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A-Basin brings a rockin’ spring

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Arapahoe Basin draws large crowds for its free outdoor concerts every Saturday in May. Today Nocturnal Tomatoes bring their classic American rock to the Basin at 1 p.m.

ARAPAHOE BASIN – The Basin offers everything today: Great terrain, barbecues, sunshine (hopefully) – and Nocturnal Tomatoes.No, it’s not some exotic vegetable. It’s rock ‘n’ roll.The Nocturnal Tomatoes, a four-piece, Colorado Springs-based band, delivers classic American rock, from musicians ranging from The Who and Jimi Hendrix to the Grateful Dead and the Beatles.

“We play anything that’s real rock ‘n’ roll,” said lead guitarist and vocalist Jonny Nelson. “As far as doing rock ‘n’ roll, that’s what we’ve always done as musicians and writers. It’s just all in our blood.”The band earned a reputation for its live shows, which featured big-time lighting and old concert footage from The Who, KISS and other bands, as well as retro movies.”I haven’t seen any band that comes in with the kind of show we come in with,” Nelson said. “It’s a full concert.”But today, they’ll play an outdoor show and prove they can still rock without the film rolling.

Nelson, who was raised in New York City, began studying jazz and blues at age 7. He’s a private music instructor who has worked on projects on American and European record labels.Drummer Craig Tomanini is the only original member of the Nocturnal Tomatoes, besides Nelson. Since he began playing drums at age 13, his musical tastes have mellowed, but his energy on stage remains the same.Matt Martinez, on keyboards, roots his style in a blend of classic rock, reggae, blues, Latin and Spanish. His greatest satisfaction comes from creating and experiencing music with the audience.

Chuck (Groovy) Grewe rounds out the band on bass guitar and vocals.They play from 1-4 p.m. today.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.

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