Bluegrass and funk float through Summit
April 2, 2009
Who: WhiteWater RambleWhen: Tonight and SaturdayWhere: Snake River Saloon, KeystoneType of music: High-octane Rocky Mountain dance-grassFormula: Take bluegrass instrumentation, add drums and a boundary-less approach to grassing up everything from house grooves to reggae. The Colorado-bred quintet combines the elements of mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovative cover song interpretations.Home base: Fort CollinsWhy do people love ya? Whether playing an intimate encore, acoustic and unplugged in the crowd, or on-stage surfing on top of the upright bass, WhiteWater Ramble delivers a powerful and memorable live performance.
Who: The GripWhen: SaturdayWhere: The Goat Taven, KeystoneWhered the name come from? It actually came from Wikipedias random article button. Its an old British slang term for the flu. We liked the sound of it as well as what it meant so we went with it. Its something people can remember.Home base: Fort CollinsType of music: Were an instrumental funk band, but its our contrasting influences that set us apart. While Stu (drums) and Charlie (guitar) are more rock oriented, Walter (keys/bass) has more of a jazz background. We still keep with the traditions of classic funk and soul though, which is probably the reason we work so well together.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Pringles, because once you pop, you cant stop!What makes you stand out? We have a unique sound and unique instrumentation. There arent many organ players out there, and weve never heard of another one that uses a talk-box.How do you mix it up? Walter: Since I play the keys and the bass, I like to throw the other guys curve balls in the middle of the show. Sometimes Ill change the key and see how long it takes Charlie to catch on! Sometimes Ill be in the middle of a solo and Ill think of a song that sounds similar to what were playing and Ill just drop into it. I imagine its kinda like being a DJ.Whats the craziest thing youve done/weirdest experience? Once we borrowed a friends van for a gig in Denver. On the way there one of the tires fell apart, but luckily we had a spare. Then on the way back the console started smoking and actually fell apart. We think the stereo was about to catch on fire or something like that. Once we got that under control the headlights started going out. Walter was driving, and he had the reach up inside the dash and jiggle the wires for the last 15 miles of the trip to keep the lights on.
What: Hot Buttered RumWhen: TuesdayWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeWhered the come from? Its what we were drinking on the night we started the band!Home base: San Francisco Bay AreaType of music: Rock, Americana, bluegrassIf your music was a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A cup of hot buttered rum sweet on the way down and packing a punch to the gut.Why do people love ya? We love what were doing and let it show. The music is rock and great for dancing, but also song-focused and great for listening, too. We put a lot of time into vocals and stagecraft.How do you keep it fresh? We continually add new material and even rearrange older songs. Having a new drummer Matt Butler, of the Everyone Orchestra has really changed our sound, too.Whats the craziest thing youve done/weirdest experience? Where to start . . . how about the craziest thing so far, this year. Last time we were on a sleepless Southwest flight to Vegas the stewardesses comped us bottomless Bloody Marys for doing an on-flight set. It was the kind of thing you joke about but never do. We only went in on it because the crew wouldnt take no for an answer they were all friends that had been working together for 15 years, and they knew how to instigate. My heads still aching from that one.