Arts and Nightlife in Leadville This Weekend
by Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today Contributor
With Leadville Ski Joring (LSJ) finished up, and cleaned up, expect Leadville to take on its usual laid-back character until Independence Pass opens back up in the spring. Aside from a few races and the 9Health Fair, most of Leadville’s glamor will be kept for those who live here year-round.
Some may have opted out of the LSJ “extracurriculars,”–it was a weekend full of work for most locals–but will have a chance this weekend to catch up on what they missed in Leadville’s offering of arts and nightlife.
Today is a $30 Thursday at Ski Cooper, and slated to be full of sun with a high of 41 degrees. Get on the hill before or after work for a few chill runs, and then after lifts close at 4 p.m., George Finnel and Sam Galey will be performing live music at Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub at the base of Ski Cooper.
Finnell is a Colorado native who teaches seventh and eighth grade English at Lake County High School (LCHS) and plays both solo and with a duo called The State Street Ad Hoc String Band and Entertainment Committee. Galey has performed both rhythm and lead guitar for the local band 24 West.
And on Saturday, Leon Littlebird will hit Katie’s stage with his multi-instrumentalist style called Native Colorado Music. Littlebird is a third generation native of Colorado with ancestral roots in both Pioneer & Native American culture. Catch him from 3 to 5 p.m. at Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub with a beer in hand after a day of skiing.
It’s open mic night tonight and every Thursday at The Scarlet, so bring a banjo or a shoebox down and get on the Scarlet stage to wow, woo, or worry your friends. Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons, “Original Mountain Funk from Jackson Hole, Wyoming,” play on Friday at 9 p.m. and Colorado Floyd on Saturday, March 11, will perform the entire spectrum of Pink Floyd’s music.
Also on Saturday, Periodic Brewing at 115 E. 7th Street will be hosting live music by The Prairie Scholars, husband and wife duo of Texas flatland soul. Leadville’s craft brewery pours both standard and exotic microbrews at their horseshoe bar, in their second year in Colorado’s highest city.
In theater, at Lake County High School, the school production of Little Shop of Horrors runs for its second weekend, Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The show opened last weekend to a wide reception of praise. The musical of timid floral assistant Seymour Krelborn and the blood-sucking plant he adopts from outer space, is a jazzy, rhythm & bluesy show of technical feats and comedy.
Starring LCHS students Edgar Tarango, Emma Azeltine, and Jonathan Cole as Audrey II, directed by Scott Carroll and accompanied by the LCHS Orchestra, this is the only stage hit to grace Leadville until their Fall 2017 production.
There’s plenty to keep busy, and though Leadville’s big thoroughfare is out of town until Summer, weekends like this will continue through mud season. Always attracting local up-and-coming and funky talent, count on local bars and businesses to keep bringing the best of the region in music and entertainment to this unlikely place in the clouds.
Brennan Ruegg is a writer, photographer, and teacher from Akron, Ohio, enjoying his third year in Leadville.