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Eric ‘Benny’ Bloom to lead a special collaboration at Shakedown Monday night

Lettuce trumpet player will take the stage with members of The Motet and Circles Around the Sun

Eric “Benny” Bloom will perform with The Vail Connection featuring members of The Motet at Shakedown on Monday.
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Eric “Benny” Bloom of Lettuce will lead a special collaboration featuring members of The Motet and Circles Around the Sun at Shakedown in Vail on Monday night.

If you go…

Tickets to the show are $20 online at shakedownbarvail.com and $25 at the door. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Also, try the wine.

Benny is a Grammy-winning artist most commonly known as the trumpet player for the Boston-based funk band Lettuce, which formed in 1992. The band is regarded as one of the premier acts in the modern funk scene, and has a strong following here in the Vail Valley. For Bloom, returning to the stage in a familiar place, after all that has happened in the past year, brings both excitement and relief.

“Playing music in public is something I never took for granted, but when it was taken away from me I really felt lost,” Bloom said. “Getting the chance to play for people again has been nothing short of amazing.”



Meet the lineup

The band consists of Vail resident and Circles Around the Sun drummer Mark Levy on drums, Garrett Sayers and Joey Porter from The Motet on bass and keyboards, and Scott Rednor, former Ween guitarist and owner of Shakedown Bar.

The Motet performing at Red Rocks on June 4, 2021.
Jenise Jensen/Aspen Times file photo

“We all know a large amount of songs that cross over a wide range of musical styles,” Bloom said. “You can definitely expect to see songs from Stevie Wonder to Talking Heads to James Brown and even some Bruce Springsteen.”



Bloom adds that the intimate setting at Shakedown will add to the fun of the night.

“My favorite venues to perform at are small, intimate rooms, and the Shakedown Bar in Vail is the epitome of that,” Bloom said.

“I always like to try to make the audience feel comfortable and like they truly know me.”

Try the wine

While you’re there, Bloom insists you try the wine. As a founder of Benny & Zoid Selections, a Denver-based wine distribution company, Bloom will be bringing out a friend of his, a California winemaker named Alex Pomerantz, to feature wines from his winery, Subject to Change.

“We will have his wines available at Shakedown’s bar and you can chat with him about all things wine,” Bloom said.

Tickets to the show are $20 online on shakedownbarvail.com and $25 at the door. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.

To see a full schedule of Shakedown’s in-venue and popup concerts planned for this summer, visit shakedownbarvail.com.

 


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