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Campout For The Cause announces 2011 lineup

BOND, Colo. – Three years after a devastating fire leveled the concert venue at State Bridge, the third annual Campout For The Cause will kick off the summer season and christen the newly reconstructed riverside amphitheater this Memorial Day Weekend.

With styles ranging from folk and reggae, to electronica and funk, the eclectic Colorado lineup – co-headlined by GreatAmerican Taxi, Bonfire Dub, Elephant Revival and Shakedown Street – will please concert goers of diverse musical appetites.

And the resurrected State Bridge venue, situated on the banks of the Colorado River, is a great weekend destination with an array of family-friendly amenities, including free camping, floating, stand-up paddling, hiking, fishing and yoga.

“We have some outrageous memories of playing out at State Bridge,” said Great American Taxi’s Vince Herman, who also fronts the legendary Colorado jam-grass band, Leftover Salmon. “People like to go to a place in the country where

they can have the opportunity to do what they want. It’s all about living in the land of the free, and ‘The Bridge’ is a fine example of that.”

The concert will raise funds for All Hands Volunteers, a U.S.-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world, with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy.

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Having traveled to Haiti and worked with All Hand Volunteers (formally Hands On Disaster Response), Bonfire Dub frontman and Campout For The Cause promoter Scott Stoughton is thoroughly familiar with the organization’s work, both nationally and overseas.

“They are so amazing,” Stoughton said. “Their model is so interesting because they’re all about utilizing free labor and mobilizing volunteers. When I got to Haiti, I was amazed at how many people showed up on their own dime, to a dangerous place, under the worst conditions, to work six days per week. Everyone was in it for the community, and the camaraderie that materialized was really tangible.”

While the talent pool at Campout for the Cause is diverse, the artists all have a couple things in common: They will all be playing pro bono or for fraction of what they would normally make, and they’re all really looking forward to the return of State Bridge.

“I’ve been a part of State Bridge since I first played there in 1996, and I fell in love with it, like so many locals around here,” Stoughton said. “For me, it just represented all things Colorado – river, music, great people, campfires and that whole primal spirit. Everybody, from the East Cost to the West Coast and all corners of Colorado, really lit up when they heard State Bridge was coming back.”

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