YarmonyGrass 2016: A Weekend of Bluegrass on the Colorado River

first_imgColorado sure loves its bluegrass festivals—RockyGrass, Winter Wondergrass, Telluride Bluegrass Festival—but none are quite as intimate or isolated as YarmonyGrass. Celebrating its 11th year this past weekend, the festival is nestled on the banks of the Colorado River at Rancho Del Rio surrounded by mountains, including its namesake Mt. Yarmony to the West. It is hard to find a more beautiful setting for a music festival.During the days, the river was filled with swimmers and a laughable fleet of inflatable vessels. Participants relied on anything they could muster to float the winding stretch of flat water connecting Rancho Del Rio and State Bridge four miles downstream–paddle boards, duckies, mattresses, inner tubes, rainbow unicorns, you name it. Back for the first time in five years, a “floating stage” hit the river midday Saturday with the aptly named Whitewater Ramble playing a set on rafts while a long line of festival-goers floated along for the ride. During the nights, a non-stop flow of music poured over the grounds from two stages. The Main Stage faced an open lawn and the intimate Saloon Stage was on a deck that featured half-hour tweener sets from up-in-comers on the bluegrass scene including the Kitchen Dwellers, Caribou Mountain Collective, and Whiskey Tango.The Jeff Austin Band headlined Friday, drawing the largest crowd of the weekend. In his usual quirky nature, Austin announced how excited he was to be “by all the freakers by the river” and continued to play a dark, experimental set with his four-piece band. To the pleasure of many longtime fans of Yonder Mountain String Band, Austin dove into nostalgic material he has been reluctant to play since his departure from the band, including “Dawn’s Early Light” and an encore of “Raleigh and Spencer” with a Roosevelt Collier sit-in. Though Austin’s choppy mandolin certainly led, it was virtuosic banjo player Ryan Cavanaugh that stole the show every time his number was called for a solo. Early Main Stage performances Saturday included an evening set from the Grateful Dead cover specialists Uptown Toodeloo String Band and Andy Hall’s Joint Set, dobro extraordinaire from the Infamous Stringdusters. Hall’s set began with a beautiful rendition of “This Little Light of Mine” with Roosevelt Collier (the two announced they will be releasing an album together) before bringing a full bluegrass band to the stage to work through a handful of unique covers. But Saturday night belonged to the Drunken Hearts. Bringing a welcomed change of pace from the traditional bluegrass prominent for much of the weekend, their Main Stage set opened up into a number of rocking jams (Steve Miller Band’s “Swingtown” may have been the best) that let the chops of lead guitarist Rob Eaton Jr, bassist Jon McCartan, and drummer Alex Johnson truly shine.Even after playing the set of the weekend, or maybe because of it, the Hearts were enlisted as the primary backing band for Roosevelt Collier’s Colorado Get Down. Bringing out almost a dozen guest musicians before he was done, the pedal steel guitar specialist Collier continued on a funkier path that included an extended rendition of Billy Cobham’s fusion classic “Stratus” and Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.”If you were to nominate the MVP of this year’s festival, it would certainly have to be former Leftover Salmon keyboardist Bill McKay. It seemed as though his rig never left the main stage and his signature brand of honky-tonk, rag-tag playing shined on sit-ins in with Coral Creek, the Drunken Hearts, Uptown Toodeloo String Band, Andy Hall, and more.Over a decade after its inception, YarmonyGrass is now one of the state’s premier musical destinations.  With breathtaking scenery and tight-knit community of loyal patrons, it sure looks like it’s going to stay that way.Check out more photos from the event, courtesy of Elliot Siff Photography (Facebook)!last_img read more

