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Dyrty Byrds turn jam into band this Saturday in Steamboat

Colorado and Georgia musicians to play at OTP Saturday

Margaret Hair

Eric Martinez, a musician who lives in Denver and plays with the Georgia rock band Bloodkin, plays bass with The Dyrty Byrds. The four-man jam session project performs at 10 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Pub.

— Every Wednesday they can, four Colorado and Georgia musicians come together for a jam session at the Highland Pacific restaurant in Denver.

The occasional collaborations that started about two years ago quickly became a hit with locals, and the musicians realized they had a side project worth pursuing. Since then, The Dyrty Byrds have gigged around Colorado whenever their individual schedules allow it.

The group, which plays mostly original, straight-ahead rock, performs at 10 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Pub. Admission is $5 at the door.

The Dyrty Byrds are guitarist and vocalist Sam Holt, of Atlanta-based Outformation; guitarist and vocalist Tori Pater, of Denver jam and funk band Polytoxic; bassist and vocalist Eric Martinez, of Athens, Ga.-based rock band Bloodkin and Denver duo Lake Effect; and drummer Mike Goletz, of jazz-influenced Denver rock band Harmonious Junk.

With three East Coast-bred musicians and two who play regularly in Atlanta and Athens, The Dyrty Byrds take on a Southern rock influence, Martinez said.

"It's a little grittier. It's very song-oriented as opposed to more of the Northeast bands are more jam-oriented — not that that's bad or anything, we jam like crazy. But any good rock 'n' roll band should just be able to jam out," Martinez said.

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Martinez's favorite bands have the ability to take a song to a more rocked-out level by adding an extended jam session.

"Put it to you this way: The Rolling Stones you wouldn't call a jam band in any way, shape or form, but those guys can really jam out," Martinez said.

The group continues to book shows as The Dyrty Byrds, and in addition to Colorado dates this weekend, they have appearances planned for January and February, Martinez said.

"As always, we're really excited to play," Martinez said. "We don't get a chance to do it in this fashion too much, and it always seems to be a special thing. So we're really excited to do it, and hopefully that will come through in the performance."

Along with original songs, The Dyrty Byrds cover tunes by acts including Charlie Daniels and Neil Young.

If you go

What: The Dyrty Byrds, rock

When: 10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: $5 at the door

Call: 879-2101

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