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Tea Leaf Green films ‘Live at State Bridge’ DVD this weekend

Geoff Mintz
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Jason Thrasher

BOND – San Francisco’s Tea Leaf Green are newfangled Lost Boys, a traveling gang dedicated to seeking wisdom and experience in places both glorious and seedy. This weekend, the journey brings the band to the banks of Colorado River and to the State Bridge venue, which will host its first-ever show filmed for DVD.

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to take part in the filming of a live DVD, especially with one of our favorite bands,” said show promoter Scotty Stoughton. “Getting the word out about this unique venue is paramount to our future success and we could not be more thrilled.”

Tea Leaf Green’s “Live at State Bridge” performance will be recorded and filmed in HD and made available as a DVD and digital download a few weeks after the show. The DVD release will include the full performance as well as interviews with the band and exclusive behind the scenes footage taken throughout the day. The State Bridge faithful, who will be featured as part of filming experience, are encouraged to arrive in full force and spirited attire for the event.

Saturday’s live filming will cap off a loaded weekend of music at State Bridge, with both DeVotchKa and Tea Leaf Green set to perform on Friday.

In many ways, it is a bittersweet announcement for State Bridge, as Saturday’s show is the result of Tea Leaf Green’s forced cancellation at Mishawaka Amphitheater, which continues to be threatened by the High Park Fire outside Fort Collins. A portion of proceeds from both the event and sale of “Live at State Bridge” will be donated to the American Red Cross to help the victims of the fire.

‘Musical magic’

In many ways, quintet Tea Leaf Green is the essence of rock’s adventurous, playfully outlawed spirit, all of which ultimately fuels songs that resonate with classic vibrations, open-ended possibilities and radio-ready charm. The band members are bruised romantics with heavy minds and a lighthearted way with experimentation, as likely to jam out a number as they are to nail a verse-verse-chorus pop gem.

“Tea Leaf Green has taken way to long to get back to State Bridge,” Stoughton said. “The fans are hungry, the band is on fire and this weekend will generate some serious musical magic. Having a band like Tea Leaf Green onsite for two nights really brings the ingredients together for some inspired jamming, the group will be taking in the Colorado River, rafting, paddle boarding and all things State Bridge, which will spark the recording of the first ever live at State Bridge DVD.”

Sunny beginnings

Denver band DeVotchKa, which will perform on Friday night, has been around for more than a decade.

“Colorado’s DeVotchKa is one of the most eclectic and talented acts on the worldwide touring circuit,” Stoughton said. “Their live show is captivating, refreshing and delivers the audience a thumping Bohemian vibe.”

Like many bands, DeVotchKa spent much of its early years traveling the highways and byways searching for gigs and a musical direction. As time went on, the band began to foster important musical collaborations with the band Calexico and the seminal gypsy punks Gogol Bordello. International tours with Gogol and recordings with Calexico have helped spread the band’s sound around the globe.

DeVotchKa’s first big break happened when Nic Harcourt introduced his listeners to a then-unknown rock band of worldly sounds on his daily radio show. Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, who were listening that day, stumbled upon the sound for their movie “Little Miss Sunshine.” A critical and box office hit, the film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. The DeVotchKa’s soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy.

The little gypsy wedding band from Denver was suddenly known all across the nation, playing large venues and major music festivals, including Coachella, Bumbershoot, Lollapalooza and Mile High Music Festival.

Geoff Mintz does press for State Bridge. Email comments about this story to cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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