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KIMBERLY NICOLETTI
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What: Zonky Tonk Zydeco

When: 6-8 p.m. today, followed by a free showing of ‘Evan Almighty,’ rated PG (Steve Carell is Congressman Evan Baxter, whose wish to change the world is heard by God (Morgan Freeman), and his self-absorbed life goes from overnight success to almighty mess).

Where: Village at Copper Mountain

What inspired the name? Louisiana music

Home base: Originally Louisiana, now Fort Collins.

Type of music: Zydeco

Why do people love ya? We are a party band that makes people dance.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done? Played six shows in two days.

What Copper Mountain has to say: They incorporate and encourage uninhibited behavior while busting out a breathtaking repertoire.

WWho: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

When: Tonight

Where: three20south, Breckenridge

Where’d the name come from? A fortune telling machine in Vegas

Home base: Asheville, N.C.

Type of music: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band plays high energy party music with deep roots in funk. The Booty Band will pull all types of genres into the mix and run them through special processors (aka band members), which results in a decadence of great danceable tunes and fun times had by all. Expect silliness to ensue in-between songs, as the members exchange instruments throughout the show. The band packs a powerful horn section and has a great selection of originals and covers that they have twisted to their likings. Come see what all the fuss is about!

If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? One of those soft, rubbery stress relief balls that you squeeze in your hand. No further explanation necessary.

Why do people love ya? Because we love the people! Our fans are what keeps us on the road – and more than that, a lot of them are folks that have become very good friends to us. When you travel all the time, eventually your friends are spread out across the country. At our shows, we try to just have a good time. We take our music seriously, but that’s about it. Many times, you will see people from the audience get up on stage and dance with us. Funk is “feel good music,” so naturally it feels good to play it. The audience feels that good vibe and everyone can’t help but smile, move around and have fun.

How do you keep it fresh? Everyone in the band writes songs. Collectively as a band, there are so many varieties of music that everyone listens too, we never run out of new ideas. We just run out of time to make new songs out of all the ideas. It is really fun writing new songs, because you never know what is going to happen next. At this point, our audience has come to expect that they never know what strange new thing we’re going to do next.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? The band throws an event called the Bounce Circus. It is basically a multimedia event involving several musical acts, belly dancers, fire dancers, burlesque dancers, trapeze artists, jugglers, performing arts and more. We decorate the club to create the vibe of a New Age circus and even serve fresh popcorn at the door. We have done three circuses to the date, and they have all been amazing experiences.

Among other weird experiences: Playing naked at Smiley’s back in the day, opening up for MC Hammer at a NASCAR event, our first international plane trip to Jamaica for the Chinese New Year event, performing at the base of a ski slope in Steamboat Springs with the snow hitting us in the face during our performance, driving George Clinton around while shopping for a band trailer, after-parties during blizzards, driving to gigs in and through cities that were experiencing floods and emergency evacuations and pretty much any day on tour …

Who: Interstate Stash Express

When: Thursday

Where: Dillon Dam Brewery

Where’d the name come from? Came from a piece of pottery from the 1970s, a green delivery truck that’s very cartoony and says “Interstate Stash Express” on the side. The first time we collectively played music, the truck was in the room, and it picked us as the name of the band.

Home base: Lyons, Colo.

Type of music: We continue the long tradition of the power trio in rock ‘n’ roll. Our sound is characterized by a hybrid of blues, Americana and psychedelic rock that combines improvisational guitar tones, rootsy bass lines and exploratory drumming. Together, our sound is ever-changing and ranges from simple barroom grooves to heavy, yet technically proficient musical themes … and lots of improvisation.

If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A mixed tape. We have a very diversified approach to flavors of our tunes, from slow country to funk to “I wanna melt your face” progressive free forms.

Why do people love ya? We’re original and don’t conform to the trends of oversaturated musical styles, while bridging the generation gap between musical genres.

How do you keep it fresh? We mix up rehearsals between full out rock ‘n’ roll blastoffs and pickin’ on the porch (and others in between), write all of our own three parts, and eat Habanero sauce on the road.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Lots of weird stuff travelin’ on the road … We stayed in a teepee after a show, slept in the dirt in Durango, had the drum kit on top of a pool table in Breckenridge at our first show ever.


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