Bonfire Entertainment’s current projects include working on The SnowBall and SnowGlobe Music Festivals. SnowBall will return for the second year to Avon, CO with over 75 artists over 3 days and an estimated total attendance of over 30,000 fans. SnowGlobe takes flight for the first year in South Lake Tahoe over New Years Eve, the event hosts over 40 big name artists and will attract between 10-15 thousand per day.
Connecting music, fans and community!
Bonfire Entertainment was created in 2010 by Scott Stoughton to act as a hub for various musical and event endeavors. Over the past 15 years Stoughton and his previous company, 30th Street Productions, have been producing events primarily in Vail Colorado and surrounding communities. Stoughton got his start buying talent in 1996 at the legendary Vail music venue Garton’s, the one with the bouncing floor. Garton’s brought in world class talent and saw such rising stars as Widespread Panic, The Dave Mathews Band and Spearhead to name a few. Stoughton handled production management, marketing, talent buying and event coordination until Garton’s was sold.
In 1999 Stoughton began what would be a 10-year relationship with the legendary State Bridge Lodge in Bond, Colorado on the banks of the Colorado River. At the time State Bridge was a local Sunday afternoon hang spot with live music and a cast of characters, from river runners to old time cowboys. Those years started with his band Sucker playing while on tour in Colorado and progressed through talent buying, production management, general manager to director of operations. State Bridge hosted the likes of Leftover Salmon, The Dixie Chicks, Bassnectar, The String Cheese Incident and many world famous acts.
In 2004 Stoughton left State Bridge to open a new nightlife spot in Vail he named Samana Lounge. Samana has been heralded around the world as a unique and intimate dance lounge where the sound and music are the focus. Stoughton brought in acts pushing the limits on the rapidly rising electronic music scene as well as staples on the national jam scene. Still talked about performances include appearances by Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Savoy, Dr. John, Coolio, George Porter, Karl Denson, Beats Antique and Mark Farina plus many more.
Stoughton first entered the non-profit scene following Hurricane Katrina when he along with members of the community brought over 40 New Orleans musicians for 3 nights of performance and fund raising at the Ford Amphitheatre in Vail. The years that followed brought him to work with the Central America Foundation in Honduras and Nicaragua and recently with All Hands Disaster Response in Leogane’, Haiti. In 2009 Stoughton and his band Bonfire Dub put on the first annual Campout for the Cause with the mission to bring artists and the community together to support local and international non-profits.
Bonfire Entertainment continues to promote and produce unique and memorable events around the Vail Valley, from the redevelopment of State Bridge to the first of its kind winter festivals!