A shameless dance party at Breckenridge’s three20south tonight
Ryan Summerlin February 15, 2013
Front Range band Juno What?! brings their “high-energy disco booty jams and electro-funk” to Breckenridge tonight at three20south. Formed in 2008, the band consists of Joey Porter on keyboards and talk box, Dave Watts on drums and samples, and Steve Watkins on keyboards, talk box and bass. Porter and Watts are also members of Motet. “We both have the same goal: we like to play funky music and get people dancing,” Porter said about his two projects. “Motet is more organic. And we have nine members, a lot of instruments, so it’s a bigger sound; Juno What?! is a trio, a little more electronic. With Juno we’re trying to be more dance. We’re trying to sound retro.” Juno What?! bases its sound on the early ’80s and late ’70s funk with a modern twist, enhanced by heart-pumping progressive beats. The band got its name from Porter’s favorite Roland keyboard model. Another major influence is Zapp & Roger, a late ’70s soul and funk group that made the talk box one of their trademarks. The instrument is also incorporated in Juno What?!’s music, imprinting a robot-like vintage sound that aims to turn dance floors into a sensorial sonic experience.”Three20South is always a party. I can only assume that Presidents Day Weekend will be off the hook. I hope they’re ready because we’re gonna bring the funk,” Porter said. Opening for Juno What?! is Colorado-based trio The Sessh. The band is formed by Royal Peeps songwriter and producer Cristian Basso on MIDI bass, Trevor Jones of Frogs Gone Fishin on guitar and lead vocals, and Jeff Jani of Ape Tit and The Big Motif on drums. Basso has performed with artists such as Bill Kreutzmann from the Grateful Dead and Grammy-winner and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame member Bo Diddley. The Sessh uses vintage instruments and electronica to produce a sound defined as “roots-electro funk-rock.” This musical fusion includes funk-rock and soul flavored beats from New Orleans and early ’70s funk, hip-hop and rock. According to the band, their performances are full of energy and “unpredictable experimentation.” Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10.