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DIA ready for weather, holiday travel rush

DENVER - The expected snow could impact people who will be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, but there is little concern at Denver International Airport.

DIA Spokesman Chuck Cannon says they are ready for whatever the storm brings in overnight, and as far as the holiday travel rush was concerned on Tuesday, the second-busiest day of the week, Cannon says so far, so good.

"We're watching the forecast just like everyone else is," said Cannon. "We have our snow crews fully mobilized and we'll decide, you know, based on the forecast if we're going to mobilize 100 percent, whether it's 80 percent, whatever, but right now, it looks like one to three inches [of snow expected] and that's not really not a very big storm that causes much concern."

DIA says it expects 148,966 passengers to pass through on Tuesday.

Over the course of this week, DIA is expecting its second-busiest Thanksgiving travel crush in the history of the Denver airport, with an expected 950,092 travelers between Tuesday, November 20 and Monday November 26. During the same week last year, Denver had a record 966,976 passengers.

The busiest day is expected to be the Sunday after Thanksgiving, with 152,528 passengers anticipated – far short of the 170,331 travelers who set foot in DIA on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2006.

DIA says it is fully staffed this week to make the travel as smooth as possible, and even brought in musicians and dancers from the airport's International Performance Series to perform throughout the week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday through Monday, in hopes to lighten the mood.

It was a thoughtful touch that was not lost on traveler Ellen Reid, who was loaded down with luggage.

"We have three very large bags, two car seats, two strollers, a diaper bag, a purse and food just in case somebody bonks," said Reid.

However, the music of guitarist Robert Eldridge seemed to strike a chord with her.

"Oh, it's lovely," Reid said.

Traveler Bernadette Anthony agreed.

"What a wonderful way to relax in the airport, and it's beautiful music too," Anthony said.

Performance Series Manager Meredith Gabow says the program started 17 years ago back at the old Stapleton Airport and has since become a model for airports nationwide.

"I think people feel like that the airport is just a little bit calmer, just having the live music makes it more festive and they can relax a little," said Gabow.
Movie music-writing musician performs in Peacock Café
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KUSA - The artist who performed on 9NEWS Saturday Morning provided the music for Emmy-nominated cinematographer David Liban for Liban's current documentary "Geocache" and "The Ghost of Elitch Theater."

Robert Eldridge is from West Virginia but now lives in Colorado.

His style is described as eclectic guitar music.

To hear him play, click on the video icon to the left.

Click here for a link to Eldridge's Web site.

We are still looking for some acoustic bands to feature on our morning show.

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Local musicians tuning up to rock the patio at Elway's
By Bill Husted
Denver Post Staff Columnist
DenverPost.com

The patio at Elway's is heating up again this summer - hotter than ever.

The summer's Wednesday-night concert series, featuring some popular local rockers, will kick in earlier in the night and go a tad later.

Eclectic guitarist Robert Eldridge warms up the crowd every night 5:30-6:30. Then the headliner plays until 9.

The roster, please: Opie Gone Bad, June 14; The Railbenders, June 21; Chris Daniels and the Kings, June 28; Soul School, July 12; The Indulgers, July 19; Pete Martinez, July 26; Hazel Miller, Aug. 2.

"It'll be a blast out there this summer," says Elway's GM Tom Moxcey. "We have more contemporary bands and it's just great to be outside in Colorado in the summer."

Weather or not

The Weather Channel was here last April to make a show about the top 10 weather cities in America. Seems we go to extremes in weather. Denver is in more of the top-10 rosters than any other city: snowiest, driest, sunniest and coldest.

The series begins airing tonight and runs through Thursday at 7 p.m. See Mayor John Hickenlooper, Westword editor Patty Calhoun and Husted wax poetic about Denver weather.

Eats

Tyler Wiard won huzzahs as chef at Mel's Bar and Grill - but he's moving on to Elway's.

Mel and Janie Master, masters of the house at Mel's, announced last week that Chad Clevenger will take over the toque. He's currently the head cooker at Mark Miller's Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe, one of the most celebrated restaurants in America. He takes over at Mel's on May 8.

"He's absolutely delightful," says Mel. "His food is extraordinary and he has an absolute natural instinct for flavors and balance. He made us a deconstructed taco with Kobe beef that was brilliant. Janie and I were blown away by his food. He's going to be up there with the best in Denver."

But Mel says the menu at his eponymous joint will not switch to Southwestern.

Meanwhile, Lola has opened in its brilliant new digs at 1575 Boulder St. in the Highland neighborhood. (Go west on 15th Street, take a right on Boulder Street and head to the former Olinger Mortuary.)

The outdoor bar gives you Lola's signature margaritas. And wow! What a view of the city. I might even start liking Mexican food, that's how great this space is.

