Vail Valley: Live! in Minturn! returns
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado -Call it tradition resurrected in Colorado’s Vail Valley. It was tradition for Dave Laub’s former band, Flux5, to play the opening Live! in Minturn concert series each year. But then the series, a fundraiser for the Minturn Community Fund, stopped a few years back. “Live! in Minturn was a sell-out event for a number of years as it brought talented musicians to the Vail Valley during the off season,” said Kerry Donovan, the director of the Minturn Community Fund. “(It was) created as a vehicle to raise money for nonprofits, it is being brought back to life again – like a zombie – to help fund the Minturn Community Fund.”Flux5 also called it quits, disbanding more than a year ago. Laub has a another gig though, a band so new it doesn’t have an official name quite yet. For now he’s dubbed it Dave Laub and His Band of Funky People. The band will make its valley debut Saturday at the Minturn Saloon for the Live! in Minturn series kick off. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and organizers are asking for a $10 donation (includes a beer) at the door. All of the proceeds will benefit the Minturn Community Fund, a nonprofit devoted to hosting community-centric events in Minturn.
The band, comprised of Laub on saxophone, Matt Cheek on guitar (former member of Flux5) and members of Summit County’s blues-rock band Big Richard. The band debuted at Owsley’s Golden Road in Denver recently and received an overwhelmingly positive response, Laub said.”You never really can comprehend a band’s potential until you go on stage in front of a crowd,” he said. “It’s just not the same when you’re in a practice room hammering out parts, writing and arranging tunes. The interaction of musicians and fans has the potential to take a band to new heights.”The band is hard at work writing tunes and getting ready to hit the recording studio. Influenced by bands such as The Meters, Little Feat and The Greyboy All-Stars, expect hard-hitting, high-energy, improvisational funk music that makes you want to dance, Laub said. Other upcoming Live! in Minturn events at the Minturn Saloon include a Halloween party on Oct. 31 with blues musicians the Lionel Young Band. On Nov. 13, Scotty Kabel, a guitarist for Bonfire Dub and Little Hercules, will premiere his newest band, a rock and roll group called Minurn Express.High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.