Steamboat Springs loves Halloween. Next to New Year's Eve and the last night of ski season, it's probably the biggest party of the year.
It's a lot of pressure for any band coming into town to entertain the crowds when a badly tuned guitar can set off a costumed riot.
¤ Little Hercules
¤ 10 p.m. today and Saturday
¤ The Tugboat Grill & Pub in Ski Time Square
Little Hercules isn't scared. The band's bassist, Christian Basso, offers this party postulate: "Usually the people that come to see Little Hercules expect to have a good time. Therefore, they do have a good time.
"Therefore, it is essential for those people who want to have a good time to come to the Tugboat."
The band plays a style of funk, driven by a bass and a Hammond B3 organ. When he's not laying down the funk lines, keyboard player Jeff Armistead adds electronic samples and loops to the music.
Little Hercules' original songs are written with New Orleans-style jazz in mind.
The band played at The Tugboat Grill & Pub in January. Since then, they got a new drummer, Brian Loftis.
The group played its first show with Loftis last weekend at a pre-Halloween show in the Utah desert.
"If that show is something to judge the rest of our shows with him, we're sounding better than ever," Basso said. "People who know us and follow us will appreciate it."