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Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk welcomes Otone Brass Band on June 23

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On Friday, June 23, The Otone Brass Band performs as part of Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk.
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What: Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk — Otone Brass Band.

Where: The Riverwalk of Edwards.

When: Friday, June 23; the series continues every other Friday.

Cost: Free.

More information: Vendors open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 6 p.m. for Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk. Visit www.VailJazz.org for more jazz happenings in Eagle County.

Dancing while playing an instrument is no simple feat, but it appears to come naturally to all eight members of The Otone Brass Band.

Whether it’s swinging the sousaphone from side to side or spinning and bobbing while keeping a lightning fast drumbeat, it’s clear that everyone in the band views each song as an opportunity to party. The vibe is contagious and it’s usually a matter of seconds before everyone within earshot is moving to the beat.

The Otone Brass Band brings its lively grooves to The Riverwalk Backyard Amphitheater today for Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk in Edwards.

The all-new Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk series kicked off on June 9 with The Burroughs, drawing in a sea of picnicking families, passers by and dancers of all ages. The series delivers free live music every other Friday along with local food and drink vendors, including paella from Revolution, paninis and salads from eat!drink! and cocktails from 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co.

“Our first Riverwalk show was a fantastic blueprint of what we hope to see the rest of the summer,” said Vail Jazz operations director James Kenly. “We had all kinds of people on the lawn — families and couples with picnic spreads watching the show while enjoying their dinner. We had little kids twirling to the tunes. At one point it was like the band sent a wave over everyone. One after another, people started coming to the front of the stage to dance. It was so much fun.”

The Otone Brass Band might take its stage performance into marching mode through the lawn. It wouldn’t be the first time. Infusing its New Orleans street sound with strains of Latin, soul and funk, whether on stage or off, the Denver-based ensemble is famous for infecting crowds of all ages with positive energy.

Alpine Arts Center will be on hand offering unique arts and crafts projects for children.

Vendors open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 6 p.m. Picnics are welcome but no pets are allowed. The event is non-smoking.