Steamboat's bluegrass/rock sensation, Missed the Boat, returns to Summit County to play Pug Ryan's in Dillon tonight. The band opened for David Grisman in June at the Summit of Bluegrass and Brews. "We think they're one of the best bluegrass bands out there," said Pug Ryan's owner Travis Holton, who booked the act after making the band's acquaintance this summer.While admitting to the challenge of categorizing their sound, drummer and vocalist Pat Waters describes Missed the Boat's music as "sort of a rock band with bluegrass instruments" and "a mix of bluegrass and rock and folk with instrumentation." Instruments include guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, dobro, banjo and harmonica.The band formed a few years ago after several of the current members, Waters included, met at an open mic night at Mahogany Ridge in Steamboat. The band played parties first, followed by club gigs, releasing its debut album, Rollin, in 2009, followed by a self-titled album. Both were nominated for several Grammy awards apiece - a significant accomplishment after just a few years together - although they have yet to make the cut for the Grammy program itself. Since 2009, Missed the Boat has toured throughout Colorado and the West, sharing the stage with bands like Hot Tuna, Keller Williams, Elephant Revival and The Drew Emmitt Band. Their music has matured over the years, shifting from shorter pieces with a relatively straightforward bluegrass sound, plus drums, to today's longer pieces, which feature different styles within the same song, Waters said. While group members have "a big love for bluegrass," their tastes also range from rock to reggae and funk - styles they've been able to incorporate more and more as their sound evolves. "Most of the songs are written by our guitarist (Ryan Cox) and mandolin player (Andrew Henry) separately; then they'll bring their ideas to the table and we'll workshop it together and brainstorm where it can go," he said. "Our goal is always to get people having a good time and dancing - and we almost always succeed with that," Waters said on what showgoers can expect this evening. "We always have a good time on stage and that usually rubs off on the crowd." Band info & music: www.missedtheboatband.com
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