No more bouncing floor at Vail’s 8150
VAIL – Los Angeles has the Whisky, New York had CBGB’s – and Vail had Club 8150, a local music venue institution slated for demolition as Vail expands and renovates the village. Fans remember the shows, the friends and the good times, but most of all, they remember that famous bouncing floor.”I left my credit card there the other night,” says Jarrod Morrah, a 10-year resident who spent many nights at 8150. “It’s hard to conjure up any one great memory, because I go to all the good shows. I saw a good Karl Denson show recently, but I’ll always remember the floor and everything.”Dani Janklow has rocked out at 8150 on and off, but wishes she went more now that it will disappear.”I love 8150,” says Janklow. “I think like anything else, I’m falling in that trap where I wish I would’ve gone more. I love that staff, and the intimacy will be missed – and of course the bouncing floor.”Former resident Jake Wolf played 8150 many times, with Shakedown Street and other acts. He remembers the floor actually impacting performances.”I played with (The Grateful Dead’s) Vince Welnick on his 51st birthday, and I told him, ‘hey man, watch out – the floor moves,'” says Wolf. “I explained that when the crowd gets going, it moves three or four inches in any direction. He said, ‘I played RFK, and let me tell you about a floor moving.’ The first thing that happens is Vinnie’s mic stand whacks him in the face and he looks and says, ‘Oh, I should’ve listened to you – that stage really moves.'”
Wolf will play a bigger part in 8150’s demise than most: He’s been tasked with arranging the venue’s final show ever, a re-creation of The Band’s famous “The Last Waltz,” a farewell concert that featured special guests ranging from Bob Dylan to Neil Diamond sitting in on songs. Martin Scorcese filmed a documentary about the concert.For 8150’s “Last Waltz,” Wolf, a drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, managed to gather a posse of local and Colorado-based musicians to round out the cast of characters that will appear onstage.”This is no joke here – this is a major undertaking,” Wolf says. “I don’t think I can overemphasize the number of artists that are coming out to contribute. I’ve still got people trying to get in on this, and we’ll play until the alcohol gets pulled.”Certain performers will fall into specific roles, like Dark Star Orchestra’s Rob Eaton, who fills Neil Diamond’s shoes. But rather than just playing entirely from the catalog of ‘The Last Waltz,” Wolf has left room for local favorites (like Flux Five’s Dave Laub, Little Hercules and the eminent Tony Gulizia) to take center stage for a few songs.”I was trying to get musicians in the valley – but then I realized there’s lots of people who have connections that don’t live there who happen to be from Colorado, and I included them, too,” says Wolf. Music vacuum
Most musicians and music fans agree that the loss of 8150 will be a huge blow to the local music scene – especially with no comparably-sized venue slated to take its place.”Vail’s losing an icon in 8150 more than Crossroads,” says Janklow.Local rockers Defying Gravity played 8150 several times, and guitarist Dan Renner isn’t sure where louder bands will go until another club springs back to take its place.”As a band we’re concerned about having a local venue; I’m just hoping another club opens up,” Renner says. Renner also wonders who will fill the space for bands that are too big for the Rumpus Room or Loaded Joe’s but too small for the Vilar or Ford Park.8150 vet Wolf also thinks the loss of 8150 is a musical tragedy.”I think the scene will suffer tremendously,” Wolf says. “It’s a shame that Vail town council isn’t going to replace that with something of comparable size. Not only are you depriving your locals of something they want and need, but you remove an amazing outlet for kids and young people. Without that outlet, I wonder what’s going to happen.”
‘End of an era’n What: The final performance at 8150 will be a rendition of the famous concert film “The Last Waltz.” More than 20 Colorado musicians will take the stage for five hours of music.n When: Sunday at 9 p.m. Show starts at 10 p.m. and runs until close.n Where: Club 8150 in Vailn Cost: Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day-of-show.
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