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Who: The Jason Spooner Trio

When: Saturday

Where: Breckenridge Beer Fest (day) and three20south (night)

Home Base: Portland, Maine

Where does the name come from? Jason Spooner is the default booking mule and travel agent...and we use his car for all band-related nonsense.

What type of music do you play? Roots rock/Americana as a Triple-A radio station songwriter

If your band were a dog, what breed would it be and why?

Hungarian Vizsla's...They are fairly rare hunting dogs known for efficiency, stealthiness and loyalty. This band is efficient and stealthy as a trio and we've kept at it for good solid while. You need to travel light and we certainly do that. The trio formation gives us a lot of mobility and has enabled us to work in a number of scenarios... clubs, festivals, theaters and a huge range of opening slots. Anywhere from Michael Franti to Ray Lamontagne, to Peter Rowan to B.B. King. We're also pretty keen on tracking down and pursuing opportunities. That's where the hunting angle comes in.

If you had to compare yourself to another band, who would it be? G. Love meets Paul Simon on J.J. Cale's front porch.

What sets your band apart? I think we offer enough to appeal to fans of roots, jam, folk and rock... maybe the versatility or chameleon quality of what we do is the strength. We have so many influences individually and collectively. Sometimes that can be a detriment to bands... to us, I think it's a strong point. We're able to lean in a number of directions depending on the show and venue. We can certainly play the dance-y/upbeat shows but we're also very song and lyrically focused so we're equally comfortable in listening rooms. All of my favorite bands have some kind of inherent versatility.

What's been your craziest experience on the road? Our last flight from Denver to Missoula was pretty nutty...it was smack in the middle of that huge Jan. 2012 snow storm that was hammering the northwest for a week and we flew right into it. The co-pilot literally announced to the passengers before we boarded, "we are hopefully going to land in Missoula as planned but we may have to land elsewhere." We made it but it was a nail-biter.

Is your music geared toward mosh pits or foot tapping?

Dancing and foot-tapping.

Who: This Must be the Band

When: Saturday

Where: three20south, Breck

Home base: Chicago

Where does that name come from? The Talking Heads song "This Must be the Place." We like that song.

What type of music do you play? Only Talking Heads songs.

If your band were a dog, what breed would it be and why? Boxer: because boxers are the greatest, but aren't too good in fights with other dogs.

What sets your band apart? We are probably the only band willing to both a) only play Talking Heads and b) drive through the mountains to play that music.

What's been your craziest experience on the road? Our trailer flipped off the first time we tried to get out this far west.

Is your music geared toward mosh pits or foot tapping? Jumping up and down.

Who: The Reverend Hooch

When: Tonight

Where: Alma's Only Bar

Home base: The Mile High City

Where does the name come from?

Our music is very bluesy, and we wanted a name that reflected the carnality and spirituality of the blues. While stoned at rehearsal one day, we came up with 'Reverend Hooch', and it stuck.

What Type of music do you play?

Retro electro blues rock and soul.

If you had to compare yourself to another band, who would it be?

We have our own sound but our influences include The Allman Brothers, Clapton, Hendrix, ZZ Top, Joe Cocker, Gov't Mule, North Mississippi All-Stars, The Black Keys, and many others. But every time we play or record, it winds up sounding like us.

What sets your band apart?

We are old school. Our favorite music came from the late 60's/early 70's, and we try to capture that vibe but with a modern twist.

What's been your craziest experience on the road? We recently played a show in Arizona. Steve and Roc (guitar and bass) wound up missing the flight out of Denver because of a mix up at the check-in counter. David (drums) made the flight, but the bag that he checked, containing his drum hardware, never made it. Roc and Steve were able to catch the next flight out of Denver to a tiny airport in New Mexico where, as it turned out, the bag containing David's drum gear was stranded. They retrieved the bag and found the last one-way car rental in N.M., and after driving five hours across Ariz., they made it to the gig before soundcheck, with David's drum hardware in hand. All we needed was a few hits of acid and a bottle of ether, and the whole ordeal would have been worthy of Hunter Thompson.

Is your music geared toward mosh pits or foot tapping?

Our music occurs somewhere in between those two extremes where white people start to get their groove on.

Who: Boom Box

When: Tonight

Where: three20south, Breck

Home base: Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Where does your name come from?

We had a band called the Cantaloupe Antelope and we were having trouble getting gigs. Most places didn't have enough letters to write our name on the marquee. I bought this Ouija board from a flea market and we sat down one night to figure out how to make some money. We asked the "board" what we need to make money. Letter by creepy letter it spelled out BoomBox. We immediately thought, "This Ouija guidance is nonsense," and traded the Ouija board for some weed. After smoking said weed, we got a call about a gig from a friend who was throwing this multi-act kind of thing at a local club. He asked us the name of our band and we responded with the normal Cantaloupe Antelope thing. "We don't have that many letters for our sign out front," he said. To which we responded, "do you have enough to spell BoomBox?"

What type of music do you play? Both kinds

If your band were a dog, what breed would it be, and why?

A pit bull...loyal, observant and hopefully a useful and respected member of society. However, anyone who decides to f*ck with us and our family will likely have their face torn off...

If you had to compare yourself to another band, who would it be?

Why compare yourself with others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you...

What sets your band apart? We feel that we are the best qualified candidates for the job.


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