Rockin’ Red Fest |

Rockin’ Red Fest

Ted AlvarezVail, CO Colorado
AE Hells Bells PU 11-16-06

What’s better than rocking out for a cause? Answer: Nothing. This year’s Red Fest at Mango’s Mountain Grill in Red Cliff not only rings in the anniversary for the new building with a slew of local bands, it also raises money and awareness for The Red Ribbon Project, which benefits, raises awareness and shows solidarity for those living with HIV/AIDS.

“Eric (Preegon) and I wanted everyone to come celebrate the new building with local bands, but we also wanted to have something (charitable) that tied in with Red Fest and Red Cliff,” says Tricia Brumit of Mango’s. “Benefitting the Red Ribbon Project seemed perfect – you know, ‘Red’ Fest, ‘Red’ Cliff – it really worked out.”

The two-day music festival runs this Saturday and Sunday, with different lineups each day. On Saturday, all-female AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Belles headlines along with Seattle’s Neutral Boy, Summit County’s Bottled Violence, Denver’s Paperclip and metal favorites Defying Gravity.Local heroes Little Hercules, fresh off a stint playing in Hawaii with the Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, lead Sunday’s musical celebration. They will be joined by funksters Flux 5 and Hustle, bluegrass rockers Laughing Bones and Schwing Daddy, and Test 4 Echo.”We’ll be running shuttles back to Vail, buffets, everything – people who don’t want to go back can camp in some great areas around here,” says Brumit.

In the year since moving, Mango’s has seen its stock rise as a draw for both bands and audiences in the Vail Valley.”The new Mango’s has been all about the music we’re bringing in,” Brumit says. “Mango’s did it before, but on a much smaller scale. The fact that we can bring great acts to the valley has been the main thing.”With an upcoming “Rocking Out MS” multiple schlerosis benefit concert on the horizon, Mango’s has added a charitable agenda to their reputation for hosting explosive live music.”We’re so community focused that we take any chance we can to invite someone in and give back,” Brumit says. “Rocking Out MS” came from a lady I met in Boulder, and I learned a lot about it and wanted to help. There’s not a lot of awareness out there, so we just want to give back while we can.”Fish tacos are $2, and a portion of every taco sold benefits the Red Ribbon Project. Mango’s will also feature drink and food specials and custom-designed T-shirts to commemorate the occasion. Tickets are $20 for an all-day pass. Saturday’s festivities start at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s begins at 2 p.m. Arts & Entertainment writer Ted Alvarez can be reached at 748-2939 or

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