Bar bands in Summit County this weekend
Ryan Summerlin March 8, 2012
Who: Kyle Hollingsworth BandWhen: TonightWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeHome base: BoulderType of music: Incredibly exciting, always changing, sonic landscapes. I play keys in The String Cheese Incident.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A wall socket, because it has the ability to electrify and shock you.How do you keep it fresh? Never play the same set twice.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? I went sledding down my driveway and almost slid under a moving car.
Who: Mechanical DanWhen: TonightWhere: A.O.B.Where’d the name come from? Our vocalist, Dan, is partially human cyborg.Home base: DenverType of music: We are a face-melting, neo-retro, riff oriented blues/rock band.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A banana seat: It’s fun, it’s retro and it feels good.Why do people love ya? Our music has a sense of familiarity because of its old-school sound.How do you keep it fresh? Constantly writing.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? As a band, we played a live public television show. It had this very strange “Wayne’s World” vibe. I believe the staff was the actual cast with 20 years on them. Individually, there is too much weirdness to list.
Who: Mad dog and the Smokin JsWhen: SaturdayWhere: MotherLoded, BreckenridgeWhere’d the name come from? Mad Dog got his name from Paul Galaxy when he toured with him, and the Js began with Joe and Jay and then Johnny and Jeffro. You get it.Home base: DenverType of music: Rocky Mountain rockabilly, mixin’ country, rock and bluegrass and kickin’ it up.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? An old worn leather jacket you’ll never get rid of.Why do people love ya? Everyone wants to have fun, and our music’s familiar style makes it easy for anyone to enjoy.How do you keep it fresh? Always writing new songs. We write them on the road and try them out on stage. That’s fun.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Sturgis – 16 shows in 14 days; need I say more.
Who: Clovis Mann When: ThursdayWhere: Snake River Saloon, KeystoneWhere’d the name come from? Watching too much PBS. We were watching a show about the evolution of North America and listening to a lot of Herbie Mann’s “Memphis Underground” and “Push Push” albums.Home base: Madison, WIType of music: We call our music “Southern rock with a Northern accent.” Heavily influenced by the blues, we play a style of rock that has hints of country, bluegrass and roots music for a Southern melting pot sound.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Either a whooping stick or a unicorn saddle. Possibly an analog laser gun with the power to shatter rainbows. Why do people love ya? We give it all we have every time we play, and people can see that. Also, we’re not afraid to lighten it up with a few bad jokes and a few toasts. Plus, people dig our Wisconsin accents and mustaches.How do you keep it fresh? We rely heavily on improvisation, which always keeps us on our toes. There is plenty of structure to the songwriting, but being able to break free of that is what makes each night special.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? On tour last March we had a full-speed tire blowout on the van in the middle of Wyoming. We had to unload half the van on the side of the road while we changed the tire, only to have the jack come loose and the wheel-well almost broke Jamie’s hand. He still played that night, of course.