If you go
What: Rhythm on the River
When: 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 11, and 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, July 12
Where: Roger's Grove, 220 S. Hover St., Longmont
The banks of the St. Vrain River in Longmont were severely damaged in many places during the flooding last September. In Roger's Grove, a natural area on South Hover Street, they're still considered a hazard.
But that's not stopping the Rhythm.
Rhythm on the River, an annual celebration of the environment that features art and music, takes place in Roger's Grove, and the river's presence is a central aspect of the event. Festival-goers could even wade in the river.
Wading's out this year. But the festival's on. And organizers continue to try to improve it.
Festival-goers are invited to suggest improvements every year, and the suggestions are taken seriously, said organizer Sue Jacobson, recreation center supervisor for the city of Longmont.
One suggestion led to the creation this year of the Teen & Tween Scene, a performance area especially for tweens.
"It's going to have different performances on that stage from dance to theater, all with tween performers," Jacobson said.
Alpha Martial Arts, All Star Jazz Band, Nahucalli Mexican and other performers are on the lineup for the Tween Scene.
Young people also have a high ropes course to look forward to.
"It's kind of like walking up in the trees," Jacobson said. "It's very cool."
Organizers have added an ultimate Frisbee feature to Rhythm, and five instructors will be on hand to help festival-goers get a hang of the sport. The festival's popular kayak and climbing wall areas will be doubled this year, Jacobson said.
A main draw of Rhythm on the River, the real rhythm of the event, is live music, and this year the lineup is headlined by country rock band Pure Prairie League.
Other acts include Chris Daniels & the Kings with Freddi Gowdy, Bakersfield Band, Left Hand Market Boys, Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra and Santana tribute band Soul Sacrifice.
"We have such an awesome eclectic blend of music," Jacobson said.
Rhythm on the River added the sale of beer for the first time last year. Organizers deemed the change a success, and beer sales will be part of the event again this year. Local brews from Left Hand Brewing Co., Oskar Blues and 300 Suns Brewing will be available. Many local vendors, such as Oskar Blues, Texas Roadhouse and Snack Shack, will serve food.
Other activities planned for Saturday include a balloon launch, the annual St. Vrain Rotary Duck Races, art-making, a children's fishing tank and the annual River Run 5k.
The 5k course had to be adjusted this year as a result of the flooding.
Rhythm on the River was started in 1995 in the memory of Roger Jones, whose family donated the funds that the city of Longmont used to buy and preserve Roger's Grove. Jones and his wife had a passion for the environment, art and music.
Contact Quentin Young at 303-684-5319 or email@example.com