Adam Lopez brings his Mighty LoCasters to Steamboat
November 17, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Adam Lopez played his first guitar gig at age 9.
Growing up in Southern California, Lopez knew that his Uncle Al, Chuck Berry and Elvis played guitar, so picking up the instrument was something he did without even thinking about it.
In his musical household, the 1950s were alive and well, and although Lopez went through a singer/songwriter phase and has influences ranging from honky-tonk to hard rock, a recent move to Colorado and a new band has Lopez connecting with those roots.
"I think it's the rawness of it, the rhythms of it," Lopez said about the styles of the 1950s. "When you go back and listen and watch old videos, it's like an early form of punk where anyone could play it. It wasn't real pretty or overly produced, it was the energy and the spirit. It's like, you're forever young if you listen to rock 'n' roll."
Lopez will play two nights at The Tugboat Grill & Pub as the debut of his new Colorado band: Adam Lopez and His Mighty LoCasters.
The group plays at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and both shows are free.
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Although Lopez has been writing and recording original music for years, this new configuration of Lopez on guitar, Chaise Dewey on bass and Mike Haffeman on drums already has begun to build on Lopez's work.
"We're adding straight up 50s honky-tonk country, like truck-driving type music, and straight rhythm and blues," Lopez said. "A lot of people take those different 50s styles of music very lightly and think they're very simple forms. On one hand, they are, but they're very difficult to make work so that they move a certain way and so they make people want to get up and dance. Mike brought that instantly to what we were doing."
Lopez moved from Southern California to Tulsa, Okla., where he found a deeply rooted music scene almost on the level of Austin or Nashville. He played almost nightly in his band, in the studio and as a hired guitarist, getting his "on the job" training for the career that chose him.
But even as a boy, he dreamed of moving to Colorado, and last week, that dream came true when he settled in Colorado Springs.
He didn't come here for the music, but he found his place after connecting with Dewey online. Dewey then recruited Haffeman, and the Mighty LoCasters were born.
Aside from Lopez's originals and new LoCasters tunes written as recently as a week ago, the band's cover selections range from Ray Charles to Hank Williams.
"Our whole thing is getting the audience involved with what we're doing," he said.
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