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State Bridge returns to business as usual

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BOND Following a devastating fire on June 2, State Bridge Lodge returns beaten but certainly not broken to host New Orleans classics The Radiators. And while some things might be stripped down a bit, fans can expect the cold drinks, backyard-style grilling and hometown thrills State Bridge is known for.Well have cold beer in draughts and in bottles, and well have liquor maybe just one vodka instead of ten (kinds), but well have all you need, said State Bridge General Manager Scott Stoughton. Well have burgers, veggie burgers, brats, sodas and the whole deal.In addition to the favors thrown in by Eagle County to get back on their feet, State Bridge is calling for help from volunteers of all stripes to help prepare for this weekends Radiators and Tea Leaf Green shows. Stoughton says they need help with painting, fixing cabin doors, general repairs, clean up, maintenance and landscaping. For material goods, State Bridge needs weed whackers, small fridges, Christmas lights, hay bales and 10×10 tents. Additional waitstaff are also needed for the weekends busy shows.We need a lot of people to help keep the place safe, like we always do, Stoughton said. Were giving volunteers T-shirts and admission in exchange for security. We just need extra people to keep an eye on things with the new setup, in addition to the manual labor that just has to get done.The Radiators, who are known for their swampy, fish head rock, will play a pair of shows on Friday and Saturday, starting at 8 and 6 p.m. respectively. One-day tickets are $25 and $45 for a two-day event pass. Jam band heroes Tea Leaf Green play on Sunday at 5 p.m., and tickets are $15. Lodging is selling out quickly, but campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.Tickets for this weekends shows are being sold exclusively on, and Stoughton advises attendees to buy their tickets soon.Were only selling them on, and theyre going quickly its getting pretty tight, he said. To volunteer for State Bridge, visit and click on the Volunteers/Fire tab in the upper-right column. Stoughton maintains that the best way to show support for State Bridge is for fans to come out in droves to attend these special shows.I hope we have three sold-out shows it would be the biggest outpouring of support, he said. Its really costing me a lot, since we have to rent everything, but I really want to do it, and Im really looking forward to it. Its going to be really fun.Arts & Entertainment Writer Ted Alvarez can be reached at (970) 748-2939 or

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