Martini Shot spikes SnowBash |

Martini Shot spikes SnowBash

BRECKENRIDGE – The SnowBash Celebrity Ski weekend has a way of bringing different people together to have fun – and the camaraderie isn’t limited to snowriding. The Martini Shot – the featured band at Saturday’s SnowBash Gala – has a way of creating an infectious interaction with the audience.

“Our live shows are filled with a lot of energy – a lot of bouncing around and jumping around,” said lead vocalist and guitarist Andy Clementi. “It’s kind of wild in ways – very crowd-oriented with a lot of singing along and a lot of dancing.”

The progressive rock band plays about 60 percent covers and 40 percent originals, and its original tunes have an emotional and catchy songwriting style that anchors the songs in first-time listeners’ minds for hours.

And Clementi has been known to draw even the most unwilling crowd to the dance floor with his soulful vocals.

The horn section – made up of Mark Cellar, Brain Person and Rob Smith – adds a unique flair to the rock groove while drummer An-D Walter throws in a few eclectic rhythms from his extensive repertoire of African, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban drumming. Bassist Brook Mead and lead guitarist Ryan Walter round out The Shot.

The Martini Shot formed a couple of years ago in Alamosa, where the majority of the band studied music at Adams State College. After playing the college scene, the outfit branched out to Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, playing such venues as the Union Depot, Herman’s Hideaway and the Soiled Dove.

Six of the seven musicians teach music at various levels, ranging from elementary school to high school and private lessons.

“I’ve played with band members who aren’t music majors, and it doesn’t flow as well,” Clementi said. “I have a lot of respect for (the current band members). They’re educated musicians, and it helps the flow on stage, it helps the songwriting and it helps pull a song out of thin air. I think it helps the audience gain respect for us too.”

Tickets for the SnowBash Gala are $60 and include the concert, but if you just want to catch the show, it costs $15. The Martini Shot plays at 9:30 p.m. in the main ballroom at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge. To purchase tickets, call (970) 453-6422. Proceeds benefit the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center and the Colorado Avalanche Community Fund.

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