The Shagbark Hickories

The Shagbark Hickories christened the newly constructed Main Street Stage in the empty lot next to the Pearl Theater Aug. 15, 2015. Also called the People’s Stage, the stage moves behind the Roastery building at East Main and Colorado streets.

The Buena Vista Event Cooperative announced the summer schedule for its new performing arts stage by the Roastery on East Main Street.

In addition to the slate of music events, BVEC will host a candidate forum on July 4 for the three-way race for County Commissioner in District 1, which represents northern Chaffee County, including BV. The forum begins at 1:30 p.m.

The concert series opens this Saturday with Keeper, a Salida-based singer-songwriter with a repertoire of John Denver and John Prine covers up his sleeve, said BVEC chairman Tom Rollings.

The group has partnered with the Buena Vista Roastery to use the space to the south of the coffeehouse at the corner of East Main and North Colorado – the patch of sand with the labyrinth in it – to host a small, mobile stage to provide free concerts.

It’s a sort of spiritual successor to the BVEC event stage that had previously been located in the Watershed space, and the People’s Stage next to the Pearl before that.

The labyrinth’s not gone for good – it’ll return to the space in the off-season – but in the summer, BVEC plans to bring in a covered stage and sound system for a relaxed, intimate venue with tables and chairs and a sandbox for kids.

“We started with the People’s Stage, then we were at the Watershed for a few years. Then when that ended, we approached the folks here at the Roastery,” Rollings said.

“The owners of the building have been phenomenal and the owner of the business has been wonderful to us, and they’re very supportive.

“We’re excited to get this thing going. Free, local, live music in downtown BV, man.”

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