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Gretchen Troop Band back at Back Bowl

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyGretchen Troop

EAGLE, Colorado – The Jammin’ into the Bowlmor music series returns to the Back Bowl Saturday at 8 p.m., with the reprise engagement of the Gretchen Troop Band.

Wielding a gritty and soulful voice, Gretchen Troop and her band throw you back to a time when the best blues singers still ruled the music world. Previously the lead singer for one of Denver’s premier funk and blues bands, The Shamans, Troop has honed her craft to become one of the regions truest blues voices.

Her previous performance at the Eagle bowling alley was a success for the journeyman entertainer.

“The more Gretchen sang, the more our bowlers began to wander in between frames just to see who this woman was,” said owner and manager Joe Gonzalez. “It was pretty impressive. It really created a fantastic vibe in the room, very spontaneous and great energy.”

After spending considerable time in San Francisco’s jazz-funk influenced music scene, Troop moved to New York, where she submerged herself in the blues. There, she began developing her own take on blues classics, beginning the creative process that would lead her to perform her own originals alongside many of the standards that still hold up as they have for decades. One look at her set list tells all you need to know about where her loyalties lie. With names like Robert Johnson, Billie Holliday, Willie Dixon and Etta James, you’ll know what to expect from her energetic and soulful performances.

Upon her return to Denver, she threw herself into a vibrant music scene that embraced her traditional sound. Eventually she met the players that would ultimately form the Gretchen Troop Band.

The ‘Jamming into the Bowlmor’ music series presents free live music in the Bowlmor Lounge on Saturdays. The Bowlmor Cafe is also offering a dinner and show special that includes a steak dinner for $11.95 with a bottle of wine for an additional $9. For more information, visit or call 970-328-BOWL.

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