Big, psychedelic, world music vibes & more in Summit County bars
Who: EuforquestraWhen: Tonight (doors at 8, show at 9)Where: Warren Station Center for the Arts, River Run, KeystoneWhere’d the name come from? The band name is a conjunction of the words Euforia and Orchestra.Home base: Fort CollinsType of music: Afro-beat, funk, reggae, dubIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Our music would be a 1970’s tube amplified stereo equipped with a turntable. The warm and crunchy sounds we create bring back the old school.Why do people love ya? With horns, keys, guitar, percussion, bass and drums, the group creates complex and funky rhythms that get just about anyone to their feet for an entire night of dancing.How do you keep it fresh? We tend to push the improvisational envelope while exploring different styles. From Afro-beat to reggae to an old school cover of a P-funk tune, you never know what is coming next.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Touring 115 shows a year in states all over the country, I would say that this would be the most surreal. It never gets old, and it feels great to make people get down. But it is sometimes strange to look back at it all.
Who: Fatty LumpkinWhen: TonightWhere: Jonny G’s in FriscoHome base: Denton, TexasWho are you? Over the past few years, Denton-based band Fatty Lumpkin has quickly climbed the ranks in the Dallas/ Fort Worth music scene by sharing bills with notable artists like The Skatalites, EOTO and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. Drawing their musical influences from a multitude of genres such as funk, blues, rock, jazz and hip-hop, the young trio has crafted a sound that is gaining notice by enthusiastic audiences throughout the Midwest.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Hmmm … tough question, but I would have to say water. It can take multiple forms, it’s quite refreshing, and you just can’t live without it.Why do people love ya? Because we are genuine music lovers, just like the people who come to our shows.How do you keep it fresh? We try to make each show its own experience, Finding new ways to play old songs and of course creating new music as often as possible.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Haha, too many to mention. Maybe it hasn’t even happened yet – Jonny G’s perhaps?
Who: VibeSquaDWhen: Tonight, with Frequent-C and Project Aspect supportingWhere: three20south, BreckWhere’d the name come from? It used to be the name of my band, in which I played guitar and sang. The name has stuck with me, but now I am a squad of one. Big vibes though.Home base: ColoradoType of music: Big bass crunksteppin funk business, outerspace basslove music, dirty love songs.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A UFO with a serious sound system.Why do people love ya? Because I love them.How do you keep it fresh? Freshness is as freshness does. Make new music every day …
Who: The MotetWhen: SaturdayWhere: three20south, BreckWhere’d the name come from? Mo(re)tet; we keep getting bigger …Home base: DenverType of music: Improvisational world dance musicIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A watermelon. It’s juicy.Why do people love ya? People love improvisational world dance music.How do you keep it fresh? Jameson
Who: The Dead/Phish OrchestraWhen: SundayWhere: three20southWhere’d the name come from? It came from the bands whose music we play, the Grateful Dead and Phish, plus a little riff on the name of The Dark Star Orchestra. Home base: Denver and BoulderType of music: We do mashups of Grateful Dead songs and Phish songs, with improvised segues between them. The band is Paul Murin on guitar (Phix, Mason’s Children), Brian Adams on bass (Phix, Great American Taxi), Chris Sheldon on drums (Phix, Great American Taxi), and Ted Tilton on keyboards (Mason’s Children, Mountain Jam). We are all long-time fans of both bands and decided it would be fun to try and merge their music. If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A mushroom, because mushroom spores are the only living things that can survive the vacuum of outer space, and they transmit extra-terrestrial messages to our minds.Why do people love ya? Because of our unpredictable approach to improvisation and the surprises within our set lists. I’ve heard people refer to it as a “hippie’s wet dream” (although that sounds kind of gross to me).How do you keep it fresh? We challenge ourselves by finding creative ways to mix the sounds and styles of the Grateful Dead and Phish, which is actually harder to do than we thought it would be. Even though the two bands sometimes get lumped together in the same “jamband” category, their actual playing styles are very different, so it can be a challenge to bridge that gap.
Who: Whitewater RambleWhen: WednesdayWhere: three20southWhere’d the name come from? Whitewater flowing under the stage behind the Mishawaka Amphitheatre. Ramble to describe the diversity in our music.Home base: Fort CollinsType of music: High-octane Rocky Mountain dance-grassIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? It would be a lightening rod that gets a LOT of action. The barn that sits alone in the open field on a high plain … a beacon for intense energetic activity … connecting earth and sky in a blaze of glory.Why do people love ya? High-energy, stage antics, fun show, dark and light material, memorable cover songs.How do you keep it fresh? New material, continual musical exploration and writing.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? A lot to choose from, but possibly performing atop an alligator pit with live alligators inside it.
