Fraser / Live Music: Zebra Junction sound separates from the herd
July 3, 2008
The wild winds of the Rocky Mountains will blow through the manes of Zebra Junction as the band gallops up to Grand County for the next Tuesday Picnic in the Park, presented by the Fraser Valley/Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.
The free concert features musicians Flitz Alan and Micah Lundy who played in Grand Lake on New Year’s Eve a couple years back. Since then they’ve played at many locations, and find it ironic when a fan in Salida who saw them play predicted they’d one day play in Winter Park.
“He wasn’t lyin’,” they laugh. “We’re looking forward to heading west (again) and it’s always great to meet new characters at our shows.”
Their music is “like food for (our) soul, except you can’t eat it,” they say. “While many are floating in the current, we are always looking under rocks. We spawn the creative juices in people, both in our live shows and our classes.”
They describe their music as “‘Hokedelic’ ” the sonic equivalent of apple picking in (oft-gothic-style filmmaker) Tim Burton’s private orchard.” The musicians also admit they have a soft spot for “The Big Lebowski” soundtrack, as well as for some of the good ol’ tunes ” “from ragtime to the dustbowl era.”
As teachers, avid backpackers and musicians, both have found inspiration from their students, art, movies and travels (especially from their trips to Europe), and found music to be a big part of their lives at an early age.
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One of Alan’s earliest memories, at age four, is of his grandmother playing a “smokin'” version of “Roll Out the Barrel.” Since about age eight Alan had wanted to be a member of rock band KISS, which he admits “hasn’t happened yet,” but thankfully he also wanted to be a professional violinist.
Lundy’s parents encouraged his talent early on, encouraging him to follow his dreams and signing him up for music lessons. Several classes in particular taught him not only to play a violin, but to also build and repair one.
He received his first acoustic guitar in high school and the minute he laid his hands on it he knew he “wanted to hold that guitar until (his) dying day.” Of course he finally put the instrument down for an upgrade, but the musical passion it inspired in him still lives to this day.
They credit the “school of hard knocks” for teaching them the rest of the music business and agree: “Experience is a great teacher.” Both are now experienced in piano, violin, mandolin, and will be playing acoustic and electric baritone guitars, mouth horns, mandola, banjo-ukulele, foot percussion, effect pedals, garbage cans and buckets for Tuesday’s performance. Alan and Lundy’s “main muse” Zeb might make a special appearance, although he’s said to be “quite the elusive type.”
Of Zebra Junction’s three full-length original studio albums, the latest (released just this April) is “Pomme de Terre.” Alan and Lundy are also working on writing and recording a fourth album, which will include a few covers they “wish we’d written.”
They are also pulling together a comedy/music project with comedian Josh Blue for a fall release.
The band hopes their Grand County audiences “are inspired to listen to music differently, and that they realize that we humans have only scratched the surface of musical possibilities.”
Other featured artists during the Tuesday Picnics in the Park include local Irish band Claddagh July 15, local musician extraordinaire “Oly” and band Stereomaid July 22, and Mojambus July 29.