Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sun Valley Shakedown

Night moves at Festival Meadows


By JENNIFER LIEBRUM
Express Staff Writer

JJ Grey brings his band, Mofro, from Florida for some Southern rock at the Sun Valley Shakedown in Festival Meadows on July 7. Courtesy photo by John Margaretten

It's been the talk of city council meetings for months now—what a vibrant community looks like.

"Well, this is it. Stop talking and start dancing," says Jason Fry, organizer of the upcoming Sun Valley Shakedown, which will feature three top acts in Festival Meadows on Saturday, July 7. The event was designed to add spice to the second annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Fest, June 29-July 8, with the Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships.

Gates open at 5 p.m. for an evening of live music that starts with scratch artist DJ Logic warming up the crowd.

Next up, from New Orleans, is The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, whose members Roger Lewis, Kevin Harris, Gregory Davis, Efrem Towns and Kirk Joseph have distinguished themselves over the past three decades by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional jazz brass style. They are celebrating the release of "Twenty Dozen," a new 11-track album.

Headliner JJ Grey & Mofro are touring their new live release "Brighter Days." Grey is heralded for calling on his roots in rural Florida to produce music rife with backwoods wisdom and old-school blue-collar values. His influences include Otis Redding and Toots Hibbert, Lynyrd Skynard and George Jones.

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His music has appeared in TV shows "House," "Friday Night Lights" and "The Deadliest Catch," as well as the film "The Hoot."

At $34, tickets for this evening are nearly sold out, but they can still be purchased at Atkinsons' Markets and online at www.sunvalleyshakedown.com. They will be available at the gate until 3 p.m. on the day of the show.

For those who aren't worn out by the end of all that, the party will continue at Whiskey Jacques' with DJ Logic where every pair of Shakedown tickets can be exchanged for one free admission.

After all the planning, Fry is eager to get the show on.

"We want this to be an unforgettable week for our guests and, of course, our local friends," he said.

Sample the music:

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at www.dirtydozenbrass.com/

JJ Grey and Mofro at www.jjgrey.com




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