Bluegrass for a better environment |

Bluegrass for a better environment

Special to the Daily Single Malt Band plays Friday night at the Silverthorne Pavilion as part of the Bluegrassroots Festival benefiting the Summit Recycling Project.

SILVERTHORNE – Boulder-based groups Shanti Groove and Single Malt Band bring their energy to Summit County Friday for the 2004 Bluegrassroots Festival at the Silverthorne Pavilion. The benefit for Summit Recycling Project, themed a celebration of Colorado beer, bluegrass and biodiesel, is sure to provide some fast pickin’ and unique improv.Shanti Groove’s interplay between electric improvisation and unplugged jams helps bring audiences into a high-energy groove. The band focuses on its live improv, which it has been honing in the nearly 200 shows it performed in the last year. “Every time we perform, it is unplanned territory,” mandolin player John Heiland wrote on the band’s Web site.

The group has shared the stage with Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band and The Big Wu.Skilled songwriting and tight harmony define Single Malt Band’s unique brand of bluegrass. The trio – Jordan Moretti on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Jefferson Hamer on guitar, tenor banjo and vocals and William Downes on upright bass guitar and vocals – has renewed its focus on singing and songwriting after a hiatus last winter. It has since written an entirely new set of original music. Single Malt Band has played at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival and Nederaland Music and Arts Festival.The Frying Pan Bluegrass Band – its name is derived from the Frying Pan River (near where all the members once resided) – is known for its tight vocal harmonies and original songs. The group has been performing together for the last seven years.

Before the showBlue Sun Biodiesel will present a public forum on the benefits of biodeisel fuel, featuring speakers from the town of Breckenridge. Breckenridge was one of the first mountain communities to test and use biodiesel. “Getting this off the ground and into mainstream is pretty important,” Carly Wier of the Summit Recycling Project said about the cause. “Biodiesel improves efficiency, which improves gas mileage and reduces wear and tear.” Her goal is to raise $5,000 from the event, which will go to maintaining regular operations. The Summit Recycling Project has drop-off centers in Breckenridge and Frisco and tries to increase awareness about building a sustainable community.

Tickets can be purchased at Affordable Music in Dillon, the Silverthorne Recreation Center or by calling the Summit Recycling Project at (970) 668-5703 in advance for $15. They are $18 the night of the show. Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-3339, ext. 287, or

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