John Popper, Brothers Keeper to headline Strawberry Days
A pair of big names in the world of rock ‘n’ roll, including harmonica master John Popper of Blues Traveler fame, are slated to grace the stage at this summer’s Strawberry Days Festival in Glenwood Springs.
Popper is the founder and lead singer for the popular jam band that rose to fame in the 1990s alongside other well-known groups from that era such as the Dave Matthews Band and Widespread Panic.
He will join well-known New York bluesman Jono Manson on stage as part of a new collaboration with Vail-based Brothers Keeper as the Saturday night headliner on June 18.
“While the Strawberry Days Festival always strives to provide locals and visitors with high-caliber entertainment, we’re thrilled to take it up another notch by bringing in a band featuring such world-renowned musicians,” Angie Anderson, vice president of operations for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, said.
Popper represents perhaps the biggest name to play the local festival since a regular lineup of local, regional and national touring musicians became a signature part of the event. Strawberry Days, one of the oldest festivals in Colorado, celebrates its 119th year this June.
Anderson said chamber board member Darron Cloud had some connections with Brothers Keeper, a regular on the mountain resort touring scene featuring bassist Michael Jude and drummer John Michel (John Oates Band), and guitarist Scott Rednor (Dean Ween Group).
They recently collaborated with Popper and Manson on their own newly released debut album, titled “Todd Meadows.” The album features five different lead singers, including Popper and Manson, who have been touring with the band in support of the album. They are also busy writing for the next compilation due out next fall.
Other guests on the current album include Jason Crosby (Phil Lesh and Friends), Glenn McClelland (Ween), DJ Logic, Joel Guzman, and Rob Eaton Jr.
A full schedule of Strawberry Days entertainment will be announced soon. In the meantime, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts has announced its Wednesday night Summer of Music at Two Rivers Park lineup, as follows:
June 29 — Long Run, Eagles cover band, with the JAS student jazz band opening.
July 6 — Onda, Latin Jazz, with openers the The Confluents.
July 13 — Paper Bird, Indie-folk/Baroque pop, with opener Frank Martin.
July 20 — Andy Frasco & the U.N., American blues/rock, with openers Poser.
July 27 — Gipsy Moon, folk, with openers Valle Musico.
Aug. 3 — Nigel Hall, soul, with opener Ricky O.