"Meniskus - isn't that some kind of knee injury?" the Denver-based band, Meniskus, hears often when playing Summit County, drummer Cris Ryt said.
"I think it's because everyone up here knows someone who's had a knee surgery, and they forget about what they learned in high school chemistry about the surface of liquids in a vessel," Ryt said. In fact, the name takes its inspiration from some overfilled margarita glasses.
Regardless of the etymology, the trio has amassed a solid following across Colorado, including the High Country. Though they've played at Red Rocks, the Pepsi Center and even shows in Europe, the three band members agree that The Snake River Saloon, 23074 Hwy. 6 in Keystone, remains one of their favorite venues.
"There's always an awesome crowd at The Snake," said the Venezuelan-born guitarist, Bardusco. "People up here love to dance, and we feed off that energy. It's a great night every time we come up here."
Lead singer and violinist Eric Ostberg described the group's music as having a lot of global influences, from Latin to Arabic, "but at its heart, it's rock. Let's call it global dance rock."
Meniskus will play at 9:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Snake. Admission is $5. Info: www.meniskusband.com and www.snakeriversaloon.com.