The Lone Survivors hit home

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Musician Kip Strean is tired of playing "Mustang Sally" for bar crowds.

His band, The Lone Survivors, is made up of members who have the same sentiments, he said.

"You end up getting in a band and you do bar songs so you can get work," Strean said. But no more. The Lone Survivors is a band striving to create original music and tackle some of the most difficult vocal harmonies around.

"It's been long overdue for all of us," he said.

Strean, manager of Geeks Garage, met band members Chris Koebnick and wife Deanna Webb Koebnick more than a year ago during an open mic night at the cyber cafe.

"I could tell that we'd probably mesh pretty well," Strean said. Soon after, the three began jamming and were pleased with what they heard.

All three contribute to the vocal harmonies and play a variety of guitars. The band also includes drummer Ron Wheeler.

The band members compare their music to the music of the Eagles and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Strean said the band has a folk/rock sound, and they play electric and acoustic pieces.

Koebnick joked that the sound was "post-war retro." He also credited Poco and Lucinda Williams as influences.

The Lone Survivors will be performing their first concert as a quartet in Steamboat Springs at 8 p.m. Friday in the Geeks Garage on Lincoln Avenue.

"It's like our coming out," Webb Koebnick said.

Strean said he hopes the response to the band's unique sound will be positive.

"This is a type of music that no one else is doing," Webb Koebnick said.

Strean said the difficulty of their music makes them stand out.

"Not many bands would tackle 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes' in front of an audience," Strean said.

Koebnick said he enjoys performing the difficult harmonies.

"This is the best vocal group I've ever worked with," Koebnick said. "It's really fun to be in something vocal."

All of the band members were performing music long before the formation of the Lone Survivors. All four have worked with a variety of musical acts, ranging in styles from funk to jazz to rock.

Strean came to Steamboat Springs in 2001 from Chicago, where he began performing in the coffee house circuit in 1968.

Koebnick, Webb Koebnick and Wheeler have been in Steamboat Springs longer and have performed in the northern Colorado band Sundog.

The band members have separately opened for musical acts including Reo Speedwagon, John Hiatt and Styx.

The band's concert at Geeks Garage will include original songs as well as covers of music by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and Poco.

The Lone Survivors also will be playing at the Yacht Club July 4 and 5, as well as Hayden Summerfest July 5, Torian Plum Plaza July 10, Art in the Park on July 13 and the Creekside Cafe and Grill on July 18 and 19.

The group plays occasionally as a trio without drummer Wheeler, for a different sound.

Tickets for the June 27 concert can be picked up at Geeks Garage or All That Jazz for $5. Tickets will be $6 at the door.

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