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Mike Dillon’s GoGo Jungle at the Sandbar Thursday

Special to the Daily Mike Dillon brings his Gogo Jungle to Vail.

WEST VAIL – Mike Dillon, a punk-rock vibraphonist, takes his trio on the road to Sandbar in West Vail Thursday. Supporting the free-spirited musician are bassist JJ “Jungle” Richards and drummer Go-Go Ray Pollard. Together, they are Mike Dillon’s GoGo Jungle.Dillon started playing the vibraphone when he was on work release from prison. After a six-month morphine binge, he was penniless and looking for a fix. He broke into his neighborhood high school, stole a ratty old vibraphone and got to work learning some Thelonious Monk tunes.

Dillon spent the ’90s touring with his band called Billy Goat, starting drum riots and inventing sweaty nude dance crazes, all the while miraculously getting arrested. It was then that he started performing with Go-Go Ray. After Billy Goat disbanded, Dillon started the Austin-based party band Hairy Apes BMX. Richards, also from Billy Goat, collaborated with Dillon as the bassist of that band. Dillon is also a member of Les Claypool’s Flying Frog Brigade, Garage A Trois and the infamous Critters Buggin. It is from the depths of this musical history that Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle was born.See the punk-rock dance party vibe trio performThursday at the Sandbar. For more information, call the bar at 476-4314.

Free-spirit musicMike Dillon’s GoGo Jungle

10 p.m. ThursdaySandbar in West VailVail, Colorado

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