BØRNS, aka Garrett Borns, is a Michigan-bred singer songwriter known for danceable indie pop ballads. This rapidly ascending star delivers bright, majestic anthems described as, “a shot of sunny, sweet, sweeping adrenaline.” BØRNS music is headlined by his bright falsetto voice and massive pop hooks sharing lyrical emotions of love and desire. His androgynous stage presence is said to display the glitzy wonder reminiscent of Ziggy Stardust. BØRNS is a must see live show.
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
Grammy award winning performer Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley takes the stage with a rousing set of reggae roots jams and dancehall bangers to transform any venue into an energetic dancehall. The youngest son of the legend Bob Marley, Damian has established his own unique reggae stylings featuring uplifting lyrics and thrilling anthems delivered with rich vocals backed by heavy bass and drums. The reggae star has been selling out stadium venues on tour for his fourth album ‘Stony Hill.’ This is one show you definitely won’t want to miss.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is a dance-centric jam band whose very existence is rooted in the unyielding quest for joy and positive energy. Blending infectious funk grooves, psychedelic jams, and experimental electronics, the Baltimore four-piece will remind you of just how much fun music can be. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong construct effervescent soundscapes with two guitars, bass, and drums, crafting their music with a sophisticated ear for both open space and dense layering. The band promises to elevate you to that blissful place that only the most ecstatic live music can take you.
One of the premier soul bands in the country, Monophonics delivers cinematic songs with timeless hooks anchored by soulful organ and powerhouse vocals. The sound of this California band is inspired equally by classic soul, heavy funk, psychedelic rock, and classic American songwriting. The band’s catalog spans the spectrum from psychedelic soul roots to Summer of Love pop-soul-psychedelia all delivered with an honest soulful vibe that will keep you moving on the dance floor.
DJ Hedspin earned the coveted title of the World's Best Party Rocker DJ at the 2011 Red Bull Thre3style World Championship. Hedspin, got his start as one of Vancouver’s top club DJs, and his collaboration with Toronto-based producer Grandtheft on Mad Decent made the iTunes dance chart Top 10. More than a DJ, Hedspin is a true performer with impeccable selection and an aggressive rapid-fire delivery that will keep you moving.
Dean Ween & Friends
Ween co-founding guitarist Dean Ween, aka Mickey Melchiondo Jr, will be gathering friends at the Shakedown Bar for multiple late night performances teeming with adrenaline, humor, and musicianship. Dean Ween is known for lunging headfirst, wielding his guitar to blitz through tunes alternately described as “twangy country, goofball rock, and the downright weird.” Dean Ween performances naturally recall golden era Ween, with an added guitar edge. These performances will be a must-see for any Ween fan.
Psych pop juggernaut Madaila, hailing from Burton’s hometown of Burlington, Vermont, are an upbeat, synth¬-heavy, catchy dance-pop band. Their vocal skills and range take center stage backed by tight arrangements and multi-¬instrumental performances. Through their live performance, Madaila invites you to appreciate the freakier elements of the band as the five--piece explores the deeper possibilities lying within their concise-recorded material. Madaila is all about getting you on your feet!
Charleston, South Carolina’s Dangermuffin is an eclectic quartet weaving lyrical themes of sea, sun, and spiritual connection with Americana, Island-influenced, folk and jam grooves. The band's live shows swim between tasty acoustic and rockin’ electric sounds. Their upbeat live performances showcase the band’s signature coastal-influenced grooves mixed with Americana sensibilities and Appalachian fingerpicking. Don’t miss this audible showcase weaving introspective lyrics with catchy, nimble guitar riffs.
Top-ranking DJ/producer Deejay Theory has earned recognition worldwide for his contributions to the explosive “tropical bass” sound, approaching island music with a hip-hop and electronic background. With dancehall and reggae music at the core, Theory stands out with a signature sound and unmistakable energy. Based in San Francisco, California, Theory has earned production and remix credits with the likes of Beenie Man, Sizzla, Mavado, and Mr. Vegas to name a few – come hear the cuts that have heads bobbing around the globe.
New Orleans Suspects
It’s time to party New Orleans-style with the “infused swamp rock party music” of the New Orleans Suspects. Funky drumbeats, wailing saxophones, razor-sharp guitar playing, rollicking piano, strutting bass lines and tight vocal harmonies make this band stand above the rest. Hot nights and sweat-soaked streets combine in an original way to create The New Orleans Suspects. Come ready to get down.
Itation Sound with DJs Tosheba and Nickel B
Itation Sound is a reggae sound system, founded in 1998 out of Burton’s hometown of Burlington, Vermont. Itation holds it down with decades of live performance experience, numerous Soundclash, trophies and exclusive dubplates. The members are behind the record labels Itation Records and Larger than Life Records, having worked with recording artists such as Freddie McGregor, Missy Elliot, Busy Signal, Anthony B, Delly Ranx, Tony Rebel, and Wayne Wonder. Come ready to catch the rhythm with Itation Sound.
From breakbeats to soul hits, DJ Cre8 has the vinyl stack and skills to entertain any crowd. With over ten years dedicated to the turntables, this DJ from Burlington, Vermont (Burton’s hometown) has rocked venues of all sizes, from intimate private crowds to opening for international acts like Z Trip and Macklemore. His resident nights at Vermont nightclub staples like Red Square and Nectar’s always draw a crowd, which is part of the allure that’s made him a Burton U•S•Open musical staple for the past few years.
Brothers Keeper W/ Special Guests
Brothers Keeper is an Americana Rock ’n’ Roll band composed of Colorado transplants including Scott Rednor on guitar, Michael Jude on bass, and John Michel on drums. Michael and John have steadily played with the John Oates Band (Hall & Oates) and many other world renowned musicians. The trio recently recorded with John Popper (Blues Traveler), singer-songwriter Jono Manson, Jason Crosby (Phil Lesh & Friends) and Glenn McClelland (Dean Ween), who will be joining them in this incredible show at the Shakedown Bar in Vail Village.
The Medallions are a 70s disco-funk band stuck in the present. They time traveled in an elevator to release dance music to get your sexy juices flowing. Despite the quintet’s striking resemblance to the psych pop juggernaut band Madaila, they strongly deny any connection and in a statement, stated: “We can't blame our friends and fans for assuming that the Medallions are an alter-ego band created to have an awesome time playing party music from all eras at events that call for epic, universally loved covers.” Get ready to get your groove on when the Medallions take the stage.
Local Vail, Colorado rock band Town Calvary bring the party with a smooth and steady rhythm section coupled with virtuous guitar solos and strong vocal harmonies. Town Cavalry plays your favorite mixed bag of rock, blues, reggae, funk and country covers including Bob Marley, Sublime, Edgar Winter, Led Zeppelin plus a few soulful originals.