Who: Inch of Dark
Where'd the name come from? It comes from that small part of darkness that lurks in everyone's soul.
Home base: Vail
Type of music: Hard Rock
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A Harley V twin motor. That's how we roll.
Why do people love ya? We've got an appeal to a variety of crowds, it's simple enough to just bang your head and party and complex enough to capture the diehard music fan.
What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? We rode our motorcycles to Vegas through rain, sleet and snow just to represent Inch of Dark at the Hardrock, we did end up rockin' out a couple tunes at the Affliction store in the Hardrock.
Who: Tony Trahan and the BlueKrewe
Where: Alma's Only Bar
Where'd the name come from? Louisiana
Home base: Front Range
Type of music: Louisiana roots rock and blues
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A bowl of gumbo.
Why do people love ya? We're fun
How do you keep it fresh? Improvise
What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? Play in a parade
Who: ReaLifeActual, with support from Bill Smith
Where: three20south, Breckenridge
Where'd the name come from? Fort Collins
Home base: Fort Collins
Type of music: All instrumental progressive electro rock dance party.
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Bowl of Jell-O because it tastes great, there are so many different textures and flavors - and it jiggles.
Why do people love ya? Because the energy created at live performances is contagious, and we keep bootys movin' on the dance floor.
How do you keep it fresh? With ever-evolving improv jams and build ups that keep you moving all night
What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? One time RLA played in Breck on Cinco de Mayo and about half of the crowd that attended was arrested. Let's try and avoid that this time, all right friends?
Where: three20south, Breckenridge
Where'd the name come from? It's from monophonic orchestra, which was named after the mini moog synthesizer which is monophonic (plays one note at a time)
Home base: San Francisco, Calif.
Type of music: We play psychedelic soul and heavy funk - some call it black rock
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? "Our music is like some chittlins you just picked up at the meat market. Fresh but funky!"
Why do people love ya? People dig us 'cause we embrace our music with a passion and emphasize three things. The material we choose to play whether it's originals or covers; the tones we use are warm and represent the sound of 1970, and when we play live we give 110 percent. When it's good and all cylinders are clicking, our energy on stage cant be matched.
How do you keep it fresh? We have a lot of covers and originals to choose from and try and keep the arrangements different and are always trying to write songs or grooves that we haven't embraced yet.
What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? We played in Tubac Ariz., for a self sustaining commune/cult; it was a weird vibe to say the least.
When: 2-5 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Maggie, Breckenridge, for opening party
Home base: Breckenridge
Type of music: High energy hip-hop, jazz and neo-soul
Outdoor gigs and tie-ins: The band has been traveling with Risan Project tours which include Salem concerts, ski and snowboard film premiers and presentations from environmental organizations such as Protect Our Winters, the Nantucket Land Council and The Climate Project. The Risan Project is touring with the sponsorship of SunCore Solar, the world's first light powered cell phone technology and has begun performing select events on solar powered stages.
Other events: Salem has played at the biggest ski and snowboard events in North America like EXPN's Winter X 12 Games, the 48 Straight King of the Mountain in Sun Valley, the U.S. Freeskiing Open, The U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, the U.S. Snowboarding VISA Cup, the Canadian Freeskiing Championships, the Breckenridge Spring Massive, the Keystone River RunRocks and the Northface Masters of Snowboarding.