The Werks hit three20south tonight to play their latest CD release, a self-titled album that reflects both the band's origin and its current direction. An emerging national act, The Werks is lauded for an inventive style that fuses "shredding guitar with the screaming organ of jam and classic rock, the slap bass of funk and the more modern sounds of synthesizers and dance beats," promoters said, delivered in true jam band style with audience collaboration driving each show's direction. The group has worked and/or toured with acts including Perpetual Groove, Lotus, Railroad Earth and Sam Bush. This summer, it played Wakarusa, Summer Camp and the All Good Festival. It comes to Breckenridge fresh from The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival at Legend Valley, Ohio, which saw 3,5000 attendees and performances by Lotus, EOTO and Rusted Root among 40 other bands. "It's kind of surreal to help produce an event like that and be doing two roles at once (producer during day, drummer at night)," said drummer and vocalist Rob Chafin. "It feels really satisfying to see all the smiles all weekend long, and it makes all the hard work and sacrifices worth it." The Breckenridge stop is part of the band's Funemployment Tour, featuring selections from the 2012 release, "The Werks." Previous albums include "Synapse" (2009) and "Dig It" (2007). "We love Breckenridge so very much," Chafin said. "It's one of the first cities we ever played in Colorado and we have always been back. There are amazingly wonderful people in these mountains." Chafin calls The Werks' sound "jam rock funk electronic dance," and finds inspiration in "the amazing people/musicians that I meet on the road." Asked to comment on a funny tour experience, he said: "Uhh, this one time in Floyd, Virginia, people had sex right in front of my drums, right in the front row. It was hilariously awkward."Concertgoers can expect "a full blown dance party with great vibes," Chafin said. Info: www.three20south.com. Listen to the album: www.thewerks.bandcamp.com
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