Band won’t play West Vail bar in wake of fatal shooting |

Band won’t play West Vail bar in wake of fatal shooting

Caramie Schnell
Vail correspondent
Grand County, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colo. – The band Evol Intent will not perform Thursday at the Sandbar in West Vail – where a Carbondale man was shot and killed on Saturday – after all.

The premiere of the ski/snowboard film “Re:Session,” followed by a performance by Boulder band Salem, will take place Friday evening as planned.

Concert promoter Crawford Byers said Thursday night’s show was canceled out of “respect for the situation,” referring to the shooting that took place at the Sandbar on Saturday night.

“With a little more research into Evol Intent, they’re real nice guys, but their music, this act that they do, there’s a lot of gunshots and stuff in the music,” said Byers, who booked the show.

The band’s tour manager, Matt Rosenzweig, said the band members heard the news about the shooting on Tuesday.

“We were all blown away,” he said. “We know it’s a small town and a delicate situation, and we want to be respectful of the community. We went back and forth on if we should play the show because of what happened and because of the (band’s) name and the style of music, which is pretty dark and hard.”

Byers, Rosenzweig and the band members made the decision to cancel the show after speaking late Tuesday evening.

“Everyone put their heads together and decided this might not be the right show to do as the first show back after Sandbar’s incident,” Byers said. “We decided to postpone the show until later in the winter.”