Nederland-based band performs first Vail show Wednesday |

Nederland-based band performs first Vail show Wednesday

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily

VAIL, Colorado – There’s a good chance of snow, but that’s not stopping Mountain Standard Time from throwing a beach party at Samana Lounge in Vail, Colorado. That’s right, the Nederland-based band is big on theme shows, complete with live painters, hula hoopers and costumes. Tonight’s Vail show is called “Life’s a Beach.” More than just a concert, the show is billed as a feast for the senses.

But that doesn’t mean these guys can’t hold their own on stage, playing everything from straight-up funk to twangy bluegrass. Out of the six members, four are songwriters. Nick Dunbar, the band’s guitarist, mandolin player and one of the singers, took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.

1. Vail Daily: How many bad jokes to you get about your band name?

Nick Dunbar: Not too many funny jokes about the name, but maybe we will move to the beach and call ourselves Pacific Standard Time.

2. VD: Tell me about something funny that happened at a recent show?

ND: Kid in a banana suit with roller skates. Do I need to say more?

3. VD: You guys are into themed shows. Wednesday’s show is “Life’s a Beach.” What can people expect?

ND: Expect bikins, board shorts, beach balls, tanktops and a few palm trees. We are encouraging people to dress up in their beach gear. Bring sunblock and sunglasses, but please no banana hammocks.

4. VD: And why do you guys strive for an overall performance, with hula hoopers, live painters etc, rather than just a concert?

ND: We are inspired by art and by people dancing and hula hoooping, so why not include these people in our shows? It’s a reciprical relationship where everything works together to create an all-encompassing experience that appeals to all the senses. The painters are affected by the music that we put out as well as the hoopers, and than we are affected by the crowd and they are affected by what the painters and hoopers are doing as well as what we are doing. To create a great show is a team effort. Our job is the music.

5. VD: How do you describe your sound?

ND: Our sound is eclectic; an always-evolving fusion of bluegrass, funk, jazz, rock, trans and folk. We play nearly 100 percent originals and we continue to write without barriers, genres, or without demographic in mind. The music is free music.

6. VD: Tell me about some of your musical influences?

ND: So many influences: John Hartford, John Coltrane, Grateful Dead, Danny Barnes, Phish, Split lip Rayfield and Tim O’Brien.

7. VD: Are you working on an album?

ND: We are about to go in the studio to record for the first time … this will be our last show for a few weeks so we are pumped to come out and throw down.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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