Vail Valley entertainment: New Orleans boogie-woogie and more |

Vail Valley entertainment: New Orleans boogie-woogie and more

Charlie Owen
Daily Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Daily file photo/Kristin Anderson


The circus is back

The American Crown Circus returns to Nottingham Park in Avon today through Sunday. Attendees will see “The Flying Perez Troupe” fly through the air on the Royal Russian Swing, the flexibile “Elastic Man,” watch the juggling skills of the “Grand Cubillos,” and the “Perez Wheel Warriors” take on the wheel of death.

There are shows today and Saturday at 5 and 7 p.m. On Sunday, performances will be held at 4 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, children under 12 receive free entry with coupon (two per paying adult). Additional children under 12 are $5. Discount coupons can be picked up at local businesses as well as the Avon Recreation Center.

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The Jonny Mogambo Band at the Wolcott Yacht Club

The Jonny Mogambo Band plays a free show tonight at the Wolcott Yacht Club. Mogambo is a longtime apres ski scene favorite in the valley and his brand of country rock is sure to make the party something to remember.

“We’re a power trio,” Mogambo said of his band. “We do a lot of originals and anything on the cover line.”

That means the audience can expect to hear some Rolling Stones, James Brown and some blues.

Mogambo, who just released a new CD titled “Solo Acoustic Rock Show,” said he likes the venue a lot and that it’s a great place for his band to cut loose. He also said that this is the last chance for people to see him play with his band this summer.

The Jonny Mogambo Band plays from 6 to 10 p.m. and the show is free. To learn more call 970-926-3444.

Sloppy Mountain String Band plays Vail FAC

Music on top of a mountain – what better way to start your weekend than by checking out the bluegrass styles of Sloppy Mountain String Band at Eagle’s Nest for Vail Mountain’s FAC party?

Aside from the music, there are free games and activities to keep everyone busy.

“Vail’s Eagle’s Nest is a great place for locals and visitors of all ages to spend Friday evening enjoying free music, free activities such as bocce ball and food and drink specials,” said Kathryn Adamson, communications coordinator for Vail and Beaver Creek. “Plus, guests enjoy incredible sunset views from Vail’s largest deck.”

The free show kicks off at 5 p.m. and gondola rides to the top of the mountain are $15, which includes a $10 voucher for food and beverages at Eagle’s Nest. Those with 2009-10 or 2010-11 ski passes can ride for free.

Josh Charles and Katlyn Dawn plays at Restaurant Avondale’s FAC

Singer, songwriter and New Orleans-style pianist Josh Charles will play a free show on the deck of Restaurant Avondale for the venue’s FAC tonight. Katlyn Dawn will open for him. Charles’ funky, energetic style of music is guaranteed to get buts out of seats and on to the dance floor. He’s a protegee of legendary New Orleans musician Dr. John and he just released his debut album titled “Love Work Money.” Get your helping of New Orleans boogie-woogie tonight.

The music starts at 5 p.m. To learn more call 970-790-5500.

Harry Baxter at Zacca Za! FAC

Local legend Harry Baxter will light up the deck at Zacca Za! for the restaurant’s FAC celebration tonight. Kick back and enjoy the jams with a slice of pizza and enjoy drink specials all night long. The music starts at 5 p.m. and the show is free to all. To learn more call 970-748-4848.


DJ Psychonaut spins at Samana

In case you haven’t noticed, DJ Psychonaut had been making the rounds at clubs throughout the valley. His latest stop is at Samana Lounge in Vail tonight.

“He’s a really progressive Colorado producer known for his reggae and dub tracks,” said Scotty Stoughton, nightlife host for Samana Lounge. “When he plays at Samana he does more of a club set. He’ll do ’80s and ’90s dance and switch from hip-hop to house.”

If the dance floor is your destination, check out DJ Psychonaut and see what all the hype is about.

The show starts at 10 p.m. and is free. For more information call 970-476-3433.

Jukebox Hero at the Sandbar

Jukebox Hero, the duo from Copper Mountain, returns to the valley tonight with a free show at the Sandbar Sport Grill.

“They get up on stage, play guitar, take requests, and play covers. It’s just laid back and chill drinking music,” said Jason Barber, general manager of the Sandbar.

Jukebox Hero is known for their knowledge of many popular songs in many different genres of music and taking requests from audience members for songs to play. Don’t miss your chance to have your request played live.

The free show starts at 10 p.m. To learn more call 970-476-4314.

Bonfire headlines Potatopalooza in Eagle

Led by frontman Scotty Stoughton, reggae influenced Bonfire has gone through a bit of an evolution in the past year.

“I started out on a journey and created some new tunes, put a bunch of people together and played a bunch of shows there for a year,” Stoughton said. “That kind of led me to honing the sound, taking some time off to write a bunch of new music and come back much more refined.”

Stoughton said that Bonfire is more about the quality of the songs and shows it plays than quantity. He’ll be leading the band for a free show at Potatopalooza in Eagle tonight.

Stoughton described the band’s music as “really simple, layered music that is all about the whole song” instead of any one individual in the band.

“It’s got some downtempo influence with a dash of acoustic and a dash of electronic,” Stoughton said. “We’re bringing all these styles together in a really unique way with a real positive message.”

Other bands playing Potatopalooza incluude Hardscrabble at 12:30 p.m., Bluzilla at 2:30 p.m., The Sessh at 4:45 p.m. Bonfire plays at 7 p.m. All shows are free. To learn more call 970-390-8678.

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