Freddy Jones Band is Vail Mountain’s musical opener
Vail Daily Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado –The first time Wayne Healy performed in Vail, Colorado, the Freddy Jones Band opened for Dave Matthews. Since then, he has developed a love affair with this little mountain town.
The last time we spoke to this group they were getting ready to rock at the Vail Jam Autism Benefit Concert this past August. The guys must have made quite an impression, because they are coming back to perform at Vail’s Winter Kickoff this Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Arrabelle in Lionshead.
“Vail’s been good to us. We have wonderful support in Vail and are looking forward to putting on a fun concert and enjoying the festivities,” says front man Wayne Healy.
The rock band is excited to be here for the celebration of Vail’s opening weekend, but for themselves and the sake of their instruments, they’re hoping for a warm afternoon.
All Chicago boys, the Freddy Jones Band first began performing in 1992, and their first hit, called “In A Daydream,” helped them land their first big deal with Capricorn Records in 1994. Their music is often compared too that of the Allman Brothers mixed with the Dave Matthews Band and Blues Traveler, and Wayne Healy is very proud of those comparisons.
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“Well (The Allman Brothers) are my favorite band … those types of bands were my groups growing up, like Steely Dan and others.” he said. “So when we were writing our songs that influence came out.”
The Freddy Jones Band was composed of Wayne Healy, Simon Horrocks, Jim Bonaccorsi and his brother Rob, who dropped out and was replaced by Marty Lloyd. They put themselves on a really tight touring schedule of about 250 shows a year when they first started, and they broke up in 2000.
The band began playing together with all five members in 2005 after a friend gave them a good cause to start jamming again.
“We always donate part of our proceeds to charity and that’s been great karma for us,” says Healy. “We choose a local charity, or another charity like cerebral palsy that someone has in mind. It’s just kind of been a nice thing to do in terms of keeping charities in mind when we play a show, and it has special meaning to us.”
The band really believes in giving to charity this time around. The first concert they played together after their indefinite hiatus happened because The Boys and Girls Club of Chicago needed a band to perform at its benefit.
Now all five men play together about twice a month, and they just released a new record titled, “Time Well Wasted,” on Out The Box Records, and it’s gotten great reviews. The twangy, country-inspired Americana rock music is absolutely catchy and inspiring.
“(At Vail) We will do a couple of tracks from the new record, and then our usual power set,” Healy says. “We have five or six songs that we always play that are radio friendly and listener friendly. It’ll probably be a 75- to 90-minute set, so hopefully it will be a warm afternoon up there in Vail. At least we’ll have a heat wave on stage.”
What: The Freddy Jones Band kicks off Vail’s opening weekend
Where: At the Arrabelle Square’s outdoor venue for a Bud Light presented concert.
When: 3 p.m., Saturday
Cost: Free, with $1 breakfast sandwiches, thousands of giveaways, and the chance to win skis and snowboards.
More Information: http://www.vail.com