Who: MoonaliceWhen: ThursdayWhere: three20southWhere’d the name come from? Two sources: (1) “To the moon, Alice!” was our favorite line from Jackie Gleason’s Honeymooners. (2) We are descended from an ancient tribe of farmers and bass players. The Moonalice tribe has been everywhere since the beginning of time. Each night we reveal stories from the Moonalice Legend related to the town we are playing in. Home base: San FranciscoType of music: We play folk music on electric instruments. We are a jam band in the musical tradition of the Grateful Dead. If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A psychedelic drug. We blow your mind for a few hours, after which you have nice memories. Why do people love ya? We give away as much music and art and as we can afford. Every show is videocast live on the Internet. Every show has a unique poster that we give away. Our fans are tribe who support us everywhere we go. How do you keep it fresh? We constantly write and perform new songs. Half of our current set is list is less than three months old. The band is only four years old, and our “thing” is to create new music and art every day. That’s one of the things fans like about us. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? We recorded our first album with producer T Bone Burnett at the same time he was producing “Raising Sand,” which won the Grammy for album of the year. About four months before release date, our publicist and label explained that no one cared about a bunch of old-time hippie musicians, so we fired them both, along with our manager. That’s when we committed 100 percent to Twitter and Facebook to promote Moonalice. We now have 130,000 fans on those networks, so it worked out really well.
Who: MeniskusWhen: ThursdayWhere: Dillon Dam BreweryThe buzz: Meniskus has generated quite a buzz lately with its unique approach to financing its upcoming album. The premise is nothing new: The band is soliciting sponsorships from businesses and individual fans. What sets it apart from similar efforts is what the band is offering in return. Depending on their contribution level, sponsors receive benefits ranging from autographed copies of the album up to the right to name the album, rename the band, and even to name the unborn children of a band member.What’s different about your approach? Raising funds from fans is growing more popular in the post-record label era, but Meniskus has taken the do-it-yourself approach to a new level with this campaign. Business benefits include logo placement on the album and website, custom composition of a commercial jingle, and for any well-heeled company willing to foot the $400,000 price tag: the right to rename Meniskus. Individual benefits include concert tickets, backstage passes, “Executive Producer” credit, and of course, naming a band member’s child.”We intentionally limited the right to name the kid to individual donors. We didn’t want to wind up with a son named ‘Burger King’ or something.” said drummer Cris Ryt. “But if BK wants to put up the dough to rename the band ‘The Whopper Juniors,’ we’re ready. The timing of the album release kind of required us to do something desperate,” added Ryt, referring to the fact that a commercial funding source for the album filed for bankruptcy just weeks before the album’s original release date. “We had to find some way to scrape up the money to get this album out there, especially once we’d gotten the official OK to include our version of a Beatles song on the record.”Details: Contribution levels for individuals range from $50 (“Special Thanks” on the album, and an autographed copy of the disc) to $5,000 (“Executive Producer” credit and a role in a music video); and then there’s that big ticket item – the right to name a band member’s child – at a cool $750,000. Business sponsorships start at $250 (“Special Thanks” on the album, and a link on meniskusband.com which averages 30,000 hits per month) and go up to $20,000 (composition of a company theme song and naming rights to the album among other items). Don’t like the name “Meniskus?” Pony up the $400,000 to name them whatever you’d like.”We wanted to leverage both ends of the spectrum, from small donations from individual supporters of the arts, up to larger investments from corporations looking to align themselves with a strong, hip brand with a dedicated and diverse following.” band manager and producer Eric Singer said.. “We’ve had success with getting support from businesses in the past, from our first endorsement – free beer from a local brewery – up to playing the holiday party for Google last year. We don’t know if anyone will actually take us up on the big-ticket items, but we’ll certainly take the money and honor the offer if they do!” How popular are you? Meniskus has flirted with the national spotlight with performances alongside artists including Dave Matthews, Tom Petty, as well as members of The Pretenders, Parliament and even First Lady Michelle Obama. Despite these notable appearances, the band has yet to really break onto the national scene in any significant way. Venezualan-born guitarist Bardusco added “This is make or break time for us. We had to do something big!”Who are you? The unique dynamic of the band starts with a violin and a Spanish guitar – both enhanced by a barrage of effects – and gets driven by an arsenal of percussion. The music is informed by the extensive classical training of Cris Ryt and Eric Ostberg, as well as the unique sound Bardusco brings from his experience as a self-taught guitarist growing up in Venezuela. The three players weave all their diverse flavors into a cohesive, powerful and unique sound. The influences of classic rockers and jam bands, as well as the rhythms of Latin grooves and European house music have found new life in the music of Meniskus.
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