Bonfire Dub brings ‘Gypsy Roots’ tour to Shakedown Bar, Feb. 9
VAIL — Colorado-based folk, rock and reggae band Bonfire Dub continues its CD-release tour supporting its most recent album, “Gypsy Roots,” with a stop at Shakedown Bar in Vail today.
The tour began Friday in Nederland at The Caribou Room, followed by a show in Denver the next night at Ophelia’s, with both shows supported by Mama Magnolia. On Wednesday, Bonfire Dub played at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco, and the tour concludes Friday at The Old Town Pub in Steamboat Springs.
Sea of lyrics
Lead guitar and vocalist Scotty Stoughton said the release of “Gypsy Roots” is a celebration of community and collaboration. The album highlights the dynamic and evolving sound of the band, flowing through original songs with rich melodies and delivering acoustic-laced and electric steel-driven folk, reggae and rock.
A dash of bluegrass has been infused into songs such as “Free River,” inspired from a standup paddle trip down the Grand Canyon, and a sea of soulful lyrics are ever-present in tracks such as “Pilot” and “Open Heart,” inspired by world travel and expressions of humanity.
“I’ve got gypsy roots, which means I love to be everywhere and see everything,” Stoughton said. “But with that you make sure you don’t trade comfort for experience.”
A longtime staple in the local and national music scene, Stoughton is the founder of WinterWonderGrass Festival, produced by his company, Bonfire Entertainment. WinterWonderGrass Festival happens Thursday, Feb. 23, through Sunday, Feb. 26, in its new Steamboat Springs location, and Bonfire Dub will be giving away a pair of tickets to the festival at each stop on its current tour.
Fiddle with your funk
Bonfire Dub also includes Rodney James Coquia on guitar, Jeff Armistead on keyboard, Mark Levy on percussion and Trevor Noel Gagstetter on bass. Since the beginning of the band in 2009, Bonfire Dub has also welcomed fiddle player Bridget Law, of renowned folk music group Elephant Revival, and she currently appears for most shows.