MINTURN — Bonfire Dub returns to the Little Beach Amphitheater in Minturn for a free show Thursday night at 6 p.m. The band played for one of the first shows of the series years ago, but was rained out early in the first set. The free summer concert series is known for its laid -back appeal. Kids play in the park; bring your picnic dinner and enjoy this classic Colorado setting on the banks of the Eagle River and in the shadow of what is left of Lionshead Rock.
Bonfire Dub has performed a string of shows this spring/summer. They performed at the Campout For The Cause in Bond and the Arise festival in Loveland. They played a couple of local shows with Steel Pulse and Xavier Rudd and most recently, Scott Stoughton and Jeff Armistead bonded and played music on Vail Mountain with Mike Peters of The Alarm and Cy Curnin of the Fixx as part of the Lope Hope Strength event this past weekend.
“It was an incredibly beautiful Saturday of weather, music and hiking for a great cause — Get On The List, which matches potential bone marrow donors to waiting recipients,” Armistead said. “At one point on the hike from Gondola One to Mid-Vail, we had an impromptu jam on the hill above Chair 2 with Mike, Cy, the band Onward, Etc. playing to 300 hikers, cancer survivors, friends and relatives of ones we have lost, sitting on the hill, singing along while shedding tears. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and lost her sister to cancer. It was a very moving day. Also being able to share the Checkpoint Charlie Stage that night with the School Of Rock teenagers and have my 10-year-old son, Xander, there to take it all in was pretty special.”
‘Shaping our sound’
Also joining the band at Thursday night’s concert is fiddle player Bridget Law of Colorado folk band Elephant Revival.
“Bridget has been playing with us more and more over the past couple of years and has become an integral part of shaping our sound,” Armistead said. “She is simply one of the most talented, sweetest people I have ever met. She performed on our latest CD, ‘Who We Are,’ and has brought an element to our island, roots-reggae sound that has transformed Bonfire Dub into a unique blend of many different cultural influences.”
Elephant Revival recently played at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Gregory Alan Isakov and DeVotchKa and Bonfire is honored to have Law and her talent sharing in Bonfire’s songwriting, recording and performances, Armistead said.
Bonfire Dub plays a deep and powerful blend of acoustic-laced and electric/pedal steel driven down-tempo, reggae, folk and dub. Their focus is original music; travel-inspired melodies that incorporate the bands roots. Bonfire’s lyrics are inspired from eastern philosophy, indigenous struggles, political injustice, international relief efforts and a deep respect for the roots of love and the balance of nature. Stoughton, Bonfire’s founder, weaves stories of hope and struggle, derived from his humanitarian aid experiences in regions such as Central America and Haiti. The band has a busy weekend ahead with a show in Denver Friday at the Park House and Saturday, the band will perform in Buena Vista at the beach venue in South Main. Check out the band’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bonfiredub.
Immediately following the show, join the After-Concert Party at the Minturn Saloon for a chance to win prizes. Coors Tap The Rockies has donated a keg in support of the Minturn Community Fund, and also several amazing grand prizes for the big drawing at the end of the season. At every After Party you can enter to win prizes such as a 2015 WinterWonderGrass festival ticket donated by Bonfire Entertainment, a pair of skies, a cruiser bike, tent, and a cooler donated by Coors Tap the Rockies, and several gift certificates for businesses around Eagle County. These grand prizes will be drawn on Aug. 28, at the last After Party of the season at the Minturn Saloon.
There are prize giveaways every night as well. Raffle tickets cost $1 and can only be purchased at the after parties.
The concert is rain or shine. Cans of 3.2 beer are allowed but there is no glass permitted in the park. Next week will be the grand finale of the concert series with local musician Scott Rednor’s newest creation, “In the Realm.” For more information on the series, visit www.facebook.com/LittleBeachPark, www.minturncommunityfund.com or www.minturn.org, or call 970-827-5645.