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Metamoocil Boys' reunion tops week's activities

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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Paul Frazier, at left, George Gertz, and Larry Claxton on bass perform along with a furry mascot during the Metamoocil Mountain Boys reunion concert at Cedaredge Assembly of God last Saturday.

A musical reunion and benefit concert headlined the bill of community events last week in the Surface Creek Valley.

The Metamoocil Mountain Boys brought their distinctive style of easy-listening and toe-tapping music to a fundraising concert to benefit the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control and the Surface Creek Shelter building project.

Guitar players Paul Frazier, George Gertz and bassist Larry Claxton took to the excellent stage and sound performance facilities provided by the Cedaredge Assembly of God for two hours. They entertained an audience of almost 200 music lovers with their strumming and mellow vocals.

There was lot of folk music, and also some popular, bluegrass and blues numbers that kept the audience listening with pleasure for the entire event.

The Metamoocil Mountain Boys played some 245 performances, according to one estimate, before a job opportunity on the Front Range for one of the trio made regular performances together impossible. Gertz noted at the concert's beginning that it has been exactly three years to the day as last Saturday's benefit performance -- March 5 -- that the group had played together, except for a few brush-up practices getting reacquainted prior to Saturday.

The fun evening included smiles along with the great music. Bassist Claxton shared an occasion-appropriate anecdote with the audience:

A woman took her seriously ill cat to the veterinarian. Following a long examination of the pet, the doctor turned to the woman. "I'm sorry," he said. "But it's curiosity."

The music offered for the evening was mellow, sometimes melancholy, and emotionally uplifting. The concert proceeded with guitarists Frazier and Gertz sitting on a riser up front where the audience got a perfect view of some expert guitar picking, finger fret works, and strumming in performance.

Their performance of good feeling, down-home numbers began with the "Fishin' Blues."

The song "I Am a Pilgrim" by Steve Earl and sung by Frazier set the tone for taking a longer-term view of this life we are living.

Another song by John Prine reflected on life events, "Memories They Can't be Bought'n." The song has lyrics that go as follows:

"Memories, they can't be bought'n.

They can't be won at carnivals for free.

Well it took me years to get those souvenirs,

And I don't know how they slipped away from me."

Other artists including Lyle Lovett ("She Ain't no Lady, She's My Wife"), Kevin Welch, the Kingston Trio, Chuck Berry, and Big Bill Broonzey from the 1930s were part of the concert.

The Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control in February staged a highly successful fundraiser for its Surface Creek shelter building project. The "Crockpots for Critters" held at the civic center raised some $8,000, according to FCAC accounts.

According to Jacki Dapkus, FCAC board member, prior to last week's Metamoocil Mountain Boys concert, the shelter drive had raised almost $40,000 toward its no-debt building goal of $120,000 for constructing the new shelter facility.

The volunteers of the FCAC and its supporting business enterprise, The Shelter Shoppe, are highly dedicated to their cause of animal welfare. Their work also enhances the health and safety of the valley community by keeping unwanted and stray animals off the streets and out of people's property. Triple click and type.

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