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Get away this weekend with Frogs Gone Fishin’

Geoff Mintz
Summit Daily News
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Every year, Colorado’s Frogs Gone Fishin’ invites its best friends to the magical enclave that is Gish’s Getaway Music and Arts Festival on the shores of Green Mountain Resevoir.

This year, everyone is invited.

But tickets are limited to the first 150. The Frogs are supported by New Orleans’ The Revivalists, Denver’s Oak Creek, members of Vail’s Laughing Bones, Denver’s DJ Calzon with a special late-night Rogers Waters set (Steve Rogers from Frogs and Daniel Waters from Oak Creek playing Pink Floyd tunes). There will also be a Frog Grass set, and there are some talks of a Dead set as well.

“We have some very special sets planned for this festival,” Frogs Gone Fishin’ guitarist Andrew Portwood said. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do since Some Mountain Jam (ceased to return). We wanted to give people a reason to come out and see us, but we wanted to give them something more. So by bringing people out for camping where there’s a water element, we’ve added another aspect. We’ve got some surprises and fun stage things.”

Ten bucks gets you a full weekend of music and festivities (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) with access to boating activities, camping and a pig roast.

Gish’s Getaway formed on a whim in 2010 when Frogs, host Mike Gish and friends wanted to get away and enjoy some music, secrecy and time on the water. The event is held on private property with overflow camping available on National Forest Service land.

Denver- and Vail-based Frogs Gone Fishin’ has been touring the country, making things funky from coast to coast since they blew audiences away at a Hot Summer Nights concert series at the Ford Amphitheater, a gig they earned through a fan-vote competition. They have since become a staple of funky mountain towns across Colorado.

At a Frogs show, fans are treated to heavy-hitting rock with the band’s signature improvisational twist. In an age of auto-tuned vocals and laptop superstars, fans are often refreshed by a group that relies on harmonies, strong melody and dynamic rhythms.

On any given night, the Frogs cut across genres and material from their two albums and never play the same set-list twice. This diversity in song choice and explosive improvisational energy has earned helped them develop an enthusiastic and devoted following from Denver to New Orleans, New York to San Francisco.

Since forming in 2007, The Revivalists have earned their standing among the best young bands in New Orleans. The group’s combination of danceable rock and soulful songwriting comes to life through a meticulously crafted and ever-evolving live performance. The band has been instrumental in the growth of New Orleans’ burgeoning indie-rock scene, and they have achieved success and notoriety in the city’s competitive musical landscape.

In addition to many sets of music played over the first two days, there will be a Sunday morning kids’ jam featuring acoustic music by FGF, as well as mimosas for the big kids. A periodic shuttle will transport party people to and from overflow parking and the Master Bait ‘n’ Tackle, the local general store.

“Our goal is to have a weekend-long gathering with our best friends, those who have supported us over the years, to celebrate the beautiful weather and beautiful people in Colorado,” the Frogs said.

The event is BYOB, and plastic coolers are encouraged. Please do not litter or leave any trace at the Getaway.

“We plan on having this amazing gathering every year and don’t want to upset any neighbors, locals or the main man, Mike Gish, who is nice enough to allow for this every summer,” they said. “If you see him walking around, give him a hug and hand him a beer. He’s a super strong, tan-looking guy.”

Tickets are available at the gate, but to reserve yours in advance, visit festival’s facebook page “2nd Annual Gish’s Getaway Music and Arts Festival” and send the band a message. Or contact them through http://www.frogsgonefishin.com. Directions are available on the facebook page.


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