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U2 tribute band headlines Summer of Music

Christina Brusig
christina@glenwoodarts.org
U2 tribute band Under a Blood Red Sky will perform at Two Rivers Park today for Summer of Music. Local band Let Them Roar will open.
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Just when you think it can’t get any better than last week’s Summer of Music launch of Season Five, tonight the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts brings you Under A Blood Red Sky, the acclaimed U2 tribute band that passionately recreates authentic U2 concerts. Covering the War Tour in 1983 to present day, each show has amazed fans with the band’s ability to recreate famous U2 shows and has solidified their reputation for sold-out venues — including the world-famous Red Rocks.

Not only does UABRS play and sound like U2, but their attention to detail creates a visual experience that the most ardent U2 fan would recognize. UABRS makes every effort to replicate wardrobe, stage props, video/audio choreography, instruments and equipment from many famous U2 concerts around the world.

Billy “Bono” Bunting had been a rabid U2 fan since he saw the band in New Haven in 1981. Billy never forgot when Bono climbed up to the balcony of the theater singing at the top of his lungs, and he thought, “I want to do that!”

From that point forward, Billy immersed himself in U2 music, and that event helped shape him as a singer. Billy linked up with Jerry “Larry” Bousquet and after 20-plus years as professional musicians, they returned to their roots and formed Under A Blood Red Sky.

UABRS got its start by recreating the legendary 1983 “Live at Red Rocks” concert on New Year’s Eve 2005 at a sold-out show at the Paramount Theater in Denver. The fans were taken back to that foggy June 5 evening and ended the night by singing the refrain from “40” as the band left the stage. It was exactly like Red Rocks, and Billy “Bono,” Ted “The Tedge,” Todd “Adam” and Jerry “Larry” have never looked back — providing fans with the best U2 experience this side of Dublin.

Be there tonight to sing along with them and feel the power of one of the greatest bands of our time.

Opening for UABRS is Let Them Roar, one of the valley’s most outstanding bands. Performing mostly original music, these gifted musicians hail from Carbondale and, as they say, “We live with a yearning to express a bit of the wild and a bit of the West within our hearts.” It all starts tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Two Rivers Park.

Get there early and enjoy some of the best eats around. This year, we are proud to welcome back Gandhi Restaurant from Carbondale, the New Castle Diner, Marble’s famous Slo Groovin’ BBQ and Glenwood’s Sweet Coloradough. Top it all off with Jeffreeze award-winning Italian sorbetto.

Remember! No pets, no smokes and no glass. These are city of Glenwood Springs public safety regulations.

The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music is produced by the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and made possible by our Title Sponsor Alpine Bank and our major sponsors Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Reality, Bighorn Toyota, Western Slope Communications, Garfield County, city of Glenwood Springs, KMTS, Balcomb and Green PC, Gould Construction, Glenwood Hot Springs, Cooper Wine and Spirits, Garfield and Hecht PC, Stifel, Pioneer Steel Inc., Century Link, The Ramada Inn, Mountain Roll Offs Inc., First Line Security, The Indoor Garden and Brew Supply, the Reynolds Company, Qdoba, Copy Copy and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. A special thanks to everyone who donates to the series. It is because of you that we can keep this tradition alive.

Bono said it best: “Music can change the world because it can change people.”

Here’s to the power of the music and Season Five.


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