Variety of cultures influence this week’s music scene
Who: TurbineWhen: TonightWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeTickets: $7Home base: New York CityType of music you play/who are you? Ryan Rightmire on harmonica and acoustic guitar, Jeremy Hilliard on electric guitar, Justin Kimmel on bass and Octavio Salman on drums. If you were to strap a rocket to Bob Dylan’s back, basically weaponize him, and have him front Radiohead – that’s the direction we’re aiming for, with a touch of bluegrass for good measure.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? It would be your favorite chair, comfortable and broken in, much like your favorite songs – but a bit old and tattered. Inside the left armrest contains a door that when opened up reveals a modern, more futuristic chair. At first glance it appears uncomfortable, but when you sit in it, it is far more comfortable than the previous chair. However, when you least expect it, the second chair will turn back into the first one, and your comfort level will decrease. Did I mention they serve pizza on the second chair? You get to keep that either way because we have a “fans first” attitude.Why do people love ya? It’s a combination of things. It’s the songwriting, three-part harmonies, crazy instrumental passages, but mostly this whole chair thing that I discussed before. How do you keep it fresh? Well, I’m the harmonica player, so from my perspective it’s about breaking new ground on the instrument – using effects to make it sound like an organ, cheesy 80’s synthesizer, DJ turntable, electric guitar, elephant or whatever comes to mind. Biggest moment? Playing at Bonnaroo this past year. We played two shows, and the response was amazing. You can see footage on our website turbinemusic.com. Also, we have a new live album with songs from that show as well as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. That’s streaming on the site as well.
Who: The MotetWhen: Saturday Where: three20south, BreckenridgeWhere’d the name come from? Divine inspirationHome base: Lyons, Colo.Type of music: Afro-funk-electro-jazzIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A hot tub. When you get in, it feels good and when you get out you’re all wet.Proud moment: We’ve been filling dance floors and making people happy in Colorado for over 10 years.How do you keep it fresh? Different music and different musicians.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Played on a boat while cruising under the Statue of Liberty.
Who: The RagbirdsWhen: TuesdayWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeWhere did the name come from? Our lead singer’s love of birds and the patchwork-like mix of styles we play musically.Home base: Ann Arbor, Mich.Type of music: We call it infectious “Global Groove.” It’s a mix of up-beat folk rock, Afro-beat, Celtic and Gypsy music.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? It would be a gift, a wrapped present – because you can’t explain it until you’ve already opened it, until you’ve already experienced it.Why do people love ya? Because we smile, and we bring something musically that they haven’t heard before. It’s fresh.How do you keep it fresh? By bringing in sounds and music from other cultures.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? We were on tour in Japan last year, playing in front of a crowd of 5,000, and a lot of them were singing along with our songs.
Who: Mountain Standard TimeWhen: Tuesday Where: three20south, BreckenridgeWhere’d the name come from? The majestic Rocky Mountain region time zone that we are so happy to inhabit!Home base: Nederland. Yay!!Type of music: Bluegrass, jam, funk, fusion. Four songwriters in the band contribute to an eclectic and healthy fusion of many different genres. Sometimes they play straight-up funk, and other times they delve into bluegrass. The band plays almost entirely original compositions, never relying on standards or fiddle tunes.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A cool swimming pool on a hot summer day. You could just dive right in!Why do people love ya? Cute kids with a great happy-go-lucky attitude. They take the High Country mindset everywhere they go, and it gives people who don’t get to experience it every day a little peek into the scope. How do you keep it fresh? All original songs, constant attention to detail, ever exploratory yet constantly refined jams, and having way more than just a “concert.”What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? On the way back from 10,000 Lakes Festival, the band’s trailer got stolen with all of the gear in it, and they’ve spent the last nine months playing on donor gear but have continued to strive and succeed everywhere they go. Speed bump, not a road block!What else should we know? The theme of the night is “Life’s a Beach,” so swimsuits and sunblock will be a must! Also FYI – there will be NO lifeguard on duty, so swim at your own risk!Anything else? This band is built from the ground up, on spilt whiskey, and is ready to delve into a fresh decade.
Who: Rankin ScrooWhen: WednesdayWhere: three20south, Breckenridge Where’d the name come from? From a style of bike riding in Jamaica with heels in, toes out and a mad face called screw face.Home base: Jamaica, West Indies Who are you? Rankin Scroo the Urban Reggae Godfada What’s your style? Reggae, rock, hip-hop and rhythm-and-bluesIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? The Book of Life because it’s full of peace, love and harmony, truth and rights, unity and strength, self empowerment, etc. Why do people love ya? Because I’m a people person.How do you keep it fresh? God, my fans and the younger generation.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Joining the U.S. Army as a Jamaican.
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