Relax in style and soak up the serenity in this Corinda home

first_imgThe open plan living area at 3 Tapley St, CorindaThe master bedroom has balcony access, a walk-in robe and an ensuite with spa bath while the second bedroom has direct bathroom and balcony access. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The laundry is also on this top level along with a family room that could be used as a study area.Downstairs, the open-plan living, dining and kitchen flow out to the covered deck and swimming pool. The kitchen has stone benchtops, stainless steel appliances, gloss cabinetry and a huge walk-in pantry. Enjoy river views from 3 Tapley St, CorindaTHIS executive home has spacious interiors, luxury appointments and views over Brisbane River. Nanette Lilley marketing agent Doug May said 3 Tapley St was immaculately presented and perched high on the escarpment at Corinda. “This is your opportunity to secure an enviable aspect in a highly sought after pocket of Brisbane West,” he said.The split-level property has five spacious bedrooms with built-in wardrobes upstairs. The pool and entertainment area have views over the riverThe media room is tucked away towards the back of the first floor and is next to the powder room. The property has tiled floors on the lower level, hardwood timber floors upstairs and carpet in the bedrooms. There is zoned ducted airconditioning and a vacuum system throughout. Mr May said being tucked away on Tapley St, the home felt “a world away” from the hustle and bustle of city life and the nearby lifestyle hubs of Corinda, Graceville and Sherwood.“Currently tenanted and maintained in pristine condition by its residents, this property represents fantastic rental yield, which in turn makes this the perfect long term investment.” The home is on the market for offers over $1.4 million.last_img read more

Repo man shot after repossessing a vehicle

first_imgOfficials in Miami are reporting that a Repo man was shot while sitting in his vehicle after repossessing a vehicle moments earlier.The incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. Friday on Northwest 11th Court.According to the report, the victim, 31-year-old Petr Cherepanov, was sitting in the tow truck with his assistant 23-year-old Cristian Fernandez  nearby when a suspect driving a dark gray Ford Fusion pulled into the parking lot and began shooting at the tow truck. The suspect or suspects then fled in a black Infinity Q50 which had been repossessed earlier.Cherepanov was struck by a bullet fragment but was able to drive himself to a nearby hospital. He has since been listed in stable condition. Fernandez was uninjured during the incident.Authorities are now searching for the suspects.last_img

Bookmakers shorten Tory odds as Labour comeback fades

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles With less than 24-hours to go until polling stations open, UK bookmakers have shortened the odds on a Conservative Party UK 2017 General Election ‘majority victory’.This morning Paddy Power Politics, detailed that it had cut its ‘Tory Majority’ price from 1/4 to 2/9. Furthermore, the bookmaker has drifted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s chances of becoming PM to 4/1, having peaked at 11/4 following the live TV debate on 31 May.Coming into the final day of campaigning, Paddy Power informs that ‘the Conservatives have re-asserted their dominance, with more than 70% of Paddy Power’s total turnover coming for the Tories.Paddy PowerCompany spokesperson Paddy Power said: “Labour have done the unthinkable in recent weeks and made this almost a two-horse race. I say almost, because Jeremy Corbyn’s chances are still a fairly distant 4/1. Not that Jeremy knows – it’ll take him a few hours to find that figure on his iPad.”Betfair Politics agrees with Paddy Power, shorting the Conservative Party to 1/11 to win most seats. The bookmaker has highlighted a ‘75-99 seat advantage’ with the Tories 5/1 favourite in its ‘Size of Conservative Majority’ market.At present, Betfair reports that it has recorded £40 million wagered across all of its UK 2017 markets, with the bookmaker estimating that the figure will likely reach + £60 million by ‘result time’.The target figure would see UK 2017 become the third biggest political betting event in Betfair’s history, behind 2016 US Presidential Election (£250 million) and Brexit (£127 million).Katie Baylis – BetfairBetfair Spokesperson, Katie Baylis said: “We have seen a slight move towards the Tories on our main markets in the last 24 hours, with their odds now shortening slightly to 1/11 to win Most Seats and 2/9 for an Overall Majority. However, 60% of bets on the Most Seats market have been for Labour, showing there is still plenty of appetite to back them at their current odds.”“In recent political events like the US Election and Brexit we saw vast amounts of money bet in the final few days, despite the fact that both Remain and Hilary Clinton were heavy odds-on favourites. Punters were no doubt encouraged by the closeness indicated by the polls and the uncertainty around the result right down to the wire.”last_img read more