Dustbowl Revival returns to town to kick off Crazy Mountain Brewery Hot Summer Nights free concert series The series brings eight free concerts to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater ==========
If you go …Who: Dustbowl Revival plays at the Crazy Mountain Brewery Hot Summer Nights free concert series. When: Tuesday, June 13. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the music begins at 6:30 p.m. Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail. Cost: Free. Next up in the series: Hurray for the Riff Raff performs June 20. More information: Visit www.vvf.org for more information.
Dustbowl Revival is set to kick off the 30th year of one of the most beloved, longstanding Vail Valley summer traditions— the Crazy Mountain Brewery Hot Summer Nights free concert series. It’s likely the L.A.-based band members will be a little less anxious than the last time they rolled into town, which was last November for a show at Agave. It was snowing and the crew ͞made it to the show with five minutes to spare,͟ band founder Zach Lupetin said. At the performance before that, at an outdoor performance at Winter WonderGrass in February 2016, the trumpet and trombone players’ lips nearly froze to their instruments it was so chilly. But snow or shine, this eight-member band loves coming to Colorado. ͞The warmth and genuine emotion of the audiences — even during the nastiest weather — always surprises us being from L.A. where if it’s drizzling you could lose half your crowd,͟ Lupetin said. Attendees can expect plenty of dancing and revelry since Dustbowl Revival is know for its supremely joyful performances.So how do they maintain that joy when they’re playing 200-plus shows a year? It’s the same reason they play music for a living, Lupetin said. To make ͞someone’s day better,͟ he said. ͞So much of life is going through the motions, being serious and practical —
playing music feels a bit like living an impossible dream,͟ he said. ͞It takes people out of their heads. It’s not easy traveling with eight of us but the synergy of feeling music and the audience coming together — shouting and dancing and getting down — especially under the stars, it’s the best.͟This year marks the 10th anniversary for the band, which got its start thanks to a Craigslist ad Lupetin posted in hopes of creating a group inspired by brass band and string band traditions. Back then, the music harkened to a different era, an old-time folk and jazz scene, where they delivered swing-blues-harmony songs straight out of a 1930s saloon. Over the years the band’s sound has evolved — in fact, according to Lupetin, they’re ͞always evolving,͟ though its characteristic joyful nature remains the same. ͞As we’ve found more of our voice as a unit, we’ve began focusing on a roots-soul sound that hits a little harder, gets a bit tighter and tells stories about today — the struggles of being in love, trusting and being an honest person,͟ he said. This more soulful, funky side is apparent on the bands eponymous album, set to drop June 16. The album’s first single, ͞Busted,͟ exemplifies the sonic leap taken by the band recently. Spotlighted by Liz Beebe’s slinky jazz vocals, the song mixes traditional American music styles, like the blast of R&B horns and the in-the-pocket drums, with some inventive touches, such as a mandolin plucked like a hip-hop inspired piano, and the upright bass and fiddle played through wah-peddles. The group has said that recording ͞Busted͟was like a door opening for them to create something familiar yet stylistically fresh. At the upcoming Crazy Mountain Brewery Hot Summer Nights show, there’s a good chance even audience goers long familiar with Dustbowl Revival will get to see a new side of the band.͞We’ve started being less shy about rocking out hard — letting the horns and rhythm section blow the roof off — but then stripping it way down and letting the strings play emotional ballads, too,͟ Lupetin said. GETTING THERE The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is located east of Golden Peak at FordPark in Vail. Concert attendees are asked to park at the main Vail Village parking structure, with overflow parking at the Lionshead parking structure.