Buena Vista Full of Upcoming Holiday Fun – by Carly Winchell

Leadville Cherokee. Image courtesy of SurfHotel.com

Whether you’re looking for something to enjoy on your own or hoping to show visiting friends and family a fun night out, Buena Vista (BV) has plenty to offer to keep people entertained over the next two holiday weekends. From the return of karaoke at The Lariat to New Year’s Eve with Leadville Cherokee at the Ivy Ballroom, BV is ready to celebrate Christmas and ring in the new year with a bang.

Events at the Surf Hotel (1012 Front Loop, Buena Vista)

New Year’s Eve 5 course dinner at Wesley & Rose

4pm to 9pm Sunday 31 December.

Residents are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special 5-course dinner and wine pairing at Wesley & Rose at the Surf Hotel. Dinner will include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu.

A complimentary ticket to the Ivy Ballroom for the New Year’s Eve party featuring Leadville Cherokee and DJ Filfee is included with meal purchase.

Dinner is $99 with an optional wine pairing for an additional $49. Reservations can be made by calling the Surf Hotel front desk at 719-966-7048.

More information can be found online here.

New Years with Leadville Cherokee and DJ Filfee at the Ivy Ballroom.

Leadville Cherokee infographic courtesy of SurfHotel.com.

Sunday, December 31. Box office opens at 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 8:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 9:00 p.m.

This event is 21+ only. Tickets are $35 and are available online here.

Leadville Cherokee is a high-energy rock band from Colorado whose music is influenced by Ween, Paul Cauthen, The Steeldrivers and Bill Withers. Their sound mixes elements of rock, funk, country and crustpunk.

The band was formed in 2009 by guitarist Mark Nierneberger and Pete Albrect. They later added bassist Brian Carter and drummer Zack Kochetta.

They are active in the Colorado highlands playing various whitewater festivals such as the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival, Paddlefest and are headlining FIBArk in 2021.

Following their performance, attendees will ring in the new year with a champagne toast, balloon release and dance party with DJ Filfee.

A complete list of upcoming Surf Hotel events is available at Tickets.SurfHotel.com.

Events at The Lariat (206 East Main Street, Buena Vista)

Kara-HO!-ke – Live at The Lariat

8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 21

Holiday Karaoke is back at The Lariat, hosted by Moonlighter Mobile Entertainment.

The event is for all ages. Entrance is free. Those wishing to attend can RSVP online here.

The magic beans

9pm Friday 22 December
9pm Saturday 23 December

This is a 21+ event. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased separately for December 22nd and 23rd.

The Magic Beans pay tribute to American music, incorporating funk, R&B, rock, soul and a bit of country into their sound. Their latest release, Unzippedis an all-instrumental tribute to lo-fi recording techniques, hip-hop beat tapes and 90s neo-soul.

Golden leader

Golden leader. Image courtesy of The Lariat.

29:00 Friday 29 December

This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here.

Gold Leader is a modern funk and groove collaboration of six from Denver. They plan to release a full-length in 2024. Influences include The Meters, Snarky Puppy, Herbie Hancock, Radiohead, Julian Lage and The Gorillaz.

Gold Leader features Zach Jackson (bass), Will Trask (drums/percussion), Thomas Jennings (guitar), Eric Luba (keyboards/organ), Alex Cazet (tenor sax) and Carrie Jean Jennings (trumpet/flugel horn).


9:00 p.m., Sunday, December 31
This is a 21+ event. Advance tickets are $17 and can be purchased online here.

ATOMGA have been a staple of Colorado music since their inception in 2011. They feature Afrobeat music infused with elements of jazz, rock, hip-hop and funk. ATOMGA has remixes from artists such as Grant Phabao at Paris DJ’s in Paris and France and Craig Welsch at Rear Window Studio in Boston. There is a gold medal winning beer named after them in Curitiba, Brazil by Bodebrown. This brew is served periodically at Banded Oak Brewing Company in Denver.

ATOMGA features LaSha “Calysol” Afarko (vocals), Joshua Merbitz (trumpet), Frank Roddy (tenor sax), Andrew Tobin (baritone sax), Casey Hrdlicka (guitar), Peter Mouser (keyboards, fender rhodes), Otis Lande (bass ). Guitar), Jared “Jball” Fischer (congas, djembe, percussion), Matt Grundstad (timbales, percussion) and Matt Schooley (drums).

The full music schedule for The Lariat is available on their website.

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