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On The Spot Trio to visit Steamboat

Funky Hammond organ group to perform Thursday at Ghost Ranch

Jack Weinstein

On The Spot Trio, a funky Hammond organ trio, will play at 9 p.m. Thursday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

— Through a Craigslist posting and classmates putting two and two together, On The Spot Trio was formed.

Kris Yunker, who plays Hammond organ and bass for the band, said about four years ago he saw the posting seeking someone who could play the keyboard that has become synonymous with blues and jazz music. Yunker realized that the Craigslist poster, guitar player Danny Mayer, was in the same jazz class at Cambrillo College in Aptos, Calif.

Yunker and Mayer, who already had hooked up with drummer Emery Nelson from a previous band, decided to form what Yunker called a funky Hammond organ trio.

"It's funky, soul, groove music — something you can dance to," said Yunker, reached by phone Sunday afternoon on the trio's way toward Cheyenne, Wyo., on Interstate 80. "It's melodic, instrumental music with a hint of jazz."

On the Spot Trio will perform at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Ghost Ranch Saloon. The show costs $5.

After the Santa Cruz, Calif.-based trio got together, Yunker said, they started practicing and played a show, but then took a break. But the group has been pretty busy in the past year, he said. After a successful string of shows on the East Coast, On The Spot Trio recorded its first album, "Straight Out The Garden," with Alan Evans of Soulive.

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The album, which will be sold at the show Thursday for $10, was released in March in the U.S. Yunker said it's scheduled to be released in Japan by P-Vine Records.

On The Spot Trio just played several shows in Wyoming. They band is scheduled to start the Colorado leg of its tour with shows in Boulder, Denver and Breckenridge before making it to Steamboat Springs. It's the band's first appearance in Ski Town USA.

Yunker said they're excited to check out new territory. He said anyone who comes to the show is in for a good time.

"They can expect to just get a good vibe, be really happy and dance their butts off," Yunker said. "We're all about creating a good vibe at our shows."

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@steamboatpilot.com

If you go

What: On The Spot Trio

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Ghost Ranch Saloon, 56 Seventh St.

Cost: $5

Online: Visit http://www.otstrio.com for more information about On The Spot Trio.