Slipstream brings traditional bluegrass to Dam Brewery |

Slipstream brings traditional bluegrass to Dam Brewery

Richard Chittick

When the Boulder-based band Slipstream takes the stage, there’s no telling just what’s going to happen.

With only three musicians in the official lineup, there’s generally plenty of room for a fourth or fifth player to join in, and there’s generally plenty of musicians out there who are willing to do it.

Whether it’s Leftover Salmon’s Noam Pikelny, Open Road’s Bobby Britt or Darol Anger of the David Grisman Quartet, some renowned bluegrass musicians have been known to play with Slipstream.

That’s not to say that Slipstream’s standard lineup of Rich Zimmerman on mandolin and vocals, Brad Murphey on guitar and Paul Waitinas on upright bass can’t stand alone.

In concert, the three instruments build on each other, and Zimmerman’s voice balances nicely on top of it all.

“We’re kind of progressive bluegrass. It’s pretty straightforward, but we don’t have the traditional lineup,” said Waitinas Wednesday from his Boulder home.

“One of the reasons we do the three piece is so that we can have guests,” he said.

He wouldn’t commit to announcing whether a guest will join the band during tonight’s show at the Dillon Dam Brewery, but he hinted that he had invited a few well-known Boulder musicians to come along.

Slipstream will be making its third appearance at the Dillon Dam Brewery tonight. They will take the stage at 10 p.m. following a showing of “CORE: Total Telemark III,” which begins at 8 p.m.

Waitinas loves returning to the High Country, having lived in Frisco for several years before relocating to Boulder with the band last month.

Waitinas, Murphey and Zimmerman have been playing together as Slipstream for roughly a year, but they played together on a regular basis long before that.

“Rich and I have been in various bands for the past four years in the Vail area,” said Waitinas. “We’ve been friends with Murph for a while so we thought we might as well give it a shot.”

Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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