Chris Thompson & Coral Creek perform at State Bridge for the first time Saturday |

Chris Thompson & Coral Creek perform at State Bridge for the first time Saturday

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVAIL CO, Colorado

Special to the DailyChris Thompson & Coral Creek will perform at State Bridge Saturday night, along with Denver band Whiskey Tango.

Chris Thompson & Coral Creek have a history with the Colorado River. Not only does Thompson like to fish out of the river, and camp next to it, his band played in the middle of it. No, really. They performed on the “YarmonyGrass World Famous Floating Stage” back in 2010.”It was a hoot,” Thompson said. “(We) gotta do that again sometime.”The band, which has been around since 2007, will take the stage at State Bridge for the first time Saturday night, as part of the festivities scheduled for the riverside venue’s opening weekend. “The show is going to be a great time – as always – on the Colorado River,” Thompson said. “There will be lots of rockin’ music mixed in with killer trout fishing and other recreation up the canyon. We’ll be playing a lot of songs off our latest release, ‘The Road Ahead,’ which was produced by Bill Nershi, as well as some newer original material and some easily consumable fare from the Grateful Dead, The Band and Coral Creek arrangements of traditional tunes.”The band includes top players from the Colorado music scene, including Jim Allard on bass (formerly of Shakedown Street), RT Weber on drums, Stef Briggs on keyboard (formerly of Shakedown Street), Dennis Johnson on guitar, David Reid on saxophone and Adam Galblum (formerly of Whitewater Ramble) on fiddle. Thompson himself is a bit of a gypsy. He’s lived and performed in Mexico, Europe, Southern Africa, the Caribbean and most of the U.S. In 2001, he settled down in Colorado, planted roots and started writing and recording his acoustic fusion music.

The band is excited for some upcoming Denver shows, and a packed summer lineup that includes two trips to the midwest for a big July4 show in Minnetonka with the Minnesota Orchestra – a homecoming of sorts for Thompson, who is from Rochester, MN – and a bluegrass festival in Wisconsin in August, Thompson said.”We’re also getting ready to release two new studio productions and a live recording, so it’s all pretty exciting at the moment,” he said.On June 9 the band will release Susannah Thompson’s, “Watch Me Fly,” (produced by Thompson and Bill Nershi), which is a collection of original songs written by Susannah and Chris Thompsom, featuring Susannah on vocals and performances by Nershi, Keith Moseley, Kyle Hollingsworth, Andy Thorn, Tyler Grant and several other staples of the Colorado music scene. The other studio recording, by the Coral Creek String Band, is a collection of new tunes by Thompson, recorded at Nershi’s Sleeping Giant Studio, featuring Galblum on fiddle, Dave Goldenberg on mandolin and Andrew Bonnis on bass.