Catching up with the Liza Band
Event: The Liza BandTime and Date: 10 p.m. todayVenue: Sherpa & Yeti’s, BreckenridgeBRECKENRIDGE- So you’ve heard the former leader of Zuba, one of Colorado’s favorite bands of the 1990s, is coming back to town. But if you’re looking for a night filled with nothing but Zuba tunes, you might be better off throwing an old CD in your stereo and staying home – Liza Oxnard’s re-created herself and her music.Oxnard, leader of the new Liza Band, plays at Sherpa & Yeti’s tonight with special guests Idle Time, one of New Orleans’ favorite acts.It’s an opportunity for the young Boulder performer to show off a significantly reinvented sound, the result of a two-year hiatus from the music business (and more than a bit of introspection after eight years of fronting the high-energy, stoner-friendly Zuba).”I had been touring so long with Zuba that I was pretty fried,” Oxnard said. “I needed a lot of rest and reflection and time to write some new tunes. I also came to terms with a lot of my self-perception – and I got a job at a gym. I’d always been an athlete, but I wanted to really be healthy, especially after all those years on the road. So I thought, ‘maybe I’ll go in the total opposite direction for a while.'”Continuing in that re-invented tradition, Oxnard’s been busy building a home studio and supplementing her musical lifestyle with work at a candle shop (something she admits is very Boulder but has given her some additional artistic outlets)Oxnard’s post-Zuba sabbatical also allowed her an opportunity to complete a project that had been floating around for more than a decade – an honest-to-goodness CD recorded with Billy Nershi of the String Cheese Incident.Oxnard and Nershi’s connections go back to 1990 in Telluride, where the twosome played as a musical duo.Last year, they released “It’s About Time,” a low-key concoction of roots and rock music that signified Oxnard’s first jump from the world of Zuba. On her own tour, Oxnard said she’s including a bit of material from the duo’s disc but isn’t limiting herself to any particular genre.”We’ll do some stuff from the ‘Billy and Liza’ CD, but there’s a whole lot of everything else – some funky stuff, some singer-songwriter stuff, a country tune and even a little electronica and stuff that sounds like Lenny Kravitz.”This weekend, Oxnard’s band includes keyboard player Erik Deutsch (a veteran of work with extremely funky Boulder band Fat Mama), plus drummer Jake Coffin and Atlanta-based bassist Blue (one of those one-name music-type guys Oxnard met during the midst of Zuba’s run and has kept in contact with ever since).Oxnard said she hopes to begin recording an official solo CD later this winter, with the final product ready for the fall. And despite finding some much-desired peace and tranquility, she said she’s also happy to be back out on the road again with a band.”There’s just something in me as a musician … I can’t just let these things float away into oblivion, and that’s made me ready to do my own CD. I’ve also got that Macy Gray thing going on – I want it to be funky and I want it to have a lot of different textures, so I’m experimenting with a 10-piece band.”Oxnard and her band will be playing Sherpa & Yeti’s at 10 p.m. today.
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