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DubSkin plays at Steamboat’s Ghost Ranch Saloon today and Saturday

Nicole Inglis

Reggae outfit DubSkin plays at Ghost Ranch Saloon this weekend

— As a musician, there are two nights a year when you simply do not book a show: Nov. 1 — the day after Halloween — and Jan. 1.

But this year is different, according to Cory Eberhard, a Front Range-based drummer for the reggae band DubSkin.

"There's a lot of talk in the business about this date because New Year's Eve lands on a Friday this year," Eberhard said. "On Saturday, people are either still partying from the night before, or maybe they just need a little hair of the dog."

Hair of the dog is the unofficial name for DubSkin's Saturday night show at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The free show is scheduled to begin at about 9 p.m.

DubSkin also opens for the Afro beat jam band Euforquestra tonight at Ghost Ranch.

Eberhard said he thinks this weekend might mark the first New Year's Eve show in DubSkin's four-year history as a six-piece band.

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The group comprises Eberhard, the vocals of Jamal Skinner, bassist Dean Curtis, guitarist Mike Tallman, Jason Wieseler on keyboards and Matt Grundstad on percussion, who combine to create upbeat, danceable grooves with a message of love and freedom.

Although the band has been touring across Colorado for years, Eberhard often was busy with his other project, drumming for electro-hip-hop artist Derek Vincent Smith, called Pretty Lights.

The duo produced its own music and made it available online for free or donation, a model that DubSkin also is using with its two studio albums. The tunes are available at http://www.dubskinmusic.com.

With Pretty Lights, Eberhard played sold-out shows across the country, playing to young, undulating crowds of dance-minded electronic jam fans.

But after parting ways with Smith in July, Eberhard said he's grateful for the chance to focus solely on the reggae project.

"I really like playing with humans more than playing with a computer," Eberhard said. "It's the message of reggae and having a singer. I'm also way more involved in the creative process of DubSkin. It's the opposite of playing with Pretty Lights.

"And the crowd is a breath of fresh air."

There's nothing like playing a ski town like Steamboat Springs, he said, not just because he can soak in the hot springs the day after a show.

"I think people are enjoying life, obviously, that are living in ski towns," Eberhard said. "You don't move to a ski town to get ahead in life. You go to have fun and snowboard. I think it's just the vibe of having fun and being free, and it's just the vibe of reggae music and enjoying nature."

— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 871-4204 or e-mail ninglis@steamboatpilot.com

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