Sometimes, you wander right off of one street only to wander onto another one just as compelling. The day I wandered into the Denver People’s Fair was such a day, and I’m so glad that I happened to wander through because it was overflowing with MUSIC.
As I mentioned before, I’d just finished marveling at the creativity exhibited at the Denver Chalk Art Festival when I walked right into the People’s Fair, which was literally about one block away. And to my great delight, a surprisingly good Elvis impersonator was performing “Suspicious Minds.”
Thankfully, I had enough camera memory to shoot a video for your viewing enjoyment. Here’s a short 60 second version of the video:
With music loud and long
There were other delightful things to see, too. Nearby, guitar and drum lessons were being given, and among the tents I even stumbled upon an old man playing a particularly unique instrument: an Appalachian Dulcimer.
You may be familiar with the Hammered Dulcimer, an ancient instrument that’s been used for thousands of years, but this dulcimer was an Appalachian Dulcimer, something altogether newer in design. Also known as a mountain dulcimer, the Appalachian Dulcimer is plucked like a guitar, not struck with a hammer like its ancient counterpart. And its sound was quite mesmerizing amidst Denver’s summer air.
A Surprisingly Musical Day
And as I left, I was given to one final musical treat for the day. A particularly good street performer by the name of Jentry D. McCombs was performing near the edge of the fair. He was truly a professional street performer because his money box was basically a business card, complete with his email and phone number in large letters. Not a bad way to spread the word about your talent…
Overall, it was an excellent ending to a truly artistic, and surprisingly musical, day.