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KGNU continues a three-decade tradition on Sunday, July 16th when another musical performance extraordinaire returns to Gold Hill for the 35th year.
The Charles Sawtelle Memorial Mountain Jam, aka “The Charles,” is named for the beloved Hot Rize guitarist, Charles Sawtelle, who helped start the event in 1989. He was a great supporter of KGNU Community Radio. After his passing in 1999, the station renamed the event in his memory.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, “The Charles” is a family-friendly mini-festival of al fresco Bluegrass and Americana music aimed at music fans who enjoy the clear mountain air and dazzling acoustic music in a spectacular outdoor setting.
Featuring three Colorado bands: Jake Leg, The Pine Creek Cajun Band, and The Cody Sisters. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready for a fabulous afternoon of soulful and inspiring acoustic music.
Headliners Jake Leg create original music from where Bluegrass meets Rock ‘n Roll. Featuring Eric Wiggs (vocals and guitar) Dylan McCarthy (mandolin and vocals) Justin Hoffenberg (fiddle) and Troy Robey (bass), all hail from the Front Range of Colorado. Jake Leg creates vivid storytelling in each song.
Pine Creek Cajun Band is one of Colorado Springs fiddler Ben Guzman’s brightest ideas. For The Charles, this musician, bandleader and festival producer is bringing double fiddles and Front Range Cajun accordion whiz, Pat Carbone, to give us authentic traditional and contemporary Cajun music.
The Cody Sisters’ sound is original and heartwarming, and they are at the heart of contemporary acoustic music in Colorado and beyond. Sisters Megan and Maddie Cody share lead vocals, harmony, and are multi-instrumentalists on guitar, mandolin, and banjo.
Advance tickets are $40 at KGNU.org, $45 at the door. Children aged 12 and under are free. Rat’s Woodshack BBQ, soft-drinks, beer, and more available for purchase. No outside alcohol or coolers. Snacks are ok. Low-backed lawn chairs recommended. No pets, please. This event benefits KGNU, an independent community-powered, listener-supported community radio station, broadcasting since 1978. Listen at 88.5 FM in Boulder and Denver, 1390 AM in Denver, 93.7 FM Nederland, 98.7 FM in Fort Collins, 99.1 FM in Central Denver, online at kgnu.org, and from our mobile app for Android or iPhone/iPad.
What: 35th Annual Charles Sawtelle Memorial Mountain Jam, featuring Jake Leg, Pine Creek Cajun band, and The Cody Sisters.
When: Sunday, July 16, 2023, 12:00 – 4:30 pm. Doors at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St, Gold Hill – Boulder, CO
Tickets: $40 in advance, $45 at the door.
Tickets available at kgnu.org.
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Event sponsors include:
The Boulder Arts Commission
Rat’s WoodShack BBQ
Avery Brewing Company
Eldorado Natural Spring Water
Ozo Coffee Company
Carpet One Floor & Home
Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary
The Arts HUB
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