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Jazz Festival turns Evergreen into Bourbon Street Fri/Sat/Sun

Written by Jim Reiners on .

Evergreen will become Bourbon Street with altitude as it hosts the 15th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival July 29-31.

Nationally known for its combination of top bands, intimate venues and appealing mountain setting, the Evergreen Jazz Festival will offer over 75 hours of live traditional jazz ranging from Dixieland to ragtime to blues, boogie-woogie and swing. This year's lineup includes three bands making their first-ever appearances in Evergreen:

  • The Fat Babies, a young (not a gray hair in the band!) energetic ensemble from Chicago, has developed a huge following at festivals and dance venues across the country.
  • The Kris Tokarsky Trio features Kris’s incredible piano plus fellow New Orleans great Tim Laughlin on clarinet and longtime Evergreen favorite Hal Smith on drums.
  • Rounding out the newcomers, Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles bring their big, swingin’ sound up the hill from Denver. Dancers, be ready!

Following her drop-dead debut at the 2015 Festival, vocalist/bassist Nicki Parrott will be back, accompanied again by the three stars that are now known as B.A.D. Rhythm – Brian Holland on piano, Andy Reiss guitar and Danny Coots drums.


Sylvia Brockner and Dan Pike selected for Jeffco Hall of Fame

Written by Pam Bales on .

The West Chamber is proud to announce the 2016 honorees for the Jefferson County Hall of Fame Awards, an annual event that honors outstanding individuals from Jefferson County, Colorado. Honorees for the 2016 Hall of Fame Awards are: Sylvia Brockner (Evergreen), Steve Camins (Arvada), Eldon Laidig (Arvada), Betty Miller, posthumous (Lakewood), and Dan Pike (Evergreen).

“I am encouraged by the exceptional group of nominees received for the West Chamber’s Jefferson County Hall of Fame,” says Hall of Fame Chair Ernie Witucki.


Dobbs, Gregory Allan

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .


Greg Dobbs

(1946 - )

Evergreen has seen its share of residents and frequent visitors with celebrity status, but seldom – if ever – has a person with national recognition invested himself in this community the way Greg Dobbs has.

Greg grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a student at Berkeley in the Sixties he found himself in the midst of the free speech movement, surrounded by campus protests, occupations and police cars getting crushed. “I was a fascinated spectator” who liked the thought of getting to go where the action was. It sparked a desire to pursue a career in journalism after Berkeley, earning his masters at Northwestern.

The journalist with 40 years’ experience in television broadcasting logged 23 years with ABC News – much of it as a correspondent, including 10 years overseas. In addition to the US space program, he’s covered news in more than 80 countries. Listed among his credits is coverage of the following news events from the early ‘70s through the early ‘90s: