Bluesman to perform in Littleton

By Sonya Ellingboe

Posted 8/12/11

Harmonicist/vocalist/songwriter/guitarist blues musician Charlie Musselwhite will perform at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Toad Tavern, 5302 S. Federal …

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Bluesman to perform in Littleton

By Sonya Ellingboe


Harmonicist/vocalist/songwriter/guitarist blues musician Charlie Musselwhite will perform at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Toad Tavern, 5302 S. Federal Blvd., Littleton. He is touring to promote his award-winning CD “The Well.” It’s the first full-band recording in Musselwhite’s almost 50-year career in which he wrote all the music. He was born in Mississippi, surrounded by blues, hillbilly and gospel music, then moved to Memphis, where, fascinated by the blues, he began playing harmonica and guitar. Friends included blues icon Muddy Waters and others, and he has shared the stage with many rock and blues musicians. Tickets: $22 advance/$24 day of show. 303-795-6866.

The Littleton Chorale’s Western Welcome Week concert, “Across the Wide Missouri,” will feature Al “Doc” Mehl, cowboy singer and songwriter, at its 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20 concerts at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. The chorale will sing campfire and cowboy songs, Broadway hits, and popular country and western tunes. Tickets: $15/$12. Children 12 and under free., 303-973-9593.

The Colorado Center for the Blind’s “Hats Off to Broadway” Gala will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Center, 2233 W. Shepperd Ave., Littleton. Entertainment by Town Hall singers and actors will include tunes from classic musicals and numbers from Town Hall’s upcoming 30th season: “Evita,” “Wizard of Oz,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Brigadoon,” The Who’s “Tommy” and “The Producers.” Food, silent auction and cash bar will add to the event. Tickets: $40, which goes to the center’s children’s and youth program. Call Carol Elzi, 303-778-1130 x 211 or email

The Rocky Mountain Music Festival, schedule from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. August 28 at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield will featured four stages, 100 food, beer and merchandise vendors and kid’s activities. General admission tickets: $35 in advance, $48 at the gate, $20 ages 13 to 17. Information, schedules: www.the

A Big Band tribute to the Silver Screen Era will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 by the Joe Peterson Orchestra on the lawn at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Free. 303-795-3971. Bring a chair.

“Rockin’ With Rockwell” will be a show that features a live cast portraying famous Norman Rockwell paintings, accompanied by music of the 50s and 60s. Norman Rockwell is interviewed by Edward R. Murrow about 17 of his most famous illustrations. Local residents pose in front of painted backgrounds. A fundraiser for Huntington’s disease, it will be presented at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at West Bowles Community Church, 12325 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton. Tickets: $15/$10, www.hdsa,org/co or at the door.

This will be the final weekend to enjoy Bill Weaver’s sculpture exhibit, “Forged and Fabricated” at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. His unique works are formed from sheets of bronze. Admission is free. 303-795-3950. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The Garage Gallery, 5784 S. Rapp St. in Downtown Littleton, will celebrate it’s new coat of exterior paint with a new exhibit of painted canvases inside the gallery: “New Paintings— Inside and Out.” Gallery artists Susan Rommel, Barb and Don Simasko have invited Lyudmila Agrich to exhibit with them in the show which opens Aug. 27. 303-703-4080.

Dana Cain of Littleton announces the 6th Annual Denver Modernism Show Aug. 26-28 at the National Western Stock Show Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. More than 100 booths with vintage and contemporary modern design, an art exhibit and a car show, opening with a Miss Modernism Pageant at 8 p.m. Friday night. Tickets: $20 for the Friday Preview Party (good for the weekend), $8 Saturday and Sunday. Free 12 and under. Friday: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibitor list, show schedules, online ticket sales at

Photographer Jon A Yamamoto has a show called: “Cuba Seen: a musical and photographic view of Havana today” exhibited at the Imagine Center for the Arts, 960 I-25 in Castle Rock through Aug. 26. Gallery hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. (Plum Creek Exit, 1/4 mile south of Medved Autoplex on East Frontage Road.

The Aurora Symphony has auditions 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 18 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Second Floor Studio at the Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora. All instruments welcome. Perform two contrasting solo-type pieces. Contact:


Front Range Theatre Company: “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Aug. 20 at the Imagine Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, I-25 frontage road south of Medved in Castle Rock. All ages. Directed by David Truhler. Production dates: Oct. 14 to 30. Prepare a 1-2 minute Shakespearean monologue (not from this play). Bring headshot and resume. To schedule an audition: 1-866-879-7373 or

Arvada Center: “The 1940s Radio Hour.” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19, 20, Production dates: Nov. 29 to Dec. 23. Directed by Bev Newcomb-Madden. Call 720-898-7200 for appointment. See for information.

The Edge Theatre: “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues” by Jeff Goode. Aug. 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Needed eight men and women, age range flexible. Production dates: Nov. 18 to mid-December plus two holiday performances including New Year’s Eve. 303-521-8041 or email

Miners Alley Theatre: “Rocky Mountain Holiday” by Richard Pegg and Paige L. Larson. Aug. 22 and 23, 6 to 10 p.m., 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Seven characters. For appointment: 303-935-3044.

PACE will host free concerts at O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker:

6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18: Missing String Band

1 to 3 p.m. Aug/ 28: Denver Municipal Band, during Art in the Park.

The Parker Writers Group hosts Douglas County Coroner Lora Thomas and Chief Deputy Coroner Chris Herndon in a program called “It’s Not CSI …It’s How It’s Really Done!” for writers who want to include an authentic murder investigation in their work. The group meets at 2 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Parker Library, 10851 Crossroads Drive, Parker, meeting room A. The meeting is open to all, free and requires no registration.

Western Welcome Week events continue through Aug. 21 throughout Littleton. For schedule, pick up a blue brochure at many locations or see

“The Studio Style: Santa Fe Indian School” is a new exhibit, through Oct. 31, at the Byers-Evans House Museum Gallery, 1310 Bannock St., Denver. In 1890, the school was founded as a boarding school for secondary students from New Mexico’s pueblos. In 1932, Dorothy Dunn established “The Studio School” for young Native American artists to develop their styles. Anne Evans was an early supporter. Included in the show are works by such well-known artists as Pop Chalee, Harrison Begay, Blue Corn, Alan Houser (whose sculpture is exhibited at the Denver Botanic Gardens) and Quincy Tahoma. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission to the gallery is free. House tours available at a fee.

The Art and Ale Brew Festival will be hosted by The Wildlife Experience from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 19 at the museum, 10035 Peoria St., Parker. More than 60 vendors will include breweries and area restaurants. $45/$80 couple, $35 member. Age 21 and over only. Hotel package is available, 303-824-1550.

The new Lone Tree Arts Center Box Office is open for single ticket sales, beginning with its opening show with RENT stars Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp in concert. See:

Hank Troy, Queen City Jazz pianist postponed his Aug. 13 concert at Onofrio Piano for the Ragtime Society of Colorado due to a family emergency. It has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Aug. 27, at Onofrio Piano, 1332 S. Broadway, Denver. Tickets cost $20. Information and advance tickets: society president Colleen Vander Hoek of Littleton: 303-979-4353.


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