Village Vibe sets late-night scene at Snowmass Mammoth Fest
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Doors open at 10 p.m.; shows start approximately 11 p.m.
June 7: You Me & Apollo at Venga Venga; Fierce Bad Rabbit at Base Camp Bar & Grill
June 8: STRFKR at Venga Venga; Lord Huron at Base Camp Bar & Grill
Tickets are $20 on Friday; $25 on Saturday (available at the door or in advance)
Venues are first come, first serve.
Late-night partyers, fear not: You don’t have to go back to Aspen after the Snowmass Mammoth Fest this year.
The event, the reimagined Chili Pepper & Brew Festival, is offering late-night concerts in Snowmass Village after the events at Town Park shut down. Dubbed the Village Vibe, there will be two concerts each night of the festival, one each in Venga Venga and Base Camp Bar & Grill.
The first night will be a Colorado showcase, with Fort Collins bands You Me & Apollo and Fierce Bad Rabbit performing. You Me & Apollo will be playing Venga Venga after an earlier show on the main stage.
The band, which formed out of a solo project by lead singer Brent Cowles, has been pretty busy here of late, touring across the U.S. and searching for a new record label. They recently have opened for ZZ Ward, including a sold-out show at the Gothic Theatre in Denver on May 29.
“It’s the first time we’ve played there when it was sold out,” drummer Tyler Kellogg said the morning after while watching video from the show.
Kellogg and Cowles knew each other as children and reconnected when Cowles moved back to Fort Collins.
“We connected, and he played music with some other people for a while, and I just kind of waited it out,” Kellogg said.
When Cowles showed him the album “Cards With Cheats,” Kellogg said it blew him away. Cowles had considered dropping the album digitally, but Kellogg helped him get CDs made and organize a successful CD-release show.
“That was really how the band was formed,” Kellogg said.
Since then, some members have floated in and out, but the current five-man lineup has been the same for about a year. Kellogg said it helps that they all share a similar vision right now.
The band made the decision toward the end of last year to purchase all its music back from Cowles’ first record label. The band has yet to settle on a new one, but Kellogg said it has enough songs to produce a new full-length album, some of which it has been playing on tour. You Me & Apollo also will play some songs off its EPs released earlier this year, which Kellogg says are “a better representation of the band.”
With its live shows spreading out across the country, festival appearances and a growing response, things seem to be propelling forward for You Me & Apollo.
“It just seems like it’s progressing, and people are really catching on,” Kellogg said. “It definitely makes it feel like it’s going somewhere.”
Look for You Me & Apollo to make an appearance on Aspen Mountain over the weekend, too.
Venga Venga will boast STRFKR live on June 8, following the band’s main-stage appearance earlier in the day.
STRFKR is performing from its album “Miracle Mile,” released earlier this year, the first for which lead singer Josh Hodges collaborated with his bandmates on the songwriting. Many of the songs evolved from bits and pieces of music the members landed on while in the tour van or working on other things, including “Leave It All Behind.” Others were old songs Hodges had written some time ago but never recorded.
Hodges said he wanted to do an album without dance music this time, but drummer Keil Corcoran pushed for a few songs with that sound. The result, therefore, is “a mix of our ideas,” Hodges said.
The members of STRFKR all play multiple instruments. When performing, they’ll all play guitar and keyboard, and Hodges will swap out with Corcoran on the drums for some songs. The newest addition to their onstage presence is an 8-foot LED wall with light displays that sync to the music.
The wall was Corcoran’s idea when the band was looking for “something to make it more interesting,” Hodges said.
“It looks like a giant Lite Brite wall,” Hodges said. “It’s really low-res. It doesn’t look like a TV behind us. It looks like a deep-pit thing.”
Anne Covington, manager of Venga Venga, said the restaurant will clear the furniture from the patio area to give it a dance-floor feel. The restaurant also will offer $3 tacos.
David Dugan, of Base Camp, said the events there will all take place on the first floor. Base Camp will be serving food and offering drink specials during Village Vibe.
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