Back to the Future with sounds of the 80’s

On Central City’s Main Street

By David Josselyn

On Saturday, July 20th, pop and rock tunes from the 80’s drew crowds to the pedestrian friendly Main Street of downtown Central City. Main Street, blocked off from vehicle traffic, gave way to booths, food, gunfights, illusions and good old fashioned 1980’s brand of rock and roll. Attendees were encouraged to dress according to the decade and you could occasionally glimpse a young Madonna or Jennifer Beals of Flash Dance fame. The Wild Bunch Gang was on hand to entertain the crowd as they shoot each other to death every hour. They were even seen using innocent civilians in their duels. The smells of barbecued pork, fresh brewed coffee, green chili, and grilled brats wafted up and down the street.

  Three bands were featured during the event; Jewel and the Rough, Raygunomics, and Tres Equis. Jewel and the Rough started the event with a more pop song feel as they covered songs like Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” and Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me.” They nailed the sound and style of the B-52’s as they sang “Love Shack” complete with some sweet Love Shack Shimmy moves. Raygunomics took over with an edgier rock feel as they covered songs like Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” J Geils Band’s “Love Stinks,” and The Police’s “Roxanne.” Tres Equis, a ZZ Top cover band, finished the evening with the rock sounds of ZZ Top’s famous hits such as “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Legs,” and “Sharp Dressed Man.”

  The street vendors included Kool 105 (FM KKXL, 105.3), Annie Oakley’s with burritos and green chili, Johnny Z’s, Pacific Blue Jewelry, Gilpin Arts featuring the fused glass works of Suzie White, Green Way Suds, Mother Mountain Creations glassware by Lori Doyle, Century Casino grilling brats and dogs, Stella’s pulled pork of Bonanza Casino, JKQ Barbecue, and Mountain Mocha Café. JKQ Barbecue made an early exit having sold out all their food.

  Also appearing on the sidewalk was a staple of Central City, Bonanza Casino’s Joe Louis Workman. Joe, dressed head to toe in 1880’s fashion, entertained people with card tricks and sleight of hand illusions.

Don’t Miss the Next Event

  The Main Street events continue August 3rd with the Blues, Brews and BBQ event. Shemekia Copeland, David Booker and his large blues band, and David Booker combo will be performing at this free event.

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