Steamboat Springs There is something about the authenticity factor of bluegrass music that coincides with the Colorado lifestyle.
“People who come to visit or people who live in Colorado really like what bluegrass music provides because it fits that outdoor lifestyle that brings together a community of people,” Infamous Stringdusters member Andy Hall said about the popularity of bluegrass music throughout the state.
- Friday, August 8, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
- Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Parkway, Steamboat Springs
Encompassing the attitude of adventurous energy and an open-armed approach to life, The Infamous Stringdusters have musical undertones that resonate with the mentality of this state. Not to mention, they are known for their complex yet infectious groovy sound that falls under the umbrella of modern bluegrass music.
Although the group formed out of Nashville, Hall notes that the bluegrass music scene here is impressive.
“We’ve played all over the country, but Colorado seems to have the most fans interested in progressive new-grass or jam-grass tunes,” said Hall, who plays dobro and sings.
Developing a knack for weaving traditional bluegrass instrumentals and harmonies with intricately diverse musical influences, this group continuously explores the freedom of pushing the genre’s boundaries.
“Our shows are definitely high energy and incorporates sounds you haven’t always heard from bluegrass instruments,” Hall said. “I think of us as a futuristic bluegrass group because of the elements of improvisation, the vocal harmonies, and just the overall excitement that we give off.”
Focusing on improv and developing musical skills within traditional musicianship, this type of music genre brought the five members — Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass) — together in an organic way.
Growing from a supportive grassroots fan base, the Infamous Stringdusters had meek beginnings eight years ago as a group of friends who found enjoyment from playing instruments and attending performances with a community environment that often is apparent in festival-like atmosphere.
Throughout the years, the group has discovered the elements needed for to craft a memorable show.
The organizers of the summer’s Free Summer Concert Series expect the Infamous Stringdusters show to be one of celebration and memories.
“This group has really established themselves, and not many people have had the opportunity to see them live at a local venue,” said Coleman Cook, the president of the Free Summer Concert Series board of directors. “It will be a great way to wrap up the summer.”
Always looking for a diverse lineup of musical acts for the summer series, the success of the performers this summer has made waves in the community.
“I think it’s one of our most successful series,” said John Waldman, Great Knight Productions concert promoter.
From Trombone Shorty kicking off the first show with his genuine excitement and persona onstage to one of the most attended concerts in years at the Big Head Todd concert, this summer's concert series had a wide variety of up-and-coming artists and big-name musicians.
Reminiscing about some of the memories, Cook remembered the endless river of people that kept coming in for Big Head Todd. He even had a favorite memory from when Nicki Bluhm and The Grambler’s performed the Janis Joplin song and had the crowd begging for more all the way until the last song of the encore.
“It will be a fitting ending to a great summer series of concerts,” Cook said.
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