Downvalley music matters, and the return of the free Alpine Bank ShowDown Town concerts to Eagle Town Park on Thursday evening will once again be the community gathering place with live music, picnics galore, food vendors and drinks and more.
“It’s always amazing to see the streets of Eagle flooded with friends and families on bikes and on foot, all converging on Eagle Town Park every Thursday to enjoy an impressive lineup of free concerts,” said Ross Leonhart , from the Vail Valley Foundation. “With great sunsets and plenty of room to hang out, ShowDown Town is a staple of the Lower Valley music scene in the summer.”
Grab your blanket, picnic and friends, and head to Eagle Town Park on Thursday nights starting June 30 for Alpine Bank ShowDown Town. Concerts start at 6:30 p.m.
Here is an overview of this year’s program:
The Altons (June 30)
How would you characterize the sound of Southeast Los Angeles? The Altons, natives of the region, combine the dust raised by evenings in the garden with evening listening sessions of Art Laboe.
The Altons curate a retro-indie soul ballad that has captivated local audiences for several years, quickly leading them to become a fixture on the scene. Their distinctive sound caught the eye of Daptone Records co-founder Gabe Roth, who was in the process of launching Penrose Records, a Daptone subsidiary label spotlighting the emerging soul scene developing in Southern California. where the Altons fit in perfectly. Their Penrose debut album “When You Go (That’s When You’ll Know)” was KCRW’s Top Tune of the Day, and their latest single, “Tangled Up In You”, was featured on “Soulection Radio”.
Robby Peoples (July 7)
Robby Peoples was born in Jackson, Mississippi. His childhood was steeped in the Delta blues tradition and comes through in his lyrics about hardship, family, women and alcohol. His storytelling is only ousted by his spirited harmonica playing, which has allowed him to share the stage with Leon Russel, Black Joe Lewis, Delbert McClinton and many others. But make no mistake, Robby Peoples is as rock ‘n’ roll as Elvis Presley and as American as a Chevrolet.
Ryan Dart (July 14)
Farmer. Dad. Musician. Painter.
Ryan Dart’s music encompasses the worlds he lives in. You can’t sing about needing rain unless you really know what it means to need rain. As grandson of the dust bowl and steward of the earth, Dart’s unique blend of modern knowledge and continual search for forgotten truths has led to this most recent “Edge of the Wild” collection. Dart sings of scenes beneath a Roman Colosseum to frame standout lines such as “I try to tell myself the truth / I seek the same in you” or yearns for a return to the road with the opening track of the album, “Ready for the Road”. “Dart showcases its significant lyrical evolution since its first release a decade ago with pandemic and quarantine-inspired tracks like “Loves Gone Outta Style” and “Right or Wrong.”
“In a world where it’s increasingly difficult to find anything real to connect with, Ryan Dart and his music do just that,” says Daniel Sproul (Rose Hill Drive, Ryan Bingham, Hard Working Americans). “There’s no doubting the soul and authenticity he brings with his lyrics and tunes. Edge of the Wild gives you all of this and more.
The new album, “Edge Of The Wild”, debuted in April.
Sam Bee and the Form Troopers (July 21)
Sam E. Bee and the Form Troopers features an Eagle County resident plus Denver superstars ready to bring the fun to you anytime. After realizing he was never going to be a model, Samuel Elliot Bee decided to join The Form Troopers, one of Colorado’s brightest, prettiest and best-dressed duos with Connor Williams and William Whiting . The three got together for songwriting sessions and local gigs and quickly realized they needed a ringtone for the band. Thanks to Williams’ connections and personality, they were able to get the velvety sounds of Chantil Dukart on keyboards. Together they present funk and soul music with originals and covers that get people moving.
Babaux & the Peacemakers (July 28)
Babaux & the Peacemakers is a Colorado-based roots rock quartet led by singer-songwriter and dobro player Cristian Basso, aka Babaux. Basso wrote the song material for their debut album “Lucky 13,” which will be released in July ahead of their ShowDown Town performance. The disc title reflects the number of albums Babaux has written and produced to date. Basso has played alongside big names in music such as Bo Diddley, Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Papa Mali, Particle and Eric Lindell. The Peacemakers are made up of three multi-talented songwriters, producers, engineers and musicians and include Eric Martinez on guitar, and Alana and Niek Velvis on drums and bass respectively. Each Peacemaker is recognized for co-producing their new recording, “Lucky 13”.
These blues-roots songs are inspired by a time lived in Basso’s childhood. He grew up surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where his mother was a music promoter.
“It was amazing to work with the Peacemakers and the Peacemaker Family who all continue to inspire with their multiple talents,” says Basso. “The chemistry within the group was immediate and positive. That’s what got us into the studio and it created a mutually refreshing and rejuvenating musical effort.
Quemando Salsa (August 4)
Based in Boulder, Quemando Salsa has been satisfying the music scene for 12 years now. This energetic 11-piece band performs traditional and contemporary sounds of Latin music, consisting of Cuban-style drums, timpani, congas, bass, piano, five singers and a section of three horns. The band members come collectively from Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Panama, and the United States.
Quemando performs the beautiful music of salsa legends such as Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz, Poncho Sanchez and brings a Latin touch to popular artists such as the Beatles and Frank Sinatra.
This energetic and stylish group opened for well-known artists such as Sheryl Crow at Jazz Aspen Snowmass in 2016 as well as other regional music festivals.
Dawson Hollow (August 11)
Dawson Hollow is an American indie-folk-rock band formed in 2016 by five siblings who have been touring, writing and making music together since 2001. Dawson Hollow’s unique brand of entertainment fuses the cinematic colors of pop, elements of nostalgic Americana strings and iconic elements. five-part harmonies. Based in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Dawson Hollow’s energetic performances offer supportive lyrics that carry a shade of hope.