Blue Canyon Boys kick off ShowDown Town concert series |

Blue Canyon Boys kick off ShowDown Town concert series

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail CO Colorado
Special to the DailyThe Blue Canyon Boys

VAIL, Colorado -There will be plenty of pickin’ and grinnin’ to go around Thursday as Colorado’s own Blue Canyon Boys officially launch the 2011 edition of the ShowDown Town free concert series at 6:30 p.m. in Eagle Town Park.Winners of the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Band Contest, the Blue Canyon Boys have been picking and entertaining audiences with their unique style of bluegrass in the Colorado area for more than four years.The high-energy, bluegrass powerhouse consists of Gary Dark on mandolin, Jason Hicks on guitar, Drew Garrett on bass, and Jeff Scroggins on banjo. Blending duet-style vocals and hard-driving instrumental proficiency, the band has quickly become a mainstay of the Front Range bluegrass scene. Rooting themselves in tradition, The Blue Canyon Boys draw upon influences like the Stanley Brothers, Jim and Jesse, Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe and others to entertain audiences with a thoughtful selection of traditional and original songs, fine musicianship and humorous stage presence.All ShowDown Town concerts, with the exception of the July 28 show, get underway at 6:30 p.m., with weekly kid’s activities also highlighting the family-friendly evenings in the park.Additional free shows in July will include the Afro-Cuban Funk of Salem on July 7, the rhythm & blues of the Delta Sonics on July 14, folk singer/songwriter Liza on July 21 and the horn-infused rock of Chris Daniels and the Kings on July 28.For additional information on the free concert series check out

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