Music in Summit County: Dancegrass, progressive rock, Indian folk and jam
Who: WhiteWater Ramble with members of Hot Buttered RumWhen: TonightWhere: three20south, BreckWhere’d the name come from? Named at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre: Whitewater from the rushing river under the stage there and Ramble from the variety of styles pulled together.Home base: Fort CollinsType of music: High-octane Rocky Mountain dancegrass. WhiteWater Ramble uses a simple recipe to craft its sound – bluegrass instrumentation, add drums and a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots and Americana. The Colorado-bred quintet combines the elements of mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovative cover song interpretations. Why do people love ya? Whether playing an intimate encore, acoustic and unplugged in the crowd, or surfing on top of the upright bass, WhiteWater Ramble delivers a powerful and memorable live performance.How do you keep it fresh? Guests, new materials, fun cover songs.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Musically, performing directly above a live alligator pit in Roberts, Idaho.
Who: The Dustin Pittsley BandWhen: Tonight at Alma’s Only Bar and Saturday at Motherloaded Tavern, BreckWhere’d the come from? Dustin’s momma (it is the name of the lead singer).Home base: Tulsa, Okla.Type of music: Blues, Southern rock, jamIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A chameleon, simply because as a band we base our shows and what we play on the vibe of the crowd – no set lists!Why do people love ya? We play from the heart and play a type of music that truly moves us, and I think that people can sense that.How do you keep it fresh? Never quit learning.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Watching our drummer play with a mariachi band in the city square of Tijuana at 1 a.m.
Who: SlopesideWhen: Saturday nightWhere: Snake River Saloon, KeystoneWhere’d the name come from? Front Range – ColoradoHome base: DenverType of music: From Led Zep and Clapton to Fleetwood Mac and Coldplay. Progressive rock/pop.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A high mountain lake; everyone comes from far away to see you.Why do people love ya? We play a diverse range of music that everyone can enjoy and dance to.How do you keep it fresh? We try to play the cover tunes our way and not the way you always hear them. Our original songs are ear catching and fresh.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Played in Alma, Colo. …
Who: Flat Earth EnsembleWhen: 9:30 p.m. ThursdayWhere: three20south, BreckWhere’d the name come from? As the world becomes a melting pot of cultures and information, we call it a “flat earth,” where everything is easily accessible -a true amalgam of cultures and music.Home base: The world! Musicians from India, Haiti, United StatesType of music: A mixture of Indian folk music and groove jazz. Bring your saris and get ready to dance!If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Sweet and wonderful PIE – or even better, this music would be a GULAB JAMMUN: sweet fried doughnut holes soaked in delicious honey.Why do people love ya? The music is serious yet fun and danceable, ethnic and groovey.How do you keep it fresh? I keep writing new music and meeting wonderful, great musicians.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? YOU DON’T WANNA KNOW!!!!! But one of the most fun things we’ve done as a band is camped out between gigs, with our Indian sitarist Indrajit Banerjee making us a spicy egg curry breakfast over an open fire, camped up in the woods around Lake Tahoe – truly a pan cultural experience!
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