Noel Nite: The 525s At "The Buck"

Twinkling lights grace every store window, the crisp tang of fresh evergreen delights the senses, the worshipful glow of candles on the Menorah gather the faithful, and lifted voices in holiday choirs stir the heart. The holidays always dish up the fondest memories whether it’s the perfect gift, the most succulent turkey, or that stolen kiss under the mistletoe.

In Telluride, we celebrate the season as only a charming, Victorian-era small town can do. Noel Night, which takes place this Wednesday, December 7, is our version of Black Friday – a day-into-night revelry of friends meeting friends for fellowship, gift shopping and rock and roll. Rock and roll? Yes!

The happy hustle and bustle that Noel Night creates on Colorado Avenue will, for the second year in a row, turn into rock and roll at the beautifully remodeled Last Dollar Saloon when The 525s take the stage at 9 p.m. Live music at The Buck is always free.

Telluride’s once all-female rock and band. The 525s, has matured into a strong quartet that is gaining a reputation for its dynamic stage presence, terrific original songs, and rousing, danceable cover tunes. Lead singer Baerbel Hacke fronts the group with her commanding performances. Hacke, guitarist and songwriter Suzanne Cheavens, and bassist Cindy Eckman comprise the original members of the now-three-year-old group. Newest member Phil Hamilton drives the band with his powerful, in the pocket drumming.

After last year’s exhilarating Noel Night show, the Buck boys invited the band back for what is arguably Telluride’s most festive night of the year. Shoppers and rockers alike packed Telluride’s beloved watering hole, steaming up the windows and tossing back well-earned libations to beat back the December chill. How’s that for a holiday memory! Here’s to making more … with a beat!

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