An abundance of sound sweeps through Summit
January 28, 2010
Who: Holden YoungWhen: TonightWhere: Motherloaded, Breckenridge Show coming up in March: 6 p.m. March 17 at Gold Pan Saloon, BreckenridgeWhere’d the name come from? Holden Young has a funky namesake.Home base: Breckenridge and BoulderType of music: Funk, rock and alternative musicIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A big inflatable beach ball. Fill it up, bounce it around.Why do people love ya? We thought the beach-ball analogy would be enough … We also play really tight funk.How do you keep it fresh? Nature helps us keep it fresh. We love riding, hiking, tubing, biking, jamming and everything else Colorado has to offer.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Tried to make a life as a musician. Mostly we get paid in draft beer and dingy couches. It pays off once every few years though, when someone recognizes you and thinks you’re the guy in some other popular band. That’s pretty cool.
Who: DubSkinWhen: SaturdayWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeBand name history: We play a lot of dub reggae in our music, and “Skin” came from the lead singer’s last name. We just liked the sound of it.Home base: Fort CollinsType of music: Roots reggaeWhy peeps love us: We love them and spread lovein our music and lyrics. Our first album is titled “Love in spite of…”How do you keep it fresh: We try to make each song and each album different and new. Our music isn’t just traditional reggae; it has its own sound and is high energy & danceable.Craziest thing we’ve done: To continue to book Colorado mountain winter tours and drive every pass in the state in whiteout blizzard conditions!Score: Free tunes at http://www.DubskinMusic.com
Who: Dave Gerard & Daniel ‘Moose’ BednarskiWhen and where: Gerard plays at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Briar Rose (109 Lincoln Ave.), and Gerard and Bednarski play at 9 p.m. Feb. 7 at Motherloaded (103 S. Main St.) in Breckenridge. He also plays at South Park Saloon Feb. 6, in AlmaOther musical affiliations: I am also in the band (Savoy) Truffle that toured Colorado since the early ’90s.Home base: Durham, N.H.Tour coverage: New England, annually south to Virginia and Florida, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and of course twice a year to Colorado.Type of music: Acoustic roots and swampy acoustic pop.Who are you? I’m a musician and songwriter who believes in a well-crafted tunes with a strong melody, thoughtful lyrics and a good groove.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A tasty malbec or red wine blend. Not overwhelming but hearty – and getting better with age. Or, a tasty sauce, except for the age part!Why do people love ya? Because I’m honest, and so is my music. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Well, too many to fit here, but I did get stuck in a snow storm on the road in New Mexico – and had to sleep on a prison floor!
Who: Mystic Roots Band, playing with Pato Banton and the Now GenerationWhen: WednesdayWhen: three20south, BreckWhere’d the name come from? We got our name because the “root” sound of our music is reggae, but we also add a lot of different flavors of sound, i.e. funk, jazz, hip-hop – that’s what we call “mystic.” Put the two together and you have “Mystic Roots.”Home base: Chico, Calif.Type of music: Reggae, hip-hop, funkIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Our music as a tangible item would be a gas mask because it helps to breathe life into a world full of pollution.Why do people love ya? We promote positivity in our music in all aspects -the songs we write, our live performance and the people that play in the band. Our show is energetic and inspiring, as some have told us. We have fun on stage and it shows; the energy transfers from the stage to those who are watching.How do you keep it fresh? By adding our own spin on new hit songs, constantly writing new material and changing our show each time we start a new tour. If you see us twice in a year, you will always hear new music and see a different stage show.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Driving across the country (from Louisiana to San Diego) in 36 hours without stopping to sleep anywhere. We slept in the van when we could. We had just finished a six-week tour from California to Florida and were ready to get home quickly to see our friends and loved ones. It was pretty crazy!
Playing two nights in Keystone this weekend, and another show in Dillon in February, the three members of Meniskus are no strangers to Summit County. With several national tours under their belt, and though they just returned from Mexico, the trio of musicians insist that the shows they play here remain among their favorites. “It’s a totally different vibe playing places like The Snake and The Dam compared to bigger venues like The Fox or some of the rooms we’ve played out on the coasts,” said drummer and keyboard player Cris Ryt, “but that small, rowdy environment we get here makes for the most fun shows.” The music of Meniskus has been variously described as “Latin trance rock,” “acoustic electronica,” “world beat” and “gypsy pop.” The band calls it “rock nouveau,” a nod to both the novel sound they’ve created as well as the European influences so prevalent in their arrangements. Ryt says that being a three-piece forces them to think creatively about how to create the sound they want. Lead singer and classically-trained violinist Eric Ostberg admitted that most of their songs come from on stage jams. “We rarely practice outside of shows or studio time, so just about every song has evolved from jam sessions during concerts and sound checks. We all improvise our parts – including the lyrics – until we’ve got something solid,” he said.Joining Ryt and Ostberg on stage is Venezuelan-born Bardusco, who plays a nylon-stringed Spanish guitar that’s enhanced with a small arsenal of effects pedals. His unique playing style and effects raise a lot of eyebrows – and questions – among audience members. “I can always tell who’s a fellow musician at these small shows – they’re always checking out my pedal board and trying to figure out where the bass is coming from,” Bardusco said. The answer is that Bardusco is often playing both bass and guitar parts simultaneously, and has two amplifiers – one for his “normal” guitar and a second that boosts the low notes of the bass lines he plays with his thumb. Bardusco says the band will be sticking mostly to playing Colorado shows and the occasional private event over the next couple of months as they’re working on recording and mixing new material in Boulder’s Coupe Studios – a powerhouse facility that’s introduced the world to many of Colorado’s notable locals including The Fray, Rose Hill Drive, Flobots and DeVotchKa. More on their recording process when we sit down with Meniskus again next month.Catch Meniskus live tonight and Saturday night at The Snake River Saloon in Keystone, and again at The Dam Brewery in Dillon on Feb. 25.