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Spring blues means to step in red hot shoes

Wren Wertin
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When Curtis Salgado discovered he was playing an outdoor show in Colorado in March, he was unfazed.

“We definitely take names,” said the musician. “We play whatever puts together a good flowing show that reaches a crescendo and a great peak – always leave them wanting more. We lay down rhythm and blues, blues, rock and roll, rock and soul – we’re not your typical little band, that’s for sure.”

Salgado and his group play for Street Beat today at Check Point Charlie in Vail Village at 6 p.m. It should be a warm one.

Salgado’s career has been diverse. He did stints as the lead singer for bands led by Robert Cray and Santana. John Belushi was rather taken by him, and developed his Blues Brothers character about him, he said. (Belushi was in Oregon filming “Animal House” and caught Salgado’s live show.) Salgado has also fronted his own band for the past decade.

But what unifies his career is his unswerving devotion to soul – though his definition is a little broader than most people’s. He explains it in his bio:

“If a song is sincere and you believe it, that’s soul. To me Pavarotti is as much a soul singer as Otis Redding; Merle Haggard and Hank Williams are soul singers as much as Sam Cooke. Soul is about heart and about belief.”

Salgado’s newest album, “Strong Suspicion,” was released Tuesday. On it, he illustrates his respect – and enthusiasm – for Al Green. But the live show is where it all began.

“Oh yeah. Oh, our music’s hot,” he said, laughing. “No, I have a very good band, and we’re not messing around up there. We’re soulful: good – great – musicianship. We’re serious about what we do, and we go out there to give the audience a good show, and also for us to have a good time doing it. We go out there to kick some butt and take some names.”

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