Local funksters Flux 5 play ShowDown Town concert | VailDaily.com

Local funksters Flux 5 play ShowDown Town concert

Special to the DailyFlux5 from left, Matt Cheek, Dave Laub, Scott Mattson, Richie Vazquez and Andy Schmidt

EAGLE By continually pushing stylistic boundaries to achieve a signature sound, the local musicians who make up Flux5 have achieved a devoted fan base with their fusion of soul, jazz, R&B, funk, rock, gospel and hip hop. They play in Eagle Town Park Thursday as the ShowDown Town free concert series continues. Performing their New Orleans-flavored sound around the state since 2002, Flux5 takes a very organic approach to their improvisational funk. Over the past five years, the band has experienced several changes in its musical direction, always keeping things fresh and hip. The band has shared dates with nationally acclaimed funk superstars Vinyl and Karl Densons Tiny Universe, as well as backed the famed New Orleans funk drummer Stanton Moore at a drum clinic in 2006. Last summer, they won the first annual Frisco-Colorado Fired up Band Contest and performed at the Music on Main Street event.

This group is comprised of five hard working jazz and funk musicians. Collectively, the members have earned four music degrees, logged thousands of hours of stage time and played numerous music festivals. Bassist Richie Vazquez is an aggressive player with great chops and a natural feel. Colorado native drummer Scott Mattson propels the band with fresh ideas and energetic grooves. Nashville-born guitarist Matt Cheek is the smiling free spirit that lays down the feel-good guitar lines that give the group its natural, flowing feel.

Keyboardist Andy Schmidts organically grown keys and thick buttery sounds are also a vital component of Flux5. His vibrant playing and funky syncopations bring out the great textures that provide the core sound of this quintet. The final element of Flux5 is funk-master and band leader Dave Laub. Armed with the big fat sound of his tenor saxophone and his great sense of musicality, Laub is the man that brings this blend of top-shelf players together. Now in its eighth season, the ShowDown Town is a family event with a variety of kids activities complementing the music each week. ShowDown Town, presented by the Town of Eagle, is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information, call 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.

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