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Walking Mountains hosting Escape Cabin Fever concert, March 4

Funk/soul band Euforquestra will perform Saturday at the inaugural Escape Cabin Fever at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon.
Tobin Voggesser | Special to the Daily |

If you go …

What: Escape Cabin Fever, with music from Euforquestra.

When: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 4.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon.

Cost: $100, includes music, food and beverages.

More information: Event is 21 and older. Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/cabinfever.

You know how really good funk music digs down to your very marrow and gives you no choice but to jump out of your chair and dance?

Euforquestra does that to you.

The band plays Saturday night at Escape Cabin Fever, a benefit for Walking Mountains Science Center.

Euforquestra (pronounced yoo-FOHR-keh-struh, think euphoria plus orchestra). The band delivers what it calls “modern funk and roots with vintage soul.”

They’ve been wrapping up their fifth album, “Fire,” and are creating all kinds of new material, said Mike Tallman, guitarist, singer and co-founder.

Escape Cabin Fever

Euforquestra members live on the Front Range, and they come into the mountains every time they can, Tallman said.

“We love visiting the ski towns,” he said.

When Walking Mountains called them for this weekend’s benefit, the band members thought about it for mere moments and said, “Sure!”

“We are excited to host our first-ever concert at Walking Mountains,” said Patty White, vice president of development for the science center. “This is going to be a fabulous evening with awesome music, food and drinks.”

Because they’re Walking Mountains and think of stuff like this, they’re running two free buses from the Dusty Boot Roadhouse in Eagle to Walking Mountains Science Center. Another shuttle will run throughout the night from Avon Elementary School to the concert. Parking at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon will be limited, because it’s a science and nature center and there are all sorts of better uses for their land.

Dance party

Euforquestra plays for just about every human function and malfunction you can imagine. Sometimes people have ideas about how they think the gig should go. Walking Mountains did none of that.

“They hired us to do what we do, which is great for us,” Tallman said. “We just like to bring a lot of energy and create a dance party.”

The band started in Iowa City, Iowa, and relocated to Colorado in 2008.

They started like most bands. One of the guys knows a guy who knows a guy, and in less time than it takes the drummer to count off the next song, they were a band.

Tallman and some friends had played together in high school. They went to college together in Iowa City to keep the band together. They met some folks at college who expanded the sound.

“Before we knew it, we had a horn section and a percussionist,” Tallman said.

They can have as many as 11 musicians on the stage.

Back in Iowa, they originally called themselves Euphoria.

They had a bunch of horns on stage and one of the guys said, “It looks like an orchestra.”

One of the band members came up with Euforquestra and they’ve stayed with it for 13 years.

Proceeds from Escape Cabin Fever benefit Walking Mountains’ natural science and sustainability education programs. The event is restricted to adults ages 21 and older.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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