Widespread Panic’s Jojo Hermann closes concert series in Eagle, Aug. 11 | VailDaily.com

Widespread Panic’s Jojo Hermann closes concert series in Eagle, Aug. 11

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Bonfire Brewery ShowDown Town free concert series concludes with John “Jojo” Herman, of Widespread Panic fame.
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If you go …

What: John “Jojo” Herman, final show of Bonfire Brewery ShowDown Town free concert series.

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

Where: Eagle Town Park.

Cost: Free.

More information: Visit vvf.org.

EAGLE — A bit of barbeque, a bit of music from Widespread Panic’s John “Jojo” Herman and the backdrop of the Colorado Rockies provide the recipe for the final concert in this year’s Bonfire Brewing’s ShowDown Town free concert series. And it’s all been cooked up by Moe’s Original Bar B Que owner Ben Gilbert, who has known Herman since Gilbert’s days back at the University of Alabama.

“He’s just a really nice guy, really laid back. There’s no attitude or anything — just a normal guy hanging out with good friends,” Gilbert said. “It’s just great knowing him. He’s super generous and always helps us out.”

Herman and his wife, Christi, were visiting Gilbert and his family in Vail when they decided to play an impromptu gig at Moe’s earlier this spring with local legend Scotty Cable. From there, Gilbert floated the idea of Herman coming back for the Moe’s-sponsored concert in August in Eagle.

“We’re really wearing it out this year because (Panic) is basically going to call it touring-wise after this year,” Jojo said. “(In Panic), we’re still all brothers and still going to play together.”

Serendipity of the mountains

But this break in the action meant the concert in Eagle all came together as quick and easy as a pulled pork sandwich.

“It worked out perfect,” Gilbert said. “The Vail Valley Foundation did everything to make it happen — can’t say I did that much.”

“It’s just another one of these serendipitous things about living in these here mountains,’” said Tom Boyd, of the Vail Valley Foundation. “The people who come here — people like Jojo and the guys at Moe’s — everyone’s looking out for one another, and it ends up benefitting everybody. Jojo gets to come see his old friends, and we get to enjoy one heck of a show.”

Herman has been on the road for decades while remaining loyal to his musical roots in Oxford, Mississippi. He thinks Panic will continue to play at New Orleans Jazz Fest and at Red Rocks, which inspires hope for local fans to have the chance to see them perform live.

While Hermann performs at Eagle Town Park, there will be kids’ activities, picnic space, food vendors and a beer garden from Bonfire Brewing.