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Shanti Groove shreds grass at Sherpa & Yeti’s

ANDREW HARLEYsummit daily news
Special to the Daily

BRECKENRIDGE – The name says more than your stereotypical ice breaker for an alien encounter. Shanti (Hindi for “peace”) Groove translates more accurately as, “We come in peace and harmony.”The experienced Colorado crew has been at it for six years now, and the fellas are showing no signs of stopping.Shanti Groove has held its current lineup for the past three years, and the consistency has enabled the group to move beyond its bluegrass roots and to gel into something fresh.”We’re getting closer to the sound we’ve been searching for. We started out almost like a bluegrass band. We’ve gotten away from that a little bit, though we still play a lot of bluegrass,” said bassist Juri Freeman.Alongside Freeman are Jason Scroggins, a guitar monster from Alton, Ill.; Jason Flournoy, on the banjo; John Heiland, a mando maestro from Chicago; and Christian Carland, who whales the drums for the band.

“The band has one studio album that we released I think three years ago now (River’s Mould). We’ve recorded another one, but we don’t know what to do with it; it’s unreleased,” said Freeman.Freeman picked out the band’s collaboration with bluegrass great Pete Wernick as a recent highlight. Wernick’s notoriety stems originally from his years as the banjo player with Hot Rize.Collaborations and heroic amounts of live touring has earned the band a finely tuned following.”One thing I love about music is that it’s a constant learning experience. Even the greatest musicians I’ve ever seen spend much of their time learning new things,” Freeman said. “Like today, I sat around and practiced for five-and-a-half hours.”We’re self-sustaining in our band; nobody needs to have any other jobs, which is nice. And, we’re still writing a ton of songs.”

Although they’re not ultra specific about their hopes for the future, the guys in Shanti Groove are always honing their chops and picking out new licks toward a higher realization of their music.”There’s a bunch of songs that we like to play the same, and we like to play them often. But we’re always trying to make it a more complete show,” said Freeman. “When people walk in the door, we want them to have a feeling of completeness. It takes something different and new, and then something easy. We try and accomplish more of an experience.”Shanti Groove plays its homegrown tunes on Thursday night at Sherpa & Yeti’s in Breckenridge.Groovy Grass

• What: Shanti Groove• Where: Sherpa & Yeti’s, Breckenridge• When: Thursday; doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 10• Tickets: $7 in advance and $8 on the day of the show- For more information, check out

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