Keystone’s summer festivals kick off Saturday
BRECKENRIDGE – Enough of the snowy summer weekends. Saturday, Keystone celebrates cultures from the West Indies, with a mix of reggae and calypso bands.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. Saturday’s festival features a marketplace, international dances, international artwork and cuisine of the Caribbean Islands in addition to hot music. Drinks include Jamaican Red Stripe beer and ocean blue hurricanes from Bacardi; food includes key lime pie, raw oysters, shrimp and jerk pork and chicken tandoori sandwiches. Energy Alley soars with inflatable bounce houses, island crafts and frozen treats for kids.Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit that provides fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories, will offer five tables of art at the festival. The nonprofit is a self-supporting alternative trading organization (ATO). ATOs are non-governmental organizations designed to benefit artisans rather than maximize profits. They provide consumers around the world with products that have been fairly purchased from sustainable sources and work with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.Pan Jumbies kick off the festival at 1 p.m. with the excitement of a Trinidad Carnival. The six-piece ensemble plays the finely tuned steel drums of Trinidad and Tobago with a “jumbie” – a Caribbean word for “mischievous spirit.”At 4 p.m. Dominica native Djaté takes the stage. He’s best known as reggae band Culture’s lead guitarist, but has opened shows for Third World, The Wailers, Damian Marley, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff and Luky Dube.Now based in Boulder, the soulful funk and rock sounds have garnered Djaté a claim to fame as best male vocalist from Martin International Reggae and best cultural band from the Cool Runnings Reggae Awards. Plus, he was a finalist in the international John Lennon Songwriting Contest with his original songs “Wanna Be Love” and “Why Can’t We All Get Along.”Irie Still incorporates audience participation, soaring four-part vocal harmony, choreography and political consciousness into a live set that often stretches well into the night. But this time, they’ll start at 7 p.m. and won’t be able to go much past 9 p.m.The band formed in New Mexico in 1995 and bases its style in a blend of reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, Calypso, soul, Latin and jazz. For the first time, Keystone’s festival goes late into the night, ending with fireworks after 9 p.m. The festival begins at 1 p.m. at River Run.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.Music and dance lineup1-3 p.m. Pan Jumbies3-4 p.m. World dancers4-6 p.m. Djaté and the Rockers6-7 p.m. World dancers7-9 p.m. Irie Still
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