The Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch has a pair of new residents and Goldenites will have a perfect opportunity to meet them this Sunday, June 22.
The ranch is getting ready to host Buffapoolooza, an all day music event that will also feature free buffalo tours and a barbecue.
“I really love having these community events and having families come here, and that’s why I wanted to host this,” said Leo Downey, the ranch’s owner.
The ranch hasn’t hosted many events in recent years after the business was in flux over some government restrictions on meat processing. Thankfully for Downey, those restrictions have since been lifted, which has allowed him to begin growing the herd once again. That growth took another step forward with the birth of a pair of calves this spring.
Buffapoolooza will kick off at 11 a.m. with the first of two buffalo tours (the other is scheduled for 2 p.m.). The music will get underway at noon with Ariana & Levon, the winners of the GSS Talent Show. David L’Hirondelle will follow at 1 p.m., with his first of two sets.
L’Hirondelle moved to Golden late last year from Vancouver in order to unwind and continue working on his upcoming album. He’ll be heading back to the city shortly to record.
“This is a creative space,” L’Hirondelle said about the ranch. “There’s lots of inspiration around here.”
L’Hirondelle has covered Bryan Adams extensively in the past and will be playing at least one Adams tune on Sunday, along with a mix of other cover songs and original pieces.
“My stuff would probably be defined as pop, rock with a little bit of funk and a little bit of blues. It’s really kind of a mashed potato mixed up with gravy,” L’Hirondelle laughed.
Also performing on Sunday will be Carl Trinkwon and the Masters of Nün, The Pick-Ups, and, of course, Leo Downey, who will end the day with a set starting at 6 p.m.
Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and non-perishable food items will be collected in support of the Golden Food Bank.