Thursday, July 4, 2013

A Taste of Colorado to Feature 70's Favorite, America

DENVER – Folk rock artists America will close out the 30th annual A Taste of Colorado on the Main Stage Mon., Sept. 2, at 5 p.m. The show is presented by KOOL 105. The four-day, free admission, food, music, and entertainment Festival will take place Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30  through Sept. 2, in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park. 
America first formed in 1970 with original members Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek. The trio delivered such hits, including “A Horse with No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair,” “Ventura Highway,” “Tin Man,” “Daisy Jane,” and “Lonely People.” America won a Grammy for Best New Musical Artist in 1972.

In 2007, the band released a two-CD set, “Here & Now,” comprised of one studio record of new material and a second live disc featuring renditions of songs found on the group’s multi-platinum album, “History: America’s Greatest Hits.” America’s follow-up, “Back Pages,” was released in 2011 and covered songs from artists including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and the Gin Blossoms. The group was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012, and Beckley and Bunnell continue to collaborate with other artists and perform over 100 shows each year across the country.
In addition to the Main Stage, four other entertainment stages located throughout the Festival will serve up a continuous menu of music featuring rock, country, jazz, blues, and ethnic music and dance groups.

More than 50 of Colorado’s favorite food establishments will be selling a wide variety of small portions to full meals, ensuring that there will be something for every palate. The Fine Dining area will host some of Denver’s finest restaurants. The Albert Bartlett Culinary Showcase features local and nationally-renowned chef demonstrations creating simple, yet elegant meals.

Festivalgoers can shop in more than 280 Marketplace booths for original arts and crafts, home and gift items, furniture, jewelry, imports, and more. Fine Art in the Park will display original works in a variety of mediums created by artists from around the country. Shoppers also can explore the Home & Lifestyles area, which features a variety of exhibitors displaying products and services such as window installation, kitchen remodeling, cookware, basement refinishing, and salons and spas.

There will be plenty of music, magic, clowns, and puppets on the Comfort Dental KidzStage, and the KidZone features play equipment and hands-on craft activities. Kids and adults also can enjoy carnival rides and games Saturday through Monday.

In the Festival of Mountain and Plain area, families can learn about the state’s pioneer past, nature, and the environment. Featured artisans will demonstrate Navajo weaving and culture, spinning, rug braiding, lace crocheting, felting, and quilting, along with the popular blacksmith demonstration. At the Raptor Education Foundation (REF) exhibit, children can learn about birds, their environment, and their interactions with humans.

Sponsors of this year’s Festival are: 9NEWS, Aggreko, LLC, Albert Bartlett, All Copy Products, American Medical Response, APLMED Academy, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Blue Moon, Bluegreen Getaways, Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Mobile Tour, Coast 2 Coast Communications, Colorado Lottery, Colorado Native, Comfort Dental, Coors Banquet, Costco Wholesale, Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown, Cutarelli Vision, The Denver Post, Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc.,  Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, Ford Experience Tour, LBA Realty, Levinson Eye Clinic, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Peach Street Distillery, PEPSI, Residence Inn Denver City Center, Roundhouse Spirits, Sturgeon Electric, SVEDKA Vodka, and TownePlace Suites Denver Downtown.

Festival hours are Friday, Aug. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Festival of Mountain and Plain … A Taste of Colorado is a community celebration that is produced by and benefits Downtown Denver Events, Inc., the Downtown Denver Partnership family’s community events nonprofit organization. The Festival is an opportunity for people throughout the region to come together to experience and appreciate our diverse cultural traditions, and to learn more about our state’s Western heritage. The Festival highlights visual and performing arts in addition to featuring educational programs and culinary demonstrations.
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