Like unplanned clockwork, Greensky Bluegrass guitarist Dave Bruzza is set to make his annual Telluride winter music run this weekend, with intimate solo stops at the Steaming Bean on Friday evening and the Telluride Brewing Company Saturday. Telluride Brewing Company is celebrating their one year anniversary, and are doubling the reason for revelry with a End Of The World party at the brewery at the same time. As part of Telluride Brewing’s one-year anniversary celebration, they will be providing a shuttle to the brewery all night, where libations will be mandatory and the adroit picking of Bruzza will be a choice way to celebrate surviving the impending doomsday forecast. Whacked Out What anyone?
Dave Bruzza, Fri., Dec. 21, The Steaming Bean, Telluride, thebean.com; Sat. Dec. 22, Telluride Brewing Company, Telluride, telluridebrewingco.com
The Sentimental Sweaters at the Steaming Bean in Telluride
Founded in the forever memorable music year of 1697...wait, what? That cannot be right, and is a good reason to never trust Facebook for biographical band information. The Sentimental Sweaters may sound like a C-List emo band from the mid-90s that probably spent a lot of time learning to play Dashboard Confessional tunes, but in truth they are an affable gimmick in the guise of a request-taking cover band comprised of local Telluride musicians Sam Burgess and Ethan Hale. Burgess’ claim to Telluride music fame comes from holding down bass duties for the funky yet hardly ever booked outfit, The Great Funktier. Hale has also had his place in the Telluride musicians’ hierarchy with the role of guitarist for the now defunct indie rock three- piece, The Dead Restless.
So what are these guys all about? “We formed out of sheer boredom and lethargy about two years ago,” Burgess says of the Sent Sweat genesis story. “The idea was to be an acoustic duo with a comedic twist. Think Tenacious-D for a ski town. We excel at off the cuff improvisation, requests, and long winded mash-ups. We wanted to spruce up the typical apres-ski set and get audiences involved and participating in the performances,” Buress explains. In truth, it seems that they literally expect you to show up in your ugly sweater and take down copious amounts of booze until their audience-choice format starts to sound good. I see nothing wrong with that dynamic.
The Sentimental Sweaters, Sat., Dec. 22, The Steaming Bean, Telluride, thebean.com
Olora Bros Bookend The Weekend At The Bean In Telluride
Part reprieve from jam band projects, and part soulful picking act, the Olora Bros are an acoustic trio from Vail that brings Colorado bluegrass to the entire state. Comprised of Frogs Gone Fishin’ member Andrew Portwood, Shakedown Street’s Jake Wolf and Sean Healey, the team of two guitarists and a fiddler aim to emphasize meaningful songwriting that actually tells people something about their soul and the spirit of music. Although it sounds cliched, the threesome has used that music discourse to land major gigs with the Congress as part of a post-Wilco show, and was invited to perform alongside Signal Path and Juno What?! at the first annual Phibstock in Hartsel this past July. Check out these Colorado jam-band natives in their grassroots form at The Steaming Bean on Sunday.
The Olora Bros, Sun., Dec. 23, 9 p.m., The Steaming Bean, Telluride
Oatie Paste Reunites at the Summit in Durango
When a group of local ensembles in Durango deactivated their status as performing acts, a combination of members from the defunct bands resurfaced in the form of Oatie Paste. The third wave ska outfit quickly hurdled the local scene and made a strategic move to Denver in hopes of tapping into a bigger market of skanking inclined fans. They toured extensively in the southwest and managed to put our records in between. But as the post-punk and underground ska movements saw a quick retreat from the heavy crescendo of popularity the genre hit in the late 90s and early 2000s, Oatie Paste decided to hang up their horns and take a hiatus in early 2012. Although not officially back for good, OP has plans to play a handful of reunion shows in the near future, including a one off at The Summit in Durango tonight. Break out the suits and start a circle pit on the dance floor.
Oatie Paste, Thurs., Dec. 20, The Summit, Durango, summitdurango.com