Beatboxer Heatbox will perform in West Vail Saturday |

Beatboxer Heatbox will perform in West Vail Saturday

Special to the DailyAaron Heaton, aka Heatbox, began beatboxing in high school and never stopped. He performs at the Sandbar in West Vail tonight.

VAIL One man performer Heatbox will perform tonight at the Sandbar in Vail. The music will start at 10 p.m. Tickets are $7. Local group MTHDS will open.Singing since the age of 10, Aaron Heaton, AKA Heatbox, knew performing was in his blood. When the Minnesota native began making sounds and beats with his mouth in high school, it simply clicked.Heaton, who took first place at the 2007 Yo! The Music Minneapolis beatbox battle, is known for bringing his unique you have to see it to believe it quality to the table. His singing, beatboxing, looping and a warm sense of humor is entertaining. Heatons songs and sounds range from soulful Motown a cappella to the fastest mouthful of beats one could imagine. The musician has opened for such acts as Bone Thugs N Harmony, Afroman, Ozomatli, DJ Logic, Medeski, Martin & Wood, John Popper, Vanilla Ice and Mike Doughty.In advance of tonights performance, Heaton answered a few questions. Vail Daily: How did you get your start in the music industry?Aaron Heaton: The band I still play with in Minneapolis (Root City Band) had me as a guest artist beatboxing on their album called A Many Too Few. I was on one track on the disc and would perform that one song with the band at shows. I just wouldnt stop showing up so eventually I was absorbed into the band as a full member.VD: How did you discover your beatboxing talents?AH: Back in high school in 1998-99 me and all my friends were beatboxing. And I guess I was always the best one.VD: How do you describe your music?AH: I dont know… A cappella techno funk?VD: It seems like beatboxing went out of vogue awhile back, how are you keeping the genre alive and what kind of response do you get from audience members?AH: By this point in my career I am using a loop pedal and an effects pedal in the show. What I do is based on beatboxing, and Ive entered a few old-school beatboxing contests, but my show now isnt really beatboxing because Im using tools to add more … not just a man and a microphone.VD: What can audience members expect from your Saturday show?AH: A good time and a show thats probably different from what you have seen.VD: Who are some of your biggest influences?AH: The list goes on and on, but I think I sound like a combination of Rahzel, Bobby McFerrin and James brown… or at least I try to!

What: Heatbox, AKA Aaron Heaton will perform. Local group MTHDS will open. Where: Sandbar Sports Grill, West VailWhen: Saturday. Opening band will start around 10 p.m.Cost: $7.More information: Call 970-476-4314.

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