Jim Sullivan's and Troy Guard's Ocean opens May 10 in the old Mao space with a VIP benefit for Steve Farber's American Transplant Foundation. Tix are $125 each; call 303-223-1345. Ocean is open to the public on May 12.

City spirit

The upcoming comedy "RV" follows Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines and family on a trip from Southern California to Colorado - filmed in Canada, of course ... Charlie Daniels Band plays Thursday night at the Fillmore for the Sixth Annual CoBiz Biz Bash, a nonprofit of movers and shakers headed by Steve Bangert ... James Taylor plays "etown's" 15th-anniversary broadcast May 16 at the Paramount ... Sez who: "Vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking." Earl Wilson

Bill Husted's column appears Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Husted also appears Tuesdays and Fridays on "Good Day Colorado" on Fox 31. You can reach him at 303-820-1486 or at bhusted@denverpost.com.
Bill Husted - Denver Post (Apr 24, 2006)

Morgantown molds musicians


By Laura Wilcox

A&E Editor

laura.wilcox@mail.wvu.edu

Robert Eldridge left Morgantown years ago, but his memories stay with him even as his music is picked up by channels like PBS.
Eldridge graduated from WVU in 1993 with agriculture and animal science degrees, though music was always prominent in his life.
Eldridge recalls spending time with local musicians - people who continue to make music in the area, like Billy Sheeder, J Marinelli and Brian Porterfield. He remembers living on Price Street in a house full of budding artists.
Bands like 63 Eyes and Moon are among the groups of people he respects and once knew well.
"The Morgantown music scene was a big part of my cultivation as a musician," he said.
Much of Eldridge's influence came out of U92, where he once worked as a DJ. He started Blind Alley, the station's classic and contemporary blues show.
Eldridge makes a tribute to his friends at U92 on his new album with a track called "Blind Alley for U92's Blues Show."
It's no wonder Eldridge thinks fondly of Morgantown. He invested a lot in this city years ago.
"I was one of the first individuals to raise money for the Met Theatre," he said.
Eldridge said he put on a series of benefits years ago, organizing about 10 acts to raise money for the Metropolitan Theatre.
He also spoke fondly of his time at DeVincent's Music Center, where he once gave guitar lessons to students.
Today Eldridge makes music in Denver, Colo. He recently learned that a track from his Eclectic and Mental Guitar Music will play on PBS's Road Tr ip Nation.
Eldridge's atmospheric music also plays in films, and he said musical opportunities have sprung up through his "day gig" as a stockbroker as well.
"One of my clients … is a cinematographer for a nonprofit group called Visionaries," he said.
Visionaries puts out social consciousness films and will use Eldridge's music for Alaska Wilderness Week in January 2006, an event aimed at preserving the Alaskan wildlife.
"I'm really honored to put my name on a piece like that," he said.
Eldridge has had a lot of practice with films lately. He and a Hollywood friend worked together on a short dramatic film, Apple House. He said he spent 20 hours writing music for 14 minutes of run time.
These are the things Eldridge loves - putting his music into visual settings.
"I'm looking forward to seeing my music. That's ultimately what I want to do."
Eldridge has released three solo albums and appears on many compilations.
He said each record has a mix of blues, jazz and classical styles.
The diverse rock, punk, reggae and country music of Morgantown and what is now 123 Pleasant St. has shaped Eldridge as a musician.
"This melting pot of music contributed a lot to my eclectic nature of playing," he said.
He said people here are much more passionate than elsewhere. "Music never gets put on the back burner (in Morgantown)," he said.
"Morgantown was a really great place for music and the music scene."

More information is available by visiting www.roberteldridge.com or www.myspace.com/soloeclecticguitarist.

Easy Hit (Excerpt from WhatsdoinDenver)


The weekend after Labor Day had only one thing wrong with it. It was a day short.

Starting on Wednesday for WDID, Manny's hosted Fox 99.5 blues revue. Robert Eldridge and Smoke Stake Lightening left the place smokin' and we're not talking hickory.

From westword.com
Originally published by Westword Mar 24, 2005
©2005 New Times, Inc. All rights reserved.




Best Recording Made at Einstein Bros. Bagels
Eclectic and Mental Guitar Music
Robert Eldridge




When Robert Eldridge decided to commit his acoustic wizardry to disc, he didn't bother with pricey studios. No, Eldridge simply went to an Einstein Bros. Bagel outlet, plugged a pick-up into his six-string and let 'er rip. Recorded live and expertly mastered by Desert Airport's Eric Shiveley, Eclectic and Mental Guitar Music finds Zeut's lead electric-guitarsmith alternating between ragtime, classical, blues, calypso and something he calls "schizophrenic flamenco." There's even the background noise of a lunchtime crowd. The only thing missing is lox and a shmear.

