From giants to tortured soul |

From giants to tortured soul

SUMMIT COUNTY – Whatever side of Summit County you’re on, you can take in some great music tonight and Tuesday.

Say hello to rockin’ Dave

Hello Dave is reintroducing people to music that affects their minds and hearts.

Inspired by the likes of the Eagles, John Mellencamp and R.E.M.’s influence on American listeners, Hello Dave strives to return to the genuine emotion of rock ‘n’ roll songwriting and storytelling.

The band blends classic rock, pop and a taste of country in a way that causes people to describe the five-piece, Chicago-based band as the Eagles of the new millennium.

Hello Dave plays the Goat tonight.

Giant People invade Breck

Carlos Washington and the Amazing Giant People bring a neo-soul, jam-band sound to Sherpa & Yeti’s tonight.

Washington played trumpet with ex-Greyboy All Stars musician Karl Denson for two years, then turned attention to his own project to further the cause of Southern California’s post-acid jazz scene.

His sound has been compared to Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Clifford Brown.

The Amazing Giant People back Washington’s soulful horn lines.

John Staten, the Bruce Lee of drumming, started as a gospel drummer at age 5. He excels at Latin, funk and soul rhythms.

Cuban-born Ignacio Arango brings an eclectic mix with his electric bass and guitar.

Saxophone player Jesse Molloy collaborates on horn lines with Washington with pure, sweet harmonics.

The ensemble plays Sherpa & Yeti’s tonight.

Venus at the Goat

Venus and Mars create a mountain of music at the Goat Tuesday as Mountain of Venus jams.

The Arkansas-based band originated in Steamboat Springs and is one of the few jam bands to tout a female lead singer, Tanya Shylock. Male vocalist Jody Cohen complements her vocals.

The key to Mountain of Venus’ particular magic may be the fact that the music seems familiar, yet has its own distinct and contemporary sound. The band’s influences range from the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and Motown artists.

“These are really only jumping-off points,” Shylock said. “I don’t think our music directly reflects those artists.”

Instead, the band’s songs traverse musical landscape from melodic folk-rock to adrenaline-pumping improvisations blending jazz, folk and psychedelic rock.

Tortured Soul in Breck

Tortured Soul brings house music to life with the simple, organic instrumentation of drums, electric bass, vintage keys and soulful vocals.

The band filters club sounds like Afro beat and samba through a lens of jazzy house and American soul to create an infectious groove.

The smooth, soul-house sound and haunting vocals float into Sherpa & Yeti’s Tuesday, along with DJ Harry of the String Cheese Incident Remix Project.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at

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