Steamboat Springs Portland bluegrass band Water Tower Bucket Boys learned how to keep energy high on stage by playing square dances.
Cutting their teeth on the Portland old-time music scene, the group learned how to keep an audience interested and have everyone dancing by the end of a 15-minute caller-led loop, said Kenny Feinstein, who sings and plays guitar, mandolin and harmonica for the Bucket Boys.
Water Tower Bucket Boys play a free show at 10 p.m. today at Old Town Pub. Along with Feinstein, the band is Cory Goldman on banjo, guitar and vocals; Josh Rabie on fiddle, guitar, banjo and vocals; and Walter Spencer on bass and vocals.
Feinstein said the Old Town Pub set will include traditional bluegrass tunes and some Bucket Boys originals.
"The originals have kind of organically grown from learning all the traditional (songs)," he said. "So they're influenced by traditional music but they have a more modern approach, whatever that means."
Through five years, two band names and several lineup changes, the Bucket Boys have released two albums and have appeared at folk festivals across the Pacific Northwest. Listen to "Rocky Top," off the band's April release "Catfish on the Line," at www.exploresteamboat.com.