Westword - Westword (Mar 24, 2005)
From westword.com
Originally Published By Westword Thursday, November 4, 2004
2005 New Times, Inc. All rights reserved.
CRITIC'S CHOICE

Critic's Choice
Robert Eldridge
By John La Briola

In the hands of introspective virtuoso Robert Eldridge, a guitar can summon the depths of the ocean, conjure deep-space nebulas or transport listeners to a swampy backwoods juke joint soaked in moonshine. Hailing from Charleston, West Virgina, the lead electric-ax-man for Zeut has spent much of his 25-year career exploring acoustic variations as a solo artist. On his newest self-released disc Eclectic and Mental Guitar Music (recorded live at an Einstein Bros. Bagels outlet last March and produced by Desert Airport's Eric Shiveley), Eldridge trips neurotransmitters with a beguiling and varied range of styles: ragtime, bop, classical, chicken blues, calypso and even something that he's dubbed "schizophrenic flamenco." Recalling Chet Atkins or Leo Kottke one minute, Michael Hedges or Phillip Glass the next, Eldridge offers a tasteful balance between the homegrown and the otherworldly. Hear for yourself when he hosts a CD-release show at 6 p.m. this Friday, November 5, at Cafe Europa ($20 includes the door fee and a disc). On Sunday, November 7, Eldridge entertains the champagne-brunch crowd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Compari's in the DTC Marriott. And you thought Hollandaise sauce was exotic.
From westword.com
Originally published by Westword Dec 23, 2004
2005 New Times, Inc. All rights reserved.

Let's Fly, Let's Fly
For weary travelers at DIA, the Relax Under the Big Top performers can provide relief.
BY PATRICIA CALHOUN
Nathan Santistevan

You may not hear "Fly Me to the Moon," but Sinatra's about the only crooner who won't be sounding off at Denver International Airport over the next few days.

Long before 9/11 upped the ante on jittery nerves, DIA hired Meredith Gabow to coordinate the International Performance Series, a performing-arts program that brings dance and musical acts to the airport during peak travel times over the holidays. By now, the fourteen-day 2004 version, Relax Under the Big Top, is well under way, with assorted artists featured through January 2 in the Jeppesen Terminal's Great Hall and in passenger check-in areas.

That's where Robert Eldridge, who's been part of the program for about a half-dozen years -- since Gabow caught him opening for Big Head Todd -- was stationed on November 23. "It's the calm-the-beast scenario," he says. "I get a kick out of it and get a lot of praise just for playing. Even employees have come by and listened to me." His biggest fan, though, was the traveler who came up and told Eldridge that "it was the best half-hour he'd spent, just hanging out, listening to me play."

Eldridge, whose performances are billed as "world-fusion guitar," knows just how beastly the world can get. He's a Denver Tech Center broker by day, a musician by night. "They are my yin and yang; they are my total balance," he says. "If I was just a broker, I'd probably go crazy. My music compensates for my stress in the market. I wouldn't know what to do if my music became my vocation."

He's coming a little closer all the time, though: Last month the Zeut sideman released a solo disc, Eclectic and Mental Guitar Music, that's selling well, he says. Not at DIA gigs, of course -- the performers, who are paid for their appearances, are not allowed to accept tips or peddle paraphernalia at the airport. But Eldridge brings a guest book that his flying fans can sign, and he later sends out e-mails thanking them for listening and letting them know when and where they can hear him again. "If it became my vocation," he continues, "I don't know what I'd do for a hobby."

Well, he could hang out longer at DIA and listen to the other acts, which over the next few days will range from Bill Barwick and Sons of the Tumbleweed (you can also catch Barwick at the Buckhorn Exchange most Saturday nights) to Brazilian jazz by Banda Felicidad to the Rocky Mountain Banjos. For a complete schedule, go to www.flydenver.com/guide/art/performing.asp. But there's an encore feature you won't find listed: Because the performers can't get clearance to play the concourses, roving bands of DIA's more talented employees will offer half-hour sets out by the gates at noon each day.
Robert Eldridge, Eclectic and Mental Guitar Music Solo Guitar -- Volumes 1 and 2 (Self-released). Next time you're at DIA, you may be fortunate enough to experience the engrossing six-string acoustic wizardry of Zeut sideman Robert Eldridge, who entertains in-transit folks on a monthly basis. But armchair travelers don't have to miss a beat: This exceptional long-player captures the spontaneity and spirit of a guy who clears the runway for blues, classical, ragtime, calypso and bop -- with or without a boarding pass. -- La Briola
Jordan is at the Fox at 8:30 p.m. with Robert Eldridge as the opening act. Tickets are $14. Information: 303-443-3399. Then, at 8 p.m. Jan. 14, he moves to the Gothic Theatre ($20; 303-788-0984), followed by a stop at 32 Bleu in Colorado Springs at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 ($18-$28; 719-955-5664).
(Aug 4, 2009)