Tommy Cook on the drums, Tim “Too Slim” Langford on lead guitar and vocals and Polly O’Keary on bass are Too Slim and the Taildraggers, headlining Saturday’s North Routt Music Festival on the Elk River at the Glen Eden Resort in Clark.

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Tommy Cook on the drums, Tim “Too Slim” Langford on lead guitar and vocals and Polly O’Keary on bass are Too Slim and the Taildraggers, headlining Saturday’s North Routt Music Festival on the Elk River at the Glen Eden Resort in Clark.

Saturday music festival to rock out North Routt

Event features 3 bands along Elk River in Clark

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What: North Routt Music Festival

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Along the Elk River at the Glen Eden Resort in Clark

Cost: Tickets for the festival cost $15 in advance and $20 on Saturday. Tickets are available at All That Jazz, the Glen Eden Resort and the Clark Store.

Contact: Southern Connection, a North Routt County music promotion effort, is presenting the festival. E-mail southrnconnection@yahoo.com

Online: Learn more about Saturday’s headliner, Too Slim and the Taildraggers, at www.tooslim.org. Learn about Jed Clampit at www.jedclampit.com.

— Saturday’s local forecast is for sunny skies with temperatures nearing 80 degrees — in other words, darn near perfect weather for live music along the Elk River.

The North Routt Music Festival starts at 4 p.m. Saturday along the Elk River at the Glen Eden Resort in Clark. Local classic rock band Blissful Mayhem kicks things off, followed by the country-folk sound of Arkansas-based Jed Clampit, a self-described “contemporary front porch musician” who played often in Northwest Colorado during the late 1980s and early ’90s. Saturday’s headliner is Too Slim and the Taildraggers, a Seattle blues and country rock band that has played across the West in recent months, sold out a local show in 2008 and is fronted by Tim “Too Slim” Langford.

“On Saturday, we’re going to rock the house,” Langford said this week. “You’re going to hear a little bit of blues rock, straight-up blues, country rock sound, blues rock sound. … We’re really excited to be up there” in North Routt.

Event organizer and promoter Larry McCoy is a North Routt resident who leads Southern Connection promotions. He said Saturday’s festival is an evolution of annual North Routt concerts that often were essentially private parties featuring blues guitarist Jimmy Thackery, who has longtime friends in the area and would come to North Routt at the end of tour runs.

The annual event went public in August, when Thackery headlined “Blues on the Elk River” at the Glen Eden.

“This is an extension of that,” McCoy said about Saturday’s festival. “We changed the name a little bit this year and put in a little bit of different music. … It’ll attract more people, is what we’re hoping.”

McCoy said the Glen Eden would offer food and alcohol in a tent near the stage on the Elk’s banks Saturday. Although there’s no Thackery at this year’s festival, the connection remains. Langford said he met McCoy through Thackery, who “kind of told us about that whole scene up there near Clark.”

And the Taildraggers bring a strong pedigree. Langford said he started the band in 1986 and they’ve been touring and recording since. They’ve shared stages with Bo Diddley, Ted Nugent, Los Lobos, Travis Tritt, Blues Traveler, Steppenwolf and more.

McCoy cited Saturday’s variety, with Clampit bringing “a little bit more Willie Nelson” between Blissful Mayhem’s rock and the Taildraggers’ array of styles.

“It’ll be fun,” McCoy said. “That I know for sure.”

— To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4233 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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