Eagles tribute band Boys of Summer set to take it to the limit in Rifle Saturday
RIFLE — The boys are back in town, and the Ute Theater will be rocking this Saturday night as The Boys of Summer, an Eagles tribute band, kick off the last weekend of 2018.
Based out of Los Angeles, the band is made up of James Williamson, drums and vocals; Darrel Monson, guitar and vocals; Dave Williams, guitar and vocals; Chad Quist, guitar and vocals; Chris Turbis, keyboards, saxophones, acoustic guitar and vocals; and Rich Berglund, bass and vocals.
“We are a bunch of older cats out here doing this stuff,” drummer and vocalist James Williamson said.
A big outdoor enthusiast, Williamson fell for the Western Slope back in the 1980s.
“Snow skiing is my first love,” Williamson said from his home in Fruita.
Around 20 years ago, Williamson purchased a home in Colorado, splitting time between the Western Slope and Los Angeles, before becoming a full-time resident five years ago.
“I love the people, man,” Williamson added. “They are just awesome, warm and friendly. It reminds me of where I grew up in Los Angeles as a kid.”
Formed in 2004 by the six lifelong friends, they began as a Don Henley tribute band. With several other Eagles tribute bands in the L.A. area at the time, Williamson said they wanted to make a bold statement, initially focusing on music by the legendary Eagles vocalist and drummer.
“We have always been Eagles fans since we were young,” Williamson said. “I’m amazed by their versatility, their guitar melodies and harmony, not to mention the harmony vocals.”
After limited success at booking gigs, they decided to regroup and alter their path.
“It was a hard sell,” Williamson said. “We decided about six months out to do an about face and go hardcore Eagles.”
As soon as they switched, they started booking more dates, and for the last 14 years they have been touring the wine country of Northern California, Western Colorado and New Mexico.
The trips to Colorado are always special for Williamson, now that he makes his home on the Western Slope.
“I’ve always had a love for Colorado,” he said.
The band plays at least two gigs a year in western Colorado.
“We love playing Glenwood. It’s a lot of fun,” Williamson added.
The Boys have played the Vaudeville Revue theater in Glenwood Springs twice, and this will be the second trip to Rifle’s Ute Theater.
Saturday’s all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, call (970) 665-6569 or visit utetheater.com
Popular local musician, singer,and songwriter Morgan Crouse will open the show.
“I’m looking forward to playing Rifle again,” Williamson said. “We had such a blast last time. The scene is amazing. They love the Eagles in Rifle.”
Moffat County High School students and staff and fellow community members were certainly going places Friday as the MCHS Homecoming parade hit the streets with floats, marchers and more celebrating Bulldog pride under the theme “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”