Denver dub band Apex Vibe plays tonight at Mahogany


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"Saturday Morning" by Apex Vibe

If you go

What: Apex Vibe, reggae and soul

When: 10 p.m. today

Where: Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 435 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: $5 at the door

Call: 879-3773

— About two years ago, Apex Vibe lead singer and guitarist Tim Sanchez placed an ad on Craigslist, looking to recruit musicians who'd be interested in playing positive music.

"Basically the ad said dance music - anything dance-oriented," Sanchez said by phone Tuesday. "And honestly, when I started the group, I wasn't sure that it was going to lean so much toward reggae. I listen to a variety of different music."

Apex Vibe will play its blend of reggae, dub, soul and dance music at 10 p.m. today at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill. Admission is $5 at the door.

"Our music sends a positive vibe out to people. : We talk about love, peace and unity in our music. It's pretty much dance music is what we play," Sanchez said.

Apex Vibe is the first reggae-style band Sanchez has played with; he and his band mates have played in various groups across the Denver music scene for years. A Front Range jam session hosted by the rock and ska band P-Nuckle was Sanchez's introduction to the reggae scene, he said.

In its two years playing out, Apex Vibe has released an EP and has shared stages with Collie Buddz, Flobots and Eek-A-Mouse. A debut full-length album should be out this fall, Sanchez said.

That record will take on a little more of the rock edge that can come through in Apex Vibe's live show and will hold on to the positive message that's been one of the band's main focuses.

"We're getting a little more rock and edgier with our music," Sanchez said. "We're very reggae dub influenced, but we're also trying to experiment with different avenues, and we definitely like the rock music because it gets people to get up and jump with our songs."

Normally a five-piece band, Apex Vibe will appear in Steamboat Springs with an additional player on percussion instruments. Apex Vibe is Sanchez on lead vocals and guitar, Derek Barnard on lead guitar, Sam Caudill on keyboards and vocals, Will Lovell on bass and vocals, and "Dubs" on drums. The band releases "Saturday Morning," a single off its upcoming record, at a concert Saturday at the Gothic Theatre in Denver. Listen to "Saturday Morning" at


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