Reality Show to Boost Fundraising for Hanging Lake Trail Restoration

The reality show “Breaking the Band” will film content for an upcoming episode in Glenwood Springs in November. The episode will feature Morgan Celner & The Carolina Reapers who also will perform back-to-back shows at two venues in Glenwood Springs, with proceeds benefiting the efforts to restore the Hanging Lake Trail.

“Breaking the Band,” is a reality television show that explores the behind-the-scenes daily grind of a music group’s life on the road and its hopeful rise to success. The production will film content for the show in Glenwood Springs, with Morgan Celner & The Carolina Reapers performing for local audiences on Nov. 16 and 17. Proceeds from both performances will go toward funding for trail restoration to Hanging Lake. The popular National Natural Landmark’s trail was devastated by mudslides a year after the Grizzly Creek Fire raged through Glenwood Canyon.

Guitar Prodigy Morgan Celner & The Carolina Reapers

Amping up the excitement, Morgan Celner & The Carolina Reapers, a rock-n-roll, southern blues band will perform in the episode and also take the stage for two nights in Glenwood Springs with all proceeds from the concerts benefiting the White River National Park Foundation for the reconstruction of the Hanging Lake Trail.

According to the band’s website, Celner won two regional Joe Bonamassa Blues Guitarist Competitions at age 17 and the Guitar Center US competition staff voted him the “next best up-and-coming young blues guitarist in the US.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, Morgan Celner & The Carolina Reapers will perform at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Spring Valley Campus and on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at Glenwood Vaudeville Revue downtown. To attend, purchase tickets for the CMC concert through Eventbrite and directly from Glenwood Vaudeville Revue online. Admission for either show is just $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

Rock Star Dreams

For Celner, when you’ve jammed on stage with legendary rockers Cheap Trick, what do you do for an encore? Start a band and go on tour filming daily life as a new up-and-coming rock/blues band! The 26-year-old singer/songwriter and guitar ace along with his band The Carolina Reapers will be doing just that as they pass through Colorado and Glenwood Springs this month. Life on the road for a rock band is always an adventure; it can be comedic, crazy and sometimes traumatic—in this case, it all gets filmed for the show. Celner and his band peddle a gritty, yet soulful sound that takes a cue from music legends Buddy Guy, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. The release “Bad News Blues” stems from his deep southern music roots, while his latest “Tea Party” is a driving rock tune pertinent to the times we live in.

hanging lake and trail damage

While Hanging Lake remains unharmed, the trail has been completely destroyed and must be rebuilt.

Restoration of Hanging Lake

Morgan Celner & The Carolina Reapers are also doing a good deed by performing two benefit concerts. In August 2020, the Grizzly Creek Fire swept through Glenwood Canyon. While wildland firefighters were able to protect one of the state’s most scenic treasures from going up in flames, it was torrential rains and the mudslides that followed nearly a year later that did greater damage to the Hanging Lake ecosystem and trail. After the mudslides, the trail became impassable to foot traffic with multiple bridges spanning Dead Horse Creek destroyed, and the crystalline lake filled with debris. Forest Service personnel estimate that it could take up to two years to restore the trail and make it safe again for visitors.

The cost to redesign and reconstruct the trail to Hanging Lake is estimated to be significant. To offset expenses, fans of the stunning hike can donate to White River National Park Foundation online in preset amounts or any amount they choose and either in one-time or recurring increments. The collected funds will help Forest Service personnel identify and prioritize projects beginning with the most urgent, on-the-ground needs.

Our Sponsors Rock

This fundraising event wouldn’t be possible without the planning and generosity of our many community sponsors. VisitGlenwood arranged to bring Breaking the Band to Glenwood Springs, while others committed to hosting, housing and feeding members of the show and support staff. Thanks to Colorado Mountain College for sponsoring the concert at the New Space Theatre and to Bay Equity, Bank of Colorado, Title Company of the Rockies and the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue for the downtown performance. Many thanks also to Hotel Colorado for providing multiple nights of lodging.

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