Rock, mojo and electronic shake up Summit County Colorado
Ryan Summerlin January 19, 2012
Who: The Congress When: Tonight and SaturdayWhere: Snake River Saloon, KeystoneWhere’d the name come from? Needed a name and every member was living in a different part of the country. We met about as much as Congress at the time.Home base: Denver. We’re from Richmond, VA Type of music: Rock ‘n’ roll, rock ‘n’ soul Why do people love ya? Hopefully because the music makes them feel good.How do you keep it fresh? Don’t play the same way twice. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Incriminating … ask us in person … Good sh*t …More info: Although young in age, Denver quartet The Congress has established itself as a musical tour-de-force across the nation since the group began touring in May 2010. In 2011, The Congress will be taking their dynamic live performance to festivals including Wakarusa, High Sierra, Tall Tree Lake, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Groovefest and Targhee Fest. Deeply-rooted yet modern, their sound boasts a foundation in rock ‘n’ roll and Southern rhythm and blues, their lyrics steeped in the traditions of Virginia and the American songbook. The musicianship is rock solid, complemented by a profound songwriting partnership between lead guitarist Scott Lane and vocalist Jonathan Meadows, whose powerful tenor voice has been compared to the likes of Joe Cocker, Chris Robinson and Lowell George.The Congress’ debut self-titled EP has harnessed critical acclaim since its release in March 2010, and has seen airplay on FM radio across the country, as well as on a fundraising campaign on CNN for Haitian relief. The band plans to release their first full length album in the beginning of 2012, with their new material largely focusing on their live sound – a unique brand of powerful rock ‘n’ roll that has been turning heads with each performance.
Who: Bob MollyWhen: TonightWhere: Alma’s Only BarWhere’d the name come from? We had a pet Molly fish named Bob that passed away. AKA: Bob MollyHome base: Rollisville, COType of music you play/who are you? Fusion, rock, electronica. Bob Molly started out as hip-hop group Indigenous People, where we toured out West with the likes of Bizzy Bone and other notorious hip-hop artists. Bob Molly is a throwback to our roots of fusion and jamband music that we are most inspired by. Since starting, we have been blowing minds all over Colorado. We hope you will come join us on this crazy journey!If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Fireworks, because what we strive for is a huge explosion of lights and music that make you forget about your daily worries.Why do people love ya? Because our music is new, and we get people moving and keep it going all night.How do you keep it fresh? Our newest material is always our hottest, so that makes it easy. Also we are constantly introducing new covers that helps even the most unfamiliar of crowds find our music accessible.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? We played some shows down in Texas, and the second we got to our hotel we were circled by the local police seven or eight times because of our “crazy” looking Colorado tour van. The cops left us alone for the time being, but when we got to our first show we realized that the production wasn’t set up at all (it was supposed to be), so we had to spend hours setting up our own sound and even had an electrician wire the place for lighting. As we were waiting to perform backstage, the police found it necessary to kick the door in on us to see what we were up to. After sorting through a pouch of tobacco, they decided we were no harm. The performance went great to a large crowd, but then on our return, our van overheated in the middle of an extremely hot desert area in Texas. Fortunately we had someone with our crew who was able to fix the van enough to get us home. The van has never run again.
Who: Drew “One Sock” Reges When: 2-5 p.m. SaturdayWhere: The T-Bar, Peak 8 in Breckenridge Where’d the name come from? I’m unable to wear two socks; wanna fight about it? Home base: I consider my bathroom my sanctuary and my office. I’m in there testing the limits of my body and mind. I’m straining to push out new ways of performing reworked old classics and pinching off some new sounds along the way. Word to the wise: If you want to be No. one, make sure No. two is always behind you. Type of music: My music is touted as mere mimicry by some, but it cures blindness and paralysis for others. Who are you? I am a flightless angel sent to breathe new life into an otherwise catatonic classic music loving bar crowd, squeezing sweet harmony from my ax and littering the minds of the world with the sound of history’s lyrics pressed deeply into my audible alchemy.Why do people love ya? Two words: Drew Reges rocks! How do you keep it fresh? I keep it in a mason jar under my coffee table. All kidding aside, I try to offer my audience a peek into the belly of the finely tuned machine that powers my musical mojo. I want my performances to leave you craving Skittles. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? I can say my 19 weeks and 41 days working full time as a ventriloquist and recreationally as a gynecologist offered embarrassing mix-ups plus wild ups and downs only a speed-ball-laced Chris Farley could identify with. I’d like to leave you with this final thought on the latter: Leave it to the pros, bros.
By Lindsey Grossmanspecial to the dailyWhat: West Coast Bass Music Summit – Gladkill & Sugarpill + special guest Frequent CWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeWhen: 10 p.m. SaturdayCost: $6 advance/$8 day of show. Tickets available at Space Cowboy, Affordable Music and RMEntertainment.com.More information: (970) 547-5320The West Coast producer started off playing bass in bands before seeing the sonic light. “When I first learned about electronic music, everybody was trying to teach me how to make organic sounding instruments be digital, and it just never worked out right,” Sugarpill said. “But the things that were cool that were coming out of the sampler and the digital instruments were the mistakes. And I thought if you could get the mistakes to be something musical in their own sort of way and let the computer’s flaws be the things that actually draw out of it to make music, that would be a better way to go than trying to put these imperfect ways of capturing things that are already pretty good. So that’s what kind of got me there in the first place.”Since his first foray into electronic music, Sugarpill has become known as one of the best producers on the glitch bass scene. Self-described as “polytemponic melodo-crunky glitch bass,” his sound translates into a lot of styles coming together, from electronic and sampled organic instruments to dance music with an emphasis on bass melodies.Sugarpill credits close friends and fans as a big part of the creative process. “Before I go play some place, I think about who I’m going to play for and try to write at least one or two new songs to be able to bring to them, and that kind of depends on what city I’m going to – whether I’ve been there before, if I know what to expect or not, and that really drives a lot the productivity that turns out to be the tracks that end up on my releases.”Look for new free tracks on his website (sugarpillmusic.com) this week and an official release in February. Sugarpill teams up with the talented Gladkill for his Colorado tour dates. And like his other shows, he’s planning to write a couple of new songs.”Yeah, there will definitely be some brand new stuff for those kids,” he said. “Should be fun.”
When: 9 p.m. ThursdayWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeTickets: $11 advance, $13 day of showIf you come, they will build it. The West African-inspired band has remained passionate about the place, culture and music that brought them together. And for the past year and a half, they’ve been raising money to help build a music school for kids in Bamako. A surcharge from every ticket sold goes toward the music school. “We’re really excited to break ground on the school as soon as we can,” said percussionist Luke Quaranto. Having bonded through their shared love for West African music, Quaranto said the way they feel about it is hard to put it into words, but he does a pretty good job of it. “All of us were grabbed by it and really felt passionate about the music and really just started to play because it inspired us. It’s a pretty amazing music culture that really has such a strong traditional background. It has a very long history and depth of traditional music, but at the same time it’s not static in any way. There’s so much contemporary music happening and artists that continue to create and grow from that tradition, but also express themselves in new ways.”Toubab Krewe also continues to express themselves in new ways, having evolved their sound since the band’s inception in 2005 to include styles of music they grew up with, from rock to Western North Carolina mountain music. They’ll continue to develop their sound with a new album this year that they’re recording in collaboration with guest artists in Mali.