Infamous Stringdusters play final concert of Breckenridge Spring Fever
If you go
What: Infamous Stringdusters play Breck Spring Fever
When: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19
Where: On the snow facing One Ski Hill Place at the base of Peak 8, Breckenridge
More information: Visit www.breckspringfever.com
Barring a continued snow intervention from Mother Nature, skiers and riders will take their last turns of the season at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Sunday, April 19,, and Rocky Mountain favorites the Infamous Stringdusters will be there to help say goodbye.
We caught up with Stringdusters guitarist Andy Falco to talk a bit about the band’s last trek to Breck, what’s ahead for the band and what’s happening in the interim.
SUMMIT DAILY: You performed in Breckenridge in August of last year. What keeps you coming back to Breck?
ANDY FALCO: We just love being out in the mountains. We love the people that are there, and we love getting out to play in the mountains, as well. It seems like a perfect fit, and it makes perfect sense for us to stop there whenever we can. We always look forward to getting out to Breck and getting into the mountains a little bit.
SD: Last time you were here, you were about to head to Denver to sing the national anthem at a Rockies game. How did that go?
AF: That was incredible. That was the fist time we’ve ever done anything like that, and it was just a really amazing experience. We’ve all seen the national anthem being sung at events and stuff, but really, the thing that I took out of it the most was, when you’re there and you’re sort of leading the crowd in the national anthem and everybody’s there, there’s an energy that happens when there’s that many people.
It sounds really corny, but you get this really patriotic feeling. It was an emotional experience to be in the middle of that. All those people singing the national anthem and everyone focused on what the song is and what it means. That was something I wasn’t expecting when we were there. … It was cool to get to see the inside of the stadium and the team, but that’s what I took out.
SD: What else have you been up to since we last talked to you?
AF: We’re getting ready to make our next record, writing a lot and getting ready to prepare our new material, get into the studio and hopefully put out something early next year. We’re hitting the road and getting out to see friends and fans and playing shows. It’s been a fun beginning of the year.
SD: What can you tell us about the new album? Does it have a particular theme?
AF: It does have a theme that I can’t tell you yet. The next album is going to be something very different for us. It’s a project idea, and we’re going to let people know about it soon. … It’ll be a lit bit of a different type of Stringdusters album. It’s hard to really talk more about it other than we’ve been excited to get with the producer we’re working with and starting rehearsals, and we should be tracking it sometime in the next few months. We’ll let everybody know really soon what it is; it’s going to be exciting.
SD: What’s your favorite song to play live? Why?
AF: I have several that I enjoy that could fit that category. Something that’s really different is, I really enjoy doing “Let It Go.” It’s almost a cappella. It’s really very minimal guitar and fiddle accompaniment, all five us sing together in harmony. The message is really strong and I think people really connect with it.
SD: This show kind of falls in a gap between your March and April tour dates, and then summer festival season begins. What do you love/hate about festivals?
AF: What I love about the festival circuit is getting out and getting to be around other musicians and other bands. You don’t often get to do that on a Stringdusters tour when we’re playing all our own shows, but when you’re doing these festivals, we get to mingle, hang out, see our friends and make new ones, as well as you get to be exposed to a new audience and play for a lot of people who haven’t seen you before.
There’s not much to not like about a festival; the festival scene is great. Occasionally, if you’re getting wicked weather or something like that, but even then, it’s hard for some inclement weather to completely ruin a good time at a festival. I might say that oftentimes when we play festivals, we end up having to kind of come in and just hang and then we have to sort of scoot usually. The hardest part of the festival season is having to leave the festival and not getting to take it all in sometimes.
SD: You have the coveted final spot on closing day of the mountain. What are you looking forward to about the show? Are you sad to see the end of ski season?
AF: I’m looking forward to all of it, getting with everybody and celebrating. And it’s always a bummer when it’s closing day, but you know, hey, let’s just get together and reminisce about the year and have a good party. I always look forward to that.
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