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Honkytonk meets punk-a-billy Friday night in the Vail Valley

Charlie Owen
Daily correspondent
Vail CO Colorado
Special to the Daily


Mad Dog and the Smokin’ Js plays two free shows tonight

Another band hailing from Denver will grace our valley tonight when Mad Dog and the Smokin’ Js take the stage. They perform first at Eagle’s ShowDown Town free concert at Eagle Town Park at 6:30 p.m. After that, they’ll head to the Sandbar Sports Grill in West Vail for a 10 p.m. show.

Stand-up drummer ‘Mad Dog’ Mike Minnick, hard-driving guitarist ‘Smokin’ Joe Clark and doghouse bass player Markus ‘Johnny Congo’ Stratman bring nonstop energy and fun that takes the listener to the honkytonk hall and the rock clubs of days past and the dancehall days of not so yesteryear. In addition to the free music, the family-friendly ShowDown Town concert also features a host of activities for the kids including a hands-on family safety demonstration with fire trucks and gear from the Eagle Fire Department.

To learn more about the ShowDown Town concert series, visit http://www.vvf.org. To learn more about the Sandbar show, call 970-476-4314.

Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek

Grammy Award-winning country musician Mary Chapin Carpenter continues her successful career with this year’s release of her newest studio album, “The Age of Miracles.” Carpenter brings her slice-of-life hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “Shut Up and Kiss Me” to Beaver Creek tonight when she stops at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

“She is a great fit for the Vail Performing Arts Center because her music appeals to a wide demographic of audience members, from country to folk to singer/songwriter,” said Kris Sabel, executive director for the Vilar Performing Arts Center. “The quality of her sound and style will play very well in an intimate setting.”

The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $72. Call 888-920-2787 or visit http://www.vilarpac.org to learn more.

Savvy Country Band at the Eagle County Fair

Though they’ve been playing together for two years and have been getting their name out in venues like the Saltwater Cowboy and Brush Creek Saloon, this is by far the biggest show that Savvy Country Band has ever played, according to the band’s lead singer Doug Boche.

“We are a local country western band,” said Boche of his six-piece, Eagle-based outfit. “We’re going over real well.”

They play “a little bit of everything,” from honkytonk classics to modern favorites, Boche said. So attendees can expect some Merle Haggard or Johnny Cash and everything in between.

“We play the full gamut,” he said.

The show is free and Savvy Country Band will play from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and again from 10 to midnight. The show is free and will take place at the Eagle County Fairgrounds in Eagle. Call 970-328-3646.

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