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Mayhem String Band plays West Vail Saturday

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe Mayhem String Band returns to the Sandbar in West Vail for a show Saturday night. Tickets are $5 at the door.

VAIL, Colorado –Mississippi’s Mayhem String Band, who perform in Vail Saturday, play raw and aggressive bluegrass with a single goal – getting people on the dance floor. They’ve been coming to Colorado a few times a year for the past three years or so, and are developing a dedicated following on the Front Range and in some of the mountain towns. They return to the Sandbar in West Vail tonight. The show, which is $5 at the door, starts at 10 p.m.

Kevin Larkin, the mandolin and harmonica player for the band, took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.

Vail Daily: When did you last perform in Vail and what’s new with the band since then?

Kevin Larkin: We were in Vail back in March and had a damn good time. What’s new? Well, we’ve got a bunch of new songs and our beards are longer …

VD: You call your music outlaw bluegrass – what does that mean and what can folks expect from your show?

KL: Well, we would call it just “bluegrass,” but what certain people in Nashville call “bluegrass” and our definition are two totally different things. We play the old foot-stompin’, beer drinkin’, fast pickin’ bluegrass. Anyone who comes out to the show can expect to have a good time, and probably leave intoxicated.

VD: How do you describe your sound?

KL: I would say its more of an experience. Come to the show and find out!

VD: If you could play on one stage anywhere in the world, what would it be and why?

KL: Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, it holds like a million people.

VD: I like the name of your new album, “Land Pirates.” How did you come up with the name and how does it relate to the band?

KL: Well the concept came to us just before the great pirate craze of ’09. We had been touring around for a few weeks in the van and realized it was really just a pirate ship going from town to town, leaving wakes of friends and fans saying “what the hell happened last night?” Hence, Land Pirates …

VD: How long has the band been around and where are you based?

KL: We’ve been going strong for around four years with headquarters in Oxford, Miss.

VD: What do you remember about your last performance in Vail? Was it at the Sandbar?

KL: Yes, it was at the Sandbar and from what I can piece together, it was a real good time. Come on out Friday and git yer hillbilly on!

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