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Put on your boogie shoes

Cassie Pence
Special to the DailyBus loaded with snowboard and groove gear, Vinyl heads into Vail tonight to 8150.

Slipping in and out of each genre gracefully, Vinyl creates one solid musical groove, a sound hard to categorize.”Categories are a drag,” Geoff Vaughan, bass player, said. “It’s groove music. We don’t just jam, the songs have parts. We don’t just go off into oblivion. There is a beginning, middle and end with room for fooling around in the middle.”Being vocalist free, when writing songs Vinyl draws on the individual music tastes of its members. Vinyl’s players are Doug Thomas, saxophone and flute; Jonathan Korty, Hammond Organ, keys and harp; Antonio Onorato, congas and timables; Sean Onorato, percussion and bongos; Danny Cato, trumpet; Billy Frates, guitar; Alexis Razon, drums; and Vaughan, bass.”Among the members of the band, the guys listen to a lot of reggae and Latin music and hip hop,” Vaughan said. “The members’ music collections are varied. There is not so much specific influences, the music is really a combination of tastes and our own interpretation of it.”One common vibe running through to the musical finger tips of each player is – home. All natives of the Mill Valley, Calif., area, Vinyl was born with a simple suggestion, “Hey let’s get together and play.” Slowly – about a year later – but surely, Vinyl made its way into a practice room and began jamming.”There was an excitement in the air,” Razon said. “There was a general hype about us. We had friends who supported us. They would say, “Hey there is a new group in town and they happen to be our friends.’ There was great local support in the beginning. It was a real special thing. I would see people together I haven’t seen together in awhile. It was a great community thing.”Since its inception, Vinyl has released three independent records: 1997’s self-titled debut, 1998’s “Live at Sweetwater,” and 2001’s “Flea Market.” Still nameless, Vinyl will release a live album this summer taped in San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall.”With our first album – whatever came out, came out. We recorded early on in our little studio. What led us to become a band was listening to the recording. We said, “Hey that sounds good, let’s see how far we can take it,” Razon said.Time has gifted them with experience. Vinyl has a better handling of its instruments, Razon said. “Flea Market” is a good example of Vinyl’s versatility. The band takes you on several musical journeys, steering you in a slew of harmonious directions, Afro-cuban north or funkdified west, within a single song. But it is under the lights of a stage that Vinyl really shines. Playing over 700 shows, Vinyl is most comfortable playing for dancing bodies.”When we play live, we play high energy. When the audience gets into it, the energy of the music goes up,” Vaughan said. “Interaction with the audience is exciting.”One of Vinyl’s snow-filled tour highlights is 8150’s bouncing floor. Vaughan promises an earth-shaking show. They play tonight at 10.

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