SK6ERS bring upbeat rock to Beaver Creek
Vail, CO Colorado
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers with special guest Aslyn kick off the first-time Underground Sound concert series Sunday. The first of seven shows in the concert series will take place at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The SK6ERS, as their fans affectionately named them, keep their rock upbeat and light, ala John Mellancamp and Counting Crows. Kellogg grew up listening to a mix of his dad’s 1970s records and attending heavy metal concerts in the ’80s with his sister, both of which informs his sound today.
“I’m as much a product of Whitesnake as I am of Jackson Browne,” Kellogg said. “The beauty of The Sixers is that they don’t have a problem with that.”
Kellogg took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.
1. Vail Daily: Tell me about the creative process behind your newest album, “Live From the Heart.” What made you choose those particular tracks to commemorate your 1,000th show?
Stephen Kellogg: We have a pretty big catalog, so I started with a list of all the songs we had to play if it were our last show ever … fan favorites, band favorites, etc. It was too many songs so we cut another 7 or 8 and then built the whole show around trying to make that batch of 25 songs work together in a comprehensive concert. Part of it had to do with the special guests. I would have sung “Old McDonald Had A Farm” with Josh Ritter (because I think so much of him), but we settled on the Dean Martin tune because we had sung it together before.
2. VD: So tell me how you guys came up with your band name?
SK: Well, there’s four of us, so…
3. VD: You were just recognized as entertainers of the year by Armed Forces Entertainment. How does that feel?
SK: Like any award, it always feels good to be recognized. And like most awards I’ve received in my life, you wonder if you really did anything to deserve it. The people who voluntarily join our Armed Forces deserve the honor.
4. VD: How would you describe your musical sound?
SK: Heartland rock. Music for people that liked what John Mellancamp was doing in 1982 and the Counting Crows were doing in the ’90s.
5. VD: So Boots is a Mets fan! What teams do you all root for?
SK: Will more people come to the show if say the Broncos and Rockies? We all have our sports teams. Steamer (our guitar/pedal steel player) is from Cleveland and his allegiences are such. I grew up in Connecticut, so a combination of NY teams and Boston teams for me, and Goose is just so into fantasy football, it’s embarassing.
6. VD: What can the audience here at the Vilar Center expect from one of your live performances?
SK: Well the focus is always the songs and even more specifically the words of the songs but I think one of the things that has kept me coming back for more over the years is the element of spontaneity and entertainment that we try to bring to the show. I will say in this paper that I will personally refund anyone’s ticket that doesn’t have an awesome time. I’d like to see Ozzy (Osbourne) do that.