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Keystone’s Winter Bluegrass Weekend
February 2 @ 6:30 pm - February 3 @ 11:15 pm$15 - $25
BIG NAMES IN BLUEGRASS BENEFIT THE DERCUM CENTER FOR ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Celebrating its seventh year, Keystone’s Winter Bluegrass Weekend brings acoustic roots and mountain culture to Warren Station, benefiting the Dercum Center. Warren Station will be rocking for two nights with an amazing lineup featuring some of Colorado’s most talented string bands. Friday night will feature local favorites The Pine Beatles, Coal Town Reunion, and headliner the Tenth Mountain Division. Saturday the party continues with Steel Pennies, Ginny Mules, and Chain Station. If you are a fan of bluegrass or simply love live music, this is an event you won’t want to miss! On top of the great lineup, the Warren Station Bar will be serving drink specials all weekend. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Dercum Center for the Arts and Humanities.
Learn more about the beneficiary at www.dercumcenter.com.
Keystone’s Winter Bluegrass Weekend 2018 Line Up
Friday, February 2nd:
7:00pm – The Pine Beatles…a community based band in Breckenridge, Colorado.
The Pine Beatles are as cheeky and irreverent as their name. Born from the simple desire among friends to play and share music with others, the band was born out of spontaneous Sunday evening jams. Playing private parties, non-profit fundraisers, cook-outs and Weddings, this community based band soon became known around Summit County as a fun component of any friendly gathering.
8:15pm – Coal Town Reunion
Formed in 2014, Coal Town Reunion are a Colorado Western roots rock band. Compromised of Jeff Montoya (Bass/Vocals), John Paul Maxfield (guitar/vocals), Sami Steidl (violin), and Alana Dym (drums), this four-piece outfit came together with one goal: to “write honest songs and play the hell out of them.” For the past two years, the band has been doing just that, performing live gigs around the state.
9:30pm – Tenth Mountain Division
Originating from Boulder, CO, founders Winston Heuga (Mandolin) and MJ Ouimette (Electric/Acoustic Guitar) originally sought to create an acoustic bluegrass outfit. After a few years dedicated to playing bluegrass, the duo transitioned to an electrified, rock’n’roll sound. Throughout its preliminary years finding their roots in college and playing with an array of different line-ups, the band finally found their permanent line up in May of 2017 with the addition of bassist and vocalist Andrew Cooney. Drummer Tyler Gwynn and the ever-talented keyboard player Campbell Thomas form the quintet that creates a diverse soundscape combining soaring electric guitar leads and jabbing keys while retaining its roots in bluegrass with Heuga’s incomparable mandolin style. Tenth Mountain Division has evolved greatly since its inception but retains its roots in the American musical styles of rock, Americana, bluegrass, prog and the crossroads between them all.
Saturday, February 3rd
Times are approximate and subject to change.
7:00pm – Steel Pennies
Steel Pennies is David Patton on banjo and vocals, Kerry Claxton on mandolin and vocals, Kevin Slick on guitar and vocals, Keith Murdoch on dobro, and Kathy Foster-Patton on bass. David, a veteran of Coal Creek Bluegrass Band, joined Kathy and several friends who were playing on a regular basis, and Steel Pennies was soon performing for appreciative audiences. David heard Kevin Slick at a jam and asked him if he was interested in joining Steel Pennies. Kerry Claxton is a veteran of Giddyup Kitty and Coal Creek who has played with the band members over the years. Keith is another accomplished musician who the others met at local jams. Steel Pennies plays a mix of traditional bluegrass and original music and is always looking for a new and interesting music to add to their repertoire. The band took its name from the 1943 steel penny, produced by the U.S. Mint to save copper during the Second World War. The rusty, lonesome, sound of the Steel Pennies harkens back to the heyday of bluegrass music.
8:15pm – Ginny Mules
When Liz Forster (singer + guitar player) met Keenan Copple (banjo + slide guitar player)at a music store in 2013, the pair discovered they were NW Denver neighbors and began playing music together almost immediately. Weekly jam nights with Keenan, Liz and Phil Hanceford (mandolin and vocals) materialized, and the trio began the search for a bass player.
On a friend’s recommendation, they called on Carbondale native (bassist and vocalist) Sheena Gruber. Forster says, “We caught a lucky break with Sheena. She plays terrific bass, sings and looks like Bonnie Raitt, and is a great fit for us vibe-wise.” Fast forward to the spring of 2016, and the mule pack expanded to include the incredible (Juilliard grad) Rebekah Durham on fiddle, bringing her virtuosic talents and general bad-assery to the band. The real MULES were born, and the work began.
Drawing from many different elements of Americana music and heritage, each member brings their own brand of Appalachian music, Blues, Classical, Folk & Bluegrass to the table. The end result sounds a lot like BLUESGRASS, with a focus on tight vocal harmonies and carrying on the tradition of the high lonesome sound. Still, it is the raw, bluesier elements that give Ginny Mules their distinctive sound. According to Copple, “it’s like bluegrass with a little extra stank on it.”
9:30pm – Chain Station
In the summer of 2006, Alex Thoele and Jon Pickett met while playing guitars around a campfire, high on a mountaintop in Estes Park, CO. The two have been entertaining and writing music since. In 2010, they were joined by mandolin player and fellow midwesterner, Jarett Mason, and shortly after by James Weatherly, the band’s only Colorado native, on banjo.
Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ‘em out on the dance floor string band from Denver, Colorado. Their music is well-steeped in Americana roots, with vocal harmonies that are high, lonesome, and tight. Their picking ranges from lightning-fast to mountain mellow. They are a bluegrass band that would satisfy a picky old-timer and delight fans of newgrass, a delicate balance indeed.
They’ve become known for winning over crowds with creative, fun original songs that flow from the mountains, through them and right back to you. Pure Mountain Music! It’s obvious these guys love what they do, engaging their growing fan base with energy and stage antics that guarantee one hell of a night out.