Psychobilly, transcendental folk, pop rocks Summit County bar scene
Who: Hillbilly HellcatsWhen: TonightWhere: MotherLoaded Tavern, BreckenridgeHome base: Denver Type of music you play/who are you? Rockabilly/psychobillyIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A freight train, careening around a turn. We often play at the edge of control.Why do people love ya? We rock hard without being fuzzed out.How do you keep it fresh? We just finished 17 dates in the Eastern U.S. and are headed for Europe in the fall.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Hitchhiked from San Francisco to Washington D.C., when our van broke down.
Who: Brittany ShaneWhen and where: 5-8 p.m. tonight at Burke & Riley’s and 8-10 p.m. Saturday at Blue River Bistro, BreckenridgeWhere’d the name come from? Brittany Shane is my name, and I’m the singer-songwriter (I say this line like I’m in an old Western movie, squinting my eyes from the bright sun and about to get back on my dusty horse after a long day of fighting cowboy crime).Home base: Bay Area, Calif.Type of music: Rock, pop, alt-country blend. People have compared me to Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, The Bangles, The Sundays and the Cowboy Junkies a few times. I love writing catchy songs that tell a good story.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A kitten. Frisky, daring – but sweet and lovable in-between. Why do people love ya? I’ve been on my first U.S. tour since November 2009. I left the day after Thanksgiving, and this July is my last set of tour dates before I head back into the studio (what we musicians call rest??!). Hmm. Most people are just learning who I am. Friends and family are impressed that I have circled the U.S. four times through rain, snow, you name it. Three band mates in an SUV. I’ve waited my whole life to tour, so I’m ready to share my music with everyone and anyone. I guess I won’t ask if you love me; I’ll just play your city first.How do you keep it fresh? I clean out the tour van. Seriously, I’ll write new songs or add new cover songs to the set. That usually wakes up any band mate getting too comfortable.Claim to fame: My music is featured in the award-winning independent film, “The Village Barbershop.” The Village Barbershop is currently playing on Showtime 2 and Encore and is available on Netflix. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? I performed at a hookah bar on the first leg of my tour. I was told I’d be paid for my performance with one hookah and three flavors. The owner, who looked like Ron Jeremy, was really high, so we only saw him once before we played. He went into his office, which was filled with smoke, and never came back out. It looked like he stepped into another dimension, or into the doorway that Kelly LeBrock stepped out of in the 80’s movie “Weird Science.” After our set, the band and I gathered around our free hookah and celebrated with a few flavored puffs. We couldn’t decide if this was cool and different or just plain dumb. I just wanted the owner to open his door and walk out as Kelly LeBrock.
Who: Elephant Revival When: SaturdayWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeWhere’d the name come from? In the spring of 2005, Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo decided to ship one of their two elephants to the Salt Lake City Utah Zoo. While the majestic creature was in transport, the elephant died somewhere upon a mountain pass in Wyoming. The very same day, the elephant’s partner at the Lincoln Park Zoo passed away. The telepathic connection between these two elephants is quite evolved. Love is often beyond description. The Elephant Revival’s mission is to close the gap of separation between us through the eternal source of song and dance (revelry). We are all participants in this eternal dance – the creation of this sacred song – creators of the world in which we live. This is our dream! Home base: Nederland, Colo.Type of music: The eclectic quintet plays a unique blend of original songs in an emerging new musical genre called transcendental folk. As music producer Dalton Frank elaborates, “There’s this new paradigm of consciousness occurring akin to the excitement that was going on in the mid ’60s. There’s excitement bubbling in the hearts of the people of this generation. Elephant Revival is helping to write the soundtrack of these changing times. Album: The group has finished production of its second studio album “Break in the Clouds.” Release date is scheduled at the end of the summer. In the meantime, there is a five-song EP pre-release CD only available at our live shows. Excitement is still fresh from the band’s self-titled debut, which is still receiving radio play around the world. If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A tree: The roots run deep, and the branches expand outward toward the infinite. Why do people love ya? People love us because we love people; it’s a reciprocating relationship.How do you keep it fresh? We keep it fresh by writing new songs and creatively integrating them into our sets – also, by traveling to new places across the country. In 2010, we will begin to tour all across the world as preparations are already under way for tours in Germany and Scotland. We also keep it fresh by maintaining a light footprint wherever we go, holding in high regards sustainable evolution in the lifestyle of the touring musician. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Reality is quite often the craziest experience we’ve encountered, for it is all subject to the interpretation of the observer, of which we are five individual observers within an entity known as Elephant Revival. However, the time we rode in on the back of elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee was quite intriguing – Bobo The Clown was there.
Who: Drew ‘Mr. Double Gainer’ Reges When: 10 p.m. SaturdayWhere: The MotherLoaded Tavern, Breckenridge Where’d the name come from? My trademark high dive move.Home base: A townhome on Baldy filled mostly with couches, Legos, half-eaten boxes of Pop Tarts and some roommates. On any given night of “rehearsal,” I will drink a box of wine and throw the microwave on top of my truck over and over and over again. I then crank up some Paul Gilbert and shred!Type of music: I play modern rock, classic rock, ’80s, blues and pepper it all with some country. I love heavy metal and wuss rock. Who are you? I tattooed the preamble to the Constitution on the back of my knee. I can break walnuts with the back of my knee. I don’t get goosebumps; I get corduroy. Why do people love ya? I am awfully tall and can reach things. I’m the best at “Street Fighter 2: Turbo.”How do you keep it fresh? I spend an inordinate amount of time jamming along with Hall and Oates. What I want, you’ve got, and it might be hard to handle. It’s like a flame that burns the candle; the candle feeds the flame.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Told Vince Vaughn that I thought he was great in the movie “Waterworld.” He was unimpressed.
Who: The Black LilliesWhen: SundayWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeWhere’d the name come from? It is based on the “little (lil’) lies” we tell one another to get through life – and that’s pretty dark territory if you think about it.Home base: Knoxville, Tenn.Type of music: Americana via Appalachia – a mix of roots, bluegrass, rock, jazz and even blues. If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A jar of moonshine, because you can’t get it at Walmart.Why do people love ya? Our shows generally turn into a big party, the music is great, and we’re not too hard to look at, either!How do you keep it fresh? We regularly incorporate guest musicians into shows – that helps everyone stay on their toes and keep experimenting. And, we’re always working on a new song, so there’s generally new music to learn and play. Every single member of the band sits in with other musicians/bands as well — the more you play with other people, the more you’re able to hone your craft and have more fun with it.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Most of it is not fit to print, so we’ll go with this one: On our last trip to Colorado, Cruz and Tom decided that it would be a good idea to climb Prospect Mountain a couple of hours before a show in Leadville. In T-shirts and shorts. (We’re from Tennessee, and we have the Smoky Mountains there, but they are a little smaller and a lot warmer than these.) Anyway, they thought they’d be able to climb the mountain in 30 minutes, tops. Two hours later, they were partially up the mountain, up to their waists in snow, freezing half to death, and could barely breathe because of the high elevation. They called the rest of the band to come pick them up. When Trisha, Jamie and Robert arrived, Tom was huddled behind some boulders, and he was trying to shove little rocks into all of the cracks to keep the cold air out of his “shelter” so he could stay warm. We’re going to try to keep them from climbing mountains this time, but chances are that they haven’t learned their lesson yet!
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