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Old soul rock ‘n’ roll comes to the Snake

Krista Driscoll
Summit County, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

The Springdale Quartet has been showing up all over Summit County and the high country lately, opening for Kyle Hollingsworth on his BrewSki tour in Avon and Breckenridge in March and supporting the Alan Evans Trio at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Sunday.

Today, the four-piece vintage funk rock band from the Front Range will play a double set at the Snake River Saloon in Keystone. Ben Waligoske, guitarist for the Springdale Quartet, said that playing in Summit County is a lot of fun, and that’s why the band keeps returning.

“When we get up there and get to the venues and talk to the people who run the venues and the fans, it’s a bit of a different spin, versus a Denver venue,” he said. “It’s always personable, and people are kind but they get down, too. … We all ski and snowboard, so it’s a nice excuse to come up that way and maybe catch some turns, as well.”

The quartet is working on its sophomore release, a yet-to-be named creation that came together at Evergroove Studio in Evergreen in January.

“We did our first one in 2011 in a home studio; we brought in an engineer,” Waligoske said. “For this one, we went a different route. … We kind of wanted to do a little more of a traditional studio experience, have the extra toys available to us as far as recording gear.”

Alan Evans, the drummer for Soulive, engineered the new album.

“He’s done a lot of the Soulive records, he’s done his own stuff, and he’s something else as far as an engineer,” Waligoske said. “We love Soulive, so we were able to make that connection. … We’re really excited about the way things turned out.”

The album is in the mixing stages and will likely be released in July or August, Waligoske said.

“We’ve traded around some ideas and album artwork, but we didn’t want to rush it,” he said. “If we were spending the time and effort and money, we didn’t want to rush any of it.”

The Springdale Quartet’s most recent show at The Barkley Ballroom reunited the band with Evans.

“It was the first time we got to Alan in person since we did the recording session in January,” Waligoske said. “It was great to be in the same room with him again and crack some jokes and meet the other guys in his new trio.”

In the upcoming months, the band will be making appearances at Shakedown Bar in Vail, Campout for a Cause at State Bridge and then back to the Barkley to open for the New Mastersounds on June 13.

“We haven’t done State Bridge,” Waligoske said. “I think we were considered for three or four different gigs up there, and between other shows and details, we couldn’t work it out. So they approached us, and it was such an easy decision, so we’re really excited about it.

“It’s one of the coolest outdoor venues around. I think the Campout for the Cause is really gaining some traction. We know a lot of the other bands that are playing, and people are buying tickets early. So I think it’ll be a really killer weekend.”

For the show in Keystone, Waligoske said the Springdale Quartet is excited to bring their old-school sound to people.

“We bring a big Hammond organ, and every note that’s struck on stage is what people actually did with their fingers or hands,” he said. “Colorado’s got so many different awesome bands around here, lots of people who are doing classic type stuff. … It’s nice to have the opportunity.”

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