The great thing about “urban myths,” (i.e. the bloody hook on the car door handle, alligators in the NYC subway tunnels, etc.) is sometimes there is a grain of truth to the tale which makes you want to “believe.” Or, how about the unannounced show, for the “fortunate few” at a small club by a legendary band, just yearning to get back to their roots. It could happen. In fact it did happen to Gail Gordon and Ken Feldman of Lyons and fifty of your best friends!
Monday afternoon Dave Grohl and The Foo Fighters put on a “Garage Concert” at Oskar’s Party Barn as part of a promotion to kick off the summer tour for their latest album “Wasting Light,” which was recorded entirely in Grohl’s garage. In conjunction with BlackBerry, the band staged a contest over the Internet; “why should we play a concert in your garage?” Gordon and Feldman decided to enter. Feldman took a breath-taking photo of their garage (they live on Longmont Dam Road, near Shelly’s Cottages) from across the river, including circles, arrows, and captions. Gordon wrote a paragraph (25 words or less), and they won! Due to weather concerns, and logistical challenges, the Producer of the tour (seven winners across the U.S. and Canada) opted for Oskar’s Barn as a fallback site.
Sworn to secrecy, Gordon and Feldman began compiling a list of potential invitees. Then they started making calls. “Can you come to Lyons on Monday, April 25? No, I can’t tell you why, but trust me, it will be worth it!” If anyone insisted on more info, they were off the list. Several came from as far away as Austin and Houston, Texas. Many from Denver, Boulder, and of course, Lyons (if you liked dogs, that was a bonus – the crew from Lyons Veterinary Clinic were on hand). One friend even put off a planned vacation to visit the in-laws (now that’s a story to tell at the Thanksgiving table). Bottom line, no one at the Barn seemed disappointed they made the trip. The Foo Fighters put on a great show that everyone will be talking about for decades.