Grand Lake / Live Music: Music is all about the harmony
February 15, 2008
The next Grand Arts Council Concert in the Pines features some good ol’ boys coming together to put out some good tunes Saturday in Grand Lake.
Audiences may enjoy some wine as they listen to a fun mixture of diverse sounds that make up The Snot Dogs, a country, jazz, rock and folk band that features rich, layered vocal harmonies and part-time Columbine Lake resident Charlie Goss on guitar. He is joined for this show by long-time musician friends Tom Probasco (guitar and mandolin) and George “g2” (pronounced G squared) Gilman on keyboards, bass and flute. (There are several other members of the band, but they were unable to come up for the performance.)
Gilman and another band member, Marty Klass, came up with the band name about 18 years ago. At the time, Goss and Klass were playing in a band called Nos Mo King, but Goss had to move to Florida from Phoenix for his job and left Klass with Gilman and some other band buddies.
The band struggled for a while after that and Goss said they “picked The Snot Dogs as a fitting name to their crude beginnings.” Two years later, Goss was able to return and the band “has grown and morphed into the current pack of accomplished musicians,” he said.
Probasco works as a software engineer and likes to ski in his free time. He started listening to music from The Beatles at the beginning of his teen years and shortly after his mom bought him his first guitar. Probasco later went on to earn a degree in music, studying what Goss says was some “serious long-hair guitar music,” and has played with such bands as Eros and The Toasters.
The 5’9″ Irish Aries was first introduced to The Snot Dogs after working with Gilman as a computer engineer/programmer for an ultrasound company in Phoenix. Of his bandmates, Probasco said, “Charlie is one of the best vocalist/songwriters that I have had the pleasure of playing with. G2 is a great pianist and is by far the best musician between us.”
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Goss was introduced to Grand County through his wife Susie’s family who had been coming to the Rocky Mountains since their honeymoon in Estes Park following World War II. The family spent time every summer near Raymond and Susie’s parents retired to Grand Lake in 1976.
“Grand Lake has been a special place for us ever since we met,” Goss said. “No better people anywhere. We are treated so nicely. The energy in the Rockies can’t be beat.”
The Snot Dogs were well received in Grand Lake as part of the Grand Arts Council Concert in the Park in 2007.
“They have beautiful vocal harmonies,” said Barbara Ahrens, GAC president. “It is sure to be a wonderfully musical family-friendly evening with typical outstanding Grand Lake hospitality. I’m really excited about them coming back.”