The Last Bus hosts its ninth annual spring party, Sip into Spring Concert, which it is calling a "community dance inebriation," and includes the additional sounds of Free Range Mayhem and The Jason Hunter Band.
The Last Bus, which formed in 2002, is a Colorado "mountain boogie jam band" favorite, and includes guitarist and lead vocalist Rob Jones, bass player Josh Fabian, drummer Kevin Vernon, drummer Mike Beck, and Shawn Cooper on keys.
With ten years together, this band's originality and cohesion blows most other bands out of the water.
"Music is like a language, you become more fluent the more you play it," Jones said.
With two drummers, The Last Bus' jam-band sounds are matched by no other to create a unique harmony all their own.
"It's something that we were not hearing from our favorite jam bands, but wanted to hear – so we just rolled with it," Beck said.
Beck and Jones started together in the 1990s, in Crested Butte, playing jam-band music before the term was coined. (The band's name originated in Crested Butte based on the last bus that rolls down the mountain from the ski area). The telepathic connection between the two is evident in their music, and by adding the other three skilled musicians, creates an original jam-band sound that is ever evolving.
"Music is like building blocks," Jones said. "You use it all to push the music further."
Although it's The Last Bus' signature event, the band also enjoys a good time and will play after Free Range Mayhem so they can enjoy their own party and the sounds of The Jason Hunter Band.
Free Range Mayhem is a newly formed band comprised of The Last Bus' Josh Fabian and Shawn Cooper, with added drummer Beau Miller.
The band formed in November as another creative outlet for the local musicians, Fabian said.
This high-energy group creates an instrumental-jazz sound that is up another alley from The Last Bus, he said.
The Jason Hunter Band will conclude the night with a "fundamentally booty-shaking, energy-driven, live performance," bandleader Jason Hunter said.
For this show, the band features Hunter, Jonathan David Phillips on keys and horn, Warren Newman on drums, and Joel C. Waller on bass guitar.
"Self-described 'savant garde-ist,' The Jason Hunter Band embraces the personalities and influence of its players and relies on those instincts to create a platform for a groove-oriented, mountain-space-funk feel…" Hunter said.
And if you like to dance, feel good, and hear beautify music – Sip into Spring Concert is where it's at, he added.
Event tickets are $10 at the door.