Who: UmConscious ("the UM")
When: Tonight and Saturday
Where: Snake River Saloon, Keystone
Where'd the name come from? Consciously pursuing the important questions that life has to offer.
Home base: Denver
Who are you? Comprised of Johnny L, Boogie B, Sibs, and DJ Lush, we're a tight crew that delivers up-tempo, live instrument hip-hop with that funky jazzy vibe.
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A ski pass, because it gains you access to where you know you wanna be this weekend.
Why do people love ya? Because we make 'em sweat.
How do you keep it fresh? By constantly evolving our sound and adding visual elements to our shows (we'll be debuting some groovin', never-before heard tracks this weekend at the Snake, and Ashleigh Cope will be painting live with the band on Saturday night).
What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? Taking the red pill ...
Who: Robotic Pirate Monkey
Where: three20south, Breckenridge
Where'd (the band name) come from? It comes from our music making style. Robotic, because of the technical futuristic style of music we produce. Pirate because we incorporate lots of samples and snippets of others music to make something of our own. And monkey, because the music is all about monkeying around and having fun.
Home base: Boulder
Type of music: Electronic dance music, everything from glitch, dub, electro, breaks, hip-hop and dnb all twisted together in our unique RPM style.
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A turntable and a synthesizer, because that is how most of it is created.
Why do people love ya? We bring something new to the world of electronic music, and we're always having a good time doing it. The fun we have is contagious, and everyone can't help but get down.
How do you keep it fresh? Producing music 24/7; fresh music = fresh vibes.
Who: Gypsy Lumberjacks
When: 9:30 p.m. today (no cover)
Where: Alma's Only Bar
Where'd the name come from? The story involving the origin of the band's name is blurry at best. There once existed a small bar named Downtime located in Dinkytown, Minneapolis, MN. The band formed out of an open jam on Monday nights and developed into a core group of musicians that were consistently showing up. Of this group, those that were willing to begin touring and working up a consistent repertoire stayed on to form the band that you see and hear today. The specific source of the name is lost to the mystery of the after-bar.
Home base: Minneapolis, MN
Type of music: We play a mix of Americana, world beat, folk, jazz, flamenco and bluegrass. We are a group of well-traveled, mellow-minded musicians, who are open to different ideas of what makes a melody.
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Our music is a Great Kozmik Yak.
Why do people love ya? People love us because we will go drink for drink with them and swap stories until we are asked to vacate their house.
How do you keep it fresh? We keep it fresh by never playing with a set list. We bring new ideas to the table in a live setting and play off the crowd. We feel that set lists create a barrier between the musician and the vibe of the now. We intend to play in the now and respond to the vibe of the crowd, not fight it.
What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? This question is best left unexplained, though I can say it involved multiple Brazilians, a freshly severed index finger and a horse named Phillip.
Who: Jahman Brahman
Where: three20south, Breckenridge ($5)
Where'd the name come from? The name Jahman Brahman emerged from the band's goal to achieve ultimate musical cohesion, meaning each instrument acting as a facet of a singular, greater goal to convey music from the heart of one. The band strives to leave the listener with thoughts of love, life, and the wonders experienced while being part of an extraordinary musical family.
Home base: The band was founded in Columbus, Ohio in 2005, but currently resides in the mountains of Asheville, N.C.
Type of music: The band's unique style is called Shred 'N' Flow, which means it has dynamic sound with a wide breadth of influence but a focus on rich and fluid progressions of energy. Each member's musical intuition and influences are unique. Elements from a variety of musical genres, including classic rock, electronica, punk and jazz, are found in the band's music. As a result, the band forges new sounds as the combination of its diverse styles unfolds into powerful jams and creative compositions. Bassist Nate "Brother" Brown provides the low end and brings his own style of "funked-out" and "super-fresh" bass grooves, highlighting Justin Brown's conscious lyrics. Drummer Rowdy Keelor provides a steady concrete pulse for Casey Chanatry's exhilarating guitar-work.
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Balance board: There's safety in the center, but each edge has its extremes that involve risk. Do you stay in the center where it is safe, or go to the edge where there is risk? Either way, the goal is balance.
Why do people love ya? We feed the Good Wolf.
How do you keep it fresh? By accepting that the only thing constant is change and being able to do this on an individual and group level. By being willing to fail.
What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? Hosting a weekly musical circus every Monday night for 16 months on High Street on Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. Whether it was fireworks, baked goods, lesbians, or alleyway drum circles, something insanely unique happened every week.
Who: Holden Young
Where: Dillon Dam Brewery
Where'd the name come from? Holden Young in Colorado; it's just a thing we all do.
Home base: Boulder
Who are you? We are a group of high-octane, life-loving, light-spreading musical road warriors performing music from our past into a sound that is new and funky.
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Our music is a mandala, containing many geometric patterns and loops with a big picture coming through in the end. Our music and improvisation is very intentional toward feeding off the audience and creating a story throughout the night. We've been playing in Colorado for five years, and the growth has been amazing; we are the same group with a completely new approach to our sound.
Why do people love ya? Our beats are undeniably funky and easy to dance to.
How do you keep it fresh? Lots of different experiences, pushing boundaries, trusting in the universe to provide what is necessary for us to grow.
What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? "This one time, at bandcamp ..."