Lannie Garrett kicks off Saturday concerts
DILLON-Most locals know about the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre’s reputation for offering free music and fun bands that get the crowd going, and this summer is no exception.Lannie Garrett7 p.m. todayLast year, she was a disco diva. This year, Lannie Garrett reaches even further into the music archive with her big band sound.The queen-of-costume joins her 10-piece band in a swingin’ and jump-and-jive night of music from the 1940s and ’50s. The band brings audiences back to the days of Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Anita O’Day and Frank Sinatra.The show looks and sounds authentic, from Garrett’s vampy ’40s costumes to her art-deco music stands.Garrett and her band start Lake Dillon Amphitheatre’s Sunset at the Summit free concerts at 7 p.m. today with such classics as “Mambo Italiano,” “Don’t Be That Way” and “Oh, Babe.”The IndulgersSaturday, July 5Indulge in a bit o’ the Irish tradition Saturday, July 5, with the Indulgers. The Celtic rock quintet blends old-world Irish instruments and themes with contemporary songs and a rocking rhythm section.Dublin native Damien McCarron adds authenticity to the sound with his songwriting, vocals and guitar, while Mike Nile alternates among guitar, mandolin, accordion, whistles and electronic bagpipe. Renee Fine plays the fiddle, and Patrick Murphy Jr. and Chris Murtaugh hold down the rhythm section.The Indulgers have played at Keystone’s Celtic Fest, the Colorado Irish Festival and Denver’s People’s Fair and have shared the stage with the Smithereens and The Young Dubliners.Their danceable, original tunes have a folksy, pop edge even those who aren’t fans of Celtic music enjoy.Chute 9Saturday, July 12If you like country music, two-step down to the amphitheater Saturday, July 12, to see Chute 9.When the band formed, people compared it to Yankee Grey, Lonestar and Chris Ledoux, but since then, the players have carved out their own sound – a rocking, melodic, twangin’ and bluesy mix filled with a powerful range of harmonies.Tiny Barge and the Big Chill Saturday, July 19After a short hiatus, Colorado’s premier dance and party band Tiny Barge and the Big Chill return to the amphitheater for what promises to be another full-capacity audience.Tiny Barge and the Big Chill turns the amphitheater into a fast-paced dance extravaganza. They take a pinch of soul, a dash of rhythm-and-blues and a splash of good old rock ‘n’ roll and deliver a hearty serving of danceable grooves.Exit 232Saturday, July 26The members of Exit 232 pride themselves on being down-to-earth guys- and their comfortable, boy-next-door Americana rock transfers to audiences.”These guys are 100 percent my family,” percussionist Scott Schroeder said. “We found that’s what our audience is, too -family. We’re a very tight group. There’s no egos on stage.”The band blends the essence of American rock in the styles of the Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and the BoDeans. Each player adds a distinct element to the original tunes – Tom Richards was classically trained, Spencer Pyne spent almost 20 years playing in country bands, Mike Edmondson loves funk, and Schroeder was into the hair-metal bands of the 1980s.”It all sort of morphs itself together and spits itself out,” Schroeder said.Exit 232 has opened for Paul Simon and Brian Wilson at Fiddler’s Green and Better Than Ezra at the Hard Rock Caf in Aspen. Last year, the musicians pulled about 50 people up on stage to dance with them at the amphitheatre.Hot Tomatoes – Saturday, Aug. 2In case you didn’t get enough with Garrett, the Hot Tomatoes bring the big sounds of the swing and jazz eras to Dillon Saturday, Aug. 2.One of the most sought-after swing bands along the Front Range, the Hot Tomatoes play a variety of music from the great jazz age to the big band sounds of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Henry James and Glen Miller, to name a few. And, just for good measure, they throw in some rhythm-and-blues and Sinatra tunes.Special Consensus -Saturday, Aug. 9Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band that began performing in the Midwest in the mid-1970s. By the late 70s, it had released its first album and toured nationally.The group bridges the gap between traditional and progressive bluegrass.Throughout its 25-year run, musicians have come and gone, but founder Greg Cahill has stuck with the band. The rest of the Consensus is made up of three award-winning, diverse musicians.Chris Daniels & the Kings -Saturday, Aug. 16Chris Daniels and the Kings’ big horn sound has blown the Colorado band into popularity. The rockin’ rhythm-and-blues combo blends blues, swing, jazz, funk and pop to keep audiences moving and grooving.The band has toured Europe 10 times and played throughout the nation. This year, the outfit celebrates its 19th year of its music, which has been compared to Little Feat with horns and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy meets Tower of Power.Hazel Miller – Aug. 23Hazel Miller has performed in Colorado for 14 years. She belts out the blues, jazz, pop and gospel with a soulful voice.She began her 28-year music career in Louisville, Ky., where she rose to the top of the music scene, opening for such artists as Mel Torme, The Temptations and the Count Basie Orchestra.Since moving to Colorado, she has become the newest member of Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Her powerful voice and warmth are reminiscent of Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald.Nacho Men -Aug. 30The Nacho Men revisit the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s with their unique form of “funtertainment” Saturday, Aug. 30.”We wanted to do music that brought people’s youth back – songs about dating, love and cars,” Nacho Men originator Frankie Diamond said. “It’s fun, simple, family-friendly music. I’ve seen 5-year-olds and 95-year-olds dancing to our music.”The band’s name had nothing to do with Mexican food, but rather with muscle-bound men. The members considered themselves one cut above “macho men,” hence the name Nacho Men.The Nacho Men don’t just play covers – they add novelty acts to their performance, such as a Sonny-and-Cher act complete with banter; a takeoff on The Village People with Diamond’s new 3-foot wig; and a cross-dressing Nachettes act.”Basically, what it comes down to during a two-hour time period is to not have to think about anything, just to have fun,” he said.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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