Bonfire Dub releases new album, makes tour stop in Beaver Creek in December
If you go …
What: Bonfire Dub’s “Gypsy Roots” tour.
When: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.
Cost: Tickets are $10.
More information: Visit www.bonfirentertainment.com/bonfire-dub.
BEAVER CREEK — Colorado-based folk, rock and reggae band Bonfire Dub will release its most recent album, “Gypsy Roots,” alongside an exclusive three-day tour through Colorado in December.
The tour kicks of in Fort Collins on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. for a Meeting on the Mountain show at Downtown Artery. Performers will include Bonfire Dub, Grant Farm and more, with a live broadcast at http://www.meetingonthemountain.com. On Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m., Bonfire Dub will play at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek as a headliner for the Birds of Prey World Cup race week. The tour finale is lined up for Saturday, Dec. 3, at Schmiggity’s in Steamboat.
“Smiling faces, beaming with love; swiveling hips and shuffling feet; friends and families hand in hand; eyes and ears wide to the wisdom — this is the sight at every Bonfire Dub show,” said Bridget Law, of Elephant Revival, a part-time member of Bonfire Dub.
“The vibe is community, joy, earth reverence and deep rhythms expressed through music. The lyrics are wisely woven stories, poetry and meaningful messages that folks can relate to and the musicians are behind them with hearts and souls. Working with Bonfire Dub over the last six years has always been delightful; laughter and sweet friendship paired with super great music and fun experiences are memories that will ring through my mind for a lifetime.”
Scotty Stoughton, lead guitar and vocalist, said the release of “Gypsy Roots” is a celebration of community and collaboration. The album highlights the band’s evolving sound, 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 in songs such as “Free River,” inspired by a stand-up paddle trip down the Grand Canyon and a proposed development in the sacred valley. A sea of soulful lyrics are ever-present in tracks such as “Pilot” and “Open Heart,” inspired from 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 and always be mindful of your roots — the foundation.”
The album’s title is a fitting dichotomy — the rich, gypsy spirit of Bonfire Dub’s sound keeps exploring but also has place to call home, and the band’s three-day run and album release in December will be an acknowledgment of its Colorado roots.
Along with Stoughton, a longtime staple in the local and national music scene, Bonfire Dub 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 Law as a part-time player and full-time family member.
“The moments that we get together and share the stage, create music and deliver something to the audience and receive from the audience is something so incredibly special,” Stoughton said. “And to have a product to release, it means a lot. We’re proud of it — it’s another step down the road; another chapter in the book.”