The inaugural Sun Valley Shakedown promises a heathy dose of jazz-fusion, folk and bluegrass with a bill featuring Bela Fleck and the Original Flecktones, and Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers.
In 1988, Fleck and company set out to create something unique. The quartet--comprised of electric banjoist Bela Fleck, brothers Victor and Roy "Future Man" Wooten and keyboardist Howard Levy--combined spacey effects, extremely technical, jazzy bass and a SynthAxe "drumitar" to create bluegrass-fusion-jazz songs.
Hornsby, a singer and pianist, found success with his multi-platinum album The Way It Is in 1986 and went on to join the infamous jam band the Grateful Dead until Jerry Garcia's death.
The Sun Valley Shakedown begins at 5 p.m. but spectators shouldn't hesitate to get there early for a cool beverage and a choice seat. The grassy terrain offers a comfortable setting and plenty of space for kids, adults and all lovers of music.
Tickets are available until noon on the day of the show and concert-goers can take advantage of accessible parking and camping spots. Attendees should leave all tobacco products at home and save some energy for the after party at Whiskey Jacques with the Denver-grown band, Fox Street All Stars.