Todd Park Mohr returns to Yampa to perform 3rd benefit concert
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What: Todd Mohr concert to benefit historic restoration of the Crossan's M & M Market in Yampa
When: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24
Where: The Antlers in Yampa
Tickets: $40 and available for purchase at All That in Steamboat, The Antlers in Yampa and online at historicrouttcounty.org.
YAMPA — Last year was supposed to be the final benefit concert for the historic restoration of Crossan’s M & A Market in Yampa.
However, due to increased costs in the effort to transform a crumbling building into a new town hall, museum and community center, Todd Park Mohr, Colorado native and lead singer of Big Head Todd and the Monsters, will play one more time for his local fans.
The June 24 “Call of the Wild” acoustic concert will mark the third year Mohr donates his time and talent to the town where he spent his childhood visiting his grandfather and fishing in the lakes of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.
“I love Yampa … because they care about community, and they care about the environment,” Mohr said. “I get that feeling from the people I know that it’s a really hopeful place.”
Restoring Crossan’s has been a volunteer-fueled labor of love for that community, and one that has hit its share of obstacles and stumbling blocks, said Emily Katzman, executive director of Historic Routt County.
The town of Yampa bought the building in 2006 but with the stipulation that no town money be spent on restoration. The Friends of Crossan’s committee was formed, and that group, along with the preservation-focused nonprofit Historic Routt County, have been the driving force behind the five-year-long project.
This year’s concert will “raise the last bit that will get us across the finish line,” Katzman said.
From setting up and selling drinks to dismantling and clean up, the concert is also powered by devoted volunteers, with many vendors donating services.
Mohr, who has a house in nearby Five Pines, said he loves playing solo and calls a Sunday afternoon spent at The Antlers “an awesome place for a little show.”
The market has been one of Yampa’s permanent feature since 1903.
“It’s an important part of Yampa’s character,” Katzman said.
While the downstairs opened last winter, all construction is expected to finish over the summer with a grand opening planned for September.
On Saturday, Mohr will play to a packed crowd at Red Rocks Amphitheatre with the band he’s led for 33 years.
“We love music,” Mohr said. “We love what we do. We care about each other.”
In November, Big Head Todd and the Monsters released a new album, “New World Arisin.” A few days before Mohr’s solo show in Yampa, the band will be in Chicago, before heading the following week to Virginia.
In his personal life, Mohr, 52, is enjoying being a first-time dad.
“I’ve had a great life, but she’s definitely the highlight,” he said of his 16-month-old daughter.
“I’m so grateful that he’s willing to give back to the community,” Katzman said. “I think it says so much about who he is as a musician and a person — to offer his talent to support a local nonprofit.”
This year, the music will be the focus, Katzman said, as there won’t be another auction. Singer-songwriter Katey Laurel, a Denver-based musician who grew up on a ranch near Yampa, will be the opening act.
Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for the June 24 concert, which will be held in the outdoor area next to The Antlers in Yampa. The show begins at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets are $40 and are available for purchase at All That in Steamboat, The Antlers in Yampa or at historicrouttcounty.org.
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