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Get your groove on in Avon

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyDrum virtuoso Stanton Moore helped found New Orleans funk band Galactic in the early '90s and now, nearly 20 years later, he's a Big Easy mainstay. He brings his trio, one of two side projects, to Agave in Avon Sunday.

AVON – NOLA native Stanton Moore wails on the drums like a fat kid munches Oreos – fast and furious. For progressive jazz-funk outfit Galactic, that means Moore is banging his sticks somewhere around 120 nights a year. But this is a man that loves music, and LOVES the drums, which is why he has two additional side projects going –avant-funk band Garage a Trois and the funky Stanton Moore Trio with Will Bernard and Wil Blades. He’ll be in town with the latter this weekend.

After shows in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins, Stanton heads west, to Agave in Avon, for a show Sunday night. Stanton has performed in Vail before – with Galactic at the long-gone 8150 (yes, he remembers the bouncing floor quite well) – but never with his trio. And like every musician being interviewed by a journalist busily typing every word that pours forth, he said he’s looking forward to the show.

“It’s going to be high-energy, as you can expect,” Moore said during a phone interview this week. “If anyone is familiar with what I do, this is a very groove-oriented band. (The trio) allows me to be more interactive with what I’m doing, and with the audience. There’s a lot of improvising, and a lot of solos. It should be fun.”

The trio has been together since 2005 and they released their third project, “Groove Alchemy” in April. And by project, we truly mean project. “Groove Alchemy” is more than a CD, it’s also an instructional DVD and book.

All three facets of the project are designed to explore the roots of funk drumming by examining the work of pioneers like Jabo Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, and Zigaboo Modeliste – each of whom made their mark at different times throughout the 1960s as the engines driving James Brown’s and the Meters’ legendary rhythm sections – and in turn tracing their influences back to the rhythms coming out of New Orleans in the earlier part of the 20th century.

“It’s all about my approach to funk drumming,” Moore said. “It’s the history of it –understanding where some of the innovations came from and which innovations led to what. By understanding those creative processes, we can apply them and come up with new things.”

Moore calls it “by far the most time-intensive project I’ve ever put together.” But with the labor, comes the love.

“It’s really rewarding to have people come up to you and tell you that you’ve changed the way they play music,” Moore said.

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