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Denver Folklore Center celebrates fifty years

The Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts were held at the L2 Arts and Culture Center on East Colfax and Columbine in Denver.
The Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts were held at the L2 Arts and Culture Center on East Colfax and Columbine in Denver.

Tim O'Brien, Dakota Blonde, Nick and Helen Forster and Dick Weissman performed on Saturday night at the L2 Arts and Culture Center as part of the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth anniversary, a weekend-long celebration that began on Friday and culminated with a concert at Four Mile Historic Park on Sunday and a VIP party at Swallow Hill Music Hall. Backbeat's Christopher Morgan was on hand for the show Saturday night and brought us back these pictures.

Dick Weissman and his banjo serenade the audience at the L2 Arts and Culture Center.
Dick Weissman and his banjo serenade the audience at the L2 Arts and Culture Center.

Dick Weissman at the L2 Arts and Culture Center.
Dick Weissman at the L2 Arts and Culture Center.

Dick Weissman's banjo and acoustic guitar were made in Boulder.
Dick Weissman's banjo and acoustic guitar were made in Boulder.

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Tony Raddell tunes his bass as his band, Dakota Blonde, begins to play at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.
Tony Raddell tunes his bass as his band, Dakota Blonde, begins to play at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.

Ernie Martinez joined Dakota Blonde for their set at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.
Ernie Martinez joined Dakota Blonde for their set at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.

Don Pinnella sings with Dakota Blonde at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.
Don Pinnella sings with Dakota Blonde at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.

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Tony Raddell's bass glistened in the stage light at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.
Tony Raddell's bass glistened in the stage light at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.

Don Pinnella sings with Dakota Blonde at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.
Don Pinnella sings with Dakota Blonde at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.

Mary Huckins sings and plays the washboard with brushes on stage with Dakota Blonde at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.
Mary Huckins sings and plays the washboard with brushes on stage with Dakota Blonde at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.

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Dakota Blonde plays with Ernie Martinez at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.
Dakota Blonde plays with Ernie Martinez at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.

Mary Huckins begins to sing with her jazz flute during a set by Dakota Blonde at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.
Mary Huckins begins to sing with her jazz flute during a set by Dakota Blonde at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.

Different folk instruments sit on stage awaiting different folk artists' touch at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.
Different folk instruments sit on stage awaiting different folk artists' touch at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.

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Dakota Blonde poses with Ernie Martinez just after finishing their set at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth- anniversary concerts.
Dakota Blonde poses with Ernie Martinez just after finishing their set at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth- anniversary concerts.

The room emptied a little bit for intermission at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.
The room emptied a little bit for intermission at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.

Nick Forster takes the time to speak with a fan before playing on stage with his wife Helen at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.
Nick Forster takes the time to speak with a fan before playing on stage with his wife Helen at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts.

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Martin GIlmore plays on stage at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts in the L2 Arts and Culture Center. Gilmore plays in the band Long Ride Home.
Martin GIlmore plays on stage at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts in the L2 Arts and Culture Center. Gilmore plays in the band Long Ride Home.

Tim O'Brien sings away to the crowd at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts in the L2 Arts and Culture Center.
Tim O'Brien sings away to the crowd at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts in the L2 Arts and Culture Center.

Tim O'Brien busts out his fiddle at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts in the L2 Arts and Culture Center.
Tim O'Brien busts out his fiddle at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts in the L2 Arts and Culture Center.

Nick Forster joins Tim O'Brien on stage for some dual-folk action at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts in the L2 Arts and Culture Center.
Nick Forster joins Tim O'Brien on stage for some dual-folk action at the Denver Folklore Center's fiftieth-anniversary concerts in the L2 Arts and Culture Center.


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