The funk is comin’ |

The funk is comin’

Special to the DailyKarl Denson's Tiny Universe along with Vinyl will funk up State Bridge Lodge on Saturday. Local boys Flux5 warm up the crowd.

BOND – Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (KDTU) will be bringing their high-energy, danceable funk-jazz jams to State Bridge Lodge Saturday.Led by former Lenny Kravitz sax player and Greyboy Allstars co-founder, Denson, the band continues to hone the genre-bending grooves that listeners heard on its critically acclaimed 2002 release, “The Bridge.” KDTU, made up of Denson on vocals and sax, trumpet player Chris Littlefield, keyboardist David Veith, bassist Ron Johnson, drummer John Staten and guitarist Brian Jordan, is currently writing and experimenting with new material for a forthcoming album. Vinyl, another funky instrumental from San Francisco, will be joining Denson. In past interivews with the Vail Daily, members of Vinyl claim that State Bridge is one of their favorite places to play.”People play hard, party hard and love music,” Geoff Vaughan, bass player, said.

For more information, log on to or call State Bridge Lodge for tickets at 653-4444.Things are heating up at the Kidstruction ZoneVAIL – Throughout the summer the Kidstruction Zone has taken shape around the Vail Square construction project. With interactive displays and educational murals, the “Zone” has been a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. On Sept. 3 from 10 a.m-noon, the Vail Fire Department will be hosting informative sessions focusing on survival prevention. These talks will include how to check smoke detectors, creating an escape plan, as well overall fire safety in the home. And besides learning some fire tips, kids can climb on the fire truck, talk with the firemen, and maybe even squirt water from the fire hose

For more information, contact Blue Creek Productions, Inc. at 926-5855.Gypsum ‘Opry’ takes center stage in a free concert Sept. 10GYSPUM – Family entertainment, food and fun are on tap for the first-ever Grand Old Gypsum Opry, live at the new Lundgren Amphitheater on Valley Road Sept. 10 from 2-7:30 p.m. The event, to feature eight bluegrass bands in concert, will be hosted in the spirit of the original Grand Ol’ Opry with special guest artists and “pitch man” Chuck House of Gypsum.

The day of bluegrass music will feature the New Shoes Duo, Four Left Feet, The Bluegrace Mountain Band, Mountain Harmony, The Curry Family, Auntie Em and the Twisters, The High Country Four, Too Young To Know and the acoustic styling and harmonies of artists Joel and Friends. Food concessions will be provided by the First Lutheran Church youth (F.L.Y.), to benefit their mission trip ministry. The Ice Cream Lady will be on hand for dessert, with arts, crafts, jewelry and a variety of other activities available to the public.The Grand Old Gypsum Opry is the creation of Dave Kramer, Eagle Valley music teacher and Charley Porter, bluegrass musician and soundman for the concert. Kramer says there is a real need to bring live family entertainment, like this event, to residents in western Eagle County. “This is an opportunity to showcase our local and regional talent in a fantastic venue like the Lundgren Amphitheater, and to give some of our youth an outlet to raise funds to help others,” he says. No dogs, coolers, or alcohol will be permitted on the grounds of the Lundgren Amphitheater. For more information, contact Kramer at 401-0161.Vail Colorado

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