The Runaway Grooms turn the crowd on at the first ShowDown Town concert of the summer

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The Runaway Grooms get the audience dancing at the first show of the 2021 Alpine Bank ShowDown Town free summer concert series
Ross Leonhart, Vail Valley Foundation

The first show in the Alpine Bank ShowDown Town free concert series brought out all the best elements of summer. Under the glow of the setting sun, Colorado rock band and local favorites The Runaway Grooms gathered in front of an Eagle Town Park lawn filled with picnic blankets, dogs, hoops and an audience of dancers.

The members of The Runaway Grooms have a deep connection to the Vail Valley. The band was founded right here in Avon when frontman Adam Tobin met guitarist Zac Cialek in the employee housing at Beaver Creek Resort. What started as a group of three with drummer Justin Bissett has now grown into a group of five, with bassist Zach Gilliam and Cody Scott added to keyboards in 2019.

This Thursday’s performance featured the group’s latest tracks, and the music had audience members standing and dancing from the opening song.



“It means so much to the band to get that kind of reaction,” said bassist Zach Gilliam. “People were coming up to the fore, boogies and tune in to the music that hasn’t even come out yet. It’s very satisfying to see people so receptive to our new music.

The group released the album “Violet Lane”, their first five-piece project, in mid-August. The album was recorded on Violet Lane in Eagle County and debuts with a sound the band created together in quarantine.



The sun sets over Eagle Town Park full of spectators in lawn chairs and picnic blankets
Ross Leonhart, Vail Valley Foundation

“The pandemic has been kind of a blessing in disguise for us,” said Gilliam. “It was an opportunity to spend time creating music together in five pieces, and now we have a whole catalog of new things that have been written during that time.”

The Runaway Grooms have two more shows scheduled in the Valley this summer. If you missed them this time around, you can catch their next performance on July 15 at the Prosit in Avon.

The ShowDown Town free concert series continues at 6:30 p.m. on July 8 with a performance by the reggae band Boulder Green Buddha. The four-piece group specializes in a sound they call “No Coast Reggae”, which mixes elements of reggae and rock and roll and has been described as “a green salad from the freshest ingredients of Colorado, southern of California and New Orleans “.

It is the first time that the group plays in this room.

“Sharing energy with new people is always a blessing,” said singer and guitarist Seth Strickland. “People can expect to dance and smile to high energy cinematic sound. We are here to share the healing energy of music with those who need to hear it.

The group “No Coast Reggae” Green Buddha will perform at the next ShowDown Town concert on Thursday July 8th
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Participants are encouraged to bring their own seats, food and drinks to the park. Wine and beer are permitted on the premises, as long as they are not in glass containers. The park is also lined with food trucks serving sweet and savory refreshments, as well as stalls from local businesses, including a full outdoor climbing wall provided by Eagle Climbing + Fitness.

All Alpine Bank ShowDown Town concerts are free entry and free parking is available in the streets adjacent to the park. The series will continue every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. until August 12. For more information on upcoming shows, read our lineup article or visit vvf.org/showdowntown.


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