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Keystone summer goes from blues to Caribbean

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI
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– World Music Festival: June 18

– Blues and Art Festival: July 9-10

– Bluegrass and Beer Festival: July 30-31

– Wine, Jazz and Art Festival: Aug. 27-28

KEYSTONE ” Keystone Resort has created four summer festivals revolving around music. This year, it launches the festival season with world music June 18.

The World Music Festival is a newcomer to Keystone’s notoriously popular theme festivals. Josh Blanchard, who books acts for the River Run festivals, plans to focus on a different part of the world every summer at the World Music Festival.

This summer, Keystone celebrates cultures from the West Indies, with a mix of reggae and calypso bands. In addition, a marketplace, international dances, artwork and cuisine of the Caribbean Islands and beyond will fill River Run.

The Blues and Art Festival features blues legend Charlie Musselwhite July 9.

Musselwhite’s first album, “Stand Back! Here Comes Charlie Musselwhite’s Southside Blues Band,” released under the Vanguard label in 1967, was one of the first critically acclaimed blues albums by a white guy.

He signed with Alligator in the mid-80s, releasing three critically acclaimed albums and winning six W.C. Handy Awards for his blues harmonica playing. He also won the Howlin’ Wolf Award, presented by the Blues Foundation and the producers of the Chicago Blues Festival in honor of blues pioneer Howlin’ Wolf.

The Bluegrass and Beer Festival, River Run’s largest annual festival filled with microbrews and plenty of pickin’, brews July 30-31. Blue Highway, which has won 11 international bluegrass awards and garnered a Grammy nomination, headlines the festival.

Wine, Jazz and Art Festival, Aug. 27-28, features firecracker Jill Carr.

Carr has been a “Baywatch” babe, a Vegas lounge singer and a cruise ship entertainer, but now she’s settling into the role of mom ” and performing closer to home.

Her rich, powerful voice soars with amazing range and control, and her hilarious reflections help connect her with the audience.

“I wouldn’t call myself a comedian, but I make fun of myself, talking about my childhood, my love life and my stint on ‘Baywatch’ ” what a joke that was. It was while Pamela Anderson was on, and I appeared in 13 episodes, playing a lifeguard, a waitress and a Playboy bunny,” she said.

She sings big band, Aretha Franklin covers, funk, swing and 1960s music.

Before the festivals begin, a harp quartet featuring Caroline Val-Schmidt, comes to town June 17. The evening includes classic and modern music on four harps.

Keystone continues in a classical vein with the National Repertory Orchestra’s concert series June 24, July 1, 15 and 22. From Beethoven to Rossini, DiLorenzo to Sousa, the orchestra presents an opus of grand measure.

The Snake River Chamber Orchestra presents an evening of chamber and pop music Aug. 19.

And what would summer be without a few good laughs?

Keystone presents its popular Sushi, Sake and Comedy July 2 with comedians Teresa Logan and George McClure ” two of America’s most thought-provoking comedians. If you’re looking for a girls’ night out, two of the hottest women comics deliver a naughty and hilarious night Aug. 12.

One of America’s top vocalists, Sheryl Renee, comes to town July 16. Then, on July 23, two-time Grammy-nominated Limelighters bring an evening of folk music to the mountains.

Natalie Oliver-Atherton blends fiery rhythm-and-blues with contemporary jazz and rock in her six-piece band, which features the sizzling guitar work of Anthony James Aug. 13.

Nashville singer and songwriter Umberto Fonte brings his four-piece, country rock band to Keystone Aug. 20.

For those with a flair for theater, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company presents “The Complete History of America,” a play by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. The comedy offers a loony summary of our nation’s past 500 years, from Columbus to Clinton.

And if you’re looking for art, 12 leading fine artists come together for the Mountain Art Gathering Aug. 3-7 to benefit The Summit Foundation.

Keystone wraps up the summer with the 17th annual Taste of Keystone, Sept. 3. Lannie Garrett celebrates the weekend with a wild show that has some swing.

For more information, call (970) 469-4FUN or visit http://www.keystone.snow.com.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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