Gold Rush Days always offers plenty of entertainment in Buena Vista, and this year that includes a weekend filled with live music opportunities.
Local favorite Carin Mari will start the music in the park at 10 a.m., performing her original country songs.
Michael Martin Murphey, the most significant influence on Carin and her music, met the local songstress when she was 9.
Before long, Carin found herself backstage “talking to Murph about my songs and how we would perform them. … I have always had a love for music and the arts, but this moment changed my life forever as I decided to pursue my dream of being a professional singer.”
In spite of her passion for music, Carin believes, “sometimes I need to climb a mountain, ride my horses or take a hike in the woods with just the company of my two dogs. … There is something special about this valley, and I can’t seem to make myself move to a big city.”
Local band Mountain Mantra will follow Carin Mari, performing from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at McPhelemy Park.
This three-piece band combines classic rock covers of artists like Neil Young, The Beatles and Donovan with the band’s original music, mostly written by Tami Deal.
From 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Colorado Springs band Mark’s Midnight Carnival Show will perform at The People’s Stage.
The indie-rock band led by Mark Bush (vocals, guitar and bass) consistently drew good crowds when performing at The Roadhouse (aka State Highway Theater) in BV. More recently the band has played at The Lariat.
“We love BV,” Bush said. “The scenery is gorgeous, and the people are awesome.”
Dakota Blonde will finish out the Saturday music in McPhelemy Park, performing from 3 to 6 p.m.
The band’s acoustic music falls under into folk category but contains elements of bluegrass, acoustic rock and Celtic music.
Their vocal harmonies remind listeners of the tight-knit sound of family musicians who grew up singing together. Their stage presence and relaxed sense of humor combine with a repertoire of original tunes and covers to create unforgettable performances.
The music starts early in McPhelemy Park Sunday with Enchanted Strings kicking things off at 8:30 a.m. The folk country sound of Randy and Carol Barnes will start the day on the right note.
Up next Kevin Earlywine will perform his folky pop music beginning at 11 a.m. Hailing from Rockford, Illinois, he recently released his debut album, which chronicles his journey from the Midwest to the West Coast and back.
Classic Rock band Colorado Homegrown wraps up the Gold Rush Days music in the park with a 1:30 p.m. performance.
The four-piece BV band plays danceable rock tunes that span five decades, including songs from such artists as Creedence Clearwater Revival, James Brown, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, The Rolling Stones and ZZ Top.