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Versatility comes to 8150 in form of The Mercury Project

Andrew Harley

Special to the DailyThe Mercury Project puts the primer on the party at 8150 tonight at 10.

The Mercury Project presents a unique blend of jazz, blues, reggae, folk, hip-hop and soulful rock at 8150 in Vail tonight at 10.

The band’s ecclecticism in genre and instrumentation produces an interesting and exciting sound, fraught with vocal harmony and enigmatic lyrical content.

“It’s danceable, upbeat urban-groove music,” said Jason Duffy. “We try and take music from all over the world and put our own spin on it. It’s party music, a mix of a lot of different genres.”

The Mercury Project is Duffy on guitar, keys and vocals, C. Vincent Plummer on guitar, percussion and vocals, Mike Smith on drums, Andy Bercaw on bass, Michael Bailey on saxophone and Brandon Briese on the turntables.

“It’s a pairing of a bunch of people with different musical tastes and influences,” said Duffy.

The Mercury Project won the Post-News Battle of the Bands in 2002 among more than 150 other bands from all over the state.

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“We’re just now starting to tour in Colo. and make bigger steps,” said Duffy.

Duffy and Plummer write most of the band’s songs.

“We play a fair mix of personal experience songs along with social and political commentary,” said Duffy. “We try and focus on multiculturalism. It’s a big world out there, and so much happens outside of the borders of the United States. It’s important to get information from different sources.

“I think a lot of times Americans are just accepting of what they’re told because it’s cozy and safe here, which leads to an unrealistic view of the world.”

Andrew Harley can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 610, or at aharley@vaildaily.com.