On Scene for March 4

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Local putting out CD

Singer songwriter and open mic regular Chris Walsh has been in the studio recording his first album. Jesse Green, lead singer and guitarist for Pangaea, is recording and engineering the project, which should be out next month, Walsh said.

The CD still has no title, but music audiences can expect that when Walsh has some of his sound to shop around, we will be seeing him on a stage of his own. No more sign-ups by 8 p.m. No more three-song limits.

Singing about Sundown

The best show of the weekend was a surprise to everyone who attended. American Relay opened for The Plagiarists on Saturday night at the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, and the reaction roomwide sounded a lot like one guy's comment: "You said they were good, but I didn't expect this."

American Relay is a two-person band stripped down to a guitar and drum set, a la The White Stripes. Its set was mostly hard-rocking, blues-based originals with a couple of crowd-pleasing punk covers and a high-decibel version of a Tom Waits song.

From the whispering that circulated the room, it seems members of American Relay were once Steamboat denizens. The drummer was once in the local band Drunk by Noon.

American Relay ended its set with an original song written years ago in Steamboat called "Sundown Express." Everyone approved.

Oh, the technology

Before getting our SmartWool socks blown away by American Relay, we stopped by Sabre's Underground to check out local music scene newcomers Pangaea. Before we could cloak ourselves in the "what is it we're breathing?" cloud from the fog machine, we had our driver's licenses run through a machine at the front door. The machine in question looked a little like the scanning guns used at the gondola. After our IDs were scanned, our names were saved for the rest of the evening. It was the first I'd seen of this doorman technology used in Steamboat. As always, trends reach us years after they appear in the rest of the world. Since 2000, various forms of Sabre's handheld ID verifier have become popular in larger cities and college towns as a way of spotting fake IDs.


-- Autumn Phillips

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