Tribute bands, twang rock, roots & hip-hop in Summit County this week
Who: 1999 The Prince Tribute Band and SWASO (two separate bands)When: TonightWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeWhere’d the name come from: “1999” came to us fairly quickly; it’s instantly recognizable and “Purple Reign” was already taken. SWASO is the lead singer’s last name.Home base: Chapel Hill, N.C.Who are you: “1999” is a touring Prince tribute band featuring members of Who’s Bad, playing all the hits from the “Prince and the Revolution” era. SWASO is a four-piece original pop and rock group, destined for greatness by putting on one of the best rock shows that can only be described as pure electricity.If your music were a tangible item what would it be and why: A Grammy Award. ‘Nuff said.How do you keep it fresh: We like to expand on songs and really make a journey out of it. It keeps us on our toes.What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done: Attempt to drive to the Denver Airport from Breck, after a show at 3 a.m., in the middle of a snowstorm.
Who: Nightrain – A tribute to Guns N’ RosesWhen: SaturdayWhere: The Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern, Highway 6, DillonWhere’d the name come from? “Nightrain” is one of our favorite Guns N’ Roses songs.Home base: BoulderWho are you? We are members of three different Colorado bands (Holden Young Trio, Jet Edison, Lunar Fire) who decided to rock the music of Guns N’ Roses for four shows this winter. We do mostly “Appetite for Destruction” and “Use Your Illusion” songs with bass, two guitars, drums and keys.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? We’d be a bottle of Nightrain whiskey traveling around Colorado in a van full of hookers.Why do people love ya? We play the music of Guns N’ Roses and have a great time doing it. It’s like a vacation from all our original projects where we can share with the audience a different side of our musical personalities. Rock ‘n’ roll is best kept loud and live, and we’re proud to reproduce one of the most outspoken and in-your-face rock bands to our Colorado music fans.How do you keep it fresh? Lots of tattoos, booze and blondes.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? It all seems normal after a while. Singing like Axl, playing guitar like Slash and rocking the bars from night to night. Once you’re on the nightrain its hard to get off. The craziest thing we’ve done is happening right now at a bar near you.
Who: Thunder Body and Sophistafunk (two bands)When: MondayWhere: three20southWhere’d the name come from? Rachel opened a book to a page that read THUNDER; sophisticated-funk. Home base: Rochester, N.Y. and Syracuse, N.Y. Type of music: Roots, dub, reggae; funk, soul, hip-hop If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A lioness- the prowess and majesty of the jungle; Headphones – the classic delivery item of the universal language Why do people love ya? Both bands play the freshest music and have unique and interactive stage presences. How do you keep it fresh? We mix it up every night; the vibe of the crowd, of the room, is ever-present in our live shows. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Gone on tour with Sophistafunk.
Who: 4H RoyaltyWhen: ThursdayWhere: Dillon Dam Brewery, DillonWhere’d the come from? Classified.Home base: DenverType of music: Twang rock; we’re focused on original music in the tradition of classic country, rock ‘n’ roll and blues.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? It would be a large, fully-stocked industrial quality rolling tool cabinet – infinitely useful and a stately place to store other tangible items as necessary.Why do people love ya? We provide a highly-subjective, irreverent and self-effacing listening experience.
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