Hurry, it's The Last Call

Band members find their sound, reconnect during summer


The Last Call will be playing its biggest venue Sunday night since its inception. Members of the band fear they will not be able to fill the 170 seats in the Steamboat Mountain Theater.

"It will be a good indicator of how well we marketed the show," lead vocalist and guitarist Henry Howard said.

The band emerged from Howard's experience his senior year at Steamboat Springs High School. For his Senior Odyssey project last year, he and fellow student Patrick Ayres produced a CD. Howard's job was to market it.

Howard formed The Last Call in his first year of college at Colorado State University with three residents of his dormitory. Ayres will join them for their Steamboat Springs performances during the summer, and their prior experience already is paying off.

"Now, at this point, I'm at a more professional level," Howard said. "I've grown as a songwriter and revamped songs that are now 100 times better than they were. It will be cool for people who have listened to us before see the dramatic change in the music."

The band draws a pop music, boy band crowd, and Howard describes its sound as simple and catchy. He said the band's music falls into the acoustic-alternative genre. The Last Call also performs cover songs from bands including the Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Animal Liberation Orchestra and The Rolling Stones.

¤ The Last Call featuring Henry Howard and Patrick Ayres¤ Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m. Sunday¤ Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater in Ski Time Square¤ $10¤ (866) 707-4648

The band's bass player and drummer began playing in the past year.

"As much as we play, we are growing as musicians more and more," Howard said. "I found a more mature sound out of a simplistic foundation."

The band members are studying to become lawyers, physical therapists and accountants.

"We are all focused in school," Howard said. "We study 'til 9 p.m. and then jam into my dorm room with our guitars and little amps to practice."

Although Howard and Ayres went to separate colleges, this summer has given them a chance to reconnect.

"It's cool to come back together over the summer and collaborate," Howard said, "and to see how far we've come on our own."


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