John Popper of Blues Traveler demonstrates his harmonica skills while performing with Brothers Keeper (photo by Joe Stone).

John Popper of Blues Traveler demonstrates his harmonica skills while performing with Brothers Keeper at The Lariat (photo by Joe Stone).

Harmonica virtuoso John Popper of Blues Traveler joined Vail band Brothers Keeper and Santa Fe musician Jono Manson for a New Year’s Eve performance at The Lariat in Buena Vista. Brothers Keeper is Scott Rednor on guitar, Michael Jude on bass and John Michel on drums. All three musicians boast world-class talent and now live in the Vail and Roaring Fork valleys in Colorado.

For the past 15 years, Jude and Michel have played with the John Oates Band (as in Hall and Oates). Rednor has been involved in recording and touring projects on a national level for more than 20 years and now owns Shakedown Bar in Vail, where he brings in top-level musical talent.

John Popper jams on harmonica during the Brothers Keeper New Year’s Eve concert at The Lariat (photo by Joe Stone).

John Popper jams on harmonica during the Brothers Keeper New Year’s Eve concert at The Lariat (photo by Joe Stone).

The trio have also developed the Brothers Keeper Featuring Series, of which the New Year’s Eve show at The Lariat is the latest installment, featuring Popper and Manson. Rednor met Popper at the Horde festivals in the mid ’90s, and they have toured together quite a bit.

Jono Manson (left) accompanies Scott Rednor on vocals and guitar during the Brothers Keeper New Year’s Eve concert at The Lariat (photo by Joe Stone).

Jono Manson (left) accompanies Scott Rednor on vocals and guitar during the Brothers Keeper New Year’s Eve concert at The Lariat (photo by Joe Stone).

Manson is from New York City and helped pioneer the Nightingales/Wetlands uprising that spawned Phish, Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors and many more successful bands. Rednor had also opened for High Plains Drifter, a group fronted by Manson.

John Popper exhibits his well-known vocal skills New Year's Eve at The Lariat.

John Popper exhibits his well-known vocal skills New Year’s Eve at The Lariat.

After that first show in which Popper and Manson joined Brothers Keeper, Popper brought into play the idea of doing a project together, which led the band to write and record the album Todd Meadows. This debut effort is an Americana/rock ’n’ roll album featuring five lead singers and bringing together their wealth of experience and range of musical styles.

Check out our photos for a taste of a landmark musical evening in Buena Vista, and look for video footage coming soon.

Brothers Keeper Featuring John Popper (second from right) and Jono Manson (far left) rock The Lariat to welcome the New Year (photo by Joe Stone).

Brothers Keeper Featuring John Popper (second from right) and Jono Manson (far left) rock The Lariat to welcome the New Year (photo by Joe Stone).