Bluegrass at State Bridge Sunday
BOND – In Colorado, bluegrass can mean a lot of different things. And fans of all varieties can get their fill on Sunday at State Bridge. Three Colorado groups – Missed The Boat, String Board Theory and Hardscrabble – will perform a Sunday, fun-day show along the river.Missed The Boat, from Steamboat Springs, is building on the leadership groups like Leftover Salmon and The String Cheese Incident for a sound that is uniquely Colorado.”It’s certainly not traditional bluegrass,” said Missed The Boat guitarist Ryan Cox. “We play some more traditional tunes and a lot of our original material is in the bluegrass style, but I would say we trend toward the more jam-grass, Leftover (Salmon) sound.”The six-piece group incorporates guitar, electric bass, mandolin, banjo, dobro, harmonica and full drum kit. Although the group has been touring nationally, playing festivals like Wakarusa in the Ozark Mountains, the band members say there’s nothing like playing in Colorado. “State Bridge is such a gorgeous spot, with the river flowing right there,” Cox said. “The train rolls by and gives it a real unique feel. It means a lot to us to play a place like that. We love playing outside – a lot of our music is inspired by the outdoors in Colorado.” Also out of Steamboat, String Board Theory has been touring across Colorado and the western part of the U.S. for more than three years. With their unique high-energy blend of super jammy, funky, electro, psychedelic rock and blues, they are attracting new fans everyday.With influences such as Govt Mule, Pink Floyd, STS9, Peter Tosh and Lotus, an SBT show always includes deep-driving bass, solid-funky beats, and a dancing crowd, the band said. Hardscrabble, out of Eagle, has made a name for itself in the Eagle Valley with its blend of traditional bluegrass and colorful renditions of crowd favorites. They deliver a lively show aimed at audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds.”We’ve been influenced by music from a variety of different genres, and that’s evident in our repertoire,” said banjo player Eric Lovgren. “We try to have fun up there and keep the audience engaged. You’ll hear us play traditional bluegrass anthems by Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, mixed with ‘newgrass’ favorites by Sam Bush, John Hartford and the Old Crow Medicine Show. With our own unique interpretations of crowd favorites by bands like Sublime, The Grateful Dead and even Snoop Dogg, there’s something for everyone at a Hardscrabble show.”
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