Whitewater Ramble bringing ‘Boograss’ to West Vail tonight
If you go ...
Who: Whitewater Ramble.
Where: Vail Ale House, West Vail.
When: 9:30 p.m. Friday.
More information: 970-476-4314.
Other Halloween happenings
• Bol: DJ Koncept will perform at Bol’s Halloween Party on Friday night. There’s a costume party with some great prizes; first place wins an Epic Pass, second place nabs tickets to Bol’s New Year’s Eve party with ZTrip and third place gets a Bol gift card. No cover, doors open at 9:30 p.m.
• The Altitude Club in the Evergreen Lodge hosts a Halloween party with DJ Jahstone. There’s a costume contest and drink specials. There’s no cover and the party starts at 10 p.m.
• Vail Underground: DJ Droiid and DJ Omar will perform at Vail Underground’s Halloween party at 304 Bridge Street. Doors open at 10 p.m.
• Minturn Saloon: Doors open at 8 p.m., with music by the Min’urntable Express. A $10 donation at the door goes to the Minturn Community Fund. Come for costume contests, and the first 100 people get a free Coors Light with a donation.
• Agave: Doors open at 9:30 p.m., with live music by Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue (featuring Rob Eaton of Dark Star Orchestra) and opener Sweet Lillies. Tickets are $5 online at http://www.agaveavon.com. A total of $500 in prizes for costume contest: best overall, sexiest and most original team.
• Montana’s: Doors open at 10 p.m., with live music by Nevada Lee Furrow, Greg Honan and more, plus lights and sound by Pink Elephant Army. Tickets are $10 at the door. Combined $1,000 in cash prizes for costume contest and $4 “Bloodsucker Cocktails” all night.
• Loaded Joe’s: Doors open at 9 p.m. for Spooky Karaoke, with $2 Miller High Life cans. Free.
• E|town: Doors open at 10 p.m. Free. Costume contest prizes to be announced at the party.
• Main St. Grill: Twang Box plays at Main St. Grill in Edwards at 10 p.m. The show is free and costumes are encouraged.
VAIL — Folks tend to expect a little more out of bands on Halloween. Fort Collins band Whitewater Ramble, playing a special “Boograss” show tonight at the Vail Ale House, is ready to deliver.
“We always love that challenge. We get to explore a little wilder side on nights like this even though our regular show is already a bit over the top,” said band member Patrick Sites (mandolin, electric mandolin, vocals).
Tonight’s show marks the third time Whitewater Ramble has performed locally this year.
“Back in February, we played WinterWonderGrass,” Sites said. “That’s actually probably our favorite festival we’ve been a part of. We had a great slot right at dusk and it was pretty rowdy. We were at the Ale House back in early April, toward the end of the ski season and that was a bit crazy too.”
Sites took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.
Vail Daily: Tell me about your “Boograss”/Halloween show. What can people expect from the show in Vail tonight?
Patrick Sites: We have covers and teases ready to go, Halloween-themed, of course. There’s going to be a costume contest and we’re putting a little extra effort into production. We always dress up, so you can expect some silliness from us … Also, our last two Colorado ticketed shows this month sold out in Denver and Aspen, so folks might want to get there a little early.
VD: Last year, you performed your Halloween “Boograss” show in Bozeman, Montana, and the year before in Columbia, Missouri. How did it go?
PS: We had great turnouts in both cities. Folks really came ready to throw down. People are a little less inhibited when in costume and we like that. It’s good to be back in Colorado for Halloween.
VD: What is your biggest market outside of Colorado?
PS: We do very well right now in Montana. The Midwest has been growing, especially Milwaukee and Kalamazoo. Last spring, we did our first ever tour through the Southeast and sold out our Asheville show, which was a huge surprise. We gotta say, we love Asheville. Reminds us a lot of home.
VD: Do you guys dress up for the show tonight? Is there a group theme for the band or does everyone do their own thing?
PS: We’re not going to disclose that to keep a bit of mystery. Let’s just say that in years past we’ve done a little of both and we’ve really pushed the limits in years past.
VD: You guys have performed and headlined every major stage across the Rocky Mountain region, as well as festivals around the country. Is there a venue or festival you haven’t performed at you’d like to be invited to?
PS: Red Rocks and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. We can’t say enough how much we’d like to be a part of Telluride Bluegrass, that one is on the bucket list. We had a chance in spring of 2013 to play the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride and that was something we got to check off our wish list.
VD: When was “Roots & Groove,” your latest album, released? How has it been received?
PS: We released it in the spring of 2013. We’re itching to get back into the studio soon. “Roots & Groove” was the first time we received significant airplay. We had songs that tracked on about 120 stations across the U.S. and I think we got to No. 7 in the national Jam charts. We learned how difficult it can be to get something on the radio, but it was great to see the feedback from the stations that picked it up.
High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 and email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @caramieschnell.