Summit County music: Medical Americana, Afro-Zep, covers & more |

Summit County music: Medical Americana, Afro-Zep, covers & more

Who: Great American TaxiWhen: TonightWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeWhere’d the name come from? Vince Herman’s skiing styleHome base: NederlandType of music: Medicinal AmericanaIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? It would be a deli tray. Lots of variety.Why do people love ya? Good songs and a good time.How do you keep it fresh? We don’t use a setlist, and we let the audience help dictate how the set is going to go.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? We all wore our hotel robes outside and sang Christmas carols around a lit up tree in Snowmass at 3 in the morning after a festival play in the beginning of September.

Who: The KinetixWhen: SaturdayWhere: three20south, BreckWhere’d the name come from? People always told us we have a bunch of energy on stage, and we like to make the audience dance and go nuts. We figured we needed a name that would make people think of energy and movement when they heard of us and Kinetix is just that: energy in motion! Home base: We met in Denver, but individually we’re from Boston, Chicago, and Columbia, Mo.Type of music: In our music, you hear elements of rock, house, pop, jam, funk, soul and hip-hop. We naturally like to switch it up and never tried playing a certain style; we’ve just always played what we were feeling at the time. I think that’s why people like us: You never really know what’s coming next, but you know it will be upbeat, danceable and make you want to party!If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Pringles – once you pop, you can’t stop! Why do people love ya? I don’t know; maybe ’cause we give away free beer! There will be a free New Belgium keg tapped at 9 p.m. for this show just to get the people ready to party!How do you keep it fresh? We’re always working on new tunes or new versions of old tunes. We also like to play interactive covers that engage the crowd and really amp ’em up. Two very successful ones in the past have been Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing In the Name Of” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” ( . There are Youtube videos to check out from some festivals we’ve played. We just recorded a live acoustic set at Dazzle in Denver and released that for free download. http://www.thekinetix.comWhat’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? We’ve done plenty of crazy things, most of which shouldn’t be public, but a few PG things I can share would be blowing up trailer tires going 80 mph on the highway in the middle of the desert at 4 a.m., going down a white-water river in Telluride where we should’ve had helmets and paddles and all we had were cheap floaty tubes, playing one late night festival then driving immediately after the show through the night to another fest to play in 100-plus degree heat without sleep or food. This one time in Vegas we stashed up all this … wait can’t talk about that …

Who: Afro-ZepWhen: TuesdayWhere: three20south, BreckWhere’d the name come from? We had the concept to do Afro-beat-inspired arrangements of Led Zeppelin tunes, and when we would send e-mails about setting up rehearsals, we would title them Afro-Zep. Then when it came time to decide on a band name, we realized we already had it.Home base: Chitown, Ill.Type of music: We play a set of all Led Zeppelin songs, but we re-do them in the style of Afro-beat and Afro-pop. Some tunes are mash-ups with Fela Kuti songs, like our mix of “Zombie” and “No Quarter,” others are rearranged with traditional African rhythms, and others are original arrangements based on grooves of artists such as Franco, Tinariwen, Thomas Mapfumo and others.Why do people love ya? Because they can get their groove on and dance all night, plus sing along with familiar songs. The most common comment after shows is “wow, that was real original,” which is pretty crazy considering we are a cover band.How do you keep it fresh? We don’t play shows that often. The three leaders of Afro-Zep have a few other projects as well, so when we get together to do our Afro-Zep set three or four tours a year, we are really excited about playing the tunes. Plus we have amazing musicians we get to play with each tour. For this tour we have Drew Littell and Greg Fundis on percussion, which makes for our best percussion line-up so far, plus Matt Pitts, who plays with the Motet on tenor.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? I’d say whenever we get together crazy, awesome weird stuff seems to occur, but the craziest thing we’ve done is a year and a half ago we booked our first tour that included some really nice clubs, before we even had the rest of our band or even the majority of our arrangements down.

Who: Jukebox Hero When and where: Thursday at Dillon Dam Brewery, every Friday at the Storm King Lounge at Copper Mountain 8-11 p.m., and every Saturday at Ollie’s Pub n’ Grub in Frisco at 9:30 p.m. Where’d the come from? Foreigner’s hit song – I bet you’ve heard it before, and yes we play it. Home base: Summit CountyType of music: Jukebox Hero plays what the crowd wants us to play. We have over 400 cover songs in our repertoire from rock and reggae, to country. We are Mike Woodard (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Crean (drums, vocals). We are both ski instructors at Copper Mountain who love playing music as much as skiing! If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? We would be one of those huge variety bags of Halloween candy – a little bit of everything, so everyone can find a piece that they like. Why do people love ya? Because we are approachable and love to talk with our audience and play what they want. Some bands keep a line between the stage and the audience and seem to be playing for themselves; we have no such line. Come on up and talk to us, request a song – really, we are here for you! How do you keep it fresh? We get most of our good song ideas from the crowd, so when we get one that we don’t know yet, we’ll learn it for next week’s show. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? This New Year’s Eve, we were playing at the Incline Bar and Grill at Copper from 3-5 p.m., and right when we were done playing, a private party came in and paid us a $1,000 to keep playing for two more hours – got to make hay while the sun shines!

Who: Signal PathWhen: ThursdayWhere: three20south, BreckBirthplace of band? Missoula, Mont., by a collective of musicians from Colorado, New Orleans and Montana.Home base: DenverType of music: We play live electronic music incorporating all the tools available to us- computers, music software, software interfaces, synthesizers, guitars, bass, acoustic drums, our voices, etc. If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? It would be popcorn at a hardware store, because it’s free. Download all our albums free from our website, Why do people love ya? Because we are just like them.How do you keep it fresh? We keep it fresh by being inspired by a wide variety of amazing individuals and staying true to ourselves and our creative voice.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? This is not necessarily the craziest thing or the weirdest thing, but it does comes to mind: After a show at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, and a long night of celebration, we faked that my friend Alex was blind by blindfolding him and giving him a cane (because blind people wear blindfolds), so that we could sneak our two dogs off our bus and into the Bellagio. Surprisingly, it worked.

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