Vail musician does apres in winter, tours during summer
VAIL, Colorado -By day, he’s Jon Lindner, the owner of a Vail Valley real estate company. Come late afternoon and evening, Jon straps on his guitar and becomes Jonny Mogambo, a longtime local musician known for putting on a rocking apres show. So just how did he come up with his alter ego?”Mogambo was a nickname that stuck,” he says. Though Jonny performs solo acoustic shows nearly every night of the week, attendees of Saturday’s Taste of Vail grand tasting will have a chance to watch him perform with his full band. He recently took some time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily. 1. Vail Daily: How long have you been performing in Eagle County?Jonny Mogambo: I first played in Lionshead in 1993 for an apres ski show and my band played at Garton’s for the first time in ’93. 2. VD: How do you keep your show fresh? JM: I am always learning new songs to perform and writing new songs that I consistently play live, so I continually have new material.3. VD: Tell me about what’s new and exciting in you world. JM: I have a new acoustic CD out titled “Acoustic Rock Show.” it highlights what I do with my solo acoustic act. I put out a CD with my band last year called “Songs for Lovers, Drunks & Politicians” and it was well received but I have always got a lot of requests to do something that showcases what I do with my solo acoustic act. So, that is where this new solo acoustic CD came from. It came out just a couple of weeks ago and people seem to like it. I do a lot of live looping when I play solo and people always say that I sound like a full band even when I am just playing solo. And, that is what you will hear on the new CD. 4. VD: Tell me about something funny that happened at a recent show. JM: Every time I play at Finnegan’s Wake or Pepi’s, something funny happens as I tend to mix comedy and music at my apres ski shows. Recently, three women from L.A. came into one of my shows and immediately were very excited as everyone was on the dance floor, dancing and partying. They all jumped up on stage and started singing with me but in their excitement they all tripped, fell, knocked me over and took out my microphone stand, the sound system and basically stopped the whole show. Everyone just stopped and stared at them like, thanks you crazy cougars, welcome to 8,000 feet. 5. VD: What’s your most requested songJM: “Telluride.” It is one of my originals. 6. VD: What do you think about the valley’s music scene?JM: I love the music scene here, it is the reason I moved here from Boulder. You can get off the slopes every day and go see anywhere between 15 and 20 different musical acts. Every week there are great national and international acts that come through here also. In the last year I got to hang out with BB King and Taj Mahal. I have toured with the rhythm section that plays with Taj Mahal and the fact that they stop and play here is great. Bands like that don’t stop in every mountain town, but it seems Vail attracts great acts year-round. I also think there are some amazing musicians in this town and I enjoy getting out and listening to them when I have the time. 7. VD: What are you working on beyond your apres gigs?JM: I just finished a 12-song recording with my band, The Jonny Mogambo Band. We added a great new female vocalist and a horn section for a big band sound and we are booked for some great dates this summer, including stops in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Lincoln and many Colorado dates. I also tend to meet a lot of people in the winter that hire me to play festivals or parties in the summertime and I have some fun solo acoustic dates booked nationally this summer. I don’t play as much with my band in the winter as I am playing a lot of solo dates, so I am really looking forward to getting back into it.High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or email@example.com.
Jonny Mogambo’s last shows of the season are set for today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Finnegan’s Wake in Avon; and at Pepi’s Bar & Restaurant in Vail VIllage on Sunday and Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Mogambo, backed by his band, will perform at the Taste of Vail’s Grand Tasting Saturday night at the Marriott from 6 p.m. to midnight.Visit http://www.jonnymogambo.com to learn more.