Saturday, July 19, 2014

Creedence Clearwater Revisited Brings Rock Classics to A Taste of Colorado

The 31st annual A Taste of Colorado will close out its end-of-summer celebration with a performance by classic rock band Creedence Clearwater Revisited on the Access Health Colorado Main Stage on Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 1, at 5 p.m., presented by 103.5 The Fox. The four-day, free admission, food, music, and entertainment Festival will take place in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited formed in 1995 and features Stu Cook, bass, and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, drums, from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Creedence Clearwater Revival. The group performs live hits including “Down on the Corner,” “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” and more classics.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited has released multiple live albums, including the certified platinum “Recollection,” a two-disc live album featuring 22 of the Creedence Clearwater Revival songs that remain popular today. Joining Cook and Clifford in the band is lead singer and rhythm guitar player John Tristao, who initially rose to prominence with the band People. The band’s lead guitar player is Kurt Griffey, who has recorded and toured with the Eagles, Foreigner, the Moody Blues, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana, and Journey. Multi-instrumentalist Steve Gunner rounds out the group, playing keyboard, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica and singing vocal harmonies.
In addition to the Access Health Colorado Main Stage, four other entertainment stages located throughout the Festival will serve up a continuous menu of music, including the KBCO World Class Rock Stage, the KYGO Country Stage, and the Colorado Heritage Stage presented by Westword. Plus, a fireworks light spectacular will illuminate Civic Center Park on Friday, Aug. 29, and feature synchronized lights on the City and County Building along with choreographed music by Jammin’ 101.5.
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 presented by 630 KHOW features local and nationally-renowned chef demonstrations creating simple, yet elegant meals.
Festivalgoers can shop in more than 250 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 Colorado Access KidzStage presented by MIX 100, and the KidZone features play equipment and hands-on craft activities. Kids and adults also can enjoy carnival rides and games Saturday through Monday, presented by KOOL 105.
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. 

Festival hours are Friday, Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 1, 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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