Frontside Five returns to Sandbar in Vail |

Frontside Five returns to Sandbar in Vail

Caramie Schnell
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Ryan Resch

Skate-punk music. It’s straight-forward, passionate, frenetic, and most of all, it’s loud. There’s not a tremendous amount of outside punk bands that perform regularly in the valley, and that’s something that Dick Dime has tried to change since he began booking bands at the Sandbar last year. He’s bringing Frontside Five, a skate-punk band from Denver to the Sandbar again tonight ” the third time the band’s performed there (most recently they opened for Guttermouth at the end of February) but the first time as the headlining act.

“Frontside Five are beginning to develop a strong local following and It is time to give them a headlining spot,” Dime said in an e-mail. “At the Guttermouth show, FS5 had the crowd in a full frenzy. They were as good if not better than Guttermouth. Nationally, FS5 have been gaining momentum, their records have been very well received and their constant touring has helped the band craft a bombastic stage show.”

Besides hardcore music and a good stage show, Dime has a guess as to why the band has developed a strong local following.

“Every punk in Vail is smitten by their hot bassist, Brooke,” he said.

Dime is referring to Brooke Crawford, who also sings backup vocals for the band. Robdogg, aka Rob Crawford on drums, Shane Henry on vocals and guitar and Bart McCrorey on vocals and guitar round out the band’s lineup. And yes, you’re counting right. Even though the band is called Frontside Five, there have been only four members in the band since their original lead singer left the group nearly two years ago. It doesn’t matter anyway, however, since the band is named after a skateboarding trick ” not the number of people performing. And really it works out nicely for the rest of the band members who put the extra drink tickets or wristbands they get at certain clubs to good use, Robdogg explained in an interview with the Vail Daily in December.

“We kind of pretend someone’s always the fifth member that’s not really in the band.”

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at or 970-748-2984.

Opening for Frontside Five tonight at Sandbar is Reno Divorce, a Denver-based punk rock n’ roll band nominated as Denver’s best punk band in Westword in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

Dick Dime, talent buyer at Sandbar, is excited to introduce people in the Vail Valley to this band, he said.

“Reno Divorce is opening this show but they are every bit the equal to Frontside Five,” Dime said. “Their latest record has been in heavy rotation at 93.3 KTCL in Denver and they are a band on the verge of a large audience.”

What: Skate punk band Frontside Five; Reno Divorce will open

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Where: Sandbar Sports Grill in West Vail

Cost: $8

More information: Call 970-476-4314 or visit

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