Devil went down to Georgia, but Charlie Daniels Band coming to Monument


The sound of music, and lots of it, will be heard coming from the Lake of the Rockies Campground in Monument at the end of the month but one distinct instrument, known to many, will also be heard and that’s the fiddle playing from The Charlie Daniels Band.

The Charlie Daniels Band will headline the first inaugural Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts Music Festival on Aug. 31 and will also feature Chuck Pyle, The Dinettes, Dakota Blonde, Lucci Music Band, Wire Wood Station and local favorites the Flying W Ranglers.

The music festival is expected to bring in close to 5,000 people.

“It’s going to be big,” Dr. Michael Maddox, executive director of the TLCA, said. “We’re taking things to next level with The Charlie Daniels Band.”

Maddox said the TLCA board of directors has been trying to elevate the theatrical productions, concerts and art exhibits and have so far brought in actor/singer Ronny Cox and Colin Hay from Men at Work. They need a bigger place to accommodate bigger acts and more people. The TLCA Music Festival is the kick-off to a fundraiser to expand and renovate the current facility. By expanding to seat 400 Maddox said it would open the doors for them to bring in bigger musical talents and theatrical productions and more artists for exhibits.

The TLCA is already looking to have two music festivals in 2014 and singer Paula Cole will perform at the center in January. Maddox has over 40 years experience in booking events.

Charlie Daniels is looking forward to performing at the Tri-Lakes Music Festival.

“We like small areas. I’m a small town type person. I live in the country so I’m a rural type person,” Daniels said.

When not touring the Grammy winner and Grand Ole Opry inductee spends part of the year at his home in Tennessee and the other part of the year at his home in Southwest Colorado.

Fans can expect to hear a mix of bluegrass, country, rock, jazz and even gospel from perhaps the most famous fiddle player around. They can also expect to hear some of the favorites from The Charlie Daniels Band.

“I always do the songs that people have a perfect right to hear, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Long-Haired Country Boy.” We have some new things we’ll do (but) we’ll definitely do the songs that people have a perfect right and expect to hear,” Daniels said.

A lot of people consider The Charlie Daniels Band country but Daniels said when people ask him what kind of music he plays he said he tells them he plays American music.

The bands newest CD , “Hits of the South,” features the two songs mentioned above but the band also does covers of “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Freebird,” “Signed Sealed Delivered” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” Daniels said the songs on the CD are from other bands they have toured with over the years.

“It’s just kind of natural for their music to become part of our lives and ours to become part of theirs. So it was just natural for us to record some of it,” Daniels said.

Charlie Daniels’ career has spanned over 50 years and when asked what has been the highlight of his career he responded by saying, “The highlight of my career is being able to do what I do for a living. I thank God that I’m able to play music for a living which is something I thoroughly enjoy doing. So it’s a highlight to me every night just walking on stage. I intend to do it as long as it’s the Lord’s will and as long as people want to hear me.”

The Tri-Lakes Music Festival will take place Aug. 31 at the Lake of the Rockies Campground located off of Mitchell Avenue in Monument. The show begins at 11 a.m. and ends at sunset. The Charlie Daniels Band will take the stage at about 5:45 p.m. General admission tickets are $35 and available at King Soopers and Safeway through Tickets West. For more information on military discounts, VIP tickets call 719-481-0475.


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