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Whiskey in the grass

Wren Wertin
Special to the DailyBoulder-based Single Malt Band plays tonight at 9 at Mango's for the Live! in Minturn concert series.

Legend has it the trio can drink anyone under the table and still teach them to dance. The frolicsome fellows are Jordan Moretti (fiddle, mandolin and vocals), Jeff Hamer (guitar, Irish tenor banjo and vocals) and William Downes (upright bass guitar and vocals).

They take a plethora of stink-based music genres and serve them over ice in a blend of bluegrass, Celtic, folk, and rock. During the course of a live show, they might play a selection of Irish and Appalachian traditionals as well as some Jethro Tull and Frank Zappa covers. And that’s when they are just getting started.

A name like the Single Malt Band might bring on thoughts of Tom Waits-like vocals – gruff and to the point. But they’re harmonic with winsome overtones. Frequent visitors of Eagle County during the past couple of years, they’ve been known to outlast any audience just to show off – as have their on-stage theatrics. A tongue-in-cheek original might be followed by an ’80s radio cover, and then another original. Their passionate advice to anyone is to keep the rounds coming. It’s not whiskeygrass for nothing.

The Boulder-based Single Malt Band has performed at several festivals, including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival, Nederland Music and Arts Festival and Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival.

And now they’re coming to the Live! in Minturn concert series. Proceeds from the door go to the Minturn Community Fund, which is dedicated to supporting projects that benefit the community.

Though not in Minturn town limits, the folks at Mango’s offered their place as a venue. A free shuttle will be transporting anyone not wishing to drive between Minturn and Red Cliff. Look for the Nova van in front of both The Saloon and Main Street’s Shop and Hop at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. Vans will leave Mango’s at 11 p.m., midnight and 1 a.m.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at wrenw@vaildaily.com or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.

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