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Whatever you call it, it’s fun to dance to

Eyes Wide Open Band

The Town of Dillon extends its summer series one more Saturday night to coincide with Fall for the Arts, this weekend’s first countywide arts celebration. Taking the Dillon Amphitheatre stage this Saturday is Chandler and the Eyes Wide Open Band, an “eclectic mix of longtime musicians,” all of whom are Summit County locals. Band members first played Dillon two summers ago in a four-part Christian outreach series they performed under the Eyes Wide Open name. Last summer, after lead singer Chandler Copps brought the same band along for a solo acoustic gig, Dillon marketing director Susan Fairweather urged them to officially join forces and names. On Saturday, they will play a selection of secular ’70s and ’80s dance music including country, disco and mostly rock n’ roll under the name “Chandler and the Eyes Wide Open Band,” though once the association is established, “we’ll probably drop my name for next summer,” Copps said. If their music were a tangible item, it would be “a gourmet smorgasbord,” Copps said. “There’s a little bit of something for everyone and we can change up the set list on quick notice as the band’s diverse background allows us to learn different music quickly.””We’re still having fun and love playing music,” he added, explaining their draw. There are “still a lot of grins on stage and we all put our heart and soul into playing. Crowds pick up on this and usually have a lot of fun.” Copps is a longtime acoustic soloist who has covered James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg and Loggins and Messina in addition to his background in Christian worship music. Eyes Wide Open includes former country band members Dottie Riotto, “who can sweeten up any song and rock your socks off in the next set” on vocals and Kevin Riotto, the “monster lead guitarist” whose playing Copps called “the backbone of the band.” Versatile drummer Dana Christiansen has played in a nationally known cover band and backed up Christian worship teams and country rock artists, though he’s “a rocker at heart.” Eric Robertson is “the most versatile member of the band,” playing acoustic and electric guitars, keys, harmonica and percussion in addition to vocals. Bass player Brad Bonham is also a talented finger style and flamenco guitar player as well as banjo player.Chandler and the Eyes Wide Open Band looks forward to the Fall for the Arts performance, expecting it to be less eventful than the gig they were playing when Robertson’s wife went into labor. He received the call in the middle of the set and just a half hour after the audience urged him to leave, he became the father of his fourth child, Calliope Rae. Meanwhile, the show went on without him and “the crowd was awesome,” Copps said. No band members are expecting a childbirth during Saturday’s performance, however, which takes place at 7 p.m. “The only ‘new arrival’ we’re hoping for is that of our band,” said Copps. “Eyes Wide Open has been dabbling in this for a couple of years and are now committed to moving forward and being available for any opportunity that might come along.””The band covers songs from the Eagles to Santana and everyone is sure to have fun!” Fairweather said. Concert-goers can bring beer and wine in non-breakable containers; there will be no alcohol concessions for this special concert.If You Go:What: Chandler & the Eyes Wide Open BandWhen: 7 p.m. Saturday, September 10Where: Dillon Amphitheatre in DillonCost: Free

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