Filthy Children brings gritty, dirty funk to Steamboat |

Filthy Children brings gritty, dirty funk to Steamboat

Nicole Inglis

Filthy Children, a funk band from Denver, performs this past summer at the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous in Craig. The band returns to Steamboat this weekend for two shows at The Tugboat Grill & Pub.

— This time around, when Jenny Anderson set foot in Hollywood, Calif., as one of 300 finalists on Fox's "American Idol," it was a little different than the similar trip she made in 2005.

At 28 — the oldest age allowed on the reality show — Anderson had realized that pop stardom wasn't for her.

So when she returned home to Denver to go back to work as the vocalist for the seven-piece funk band Filthy Children, it was with renewed vigor for the lifestyle of a traveling live musician.

"It's not the kind of singer I am," Anderson said about "Idol." She was eliminated during the group round that aired last week and returned home from filming just before Christmas.

"If you win it, you have to sing what they want you to sing. And, I mean, (Filthy Children sings) songs about rubbing butter all over your body."

That's Filthy Children for you: gritty, dirty, funky and stripped down to the bare soul of the live music culture. Getting people to move is priority No. 1.

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"I'm more comfortable being in a band setting where I can play off other people," Anderson said. "It's so much more fun to feed off of others."

Filthy Children returns to The Tugboat Grill & Pub this weekend, playing shows Friday and Saturday at the mountain venue they first performed at about five years ago.

The shows are $5 each and begin at 9:30 p.m.

Although Anderson won't be headed back to "Idol," she said her two trips to Hollywood had a significant influence on her. The first time around in 2005, the young singer went back home to Massachusetts with the motivation to move to Denver and launch her own career.

This time around, she said, her fellow performers and coaches helped her work on making a connection to the audience through the music.

"If you don't believe what you're singing, no one else is going to believe it," she said.

Anderson has been singing with Filthy Children for almost three years, taking over for the former female singer who moved on to start a family.

The 8-year-old band plays mostly originals and some covers, including the obscure like Jamiroquai and the less obscure like "Superstition."

The band comprises Anderson, Jon Braddy on trombone and synthesizer, Bryant Walker on guitar, Tobey Hopper on saxophone, Kevin Dykstra on drums, Steve Jones on trumpet and Neil Hebbert on bass.

Founding member Braddy said the songs are written with a full horn section in mind.

"Everyone likes to hear a powerful horn section," he said. "I think it's just the force, the power, people like that. It's loud."

Filthy Children shows are nothing like Anderson's solo auditorium performances in Hollywood, and that's just the way she likes it.

"It's impossible not to move in some way when you hear it," she said.

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