Music and barbecue come to Dillon for Krystal 93 BBQ at the Summit |

Music and barbecue come to Dillon for Krystal 93 BBQ at the Summit

by Krista Driscoll
The Golden Toad will bring its own brand of rock 'n' roll, and its award-winning barbecue, to this year's Krystal 93 BBQ at the Summit, taking place Friday, Aug. 9, and Saturday, Aug. 10, in Dillon.
Photo: Rotary Club of Summit County |

Krystal 93 BBQ at the Summit


11 a.m. — National anthem at the Golden Toad booth

Noon to 10 p.m. — BBQ Buck sales

Noon to 10 p.m. — Food and beverage sales

Noon — Todd Johnson & Breaking Blues, Climax Molybdenum Stage

2 p.m. — Ash Ganley Trio, Climax Molybdenum Stage

4 p.m. — The New Classics Band, Climax Molybdenum Stage

7 p.m. — John Lee Hooker Jr., Climax Molybdenum Stage


10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — BBQ Buck sales

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Food and beverage sales

11 a.m. — National anthem at the Golden Toad booth

11 a.m. — Battle of the Bands Competition, Climax Molybdenum Stage

Noon — Todd Johnson & Breaking Blues, Climax Molybdenum Stage

2 p.m. — Dustin Pittsley Band, Climax Molybdenum Stage

4 p.m. — Indigenous featuring Mato, Climax Molybdenum Stage

5:30 p.m. — 2013 Ford Escape raffle, Climax Molybdenum Stage

The Krystal 93 BBQ at the Summit returns to Dillon for two days, Friday and Saturday, with a new layout and bigger musical acts than ever before.

The festival stage has been moved to sit diagonally across the intersection of Main and Fielder streets, offering a panoramic view of the mountains to musicians and creating better acoustics for patrons.

“In the years past, they had set up the stage in this little parking lot across from the LaRiva building, so their view was of the building, and that also created some sound issues for the sound people,” said Roman Moore, mid-day DJ at Krystal 93 and the man in charge of talent acquisition for event. “So I suggested that this year, they move the stage and put it caddy corner at the intersection of Main Street and Fielder.

“So the performers are looking down the street toward Lake Dillon Drive and they have the scenery of the mountains, and the sound people from Custom Audio said it should have been done a long time ago. And it’ll be more user-friendly.”

That small parking lot where the stage was previously located will now be utilized for food vendor booths, the Rotary beer tent and a seating area, Moore said.

“Everybody will have a better view of the stage,” he said.

Musical acts

Having prime aural and visual access to the stage will be paramount at the event, which features six regional and national acts and a battle of the bands with local musicians. The headliner is John Lee Hooker Jr., who will play an evening set Friday, Aug. 9.

“This is his last R&B tour,” Moore said. “He’s singing gospel only now. I got on the phone with the booking people and wanted to make sure he was coming to play his rhythm and blues show, not his gospel show. So he’s finishing up this tour with that, and then he’s switching to gospel. So this will be the last chance for people to see him (play R&B).”

Local band Todd Johnson & Breaking Blues kicks off the barbecue fest at noon, followed by the Ash Ganley Trio.

“I went online and sampled his music and thought, ‘This guy is really good,’” Moore said of Ganley. “They had him live at KBCO in their Studio C.”

The New Classics Band will play covers in the afternoon, followed by Hooker.

“And then Saturday, we’ll have the battle of the bands competition at 11 a.m.,” Moore said. “Those are amateurs. There’s three different bands: The O’Conner Brothers, Local Folk and a hard rock-heavy metal band called Crux. They are going to compete, and the audience reaction will determine who wins. And whoever does will open up for the band at the Dillon Amphitheatre on Sept. 26.”

The music on Saturday, Aug. 10, sees a return of Todd Johnson & Breaking Blues, followed by the Dustin Pittsley Band. Indigenous featuring Mato rounds out the list.

“Indigenous is a band that broke on the scene in the late ’90s,” Moore said. “They were formed by Native Americans in South Dakota, part of the Lakota and Sioux nations. And now the only original member left is Mato, who is Native American. I think a lot of people are going to be really happy to hear these guys. Mato is a great guitarist, and he also has the kind of vocals that stand out — a cross between Todd Park Mohr from Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Chris Cornell from Soundgarden.”

Lip-smacking barbecue

This year’s Krystal 93 BBQ at the Summit will host local barbecue vendors, as well as those from the Front Range and beyond, including a few new faces. But rather than pay the hefty fees to be a sanctioned event, the barbecue competition has been discontinued.

“This year, the barbecue was changed,” Moore said. “It’s not a competition anymore; it’s not sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. That opened up a little bit more money in the budget for music.”

The change also allowed the event’s beneficiary, the Rotary Club of Summit County, to retain more money for its community programs.

“It helps us supplement our philanthropic funds,” said Betty Naftz, Rotary barbecue co-chairman. “We give money to high school scholarships. We have a community dinner every Tuesday night at the Elks Club. We give every third-grader in the county a dictionary. We have a literacy, reading buddy program that helps kids learn to read, and we have a high school student exchange program.”

Sample tasty treats from the likes of the Golden Toad, Rat’s Wood Shack, Smokin’ Moe’s, Flyboy BBQ, Lost Weekend Grill, the Arapahoe Café and more.

“The event will be great food, barbecue and other related items like corn on the cobb, lemonade, roasting nuts — all the food stuffs — fruit kabobs,” Naftz said. “We’re having the Wild Bubbles kids’ area and adult beverages like wine and beer.

“It’s going to be like one big party. … We’ll have lots of food, lots of fun, lots of kids’ stuff and great music.”

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