Neon Brown to light up Old Town Pub

Jam band with members of Bill Smith and Lotus plays Saturday


If you go

What: Neon Brown, funk and electronic music

When: 10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: TBD

Call: 879-2101

Listen: Songs by the Bill Smith Band, which will be included in Neon Brown's Saturday night set at Old Town Pub, are streaming at

— Neon Brown guitarist and Steamboat Springs-bred musician Dan Koebnick knows bluegrass, punk rock, funk and electronic music don't always come together in one band.

"Somehow we seem to be able to meld them together," Koebnick said. "We don't necessarily meld them together in the same songs : we'll throw out a couple of random genres just to throw you off a little."

Neon Brown - which features members of the Bill Smith Band and Lotus, and includes former Steamboat local Ean Smith - plays its first Steamboat show at 10 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Pub. The group is Koebnick on guitar and lead vocals; Ean Smith on bass; Lotus band members Chuck Morris and Mike Rempel on percussion and guitar; and Bill Smith Band drummer Bob Elchert on drums.

"Basically our drummer from Bill Smith grew up with a couple of the guys from Lotus, so we got to talking," Koebnick said. "And Bill Smith is on a hiatus right now, so we have a lot of free time."

Koebnick and Ean Smith grew up in Steamboat but didn't know one another well until after they graduated from high school, Koebnick said. The two have appeared in local bands including Bill Smith, Hard Poor Corn, Earthtone, Perfectly Frank and Bodacious Ta-tas, Smith wrote in an e-mail message.

Koebnick and Smith moved to Chicago in fall 2006 to play with the Bill Smith Band, a formerly local jam and funk group. The two musicians hope to make Neon Brown a lasting project for Bill Smith Band breaks, Ean Smith wrote.

Saturday's concert includes a light show, plenty of genre shifting and jamming, and a celebration for Ean Smith's 30th birthday. The group plans to play songs by Lotus and the Bill Smith Band, Koebnick said.

- To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204 or e-mail


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