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Butler and the Aces spread mojo in Dillon

Kimberly Nicoletti

DILLON – Ace Butler and the Aces spreads its mojo in Dillon with its funky Chicago- and New Orleans-style blues Saturday.

“We try to keep (the tunes) as traditional as possible,” drummer Gregg Wilson said. “We try to stay with the way that the old blues (players) used to do it in the early ’60s. It’s music that we’ve all grown up with. Everybody in the band comes from different backgrounds, even though we all love the blues, and that helps us have the sound that we have.”

Lead vocalist and guitarist Ace Butler grew up in New Orleans. He picked up his first guitar for $12 and has been playing the blues ever since – for 43 years. He landed in Colorado when his car broke down on the way to California. During the Vietnam War, he entertained soldiers at the Cotton Club in Colorado Springs. He moved to Denver in 1964 and has graced the stage with legends such as Marvin Gaye, Etta James and The Drifters.

The band plays covers ranging from Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Motown.

“We take a song, and we put our soul into it,” Butler said.

“We definitely try to get the crowd involved,” Wilson said. “We have no problem pulling people up on stage and getting them to dance with us. If we see that people aren’t really shakin’ it, our guitar players will go out in the crowd.”

“We’re going to have a lot of fun,” Butler said. “I can guarantee that we’re going to play our hearts out.”

The free concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre.

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