Big Head Todd and the Monsters play free USA Pro Challenge concert
If you go
What: Big Head Todd and the Monsters
When: Friday, Aug. 22; doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30
Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge
More information: Visit www.breckprochallenge.com
One of Big Head Todd and the Monsters’ first shows was in Breckenridge. Two decades and more than a dozen albums later, the band is returning to play a free show at the Riverwalk Center as part of the USA Pro Challenge Stage 5 finish festivities.
“There was a place called Meech’s Mogul, back in the old days, that was probably one of the first gigs that we had, actually,” said Todd Park Mohr, front man for Big Head Todd. “Lots of drinking in those days in those small bars. We were really young and had a lot of fun. ‘Midnight Radio’ was the album we had out right around then.”
John Shand, owner of Avalanche Sports in Breckenridge, said Big Head Todd puts on a fun show and the band holds a special place in the hearts of those who attended the University of Colorado in the ’90s, when the band’s hit “Bittersweet” was just hitting the airwaves.
“When I moved here in ’92, I really hadn’t heard of the guy, and he was really big; he’s a big Colorado name,” Shand said. “It’s fun to watch him play. He brings in a pretty good crowd.”
BIKING AND BRECK
Big Head Todd is from Colorado, so it’s natural to travel to the mountains and play in Summit County a few times a year, Mohr said. This time, the band will perform on the very same stage they graced for the Pro Challenge party in 2011.
“It was an insane, crazy crowd,” Mohr said of the tour stop three years ago. “It’s kind of outside, a really nice little venue that you have there.”
Mohr himself is a cyclist, though not a competitive one.
“I’m not a racer, but I have a pretty nice carbon bicycle and get on it a couple of times a week,” he said. “My whole interior of my house is decorated with bicycles; I used to work in a bike shop. I love the feeling of freedom of cycling. I love speed. Just getting out there in the great outdoors with a bicycle is probably my favorite thing to do.”
Mohr said the band has had a great year, having released a new album, titled “Black Beehive,” produced by Steve Jordan, who has also worked with John Mayer and Boz Scaggs and played percussion for the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.
“It’s one of the best records that we’ve done,” Mohr said. “We’re really proud of it and love playing it live, along with the rest of our catalog. We’re looking forward to playing more four-piece shows and just had a great year, had fantastic shows in Colorado, Red Rocks, and we were up in Fort Collins, Steamboat. It’s been a really great run of great outdoor, free concerts.”
Playing free shows helps the band reach out to people to build its following, which is another reason Mohr said he’s excited to come back to Breckenridge.
“When we’re playing our own paid ticket shows, it’s our fans coming to see us, so we’re not necessarily able to reach out to new fans, new people who otherwise might not have seen the band, so it’s a great opportunity for us to make some new friends,” he said.
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