State Bridge throws season’s last hurrah-
VAIL CO, Colorado
BOND—The return of live music to State Bridge and the construction of the McRae Amphitheater set the stage for good times and unforgettable memories this summer.-As the venue prepares for its annual hibernation next week, patrons, staff and performers are coming together to celebrate the first season with one last hurrah featuring Bill Kreutzmann’s 7 Walkers, Vince Herman’s Great American Taxi, Shakedown Street, Yamn and others this weekend.-Individual-day tickets start at $10. There is also a three-day weekend pass available for $40. As always, camping is encouraged on the adjacent BLM land.
Friday: Yamn supported by String Board Theory
After a memorable performance with Dirty Dozen Brass Band in July, Yamn is returning to State Bridge to help out close out the summer season.Brian Hamilton leads the charge on guitars and vocals, executing timely riffs with enthusiastic vocals. All of the guys pitch in on vocals, creating a chorus that layers well with the rhythm section made up of bassist David Duart and drummer Adam Ebensberger. Fifth band member and lighting designer Paul Whitehouse plays an irreplaceable role in the group’s live show. Knowing every note and bringing his LED light rig along to every gig, Whitehouse’s talents add another dimension to the Yamn experience – a feast for the eyes to enhance the full-bodied, crisp melodies and free-flowing power rock jams.
Opening the show Friday night, Steamboat Springs’ String Board Theory has been touring across Colorado and the western part of the U.S. for more than three years. With their unique high-energy blend of super jammy, funky, psychedelic rock and blues, the group continues to attract new fans around the region.
Saturday: Shakedown Street with Rob Eaton supported by Peter Kartsounes Band
Joined by special guest Rob Eaton (guitarist from Dark Star Orchestra) Shakedown Street, which was the first group to perform at the revamped State Bridge venue in May, will help close out the summer with its renewed tribute to the Grateful Dead.
“State Bridge is one of those really important places for the mountains,” said Eaton. “There’s really no other place like it in the area. To have it back at the level it is now, which is improved from what it was, is positive and helpful for the community.”
For over 20 years, the Colorado-based Shakedown Street has provided a musical public service for Deadheads, performing numerous times with former members of the Grateful Dead. The group has also played with many national acts including shows with Hot Tuna, Jerry Garcia Band, Merl Suanders and Arlo Guthrie.
Shakedown Street plays the best of the Dead, as well as original compositions and other great tunes by legendary performers. The group boasts a vast repertoire of hundreds of songs that harness different styles of music including rock, bluegrass, jazz and swing.
Pete Kartsounes opens the show Saturday night, is fulfilling a vision of writing music with meaning. The performer and songwriter has spent most of his life creating original music that entertains and enlightens.
Sunday: Bill Kreutzmann’s 7 Walkers supported by Great American Taxi
Former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann can barely contain his enthusiasm for 7 Walkers –his new band with voodoo guitarist Papa Mali, legendary New Orleans bassist George Porter Jr. of The Meters and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard.
“I can’t believe how much fun I’m having playing with these guys,” says Kreutzmann, who never missed a gig in the Dead’s 30 years together. “We’re making art together and having the best time.”
The band’s latest album features a batch of brand-new originals co-written with Robert Hunter, lyricist for Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan, a guest performance by Willie Nelson and a some smokin’ instrumentals. A self-proclaimed “open love letter” to the city of New Orleans, the end result is a fiery and funky collection of tunes that quite brilliantly capture a unique collaboration between two very different musical shamans.
Fronted by legendary Colorado entertainer Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi’s uninhibited sound is a swinging concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky-tonk country and good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Put it all together, and you have what the band calls “Americana without borders.”
“We have some outrageous memories of playing out at State Bridge,” Herman said. “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.”