Frisco’s Fourth of July blues |

Frisco’s Fourth of July blues

Lu Snyder

FRISCO – With no fireworks this year, Frisco has the blues.

Frisco town officials recently hired an all-star blues band to headline in their Fantastic Fourth of July celebration.

The blues concert will substitute Frisco’s annual fireworks display, which was cancelled several weeks ago because of extreme fire danger.

“We decided we would do something special for our residents and our guests in town,” said Mayor Bob Moscatelli. Town officials wanted to have something to entertain people in Frisco into the evening, since there will be no fireworks this year, he said.

The Rolling Fork Review Tribute to Muddy Waters will perform at the west end of Main Street near Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday. The group only plays about 10 gigs a year honoring the musical tradition of the great Muddy Waters, according to a Frisco press release, and features Waters’ son, Big Bill Morganfield and musicians who were sidemen to Waters.

Morganfield first began to explore his musical heritage after his father’s death in 1983. The New York Post stated, “this is one of the most impressive debuts to break in a number of years.” In 2000, Morganfield was honored with the W.C. Handy Award for Best New Blues Artist – the equivalent of a Grammy in the blues world.

“Steady Rollin'” Bob Margolin, on guitar and vocals, played with Waters for seven years. He has, in his own words, played with “nearly every blues legend alive,” including Willie Dixon, B.B. King, Lightning Hopkins, Hound Dog Taylor and Etta James. He also has played with or opened for some of the biggest names in rock “n’ roll: the Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Band, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.

Drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith was a member of Waters’ band for almost two decades. He co-founded the Legendary Blues Band, which won six Grammy awards, played with Waters on the movie soundtrack of “The Last Waltz,” and appeared in the movie “The Blues Brothers.”

Harmonica player Carey Bell is a veteran of both the Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters bands. The Village Voice called him “a master of the double reed harmonica.”

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or

Thursday, July Fourth

7 a.m. – Lake Dillon Fire Rescue volunteers pancake breakfast

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Kids fishing derby

10 a.m. to Noon – Inline skating

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Arts and crafts fair

11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Food and beverage booths on Frisco Main Street

11:00 to 12:30 p.m. – Barbershop Quartet – Harmony Emporium

11:30 a.m. – Kids bike decorating contest

12:30 p.m. – Fantastic Fourth Parade

1:45 p.m. – The Salute to Our Heroes ceremony

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Funkiphino Band

3:30 to 5:00 p.m. — Entertainment, Nancy Cook and Sal Mancini

5:30 to 7:00 p.m. — Jim Salestrom Band

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — Timberline

Toppers — mainstream square dancing

7:00 p.m. — Roaring Fork Review Tribute to Muddy Waters

For more information on Frisco’s Fantastic Fourth of July, call (970) 668-5276 x3076 or log onto

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