For Jake: Community concert to raise money for 4-year-old
September 12, 2008
When a friend is in need, it seems there’s no community that pulls together better than that of Grand County and this weekend several talented musicians are set to perform a benefit concert at the Winter Park Pub for the Wiborg family of Hot Sulphur Springs.
“We try to help out the community whenever we can and friends that need help too, so it goes hand-in-hand,” said Jeff Williams, Pub co-owner for nine years who has known Doug Wiborg for quite some time. The event, which will raise money toward medical bills to help Wiborg’s 4-year-old son who has a rare form of Craniosynostosis, includes barbecue, silent auction, and special, donated performances from local and regional musicians.
Acoustic guitarist Gary Key kicks off the concert line-up, playing a half-hour set starting at 1 p.m. A full-time professional musician known as “The Walking Jukebox,” Key plays originals and many covers ” everything from Willie Nelson to Jimmy Buffett. Musical influences come mostly from classic rock, from musicians like Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash; James Taylor, Black Sabbath, Alison Krauss, and Deloris Telescope.
Powerful vocals and thoughtful lyrics lead audiences along an acoustic road through rock, folk and Americana as “Oly” rocks the house 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. A familiar sight when it comes to benefit concerts, the talented singer, guitarist and songwriter found the inspiration to start playing guitar again after a ski jump party to benefit charities left him with an injured knee and a lot of time on his hands. He has since been a favorite mainstay among area venues. Most of what Oly showcases on stage is his original work and he lends his variable talents to solo performances and a score of local and regional bands.
Texas-based band Black Dog, set to perform 2:45 to 4:15 p.m., gives audiences a mixture of funk and rock from the late 1980s and early ’90s. Performances are high energy and usually feature soulful lyrics by Ryan Smith and John “Black Dog” Ridnell, who plays lead guitar. By age 15 Ridnell was already fronting garage bands and playing what he calls Bronx River Delta blues, rock ‘n’ roll and pieces by musicians like Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The Empty Suits (Tom Camillo on bass and vocals, Tony Rosacci on guitar and vocals, and “Barefoot Johnny” Minardi offering vocals and electronic drum samples) will play 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. They play cover songs mostly, “that are a good fit to throw a party and get people dancing,” and Camillo said the band has a whole new set of music to showcase.
Camillo also serves as bassist for local laid-back band One Time, set to play 7 to 9 p.m. Camillo, Chris “Willy” Williamson (rhythm guitar) and Ian Morlock (drums) can always be counted on for a good, energetic show (most likely there will be a special guest). Their music is Southern-rock oriented, playing anything from originals to classic Johnny Cash to Snoop Dogg and favorites by Widespread Panic.
GTO’s set starts at 9:15 p.m. and rounds out the festivities with Gary (Key), local drummer Terry (Tompkins) and Oly.