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Eleven Fingered Charlie coming to Avon

Taylor L. Roozen
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyAustin, Texas' Eleven Fingered Charlie will bring a blend of reggae, jazz and rock to Avon Friday
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AVON, Colorado – With nothing but a guitar strapped to his back, Texas blues legend Eleven Fingered Charlie traveled around the Lone Star state spreading his music, according to the band named in his memory – Austin, Tex.-based Eleven Fingered Charlie. And just like the original musician, the four-piece band travels around the country spreading their blend of rock, reggae and jazz. Their goal, according to drummer Dustin Hall, is to blend the three genres into one seamless and original sound. They strive to cross between styles without making the transition sound forced.

In between tour stops in Denver and Grand Junction, the band brings their laid-back rhythms to Finnegan’s Wake in Avon Friday night. The free show begins at 9 p.m.

Michael Welle, general manager of Finnegan’s Wake, praises the band for fusing genres, calling it “exciting and different.”

The music invites listeners who are looking to get up and dance, and those who just want to relax and listen. Hall said it is music that other musicians will enjoy, and not just “generic background party music.”

Creating music is only part of being a band.

“You have to be a small business as well,” Hall said. “You can’t just go out and jam.”

Preparing merchandise and getting music online so that people can hear it is as important as creating music, because this is how they gain fans, he said.

The band has struggled with organization in the past. They have organized their merchandise and music sales on Myspace this year, which is how they’ve been able to tour full time, Hall said.

Eleven Fingered Charlie likes to get get to know their fans, which is why they occasionally party with fans and occasionally let them dance on stage.

“You can’t just show up and play … and not be interested in hanging out with anybody, because they’re the whole reason why we’re traveling and able to do the things that we do,” Hall said.

The band will release their third album in late summer or early fall. Hall said the album, which they’ve yet to name, will showcase the most current incarnation of Eleven Fingered Charlie. It is the first album that had equal input from all band members.

Hall also hopes that the album will bring attention to Pirate Studios in Austin, a brand new studio where they recorded.

Other members of the band are saxophone player Rodney Howell, bass player Chad Manes, and Travis Damron, who sings and plays guitar.

The band said its musical influences range wildly from death metal to country, including of course, reggae, rock and jazz. The band struggles to single out bands, but mentioned Finley Quaye, Dave Matthews and Roy Hargrove as influences.