gilli Moon fill up the Fairplay Hotel with a soft-toned yet powerful sound. During her song “Release Me” she played the keyboard, sang, danced and told a story all at once. Strive Roots (formerly a Park County band now based out of San Diego with only Eli Lieberman remaining from the origina band) kicked it off at McCall’s Park Bar also encompassing the establishment using a hard beat and loud energy to match.

Working on deadline I had a strict schedule. We passed by Millonzi’s Restaurant and I saw Dale Robertson — slated to play with rest of his band on Sunday — providing the music at the place. I was able to stop in for just a moment — I could imagine drinking a bottle of wine after dinner all the while taking in his kind of jazz.

The sun set as I drove into Alma for the last stop at the South Park Saloon (shuttles are available) where the Wandering were in full swing in their set. Maybe it was the band or maybe the fact that I too was getting into the full swing of the festival, the energy was at a palpable level.

Walking across the street, down a few blocks, and then up into Alma to hear four bands all in a couple of hours (from songwriter to rock band to personal jazz to funk) combined with the intimacy of the small clubs and the general ease of these independent bands.

The idea that came to mind: That I was listening to a live version of my MP3 player on shuffle.

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