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Vinyl shakes out grooves

Kimberly Nicoletti

Event: VinylWhen: Tuesday nightWhere: Sherpa & Yeti’s, BreckenridgeBRECKENRIDGE-When a band takes the stage with the likes of Phil Lesh or the Meters, it either lays down an infectious groove or loses upcoming gigs to the next set of musicians in the deep sea of jam.Unlike its namesake, Vinyl has staying power. It performed as Lesh’s band for a sold-out concert in Petaluma, Calif., and shared the stage with the Meters at the House of Blues in New Orleans. In 1999, Jambands.com’s nationwide poll voted the outfit one of the top 25 bands in the country.Vinyl’s infectious grooves blend old-school funk, Latin percussion, reggae and rhythm and blues into original, dance-oriented sounds. At shows, crowds can’t help but latch onto Vinyl’s high energy, which results in an upward spiral of gyration -especially in the mountains.”The tours we most look forward to are in Colorado because we have a blast,” bassist Geoff Vaughan said. “People have an adventurous attitude in general there, and we share the same interests as far as outdoors and playing hard all day and all night. It’s similar to how we approach our lives. We like to think we bring a real positive attitude to our music and that we’re a pretty organic outfit- things have just evolved in a natural way with us. We try to play music that feels real, and that’s a characteristic of people in the mountains.”Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Vinyl came together in 1995 when a group of childhood and mutual friends hit on a unique chemistry during a jam session. With the exception of the sax player, all eight musicians have played together since the start. Doug Thomas is the new addition on flute and saxophone. Jonathan Korty drives the sound with his Hammond organ, keyboard and harmonica. Antonio Onorato pounds out Latin beats on the congas and timbales along with Sean Onorato on bongos and Alexis Raxon on drums. Danny Cao belts out the brass on trumpet alongside guitarist Billy Frates and bassist Vaughan.”We write as a group,” Vaughan said. “We play on vintage instruments, which give a warmth and call back to some of the days gone by when these styles (of jazz, blues, funk and rhythm and blues) were first introduced. Not that we have anything against electronic or techno. We just aspire toward a more rootsy vibe.”Fans can expect the cross section of material laid down on Vinyl’s first three albums – from simplistic grooves to high-energy musical journeys. The jam begins around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sherpa & Yeti’s in Breckenridge.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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