Send Off Summer on a High Note – Gateway Canyons’ Labor Day BBQ Blues Features Hazel Miller Band, Fireworks and More

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Gateway Canyons sings the blues at its third annual BBQ Blues event on Saturday, September 3, 2011, over the long Labor Day weekend. The boutique resort, located just an hour southwest of Grand Junction, Colorado, will feature the blues rhythms of the acclaimed Hazel Miller Band, as well as fireworks, barbeque fare and arts and crafts vendors.

Gateway Canyons BBQ Blues takes place on September 3, over Labor Day weekend

With top-notch musical talent, soul-satisfying food, and the stunning scenery surrounding Gateway Canyons, it’s no wonder the BBQ Blues event continues to grow every year

It’s almost Labor Day, and for Gateway Canyons resort that means it’s time to send off summer with a New Orleans-style tribute – blues tunes, impromptu dancing, Southern-style barbeque and fireworks to end the season with a bang. Starting at noon on Saturday, September 3, Gateway Canyons’ third annual BBQ Blues gets underway featuring the incomparable Hazel Miller Band, as well as other notable blues artists: Steve Crenshaw, the Brian Hornbuckle Band, the Dream Boats, and Little Joe McLerran and Robbie Mack. Other highlights include an artisan craft and food fair and barbeque served with all the fixins’.

“With top-notch musical talent, soul-satisfying food, and the stunning scenery surrounding Gateway Canyons, it’s no wonder the BBQ Blues event continues to grow every year,” said Tammy Anderson, Director of Lodging and Guest Experience for Gateway Canyons.

This year’s musical lineup features Denver-based diva Hazel Miller and her band. Known for infusing her songs with a primal dose of genuine soul, whether she’s singing the blues, jazz, pop or gospel, Ms. Miller has been called a “force of nature.” Miller has opened for Mel Tormé, James Brown, the Temptations, Earl Klugh, Bob James and many more. Since moving to Colorado, she has regularly shared the stage with Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Miller has performed at major jazz venues and is the recipient of many awards, including Best Independent Blues-R&B Recording, Outstanding Performer at Red Rocks Amphitheater. She was singled out as one of 150 people who make Denver a better place to live by the City of Denver.

The BBQ Blues show kicks off at 2:00 PM, with gates opening to the public at noon. Opening the show will be Little Joe McLerran and Robbie Mack followed by The Dream Boats at 3:30. The Brian Hornbuckle Band will take the stage at 5:00 PM, Steve Crenshaw at 6:30 PM, and the Hazel Miller Band at 8:30 PM. The band will take a brief break for fireworks at 9:30, after which Hazel Miller will close out the evening. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the gate the day of the show, and can be purchased at Gateway Canyons’ front desk, Gateway Canyons’ main office at 2454 F Road #200 in Grand Junction, and Mesa County City Market stores beginning August 1, 2011.

In addition to providing an up-tempo beat on which to end the summer, the BBQ Blues’ good vibrations extend to helping a worthy local cause. A portion of the proceeds raised benefit the Colorado Mesa University Veterans Club, an organization dedicated to creating and promoting student veteran academic achievement through networking, education or available resources and benefits, and involvement in campus and community activities.

Though lodging at Gateway Canyons is sold out, camping is still available in the nearby meadows for festival attendees. Tent sites are available for $30 per night and RV sites for $50 per night (no hook-ups). Guests who come for the event and extend their stay will find many ways to occupy their days; activity options include lounging near the outdoor pool, horseback riding, mountain biking, jeeping, hiking, fly fishing, rafting and massages. For reservations, please call 970-931-2458 or visit http://www.gatewaycanyons.com.

About Gateway Canyons
Gateway Canyons is a premier Colorado retreat destination located one hour southwest of Grand Junction on Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway 141. The resort features 54 rooms, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, an activities center, a spa, stables, several restaurants and the Gateway Colorado Auto Museum. Frequent flights are available from Denver, Dallas, Phoenix and Salt Lake City at the Grand Junction Regional Airport. For more information, call 866-671-4733 or visit http://www.gatewaycanyons.com/press-room for an online press kit, press releases, and downloadable photographs.

Media Contacts:
Tammy Anderson, Director of Lodging and Guest Experience
Gateway Canyons
970-931-2647    
Tammy (dot) Anderson (at) gatewaycanyons (dot) com
or
Vicky Nash, Public Relations Representative
Resort Trends, Inc. – media communications for the travel & tourism industry
970-948-4923
Vicky (at) ResortTrends (dot) com

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