Single Malt Band a spirited start for Sunset at the Summit concerts |

Single Malt Band a spirited start for Sunset at the Summit concerts

Kimberly Nicoletti

DILLON – The Lake Dillon Amphitheatre comes alive with fiddle tunes, jump blues, zydeco, sock hops, disco, rockabilly, funk and mambo this summer. The Single Malt Band jump-starts the Sunset at the Summit Concert Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, twisting British ballads into a bluegrass groove and throwing in some Celtic, folk and acoustic rock.”It’s a new take on a Celtic, British sound,” guitarist and vocalist Jeff Hamer said. The band tends to set traditional ballads – and even glam-rock covers -to a bluegrass orchestration.”We do a lot of old folk music that we’ve dug up from all these archives and give it a modern edge,” fiddle and mandolin player Jordan Moretti said.The band is known for its edgy theatrics, often donning costumes and acting out ballads on stage.”We’ve been known to go wild sometimes,” bass player William Downes said. “The music is story-oriented, so there have been some theatrical things to evolve from these stories.”Though the theatrics don’t occur every night, the performance is always unpredictable and never boring, Hamer said. The band’s intricate fiddle tunes and danceable jams deliver a sound that makes audiences howl and hop.—Booker brings blues, swing and balladsDavid Booker & the Swingtet rouse the crowd at 7 p.m. July 6, directing rocking jump blues, Western swing tunes, jazz and ballads toward the audience’s whim.”I’ve got one eye on my guitar and one eye on the crowd, gauging their mood,” Booker said.He grew up on the outskirts of Manchester, England, listening to Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Over the years, he has been influenced by Big Joe Turner, James Brown, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and New Orleans-style rhythm and blues.—Cajun comes to ColoradoThe Cajun and zydeco dance craze floods the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre at 7 p.m. July 13 as The Colorado Cajun Dance Band infuses the crowd with “joie de vivre.””We put everything we have into it when we play,” fiddle player Hugh Robertson said. “It’s all about emotion and rhythm. It’s just got this liveliness to it that gets people up and going.”The band prides itself on pulling out all the stops and playing traditional French-Cajun music, instead of a watered-down version of it.”It comes from deep within the soul,” said Steve Hargroder, who grew up in Cajun Country. “Some of it is sad, and some of it is joyous. It’s all sung in Cajun French, and if you do it right, people can experience the emotion of the song without knowing the lyrics.”Band members teach a few Cajun steps before they rev up their fiddle and accordion.”We don’t do concerts, we do dances,” Hargroder said.All concerts at the amphitheatre are free and continue every Saturday through Aug. 31. For information, call (970) 470-1874.—Sunset at the Summit Concert Series- What: The Single Malt Band- When: 7 p.m., Saturday, June 29- Where: Lake Dillon Amphitheatre

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