State Bridge releases first round of summer highlights |

State Bridge releases first round of summer highlights

Daily staff report
VAIL CO, Colorado

BOND – The summer has been teasing us all winter long so it’s time to release a few musical highlights at the State Bridge Riverside Amphitheater.

Opening weekend is May 18-20 and features music to warm your bones with Whitewater Ramble, Whiskey Tango, Hardscrabble, and headliner Great American Taxi featuring Vince Herman.

“We have some outrageous memories of playing out at State Bridge,” said Great American Taxi’s Vince Herman, who also fronts the legendary Colorado jam-grass group, Leftover Salmon. “People like to go to a place in the country where they can have the opportunity to do what they want. It’s all about living in the land of the free, and ‘The Bridge’ is a fine example of that.”

Taxi’s uninhibited sound is a swinging concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky-tonk country, gospel and good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Put it all together, and you have what the band calls “Americana without borders.”

Supporting Taxi is Eagle’s own Hardscrabble, which has made a name for itself in the Vail Valley with its blend of traditional bluegrass and colorful renditions of crowd favorites.

Whiskey Tango headlines May 19, making its State Bridge debut. Whiskey Tango uses its diverse musical talents and tastes, to create a dynamic, highly energetic feel-good musical environment. They will play anything from a 100-plus year old traditional bluegrass song to many different styles of originals varying from bluegrass to funk to rock.

Whitewater Ramble opens the 2012 summer season on May 18. The band’s debut studio album, “All Night Drive,” features 12 genre-jumping original tracks, complimented by a who’s who of guest artists that showcases this formula. Produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, fresh off projects with Greensky Bluegrass and Great American Taxi, the album leverages six years of touring, writing and arranging the very best of the band’s original pieces.

EOTO consists of String Cheese Incident members Michael Travis and Jason Hann. The duo, set to perform June 9, mixes the organic sounds of live drums, bass and guitar through a variety of programs and gadgets to create a cacophony of catchy dance music.

Dark Star Orchestra returns July 1, following the band’s sell out performance last year.

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