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Bar bands in Summit County this weekend: Neil Diamond tribute, funk, Americana & soul

Who: Forever in Blue JeansWhen: TonightWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeWhere'd the name come from? We started out several years ago with a single winter concert at Cervantes Ballroom in Denver. The then-owner wanted to call the show "Diamonds are Forever." As we progressed and continued to perform, the name stuck with us, but we always felt like we had to tack on "the Neil Diamond tribute" so that the public would have an idea as to what we were all about. Not so long ago, however, it was decided that, in the interest of conciseness and clarity, a change of name was in order. "Forever in Blue Jeans," the title of a very popular Neil Diamond song, became our trademark. The new name still evokes a sense of the enduring quality and impact of Neil Diamond's music, while also signifying just how much we love to rock out in our blue jeans!Home base: DenverType of music: We do our best to recreate the passion and energy of Neil Diamond's music as it was originally created.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A diamond - self explanatory.Why do people love ya? People love Forever in Blue Jeans because they love Neil Diamond's music and what it means to them. We've been told that we do it justice, and the singer, Aaron Rose, has got the voice pretty much down cold. Or maybe some people just love to go out and dance to some great music. It's always a really fun time! "Ahhhh... Cracklin' Rosie get onboard!" How do you keep it fresh? Wardrobe changes! Thanks to his mother's sewing skills, Aaron Rose is always adding to his collection of flashy, sequined shirts. Don't be surprised if you see more than one in an evening.What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? Nothing really seems that crazy or weird when you're in a Neil Diamond tribute band.

Who: S.A.S.S. - Sweet Alma Soul SistersWhen: TonightWhere: Alma's Only BarWhere'd the name come from? We're all women from Alma, so we started with Alma Soul Sisters. The group's first version of their name was not one they were excited about and so 'Sweet' was added, and the Sweet Alma Soul Sisters (SASS) were formed. Home base: ALMA, of course! Type of music: To sum it up, we play an eclectic mix of alternative, pop-rock music with soul. We play a lot of music you will recognize mixed with SASS originals that you will love.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Your favorite CD - the one that you love so much you play it over and over again.Why do people love ya? We're an all girl's band; what else needs to be said. No, really: We play fun, enjoyable music that you want to jam out to!How do you keep it fresh? We play music that moves us and what we love to listen to. We are always adding new material to keep it stimulating to our listeners.

Who: Achachay!When: SaturdayWhere: MotherLoaded Tavern, BreckenridgeWhere'd the name come from? A mystical experience in South America.Home base: A van down by the Colorado River (in Texas).Type of music: Funky, rocking, booty-shaking music. Who are you? We are three passionate dudes who know how to bring the party to the mind, body and soul. If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A cowbell, because it brings everyone together and gets you shaking from your core.Why do people love ya? People love us because we play our instruments really well, our songs are fresh and catchy, and the energy in our shows is so high and fun that you can't help but feel the love. How do you keep it fresh? We play a kind of music that no one else does. It's deep and spiritual, yet simultaneously practical and fun. For example, we'll sing about the psychological underpinnings of the quintessential "player," a guy who's just out for one night stands, while playing a drinking game with the crowd.What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? Crazy is in the eye of the beholder. Getting college degrees and then choosing to live out of van and driving hours a day and sleeping on couches seems crazy to some. For us, it's the only reasonable thing to do with our lives.

Who: Roster McCabeWhen: SundayWhere: three20southWhere'd the name come from? The band name is a secret, but I can tell you it has something to do with an old, old wooden ship made in the Civil War era.Home base: We call Minneapolis home.Type of music you play: We call our music funky/reggae/dance/rock. Basically, we're five guys who have very eclectic tastes in music. Everyone brings in their own influences; we mix it all together, and you get the Roster McCabe sound. If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? I would say the band is a lot like molten lava. It's fiery and unpredictable, yet it always draws you in because you want to see what it will do next. However, when it's all said and done, it's as solid as a rock.Why do people love ya? People just have a fun time at our shows. We bring a lot of different things to the table musically, so boredom never really has the chance to creep in. Most importantly, we all have a good time on stage, and I'm sure that people can see that, so it all just works together to create a really fun atmosphere.How do you keep it fresh? We keep things fresh by never really saying "no" to anything. All styles of music are fair game. We also incorporate some "jam" elements to our live show, so even if someone were to see us multiple nights in a row, things would be different for them each night.What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? The weirdest experience was probably last winter when our brand new van and trailer managed to roll down a steep, icy driveway and almost ended up in a lake. It was quite a day full of panic, luck, cold fingers, lots of phone calls, and a sassy old lady with a big pick up truck.

Who: Tommy & The High PilotsWhen: MondayWhere: three20southWhere'd the name come from? A painting in an aviation art exhibit.Home base: Santa Barbara, CAType of music: A blend of Americana rock, folk and pop.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A motorcycle that has been around the block a few times. It's worn in and familiar but never loses its muscle.Why do people love ya? Because we love them.How do you keep it fresh? Keep moving forward. What's the craziest thing you've done/weirdest experience? Early on in our touring career we played across the way from a puppet show at a county fair. It was right out of "Spinal Tap!"

Who: Allen Stone (headliner)When: MondayWhere: three20southHome base: SeattleType of music: Soul, R&BIf your music were a tangible item what would it be and why: Campbell's Soup cuz it's mmm good all the time.Why do people love ya? Cuz I make 'em get up and dance.Craziest thing you've done? Sang with Daryl Hall

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