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A rose blooms in winter, thank Ullr!

Column by John Akal
Posted 1/9/19

When I first started writing this column several years ago, there was a new event in Golden that sounded like fun and was a little quirky. It was a Winter music and beer festival named after the …

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A rose blooms in winter, thank Ullr!

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When I first started writing this column several years ago, there was a new event in Golden that sounded like fun and was a little quirky. It was a Winter music and beer festival named after the Norse God of Snow.

The fact that it was held outdoors in the middle of January made it kind of unique, particularly since it’s namesake deity is who skiers prayed or toast to for good snow conditions. Now, normally snow is the last thing any promoter would want for their festival, but this one kind of relished in the idea.

Maybe it’s because I grew up skiing around here, but something about that idea really made me smile. When I first heard about it, I put it in my column and hoped it wouldn’t end up some kind of disaster.

Well, it turned out great and has since grown and been named one of the top 10 outdoor festivals in Colorado and it’s all set to go again this year.

I’m talking about the 5th annual UllrGrass Beer and Music Festival. Yes Ullr (pronounced oo-ler) is that Norse God of Winter I was taking about and this year he has quite an event to look forward to.

The actual festival will be happening on the weekend of January 25-27 and I’ll get into more details on that in a moment. But before I do, there are a couple of associated events scheduled beforehand I need to tell you about first.

As with any big music festival, the line up of performers is set months or years in advance, but they are holding two slots open for next year and if you are a musician, you still have a chance to be selected to take one of them. There are two events scheduled for next week that offer performers a chance to win a spot in the 2020 show plus full weekend passes to this year’s festival.

The first one is the UllrGrass Troubadour Contest held at the Old Capitol Grill and Smokehouse on Wednesday, January 16. It’s open to singer/songwriters performing original music of all styles and you can perform solo or with accompaniment. It runs from 6-9 p.m. and they are located at 1122 Washington Ave here in Golden.

The second one is the next night, Thursday, January 17 at the New Terrain Brewing Company located at 16401 Table Mountain Parkway from 6-9 p.m.. It’s for complete bands to perform and compete. Originality counts but it’s also open to all forms of music. Both of those events are free to attend so come out and cheer for your favorites.

Now, for the main event, UllerGrass itself. It’s going to be held in three places this year. Outdoors during the day at Parfet Park at Washington Avenue and 10th Street and indoors for evening performances at the Old Capitol Grill and, (please hold you applause until the end) it’s going to mark the Grand Opening of the newly remodeled Buffalo Rose Events Center.

In a nutshell, Friday January 25 will have indoor shows at the Buffalo Rose and the Capitol Grill from 5:30 p.m. until well after midnight. Saturday, January 26 has daytime shows from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. plus the Beer Festival in Parfet Park from 1-4 p.m. with the evening performances back inside at the Buffalo Rose and Capitol Grill from 6 p.m. until the bars close. Sunday, January 27 just has outdoor shows in the Park from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

There are a lot of bands performing and loads of beers and Winter brews that are just too numerous to list here. There are also about a dozen ticket options with various perks available so your best bet is to go to their website at www.ullrgrass.com and look at all the info on there. Tickets range from $20 to $250.

And yes… I said the Buffalo Rose is reopening. Now you can applaud!

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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