Vail Valley favorite Jonny Mogambo plays pig roast |

Vail Valley favorite Jonny Mogambo plays pig roast

Taylor L. Roozen
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Fifteen-year Vail apres ski favorite, Jonny Mogambo, doesn’t often play in public with his band. The group is regularly hired for weddings and other private parties, he says, but he usually plays solo at local venues like Finnegan’s Wake.

Friday night, Mogambo gives the Wolcott Yacht Club a taste of his three-person, Jonny Mogambo Band.

The band will use the performance to showcase its fourth album, “Songs for Lovers, Drunks, and Politicians,” he says.

Shawn McMenamy, owner of the Wolcott Yacht Club, remembers when Mogambo started playing in the valley 15 years ago. He says Mogambo has really established himself in the Vail Valley since then.

“We want to make sure we get the local bands in here,” he says.

He says that Mogambo’s blues and rock ‘n roll should mix well with the grass skirts, tiki torches and pig roast.

After the Wolcott show, Mogambo will play solo at Finnigan’s Wake at 9 p.m. where he’ll take the stage until midnight or later, according to Finnegan’s Wake manager, Michael Welle.

Another local band, Bonfire Dub, will follow Mogambo and play from 7:30 to around 11 p.m.

Mogambo will continue to play solo at Finnegan’s late on Friday nights throughout the summer, and with his band at times.

“Tourists and locals love seeing Jonny up there,” Welle says, “he puts on a great show.”

The Jonny Mogambo Band will continue to play a number of private shows across the country this summer, and Mogambo really hopes that the band can get a spot in a summer music festival.

Visit the band’s Web site at

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