Deep-fried and proud of it |

Deep-fried and proud of it

Wren Wertin

Playing in Phish-meets-Jimmy-Buffet style, they describe themselves as mountain rock. The Denver-based band is a 30-something group of musicians who bonded over a shared love of the varied music spawned by the ’60s.

And in order to facilitate their grooves, they’re big fans of bootlegging at their shows. They don’t even make their fans work for them, as they offer downloadable shows on their official Web site (

Their debut album, “Mountain Mayhem,” gives a taste of their jam-happy instrumentals and lyrical originals. When they begin to sound like any other party band, the sax and drums save the day and keep it interesting.

Crispy Critters play the Half Moon Saloon in West Vail at 10 p.m. For more information, call the saloon at 476-4314.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.

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