Boulder trio SunSquabi returns to Vail for performance tonight
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Where: Vail Ale House.
When: 10 p.m. Saturday.
More information: Call 970-476-4314.
VAIL — Boulder band SunSquabi expects 2015 to be a banner year.
“We’re finalizing our summer plans and working on some really big things right now, including a new LP, several collaborations and taking our live show to a new level,” said guitarist and producer Kevin Donohue. “I’m very excited for what 2015 and the future holds for us.”
Four years ago, Donohue and bassist Andrew Clymer broke away from their hip-hop roots and decided to move beyond sample-based electronic music, opting to create their own blend of live instrumentation and production. SunSquabi was born. The duo performed at the Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks Amphitheater in June 2011 and shortly thereafter, drummer and Boston native Chris Anderson joined the group. The threesome takes their own musical roots of funk, blues and progressive rock and incorporates electronic elements.
Making ‘Peanut Butter’
“It’s like combining the soul and darkness of rock and blues with the intensity and unlimited potential of dance music and jam. Or peanut butter as we have decided to call our improv work in 2015,” Donohue said.
The band returns to the Vail Ale House for a show at 10 p.m. tonight.
“We performed in Vail for the first time in 2012 and it has always been one of our favorite places to play,” Donohue said.
In addition to the Vail show, the band will play shows in Frisco, Telluride, Winter Park and Aspen on this mini tour.
“We absolutely love playing in the mountains. It always feels like a family reunion when we play up here,” he said.
During the past two years, SunSquabi has performed at some of the country’s most notable music festivals, including Wakarusa, Sonic Bloom, SnowBall, SXSW and more. The trio has been consistently touring the U.S. since 2012, and has shared the stage with Big Gigantic, Pretty Lights, GriZ, Murphy of STS9, Up Until Now, Two Fresh, Conspirator, Michal Menert, Boombox, Break Science, Ghostland Observatory and many more.
SunSquabi strives to break down the expectations of what a “live-electronic” band should be. The band has recently overhauled its live set and has plans to tour all around the U.S. in 2015. They will be making appearances at several major festivals this spring, including Gem and Jam in Tucson, Arizona and Winter Warmer in Madison, Wisconsin, both next month, and at McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Phoenix, Arizona in March.
“We are very grateful to be where we’re at, and I don’t see any signs of us slowing or stopping our quest to grow as people and as musicians, and hopefully one day be able to really change lives through our music,” Donohue said.
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