Blues and Americana warm up Summit scene |

Blues and Americana warm up Summit scene

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily news

Who: TijerinaWhen: Tonight and SaturdayWhere: Snake River Saloon, Keystone Where’d the name come from? Band leader’s last nameHome base: Albuquerque, N.M.Type of music: Original Chicago bluesIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Our latest CDWhy do people love ya? They love the intensity, the originality, the heavy dance grooves and catchy songwritingHow do you keep it fresh? By making each song its own original statement based on life experiences. We try to sound like Tijerina and no one else. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Stayed up late (10:30 p.m.) once. My mom scolded me for that. That and I killed a guy. But only because he was trying to keep me up late, and I knew my mom would be mad. Pretty much I don’t do crazy or weird things. This question makes me nervous.

Who: YamnWhen: TonightWhere: Alma’s Only Bistro, AlmaYamn is a Breckenridge-born outfit that rearranges live progressive electronica to fit its “good-natured mountain spirit.” A sold-out show at Quixotes True Blue on Halloween, as well as two shows at The Gothic Theatre in Denver, revved up the four-piece band to get back in front of mountain audiences and deliver an amazing night of music.Yamn explores the boundaries of not only sound, but also sight and creativity, leading fans “through a chase of sonic themes and into a night of dancing,” according to its press release.”Brian Hamilton leads the charge on guitars and vocals, executing timely riffs with enthusiastic vocals, a good portion of which capture the essence of mountain life. All of the guys pitch in on vocals, creating a chorus that layers well with the rhythm section made up of bassist David Duart and drummer Adam Ebensberger. Ryan Ebarb’s work on the keyboards and guitar is often gritty, yet at times as eloquent as the elite of organists. Ebensberger and Duart are the wheels of a sound that seem to capture a road trip, with the other half steering via calling melodies that hint at bluegrass, funk and everything else on the list of genre. Not to be forgotten is the fifth member of the band: a stage show and lighting rig that will intoxicate the eyes.”

Who: Coles WhalenWhen: 8 p.m. WednesdayWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeHome base: DenverType of music: Americana and alternative country, along the lines of Shelby Lynn and Sheryl Crow -acoustic driven, country-flavored Americana.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A favorite hoodie. Something you can relax in, dance with, cry into or smile about. Why do people love ya? We’re just friends who have a great time doing what we love. Hopefully people can feel the reality in our performances.How do you keep it fresh? We are writing and performing new music all the time. We released “The Whistle Stop Road Record” Oct. 1 and are already preparing for our next project to be recorded in February 2010.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? I lived in a camper touring solo around the country for three years. The entire time was a crazy experience! Also, the band was crazy enough to volunteer for a live performance at 7 a.m. on Channel 2 News. I remember drinking lots and lots of coffee that day.

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