The bands performing at this year’s Golden Lions’ Fourth of July Celebration are looking forward to sharing the holiday’s fun and excitement with the community. The celebration begins at noon …
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The Golden Lions Club has decades of experience putting on its annual Fourth of July celebration. Here are the details on everything you need to know to attend this year’s event.
What: Golden Lions Club’s 48th annual community Fourth of July Celebration.
When: Noon on July 4.
Where: Lions Park, 1300 10th St., in Golden.
Attractions: Family-friendly activities including free face painting and free children’s rides, live music, prize drawings and a fireworks display.
Food/beverage: People may bring picnic meals and non-alcoholic beverages to the park. Food and soda will also be available to purchase onsite. A beer garden, wine and sangria will be available for attendees of legal drinking age.
Cost: Free. However, proceeds from the club’s prize drawing tickets help fund the event, and many of the prizes are donated by local merchants and businesses as their way of supporting the event. Tickets cost $5 each or five for $20. Tickets can be purchased from Golden Lions prior to the event, and they will be available for purchase at the Fourth of July event.
Weather: The Weather Channel forecasts that July 4 this year will be partly cloudy with a high of 89 degrees and a 10 percent chance of afternoon showers or thunderstorms.
More information: www.goldenlionsclub.org/4thofjuly
The bands performing at this year’s Golden Lions’ Fourth of July Celebration are looking forward to sharing the holiday’s fun and excitement with the community.
The celebration begins at noon and continues through a fireworks display. It takes place July 4 at Lions Park, 1300 10th St. in Golden.
Meet the Bands:
Thunder and Rain — acoustic Americana
noon to 3 p.m.
People should come ready to dance and sing along to Thunder and Rain’s music.
“We’re looking forward to doing an outdoor concert during the best time of the summer,” said the band’s lead singer and guitarist Erinn Peet-Lukes.
The Golden-based acoustic Americana band consists of Peet-Lukes, Ian Haegele on bass, Dylan McCarthy on mandolin and Allen Cooke on dobro, which is similar to a steel guitar.
This year will be the first time for Thunder and Rain to perform at the Golden Lions’ Fourth of July festival. The performance will be fun for all ages, Peet-Lukes said, and will include some covers of classic county and bluegrass standards, but mostly original songs.
Peet-Lukes started Thunder and Rain in 2013, but the current lineup has been together for only a couple of months. So, Peet-Lukes said, people can look forward to hearing a bunch of new songs.
“Our hometown fanbase is the best because they’re enthusiastic and loyal,” Peet-Lukes said. “No matter where this band takes us, we’re always happy to return home to Golden.”
Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene — vintage roots rock
Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene remembers the first time the band performed at the Golden Lions’ Fourth of July last year:
“It was the perfect, hot summer day. Then we were hit with rain. But instead of running to their cars, everyone started dancing in the rain,” Pastine said. “The sun was shining while it was pouring, and people had their arms up to the sky spinning around. It was such an awesome sight.”
Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene is an international touring band from Denver. The band consists of lead singer Pastine, her husband Paul Shelooe on guitar, bassist Troy Robey and drummer A.J. Knight.
The performance will be all original songs, in vintage roots rock style — meaning it has some rockabilly, swing, blues, surf and garage rock influences. The crowd can expect some new songs this year, Pastine said, as the band’s newest album, “Goin’ for Broke,” will be released in September.
“I think this year is going to be even bigger than last year,” Pastine said of the Golden event. “We’re always excited to rock and the crowd instantly feels that when we hit the stage.
Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts — modern outlaw country
Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts is looking forward to performing again in Lions Park.
“It’s the best park we play in. Golden’s really lucky to have it,” Chrys said. “And of course, the community is really great. All that makes for an awesome time.”
This will be the first year for the band to headline the Golden Lions’ Fourth of July Celebration, though it performed at the event in 2016 and 2017.
Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts is Chrys, vocals and guitar; Jack Yoder, steel guitar and vocals; Michael Jochum, drums; Susan Phelan, bass guitar and vocals; and Lauren Michaels, vocals.
The crowd can expect an upbeat set of a mix of covers and original songs. The band released its “Western Abyss” album a few weeks ago, so the band will be performing its newest songs, Chrys said.
He hopes everybody dances, sings along to the songs they know and gets a little rowdy.
“We want to make it a good time — people are going to see a show,” Chrys said. “We’re excited to share in America’s greatest holiday. It’s kind of like the crowned joy of the summer.”
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