Stringed instruments of all kinds hang on the walls and lie on the floor. Recording equipment, amps and speakers are piled in corners, topped with crushed Coors cans beneath vintage concert posters and a hip-swinging Elvis cutout.
Heavy black Styrofoam soundproofs a sloped ceiling that is so low the drummer almost has to duck to play. Moving around requires stepping over wires and ducking under microphone stands. The neighbors get mad if the music doesn't stop by 10 p.m.
¤ Performance by In-Cog-Nito
¤ 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday
¤ Glen Eden Restaurant & Tavern, Routt County Road 129 in Clark
¤ Benefit show to help with travel and competition expenses for local world-class speed skier Tim Magill
The effect is a familiar, beautiful scene.
"We're a garage band for sure, baby -- it's rock 'n' roll," said Melanie Dailey, bass player and vocalist for the North Routt-bred band of fun-loving tricksters that calls itself In-Cog-Nito.
The latest incarnation of a group that has played on Routt County stages since about 1980 -- as various parts of bands including The Earplugs, Midlife Crisis, Incognito and the Nashville Rejects, Dr. Wu and More Spores -- this version of In-Cog-Nito has been together for about two years and recently released its debut CD, "Trials and Tribulations."
On Saturday, the band is scheduled to play a benefit performance for local speed skier Tim Magill at the Glen Eden Restaurant and Tavern in Clark.
North Routt is a favorite stomping ground for the band, which plays original and cover songs in rock, blues, reggae and jam band styles. Lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Hunt, a primary songwriter for In-Cog-Nito along with guitarist and vocalist Jim Dailey, lives in the Moonhill area near Hahn's Peak, where the band has played several shows.
During the summer, In-Cog-Nito had a frequent Sunday gig at Mambo Italiano in Steamboat Springs, and Melanie Dailey said they often play private parties and weddings.
Putting the CD together was a different gig altogether, the singer said.
"We went to this incredible studio in Denver and just got spanked, schooled hard," she said about Rocky Mountain Recorders.
That drove the band -- which also includes drummer and ski patroller Charlie Reynolds, keyboardist Jeff Clark and percussionists Khabir Salahadyn and Kimco (a Steamboat resident who prefers the single name, and, as Jim Dailey said, "is going Prince-style") -- to take its music to a new level.
"We've been practicing a bunch of stuff, and we've gotten so much better, even since the CD," Melanie Dailey said. "We're wanting to go back to the studio."
Judging by how they sounded in their east Steamboat garage Tuesday night, jamming to Hunt's vocals as they played the CD's cover track, another trip to the studio soon could be in order.
As long as they don't wake the neighbors.