Arts & entertainment

Golden Summer Jam offers families opportunity to rock

Community concert with local bands takes place July 14

Posted 6/20/17

It’s community. It’s family fun. It’s live music.

And it’s summertime.

Mix these ingredients together and you get the Golden Civic Foundation’s inaugural Golden Summer Jam concert.

The purpose of the event, which will take place …

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Arts & entertainment

Golden Summer Jam offers families opportunity to rock

Community concert with local bands takes place July 14

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It’s community. It’s family fun. It’s live music.

And it’s summertime.

Mix these ingredients together and you get the Golden Civic Foundation’s inaugural Golden Summer Jam concert.

The purpose of the event, which will take place July 14 at the Buffalo Rose, is to connect with Golden families and residents, promote community involvement and celebrate Golden’s friendly, small-town atmosphere, said Heather Schneider, executive director of the Golden Civic Foundation.

“Golden is such a friendly and genuine community,” she said. “The Golden Civic Foundation wants to bring everyone together to foster that `Golden mentality.’ ”

Golden Summer Jam will feature three local, family-friendly musical acts — the Skeleton Dolls, Thunder and Rain, and Weatherbee and the Gnarbillys.

“We wanted to make it a local event,” said Chris Cone, owner of the Buffalo Rose. “It’s entirely emphasizing the community.”

The Golden Civic Foundation’s Brian Quarnstrom agreed.

“People in Golden really love live music,” he said. “We think this is a great opportunity to bring the community together to experience local bands among their friends and neighbors.”

About Skeleton Dolls

Opening the show is the Skeleton Dolls, a trio of teenage sisters who will be covering rock songs from bands such as the Ramones, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones, for example, as well as performing some original songs.

“We were brought up listening to this music,” said Aria Fisher, 12, who sings and plays drums. “You can really get into it.”

It will be a lot of fun to introduce younger kids to cool rock music, said Harmony Fisher, 17, who sings and plays guitar. And there’s always great energy at Skeleton Dolls concerts, she added.

“Some people will sing along, and others will be dancing,” Harmony said. “It’s exciting.”

The girls’ performances are sporadic during the school year, but they’re quite busy this summer in and around Golden. They have performed on the Buffalo Rose’s outdoor patio stage before, but the big stage inside the venue will be a new experience for them.

It’s rare for minors to experience a concert in a live-music venue, the girls said, because many venues are 21 and over.

“It will be super cool to get to listen to all the other bands, too,” said Cadence Fisher, 15, who plays bass and sings for the Skeleton Dolls.

About Thunder and Rain

Erinn Peet-Lukes with Thunder and Rain loves performing for families, she said.

“For some reason, kids love our music — especially our first album,” Peet-Lukes said. “Golden Summer Jam will give them an opportunity to go to a (live music) venue and see us perform in a real concert setting.”

As a local guitar teacher, Peet-Lukes hopes her students will be inspired by the opportunity to see her in action, she said.

Thunder and Rain consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Peet-Lukes, Pete Weber on the mandolin, vocalist Ian Haegele on the upright bass and vocalist Chris Herbst on the Dobro.

Thunder and Rain call themselves a bluegrass pop band. Lots of bands are starting doing this, Peet-Lukes said, but it’s an up-and-coming style of music that doesn’t have a defined genre yet. It’s best described a mix of bluegrass, country, pop and rock, she said.

At Golden Summer Jam, Thunder and Rain will perform mostly original songs, including some from a new album, “Start Believing,” which will be coming out this fall.

About Weatherbee and the Gnarbillys

Headlining the show is Weatherbee and the Gnarbillys. Matt Weatherbee, a singer/guitarist, has been performing live in Golden since 2006. He and lead guitarist Ryan Logan, upright bassist Josh Loun, drummer Brad Pecka and Shaun Nicklin on the pedal steel guitar formed Weatherbee and the Gnarbillys this year.

It’s an experience, Weatherbee said, describing their music as hill-a-billy honkytonk.

“We really put on a show,” he said.

Weatherbee has performed at many family-friendly community events, but is especially excited for the Golden Summer Jam because it is a rock-and-roll show geared towards families, he said.

“I’m looking forward to playing for the kids,” Weatherbee said. “They’re not as reserved as adults — they’re not afraid to get down and dance and enjoy the music.”

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