A little bit country, a little bit rock (& a little bit jazz)
Name: The Switchyard Social ClubWhen: Saturday & July 31 and Aug. 14Where: Motherloaded TavernWhere’d the name come from? Lots of our songs are somewhat “Train” themed, plus, it just sounds country.Home base: DenverWho are you? Purveyors of train-ridin’, truck-drivin’, crowd-pleasin’ honkytonk.Type of music: Popular classic and new country with a little rock ‘n’ roll in the mix.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A big ol’ glass of beer, because everyone likes beer.Why do people love ya? We show ’em a good time and play the songs they know and like. When Mike starts the train beat, it’s hard to keep from movin’, and country music just don’t sound right without a beer in hand.How do you keep it fresh? We’re constantly rehearsing new songs; most of them come from fan suggestions. Four players is pretty sparse instrumentation for a country band, and we figure out how to arrange the signature elements of the song so it’s recognizable, yet has our own twist and showcases our strengths as players.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? At a show last month in downtown Denver, some random dog decided to join us on stage.
Who: Soul PatchWhen: SaturdayWhere: Snake River SaloonWhere’d the name come from? Not only was it the first name that no one disagreed with, but it was also a great concept that music could make you feel better or patch your soul.Home base: DenverType of music: Trans-am funk rockIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? I think Jimmy, the guitarist, would say a trans-am with a big-a** bird on the hood because that’s what our music sounds like!Why do people love ya? We play good, heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll, and just when you’re least expecting, we’ll make it funky and make you dance.How do you keep it fresh? We broke up two and a half years ago and just started playing with each other again, so everything is fresh again and everyone has more experience to add.
Who: The FootWhen: SaturdayWhere: three20southWhere’d the name come from? The name basically comes from a funny conversation we (Phil and Jeff) witnessed: Our drummer Noah plays the field pretty hard. When asked about his lady success, he said, “I have good… attributes.” “You have good genes?” replied Ashley, Noah’s new friend and soon-to-be conquest.”… More the contents of the jeans.”Obviously intrigued, Ashley pressed the matter, asking for more detail. Upon learning of Noah’s God-given talent, she began to refer to Noah by his measurement. We wanted to adopt this name to our band directly, but “The Meter” sounds too much like “The Meters,” which is already taken. So, we went with “The Foot.”Home base: DenverWho are you? We are three young men that come from different parts of the country. Noah (drums) comes from New York, Phil (guitar) comes from North Carolina and Jeff (keys, bass, vocals) comes from Nebraska. We all met in college in Denver. I suppose you could say that we play alternative rock music. But not the lame kind. You could call us indie rock music. But not the whiny kind. Or melodic rock. But not the Coldplay kind.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? It would probably be the bedroom of a 23-year-old guy. The songs that we write come from who we are, what we’ve learned, what we do, and what we keep, which you can often take in by taking a peek into someone’s bedroom.Why do people love ya? Probably because we’re trying to do something different. We mash together the coolest parts of a bunch of different genres of music to create something new and fresh. We’re also each incredibly attractive and interesting individuals, which helps a ton.How do you keep it fresh? I knew that I used the word “fresh” because I spied it in the next question! Hmmm … we keep it fresh by ignoring what’s “in” at the moment. We just do what we like and do what turns us on. I think people can tell when you do that and aren’t making an active effort to just latch onto a trend. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? As a band? Well, we were playing a show in Bloomington, Ind., this past spring on tour and in the middle of our set, someone chucked a guy through a plate glass window of the venue, shattering glass all over the stage. We just kept on playing. Jeff used the hole in the window as an opportunity to jump out into the street and play to pedestrians and smokers. We’re so rock it’s disgusting.
Band name: GoodingWhen: TonightWhere: three20southHome base: Los Angeles, Calif. (the band grew up in Kansas)Type of music: Widescreen rockWho are you? Three piece band – old friends who have been touring since childhood. If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? It would be our lil’ red devil plush dolls. Adorable, cuddly, they will counsel you when you are down., keep you warm when you are cold and are for sale right here for the bargain basement price of $19.95 at http://www.merchdirect.com/goodingWhy do people love ya? Because we love them, and we love what we do. Because we don’t put green m and m’s on our rider. Because we practiced for years and made over a dozen records to get to this place. Because we are just getting warmed up. Because we stay up all night with our friends (other bands call ’em fans). Because we work harder than most other bands (currently doing all 50 states in five months and reporting back every experience with 50 one-minute viral videos).How do you keep it fresh? By listening to my gut. By writing in my journal constantly and starting the day off by reading and writing. By taking days off in national parks. By listening to a trusted group of loved ones around me. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Our van caught fire with us in it. We have played to two people and 18,000 people and gave both the same amount of energy. Sometimes if we lose a show and want to play the state we just go beg and set up and play anyway. So far on this tour we have pulled that off at Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans, Blue Ribbon Lanes (bowling alley) in Kentucky and a Harley Davidson store in Delaware where we sat up in between the bikes in the store and played our hearts out.
Name: On The Spot TrioWhen and where; Wednesday at three20south, Breckenridge, and Friday, June 18 at Main St. Grill, EdwardsWhere’d the name come from? Our music has been “spot on,” and with very little rehearsal we rise to any occasion even if we’re put “on the spot.”Home base: Santa Cruz, Calif.Type of music: On The Spot is exactly where these our musicians stand when they settle into a heavy funk-laden groove. Formed in July 2006, O.T.S. Trio mixes classic soul jazz stylings with modern jazz improvisational chops to create a dance party for the ages.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? I think we’d be a human body because all of our limbs function semi-independently while all being locked into a single steady beat. Why do people love ya? Because we love what we do, and it translates on stage.How do you keep it fresh? By constantly re-arranging tunes and playing specifically to each room like a picked-to-order, farm fresh salad! What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Hmmm… I’d have to say that when we’re together, on the road, playing night after night, getting minimal sleep (usually in strange and random locations), driving long drives, eating random foods, finding fun and mischievous things to do during the days – and loving every minute of it – life in general gets pretty crazy and weird!
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