Love will Always Find a way
By Richard Colaizzi
A picture perfect, 70-degree early fall day was the back drop on Sunday, October 8, 2017 for a charity concert to benefit Feeding Florida, Rebuild Texas and Global Giving. The concert was held at Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton where Michael Franti and Spearhead were the headliners. The KBCO sponsored event benefited all three charities involved with Hurricane relief in the United States.
The Breckenridge Brewery had its Farmhouse served its food, beer tents pouring six different Breckenridge brews and plenty of outdoor seating and standing areas for the crowd to enjoy. This writer couldn’t imagine a better setting for a show like this. The event was well organized and the staff of Breckenridge couldn’t have been more welcoming to the concert goers.
The Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery opened in the summer of 2015, a 12-acre stretch of land that was once a carnation farm. They are open to visitors seven days a week, 10 miles south of Denver beside the Platte River & bike trail. Since the original brewpub opened in 1990, Breckenridge has focused on creating well-balanced, approachable, interesting beers in a space where people can gather together and drink enjoy a beer.
The Littleton production brewery offers brewery tours Thursday through Monday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. Reservations are highly encouraged, as tours often fill up. Enjoy generous sampling, a guided tour through our brewhouse, fermentation alley, barrel aging area, and packaging hall.
The show held on the Littleton campus, included two opening acts. Denver indie rock quartet Wildermiss, played guitar driven rock/pop music to get the day started and had the crowd cheering as they finished their 30 minute set. G-Love and the North Mississippi All Stars continued the show with 45 minutes of foot stomping blues/rap tunes that had people singing along from the front of the stage to all the way in the back where the line for the food truck was stationed. The crowd, who were all chosen through a ticket lottery system five days before the show, were already enjoying the atmosphere and setting put on by Breckenridge.
All 3,000 Soulrockers, the nickname of Michael Franti fans were ready by 4 p.m. when he took the stage. You don’t have to be a fan of Franti and his band, Spearhead, to appreciate what took place this particular Sunday afternoon. Michael Franti brings a unique reggae rock sound with joy and sunshine filled tunes sprinkled with a powerful message of unity and faith in humanity. For those unfamiliar with Franti, most would recognize his popular hit “Sound of Sunshine” and its upbeat smile inducing lyrics.
Franti played that crowd favorite along with “Say Hey” He also played sing along tunes including “Summertime is in our Hands” and “Only thing Missing was You” Franti played a total of 12 songs, all the while energizing the crowd. The entire concert was filled with concert goers hitting beach balls, joining hands at Franti’s request at different times during the show, and Franti himself making his way into the crowd to sing with just his acoustic guitar. Franti, as he so often does at his shows, also invited fans on stage to dance and sing along. It truly was a fun filled energetic experience shared by all who were lucky enough to win that ticket lottery.
This day and age, a concert like this is just what the world needs: sunshine and happiness, a worthwhile cause, and a perfect Colorado afternoon. For more information about the Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery, visit www.breckbrew.com/visit/littleton.