Kings of the Slipstream
The off season a time for the locals. The transients are gone, dinner in Vail Village is affordable, and you might have some time off. You might even get bored in that time and say to yourself, “Self, I’m tired of the same old stomping ground. I want to go somewhere that I haven’t been all winter.”Or maybe you’re a thrifty cheapskate and you say to yourself, “Where can I go to hear some of the best musicians in the region play for hours, for less than a yuppie food stamp, and then camp for free.”The answer to these questions: State Bridge Lodge. For years State Bridge Lodge has been a local favorite and one of the reasons so many of us who came for the winter have stayed for the summer. With a new stage layout, cabin remodels, a new underpass accessing the Colorado River, and bunk-filled yurts for rent, this venue has underwent a tremendous overhaul last year now the music schedule has caught up.This year will boast the finest band roster in the Lodge’s history, and for most of the bands appearing this summer, State Bridge Lodge will be the smallest venue that they play but perhaps their favorite. Advance tickets are available and it is urged that you purchase your tickets ahead of time in order to preserve the intimacy of each of these shows. The lodge also is discouraging any drunk driving with plenty of bedding options from free campsites to yurts and cabins for rent.This weekend at State BridgeThis Saturday you can beat the summer crowds and get in close for an evening of serious picking headlined by Slipstream. Slipstream is a three-piece bluegrass band out of Boulder, consisting of Rich Zimmerman (mandolin / vocals), Brad Murphey (guitar), and Paul Waitinas (upright bass). On Saturday night some very special guests will join them. Ross Martin, who has played with such artists as Tony Furtado and Mollie O’brien, will be sitting in on electric guitar, and Noam Pikelny of Leftover Salmon will be joining them on five-string banjo. Vince Herman, guitarist and lead vocalist for Leftover Salmon will open the show with a solo set of his own, but don’t count on him going home early.Sunday should prove to be quite festive also, with guitarist Steve Kimock joined by Shanti Groove. Late night music will be provided by Mountain of Venus from 11 p.m. 1 a.m., above the downstairs bar in the rarely opened Crystal Theater. DJ Dotcom will be providing music between sets.By Bill DavisState Bridge Lodge Summer ScheduleMay15Slipstream with special guest Noam Pikelny ofLeftover SalmonTime: 7 p.m.Cost: $1016 Steve Kimock with Shanti Groove, plus late-night music from Mountain of Venus from 11 p.m. 1 a.m. and set-break tunes from DJ DotcomTime: 4:20 p.m.Cost: $2022 Sucker w/ guests Solution23 Dave Johnson of Yonder Mountain String Band w/ Swingset29-31 Memorial Day Shakedown w/ Shakedown StreetJune3 Garage Majal4 Israel Vibration18 Rebirth Brass Band24 Donna the Buffalo27 Vinyl w/ Benevento/Russo DuoJuly3-4 Melvin Seals and JGB5 North Mississippi Allstars11 Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe18 Dirty Dozen Brass Band24 Barbara Cue25 Jah Family BandAugust5 Burning Spear8 Stockholm SyndromeFor more information (i.e. times, prices, lodging), you can go to http://www.statebridge.com/
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