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Vail Valley will rock for Haiti

Caramie Schnell
cschnell@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyMembers of Frogs Gone Fishin' will perform in a benefit concert for Haiti at Samana Lounge in Vail on Wednesday
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VAIL, Colorado –Almost 20 Vail Valley musicians from nine bands are rallying together to help people suffering in Haiti following the earthquake that shook the small country Jan. 13.

The benefit, called Vail Rocks for Haiti, will take place at Samana Lounge Wednesday. Drummer Jake Wolf of Shakedown Street will kick off an acoustic set at 8 p.m. Expect Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Bob Marley songs. DJ Logic will then spin during the set break. The electric set will start around 10:45 p.m. with songs by Trey Anastasio, Sublime, The Meters, The Band and Phish.

“People will enjoy the songs,” said event organizer Trevor Jones of Frogs Gone Fishin’. “I think it’ll be cool to see some of those classic songs interpreted in context of how a couple different bands might interpret that tune.”

After each set, most if not all of the musicians will crowd on stage for a “super jam.”

“It sounds loud, doesn’t it?” Jones said. “We’re hoping we can pack Samana full like a can of sardines and raise lots of cash.”

Three local musicians – Jones, fellow Frogs Gone Fishin’ member Andrew Portwood and Scotty Stoughton of Samana Lounge – came up with the idea a few weeks ago.

“I think the impressive thing is in a heartbeat all those people signed up to perform,” Scotty Stoughton said. “An e-mail went out and came back with the whole lineup in less than 24 hours.”

All of the participating musicians were more than happy to donate their time and learn some new songs for the event, Stoughton said.

Stoughton has been involved in the Vail Valley music scene for 15 years and has organized a number of benefit shows during that time.

“There’s always been a strong unit of musicians here, but now it’s mushroomed out and there’s a diverse group of talented musicians who are in it for the art of it, not just the party of it,” Stoughton said. “Its something you’d expect to find in a more urban area. I’m not finding a lot of egos in this music scene.

“There’s something special going on in Vail right now and people will be able to witness that firsthand here on Wednesday,” he continued.

Jones agreed the benefit has come together very easily.

“I don’t think we could have pulled something like this off as easily in Denver,” he said.

All of the proceeds from the event will go to Hands On Disaster Response, a U.S.-based nonprofit that provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world, “with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy,” according to its Web site.

Elli Gauthier, one half of the Minturn folk-duo Boxcar Daisies, is taking part in the benefit and was the person who recommended the organization. She volunteered with the group after Hurricane Katrina.

“They had set up a relief operation in Biloxi, Miss. and I drove my old 1980 motorcycle from Denver to Biloxi to do some volunteer work,” she said.

While Gauthier planned on staying a week, she was so “incredibly impressed and inspired” by the work they were doing, she stayed for six months.

“They are a fantastic organization (and) really get resources where they need them, and I am thrilled that the money will go there,” she said.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

What: Vail Rocks for Haiti; a musical benefit for earthquake relief.

Where: Samana Lounge, Vail.

When: Wednesday; The acoustic set will start at 8 p.m., DJ Logic will spin the set break, electric set will start at 10:45 p.m.

Cost: $15 minimum suggested donation. Proceeds from the event will go to Hands On Disaster Response.

More information: Call 970-476-3433 or visit samanalounge.com.


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