Colorado’s Theory of Everything encompasses big-time musicians
BRECKENRIDGE – In physics, the theory of everything symbolizes an all-encompassing theory of the universe. In music, nationally recognized musicians coming together in a new universe of original music define the Theory of Everything.TOE began in Boulder in September 2000 as a way for local promoters to bring Colorado musicians together on one stage. But just like the theory of an expanding universe, the concept grew – to include nationally recognized musicians as well.After a few different lineups (including Michael Kang, Kyle Hollingsworth, Robert Walter and Jessica Lurie), this year’s lineup is made up of bassist Tye North (of Leftover Salmon), guitarist Ross Martin (who has played with the Ron Miles group, the Motet, Tony Furtado and Mollie O’Brien), percussionist and vocalist Jans Ingber (the Motet) and special guest Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones) on saxophone.Born in Portland, Ore., North has been playing music since age 14. He met Leftover Salmon in 1993 at the Oregon Country Fair and moved to Boulder to join the band. He also has performed with musicians including Victor Wooten, Mike Kang, Sam Bush, Karl Denson and Robert Walter. He left Salmon in 2000 to pursue his individual interests, recording and touring with Comotion, Kang, Jeff Sipe, Paul McCandless and Mike Marshall.Martin grew up in Dallas listening to rock and pop music – unaware his parents’ collection of country and bluegrass music had influenced him. He studied jazz at the University of North Texas, and then toured with country bands for a stint to perfect the chickin’-pickin’ guitar styles of Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Ray Flack and Jerry Reed. For the past six years, he has lived along the Front Range, working with a wide range of musical projects.Ingber hails from Eugene, Ore., and currently sings with the Motet. His latest collaboration was as a guest vocalist on tour with the Charlie Hunter Group.In addition to touring with Grammy Award winning Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Coffin has performed with the Dave Matthews Band, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Charlie Hunter, the Wailers, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Galactic, Phish, Widespread Panic, Bruce Hornsby, Van Morrison, Don Henley and Garth Brooks, just to name a few.”The fact that music has the power to bring about change, create emotions and to heal and nourish shows me that everything is connected at its root,” Coffin said on his Web site. “Every culture and society in the world has music. I am always looking for new things to think about and new ideas to develop musically.”TOE was one of the five bands in the nation nominated for Best Live Performance of the Year by Jambands.com. for its May show at the House of Blues in New Orleans.TOE plays tonight at Sherpa & Yeti’s in Breckenridge.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.—Theory of Everything- When: tonight- Where: Sherpa & Yeti’s, Breckenridge
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