Reggae rockers Codi Jordan Band coming to the Vail Valley |

Reggae rockers Codi Jordan Band coming to the Vail Valley

Nicole InglisSteamboat Pilot & TodayVail, CO Colorado
Salt Lake City-based Codi Jordan Band returns to the Ghost Ranch Saloon tonight for a free show. The five-piece pop reggae band combines summery, lighthearted riffs with heavy hip hop beats.

In guitarist Codi Jordan’s fantasies, he has two houses.One is by the beach – preferably in Southern California – where bands such as Sublime and Slightly Stoopid rule with the summery reggae beats that influence Jordan’s tunes. The other house would be in the mountains of Utah, where he grew up an avid snowboarder and powder hound. Caught between a love of summer and winter, the 28-year-old frontman for the Codi Jordan Band incorporates the positive vibes and upbeat lifestyle of beach and mountain culture in his reggae rock outfit. “It’s all about the stoke,” Jordan said. “It’s about the earth and being close to nature, whether you’re riding in 24 inches of powder or riding a wave.”Codi Jordan Band will perform at Saltwater Cowboy in Avon tonight and again Thursday at Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail.

From party anthems to peaceful acoustic island beats, the group has a glass-half-full mentality regarding its music and music career. “Reggae music is just a positive music,” Jordan said. “It’s a positive beat and a positive vibe. It’s in tune with the earth. There’s a brighter side to life you have to hold on to.”Jordan had to try to hold on to those optimistic thoughts when a second knee injury derailed his dreams of being a pro snowboarder several years ago.So he turned to the acoustic guitar he often played at parties and bars during his college career at the University of Utah.”People knew that when I start playing, the beer starts flowing,” he said with a laugh.He graduated with a degree in architecture, securing him his parents’ blessing to follow his dreams of being a recording artist. He was in the right place at the right time when he had the chance to play his songs for a producer, who agreed to work on Jordan’s first record, “Vacation,” which was released in 2008. Since then, Jordan and his band, comprising Mike Lee on lead guitar, Jonny Knoder on drums, Cameron Goldsberry on bass and Derek Keith on keys, have toured the intermountain west with an evolving sound filled with harmonic pop melodies, smooth hip-hop beats and traditional reggae.

They released a new album Nov. 23, called “Positivity,” which Jordan said has them even more amped up about their Colorado tour.The live show, Jordan said, is a time for both the band and the audience to let loose. “I just want people to feel like they had a good time and want to come out again,” Jordan said. “Just come and have fun.”But don’t have too much fun. You want to get up and make turns in the morning.”

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