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Live music is at home in Vail, even on tour

Wren Wertin
Special to the DailyTyrin Benoit and the Shuckers play for F.A.C. in Wolcott today at 4:30 p.m.
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Tyrin Benoit and the Shuckers at Wolcott Yacht Club

Tyrin Benoit, the Rocky Mountain kid with swamp rhythms and island suns in his blood, is returning to Vail to play for the last regular F.A.C. at the Wolcott Yacht Club. Though next week ends the series with a locals appreciation party, this week is the last time the signature F.A.C. will be seen until next summer.

Tyrin was born and raised in Louisiana, but has been living in Golden for the past few years. He made the move from Louisiana in order to separate his career and music from his brother Tab’s.



“The way this industry works is it always wants to package you all neat,” he said. “We wanted to be separate from Tab.”

They have many similarities of style, but Tyrin felt it was important to make it on his own name, do his own thing.



“It’s like a recipe,” he explained. “Everyone can cook the same one, but it tastes different every time.”

The drums keep a steady, insistent beat throughout the songs. The energy grows throughout every performance, whether or not there’s a full crowd. Tyrin Benoit and the Shuckers play their hearts out. Music is in Tyrin’s blood. He takes it seriously.

“It moves me,” he said. “Once you have it you have to give it away for it to work. It’s an exponentially growing monster… It keeps it real for you. So many things about the music business these days aren’t real. A lot of the stuff means nothing, just more substance. We’re just trying to bring the meat and potatoes back into the music.”



Tyrin promises a “hot, hot, hot fire” of a concert, rain or shine.

Something Underground at The Bridge, Vail

They’re melodically diverse and dance-friendly. Boulder-based Something Underground will put on one of their marathon shows at The Bridge in Vail Village.

The rock ‘n’ roll band steamed onto the scene in 2000. Expect to see them for a while. Winners of the 2003 Colorado Rolling Rock-Hard Rock Cafe Battle of the Bands, one listen to their debut album, “Slides,” explains why.

Ranging from no-holds-barred frenetic rhythms to introspective lyrics and moody melodies, they know their audience – give them variety, but keep them dancing.

The quartet cites Lenny Kravitz, U2, Sublime, Radiohead, Elvis Presley and the Righteous Brothers as some of their influences. Writes Arther Shuey in Outrider Magazine:

“Possibly the most distinctive factor in their hybrid sound is that their roots are consistently in the most in-your-face examples of the musical forms they blend. The funk element isn’t just some generic Jeri-Curl commercial music bed; it’s funks’ “Nah, man, this is the genuine (crap)’ response to hip-hop. The rock seasoning isn’t Fleetwood Mac; it’s Johnny Winter. The jazz comes from a dentist’s nitrous oxide tank, rather than the soothing background tracks piped into his waiting room.”

Something Underground gets underground at The Bridge today and Saturday at 9 p.m.

Toots and the Maytals at 8150, Vail

The man known as “the James Brown of Reggae” will be rocking 8150 today, in celebration of the simultaneous birthday of co-owners Steve Kovacik and Pat Devlin. It’s a birthday bash happy feet won’t want to miss.

Toots and the Maytals will enable reggae lovers to wear irie grins from ear to ear. Having won his James Brown-esque title as a result of the consensus that he’s the hardest working man in reggae, expect a long show. At a time when no band wants to be pigeonholed into a genre – they’re funk meets bluegrass meets Cajun or whatnot – Toots plays reggae. The real deal.

“Dancehall today is not important,” said Toots in a previous Vail Daily article. “It’s not culture, it’s not reggae. I try to put a lot of hip-hop in it, but real reggae don’t have those things. Hip-hop don’t belong to Jamaica. Real reggae is roots. It’s roots, rock, reggae. The roots – that’s what I am.”

Toots has been playing such pure rhythms for more than 35 years. Originally a country boy from rural Jamaica, Toots fled the little town of May Pen early in his teens in search of the bright lights of Kingston, Jamaica. He would later name his band (the Maytals) in honor of his hometown, Maypen.

Toots and the Maytals continue to record and tour steadily. They’ve still got things to write and sing about, and last year released “World Is Turning,” featuring originals and a wide range of styles and influences.

8150’s doors open at 9 p.m. For more information on the concert call them at 479-0607.


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