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Behind the scenes, pt. 1

Behind the scenes, pt. 1


The "Tale Of Two Cities" begins with the line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." I'm not saying that the Marc Broussard/Fabulous Thunderbirds had any "worst" moments, but there were certainly challenges the night of August, 9th at the Thunder Mountain Amphitheater. There was rain, transportation issues, four bands to juggle, and a headliner that finally got to our venue about 20 minutes before he had to perform. Despite these challenges, it turned out to be one of the most amazing nights we've ever had at our large part due to that same late arriving artist.

There's a lot to this story, so I'll start with the first part.....

The line-up we had scheduled for August 9th was one of the most impressive we've ever had. Ben Pu and Crew, from Greeley, have performed on our free stage at the Greeley Stampede on more than one occasion. They are an extremely talented band who's Stevie Ray Vaughan inspired sets always draw a crowd and get people fired up. I was thrilled to have them perform that night.

The Lionel Young Band, from Boulder, is a band I've wanted to see for a long time. Due to scheduling and other commitments, I have missed them by mere minutes when they played at the Greeley Blues Jam. They won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis not once, but twice. Amazing talent and a blast to watch.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been in our venue before and they have played the Greeley Blues Jam. In fact, they played the Jam the year it got washed out of the arena and moved to an indoor facility. They packed the place. 

Marc Broussard, though not familiar to everybody in Northern Colorado, has had rave reviews from everyone who has seen him live. He's an amazing vocalist, musician, and songwriter. I was stoked to finally see this guy live.

So, there it All-Star night of talent. When you throw that much talent up on stage you just know it's going to rock and people will want to see it. Like with any show we do here, we want to put on a great presentation and draw a lot of folks. For those who were here, they saw and heard some great bands, but they also had to deal with on and off showers (mostly on during the Broussard show) throughout the night. Most of them hung on until the end, but for others it got to be too much. For those who hung know it was a great night.

COMING UP IN PART TWO: We scheduled four bands....but at one point during the night...we were only sure of two.


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