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Just good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll

SILVERTHORNE – The size of the venue doesn’t matter to the Nocturnal Tomatoes – they turn any barroom into a concert, complete with their own lighting, smoke machines and video projection screen.

The four-piece, Colorado Springs-based band plays classic American rock, from musicians ranging from The Who and Jimi Hendrix to the Grateful Dead and the Beatles.

“We play anything that’s real rock ‘n’ roll,” said lead guitarist and vocalist Jonny Nelson. “As far as doing rock ‘n’ roll, that’s what we’ve always done as musicians and writers. It’s just all in our blood.”

The 2-year-old band plays about 120 shows a year, with a 50/50 mix of covers and originals.

But, what really sets them apart is their live show. Old concert footage from The Who, KISS and other bands, as well as retro movies, create a backdrop for the rockin’ show.

“I haven’t seen any band that comes in with the kind of show we come in with,” Nelson said. “It’s a full concert.”

The four musicians have worked hard to get their name out there. Nelson handles the booking. Keyboardist Matt Martinez plays the Hammond organ and brings the concerts to life with lighting, video and sound. Drummer Craig Tomanini is the “responsible rock ‘n’ roller” – driving the van to and from gigs and generally keeping the boys out of trouble. And, the newest member of the band, bassist Scotty Harrison, folds in his harmonies.

Their heavy-hitting approach to music has garnered an endorsement from the Martin Guitar Co. Their next goal involves landing a major label deal. So far, they’ve had small leads with independent record companies, and FM radio stations in Western Australia have shown interest in playing their singles.

The Nocturnal Tomatoes rock the Old Dillon Inn in Silverthorne Friday and Saturday.

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

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