What: ThaMuseMeant performance When: 10 p.m. today Where: Sabre's Comedy Den, 703 Lincoln Ave Cost: Free until 10 p.m., then $5 at the door
If you aren't headed for the sweet string sounds of the Rockygrass in Lyons this weekend, ThaMuseMeant just might fill the void.
This four-piece string band from Portland will be strumming its original tunes that are reminiscent of bluegrass, old-time instrumentals, jazz, folk and Latin music at Sabre's Comedy Den tonight.
Mandolin player David Tiller said there's controversy within the band regarding whether it should play the blue-grass circuit, because ThaMuseMeant isn't dedicated specifically to bluegrass.
Nevertheless, Tiller said his group returns to Steamboat Springs as a string band. Its previous electric and drum sound once was dubbed "acid folk." A fiddle replaces the drums these days.
As for what to call ThaMuseMeant's new sound, Tiller said the group hasn't figured that out. For the time being, he's sticking with the self-described style he calls "mountain strings and tattooed folk."
On the band's sixth and latest album, "Silver Seed," vocalist Aimee Curl belts out ThaMuseMeant's catchy tunes in a soothing voice with an edge slightly reminiscent of Bjrk. Tiller said the group continues to play its old songs but is fairly prolific in writing new ones. The band's enticing new sound leaves ample room to show off members' commendable musicianship.
ThaMuseMeant is comprised of Tiller on mandolin and banjo, Curl on upright bass and vocals, Nathan Moore on guitar and Enion Pelta on violin.