Keystone’s singin’ end-of-season blues |

Keystone’s singin’ end-of-season blues

KEYSTONE – If you’re singing the end-of-the-ski-season blues, you’re not alone. Keystone’s right there with you. In fact, Keystone’s really singing the blues.

For the fifth year in a row, the resort hosts the Blues and BBQ Festival. The smell of char-grilled barbecue and the sound of soulful blues waft through the River Run Plaza Saturday. Kickapoo Tavern, Paisano’s, Fritz’s Bistro, Gassy Thompson’s and Outpost Restaurants grill up their finest flavors, complemented by Coors beers and North Peak Ale.

Red Hot Blues Katz start singing the blues at 1 p.m., followed by Hazel Miller at 2 p.m. and the Groove Hawgs at 4 p.m.

Miller’s powerhouse voice charges her blues with a soulful vibe. She began her career 28 years ago in Louisville, Ky., and has shared the stage with the Temptations, Julian Lennon, Leo Kottke, Bob Weir, Herbie Hancock and James Taylor, among others.

Since moving to Denver in 1984, she has regularly performed with Big Head Todd and the Monsters and has belted out her blues, jazz and gospel for Bill Clinton, the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Avalanche.

Classic rock radio personalities Rick Lewis and Michael Floorwax formed the Groove Hawgs in 1997 in Denver after performing stand-up comedy in the early 1990s. They decided to form their own band after sitting in on several musicians that opened for their shows.

Since then, they’ve opened for Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Doobie Brothers and have shared the stage with the Allman Brothers, James Brown, Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Thorogood and Def Leppard. ZZ Top liked the Groove Hawgs so much the musicians asked the Hawgs to go on the road with them.

The Hawgs have gone through a few lineup changes, the latest being the addition of bassist Derrick Terrabell and vocalist Shelby Johnson. Terrabell adds a funkier element to the tunes, and Johnson packs a punch with her counterpart, Yvonne Reyes. Guitarist Michael Hornbuckle has been with the band for five years – since he was 17 – and he’s learned a few things from guitarist Johnny Vaughan’s quick licks. Drummer James Nelson and organist Joe Sellars add a groovy flavor to the sound.

For more information, call Keystone at (970) 496-4386.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached by calling (970) 668-3998, ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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