Dub hop, indie and the Dead
Who: Peace OfficerWhen: Tonight and SaturdayWhere: The Snake River Saloon, KeystoneWhere’d the name come from? We thought of the name a few years ago and thought that it really went well with our message. Home base: Fort Collins.Who are you? Peace Officer is a live-band hip-hop crew playing its own brand of socially conscious dub-oriented music. Using the heavy drum and bass groove as its vehicle, Peace Officer’s emcees strive to entertain and educate, with tales of life, struggle, passion and politics. The current lineup has been together since 2007, honing a sound it calls “dub-hop.” This award-winning band was recently voted best act in the state by Colorado Music Buzz Magazine. If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A pomegranate because it has lots of little parts that make up the greater whole yet is still very difficult to eat – plus it is so tasty and good for you. Why do people love ya? We like to keep it real. Playing to a great crowd is what it’s all about, and we love to take the energy in the room to a higher level. It’s all about the music!How do you keep it fresh? We have released two new records in the last year. The band’s second album, “Contraband,” has received critical acclaim in the local scene so far and is available for free download at http://www.myspace.com/peaceofficer.
Who: Six GalleryWhen: SaturdayWhere: Upstairs at Jonny G’s, FriscoWhere’d the name come from? Our guitarist Will was an English major in college and a huge fan of authors like Jack Kerouac. The Six Gallery was a coffeehouse in San Francisco, and the site of the first reading of Alan Ginsberg’s infamous poem “Howl.” It is said that this reading started the beat movement of writers and poets. Home base: Columbus, OhioType of music: Melodic progressive indie rockIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be? A light saber because light sabers are awesome.Why do people love ya? Great facial hair.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Having our record in stores worldwide and having the opportunity to tour the U.S. and Europe is definitely the craziest thing about this band in the last 12 months.
Who: Rob Eaton & American BeautyWhen: SaturdayWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeWhere’d the name come from? From “American Beauty,” the name of a classic Grateful Dead album, widely regarded as the band’s finest studio album.Home base: DenverWho are you? American Beauty is a Grateful Dead tribute band. The members are: Rob Eaton, rhythm guitar and vocals; Stef Briggs, keyboards and vocals; Andy Sweetser, drums; Dave Kochmann, lead guitar and vocals; and Jim Allard, bass and vocals. The Grateful Dead’s live performance repertoire contained a diversity of material by 20th century songwriters from many genres, in addition to their own music, which reflected these widely diverse influences. They were a powerful voice of Americana in a rock ‘n’ roll band.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A hookah, because … Oh dear, I’m late! I’m late …Why do people love ya? We’re all dead ringers for Elvis. Also, the Grateful Dead’s legacy is one of a uniquely appealing style of music and songs, along with a communal celebration of life and music. We try to capture both the musical depth of the Grateful Dead and the feel-good spirit of the music, which irresistibly drives listeners to freely move to the grooves as well as appreciate it on an artistic level. There’s something in it for everyone – above all, a great time! And then there’s the donkey rides …How do you keep it fresh? We have a deep fondness and appreciation for this music and perform it as faithfully as possible. By definition, this implies not only accurately replicating the structured aspects of it, but also recreating the improvisational dimension, an integral component of it, calling on us to draw upon our own creativity while staying true to the stylistic spirit that uniquely defined the Grateful Dead.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? It would have to be the night the antimatter graviton transducer malfunctioned in the positron annihilator chamber. We still wonder what became of that sax player.
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