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Alcapones play Rock & Rails

The Alcapones brought a mix of horns, vocal harmonies and rock to Rock & Rails last Thursday, June 13. The band performed to a generous crowd on a hot summer night in Niwot.

Tim Ostdiek and Jenny opened the evening with an hour of folk rock tunes, including familiar songs as well as originals by Ostdiek, who has produced several CD's including his latest, titled "The Lost Days."

Ostdiek and his partner, Jenny Balagna, are based out of Longmont, and have been entertaining crowds at Rock & Rails and other venues for many years. Ostdiek, who is originally from Scottsbluff, Nebraska, noted that his parents, Dave and Tammie Ostdiek, had recently relocated to Longmont, and were in the audience.

The tip jar proceeds for the evening, which were over $1,900, went to the Rotary Club of Niwot and Niwot's P.E.O. chapter. Both organizations promote educational opportunities for students here and around the country.

P.E.O. stands for Philanthropic Educational Organization, which focuses its educational efforts on women. The Rotary Club, which meets at the Left Hand Grange in Niwot early Thursday mornings, is involved in many activities in and around Niwot, including Little Free Libraries, maintaining the caboose in Whistle Stop Park, and providing scholarships to students. The Rotary used the Rock & Rails forum to present the Eli Buzas Community Service Award to long-time Niwot resident and realtor Pat Murphy. Buzas was a founding member of the Niwot club and also founded the Niwot High School Education Foundation. Buzas died of Covid-19 complications in 2021.


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