Hey, Spike! offers up a duo of Summit County’s Len Rhodes and Janis Joplin | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! offers up a duo of Summit County’s Len Rhodes and Janis Joplin

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily
Len Rhodes is the musical director at Dillon’s Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church.
Miles F. Porter IV | Special to the Daily

Len Rhodes — this guy brings the dead back to life.

London-born Len is a Ptarmigan Mountain resident and the musical director at Dillon’s Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, in addition to being an internationally recognized composer, arranger and performer.

Not long ago, Len was on stage in Las Vegas with former world heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson for five nights, backing up the pugilist’s one-man show. Later, Spike Lee picked up the show and took it to Broadway.

Last night in New York City at the Lyceum Theater, Len’s work brought to life the music of Janis Joplin, played by Mary Bridget Davies.

Len gets creative billing as the “original music director and arrangement.”

He and wife Sandy plan to attend the NYC show as soon as Len’s hectic schedule opens up.

“Congratulations to all for this evening’s opening night of ‘A Night with Janis Joplin’ at the Lyceum Theater in New York,” Len says. “Two years ago, a number of special people wanted to make this happen — as a result of so many brilliant people, it is.”

For the last two years Len has been working with the show’s producers, Todd Gershwin and Dan Chilewich of One Night Productions/Premiere Media in New York, arranging the music and polishing performances throughout the U.S.

Janis Joplin (Jan. 19, 1943-Oct. 4, 1970) first rose to fame in the late ’60s as the lead singer of Big Brother & the Holding Company and made an appearance at Denver’s Family Dog. A star at Woodstock, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

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In Friscotown for a day’s visit were Ray “Wahoo” and Anita Wiegert, up from Castle Rock, stopping in Summit Gold to see Jane Peterson.

With them was Anita’s son, Randy, from Hawaii.

A native Nebraskan, Wahoo is now 80 and worked with fellow real estate broker Chris Eby back in the early days.

In some other Peterson family news, daughter Lyn and husband Dave Philips’ daughter, Katherine Elise, recently married Colin S. Gader in a ceremony overlooking Green Mountain Reservoir. Dave’s family has longtime family roots in Heeney.

Jane’s other daughter, Donna, a Summit High grad and volleyball standout, has returned to the county, living in Breckenridge, and is now a Tiger varsity team assistant coach.

Congrats to all.

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A replacement for 5th Judicial District retiring Judge Thomas Moorehead is expected to be named by Gov. John Hickenlooper soon.

Three names were submitted to “Hick” for consideration: local lawyers Paul Dunkelman and Monica McElyea and Eagle County’s Holly Kirsner Strablizky.

Those names were forwarded by the district nominating committee composed of George Clark Jr. of Evergreen; Gregory Johnson, Edwards; Christina Hooper of Eagle; John “Turk” Montepare, Breckenridge; Heather Scanlon, Leadville; Daniel Wolf, Vail; and J.B. Katz of Breckenridge.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com.


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