Who: Blue Monkey
Where: Alma's Only Bar
Where'd the name come from? Started as the Van Morrison song "Blue Money." Some changes took place with band members when our bass player, Jeb "The Dude," said, "Why not call it Blue Monkey, dude?"
Home base: Summit County
Type of music: Surf and rock music for hippies, ski bums, and snowboarders, but yo mama will like it too.
Who are you: Scotty "Colorado" Staten - band manager and babysitter, lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar; Jeb "The Dude" Milne - music director, bass; Thad Eldredge - professor of rhythm, drums; O'Saama Bin Rockin, aka "The Goon" - promoter and professional hand slapper, percussion; Captain Russ - trumpet
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A big party wave, because that's how it's always worked.
Why do people love ya? Because the girls love our music and always want to dance with the Blue Monkey and ask to see our Monkey.
How do you keep it fresh? Evolution: We are always evolving as species. Some day we'll become the Blue Man Group!
What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? Watching grown men dancing with bar stools. Moving our band gear with snowmobiles, snow-cats and gondola to the Mountain House at Keystone.
Where: three20south, Breckenridge
Home base: Fort Collins, CO
Type of music: Reggae
How do you keep it fresh? By making new progressive reggae that hasn't been made before.
What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? Toured the Rocky Mountains in winter driving conditions.
Who: Nappy Roots
Where: three20south, Breckenridge
Tickets: $14 in advance or $16 at door
Where'd the name come from? From life experienced during our college years. I (Ron Clutch ) was the campus barber at the time, and as fate would have it my clippers broke. As a result, Skinny, along with half the campus, had to go without haircuts and had to settle for simple lineups. Consequently this natural hairstyle found its way into lyric books. "Nappy" means unchanged and the unwillingness to conform to the norm. That coupled with "roots," which symbolizes foundation gives you Nappy Roots.
Home base? Atlanta, GA. But Louisville, KY, is also considered home base for Nappy Roots as well.
Type of music: Southern consciousness with influences from coast to coast.
If your music were a tangible item what would it be and why? It would be a home-cooked meal: nutritious and at the same time delicious. But unfortunately in this day and age, some listeners would rather have fast food instead of a home-cooked meal prepared with heart and soul.
Why do people love ya? I think people love us simply because what we say in our lyrics is what we live every day. We represent the common man, every man.
How do you keep it fresh? To keep it fresh, one must stay abreast to the world around you. You must know your history, or you are doomed to repeat. And you have to keep your ear to the street and understand the next generation.
What is the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? Back in 2000, we had released our second underground album "No comb, no brush." In my quest to get it played in this certain strip club, I snuck behind the bar to the DJ booth and put it in myself. I was tipsy, of course. The bouncer didn't find that amusing, but he ended up being cool with it.
Who: Cashed Fools
Where: three20south, Breckenridge
Where'd the name come from? A "cashed fool" is a term about "stoney" friends that bind together to release their inhibitions on the basis of not having to fit into any stereotype, category or class other than naturally happening happy individuals who may be slightly obscure, outside of the ordinary and incomprehensible to what most people would consider "normal."
Home base: Boulder, CO
Type of music: Bluesadelic Funkacide!
Who are you? We are a band of entwined brothers who came together because of a common interest in the bass hump in your face, the stomach pounding of drums, and the face-melting guitars that we grew up loving.
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A four-legged duck that only says one word: YUP. The "YUP Duck" brings us inspiration and is, in itself, unmatched to its competition as well as being unpredictable, flawless and amazing. It also knows karate!
Why do people love ya? The people love us because we emit cosmic waves of funkified blues rock that our musical ancestors passed on to us and that those who love a solid power trio crave on a daily basis. This energy brings a sensation to each and every performance we are involved in and to all of the crowds that follow us.
How do you keep it fresh? We keep it fresh by basing our existence on the organic cloud of newfound power that happens every time a Cashed Fools jam is born. Our influences in metal, blues, rock, funk and jazz music combine to help us re-create and re-invent ourselves in our old and new compositions on our beloved instruments.
What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? Painted ourselves from head to toe (including all of our body parts, even the special ones) in bright green paint and rocked out on a halfpipe vert ramp at a Halloween party-extravaganza in an underground skate park while boarders and bikers hit the raddest tricks throughout our performance.
Who: Tubby Love
When and where: Monday at three20south in Breck and Friday, Jan. 13 at Jonny G's in Frisco
Where'd the name come from? The size of the love.
Home base: Boston, MA
Type of music: We are pioneers of the paJAM! We play a soulful mix of funk and reggae.
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A smoothie with the headiest ingredients imaginable gathered from the furthest reaches of the universe.
Why do people love ya? Because we keep it fresh.
How? Hydro-colon therapy and keeping it in the fridge.
What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? Couchsurfing back to Boston from our last Colorado tour. Late night's Walmart beer run to Iowa, staying with hookers in Chicago and a rooftop session in Pittsburgh.
Who: Ha Ha Tonka
Where: three20south in Breckenridge, with Tea Leaf Green
Where'd the name come from? We are named after Ha Ha Tonka State Park in our home state, Missouri.
Home base: We formed in West Plains, MO.
Type of music: We've been told that we "... sit at the crossroads of Americana and indie, where Alabama meets Arcade Fire - shakes their hand and takes them out for a drink." We kind of agree.
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Apple pie because we are simple, American and remind you of home.
Why do people love ya? Well, if they love us then we love them back. We truly feed off our fans.
How do you keep it fresh? Every day is something different when you are in a touring van. We all love each other, and we can't wait to see what the next day will bring.
What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? We were on an episode of "Anthony Bourdain No Reservations," which was pretty crazy. We are all big fans and love his show. We also played in front of thousands of people at ACL fest this past September. There hadn't been rain in Austin for months, and during one of our a cappella songs it just started pouring rain for the first time. The crowd went nuts. It was almost spiritual.
By Lindsey Grossman
Special to the daily
After touring for more than a decade, you'd think this five-piece rock band from San Francisco would be set in their ways. Before last year, they could have easily been pigeonholed as just a jam band. But with the release of their latest album, "Radio Tragedy!" (June 2011), Tea Leaf Green has experienced an awakening in their music that has both critics and fans sitting up and taking notice.
Keyboardist and singer Trevor Garrod shares how they've evolved from kids who grew up together needing fake IDs to play gigs, to the band they are today. "With the addition of Reed Mathis in 2008, and Cochrane McMillan in 2010, we've broken our mold. We've melted ourselves down," he says. "I think we're freer than we've ever been before."
While "Radio Tragedy!" is far from their first album, it's what the band considers the "debut record of the 'new' Tea Leaf." Garrod elaborates, "The band is open now. We're an ensemble. There is no front anymore. Everybody is writing. We're socialists."
Shedding the jam band stereotype, their new sound is equally danceable only elevated with perhaps a broader appeal, blending elements of modern rock, pop and even hints of reggae. While it may seem like an odd time to "rebrand" a band, these guys are still young. Hopefully this born-again debut album is a sign of more good things to come from the new Tea Leaf Green.
New sound, same stellar live shows: Catch Tea Leaf as they come to Breck Wednesday to kick off the second leg of their "Radio Tragedy!" tour.
The show is $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets for three20south are available at Space Cowboy, Affordable Music and RMEntertainment.com.