Warren Station Center for the Arts in Keystone kicks off its March concert series Saturday night with a performance by the progressive bluegrass act, Mountain Standard Time (MST).
While bluegrass forms the foundation of the group's sound, MST prefers the term "freegrass," band member Nick Dunbar (guitar, mandolin, vocals) told the Summit Daily this past fall. "Some tunes are focused toward an Americana/folk sound, where others lend themselves to progressive rock and fusion. It definitely changes from song to song," he said.
MST leads with acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo, but adds saxophone, electric bass, drums and electric effects for a big-band style all its own. In 2012, the group welcomed new members Ryan Ebarb (formerly of Yamn) on keyboards and Otis Lande on bass. MST recently released its new EP, "Sunny," from which four tracks are available for free download on the band's website (www.mst
band.com) for a limited time.
"All of our songs can be broken down and played on acoustic instruments in a traditional bluegrass fashion, but in the live setting we bring much more diversity to the tunes," Dunbar said. Even so, he admitted a fondness for sitting around, picking old tried-and-true bluegrass tunes. "Even after playing a three-hour show you might be able to find us picking early into the morning at some cheap Motel 6 or in a friend's basement," he said.
Saturday's show is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9.
A week later on March 9, Warren Station invites spring breakers to dance the night away '80s style to the Six Million Dollar Band, whose high-energy retro New Wave shows include five keyboards plus guitar and rhythm and bass. Revelers are invited to don their '80s best, with prizes to be awarded for the best outfit.
The series then takes a week off, returning March 23 with Naïve Melodies, also a treat for '80s fans, though specifically those who like the Talking Heads. The three-piece cover band weaves older and newer Talking Heads songs into its sets, from early art-rock to radio hits. The West Coast group formed in Arcata, Calif., in 2011. It uses a blend of three-part harmonies, heavy grooves and synthesizers to achieve a sound that closely approximates the real thing.
Closing out the series on March 30 is Elephant Revival, a genre-defying quintet from Nederland that incorporates elements of rock, gypsy, alt-Country, Celtic and folk into its sound using an impressive array of instruments. Members include Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle); Sage Cook (banjo, mandolin, guitar, tenor banjo, fiddle and bass); Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, stompbox, musical saw); Daniel Rodriguez (banjo, guitar, bass); and Dango Rose (double-bass, banjo, mandolin). All contribute their voices and songwriting to the equation.