Winter Park / Live Music: Music – ‘There is nothing else’
February 15, 2008
Carlson Nightly and the Smooth Shifters started as a house band, but all that changed one night when member Chance Nightly grabbed the mic and took the band to the next level. Halfway through the Denver band’s set, Nightly jumped up on stage, grabbed the mic and belted out a majestic tone, instantly rallying the crowd into a dancing frenzy and the rest, as they say, is history.Talents that bring the band together are Maurice The Kid Manchild, Doc Rockin’ Stockton, Sam Money Chance, and Carlson Nightly, a.k.a. Jeremy Wood. Manchild plays drums and percussion instruments, Stockton plays bass, Chance plays guitar, and Nightly blends in lead vocals, guitar and keyboard.When asked what they do when they’re not playing, Nightly said, There is nothing else. He describes their music as funky, groovy, smooth and the band members try to connect with any song that can send chills up your spine – like their songs Get Funky With the Gerri Curl and The Dragon. Friday night’s show at the Fraser Rocky Mountain Roastery will showcase some of their original compositions, as well as a variety of covers from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Brown, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Ween, Mike Patton and Jimi Hendrix.This will be the third time Carlson Nightly and the Smooth Shifters will charm audiences in Grand County.They are looking forward to the show and to seeing lots of their friends they’ve already made in the Fraser Valley. A press release predicts their songs will go down like the smooth house blends and are guaranteed to make your hips shift.As for what the future holds for the band, they head next to Herman’s Hideaway (March 6) for the Best Band in Denver Contest.Each Friday night during the ski season, the Fraser Roastery will be hosting a wide selection of musical talent from across the country for all ages. Upcoming features include an Open Mic Night Feb. 22. A People’s Choice designation will go to the crowd favorite which will be invited back the following Friday (Feb. 29) to perform a full set. Mike Haas is scheduled to perform March 7, One Mile Down March 21, Goodness & the Friction March 28, J.J. Heller April 4 and Grayson and friends April 11. As a way to thank the many people who come out to support live music, the Grand County Blues Society often gives the Roastery tickets to their blues shows to raffle off on Friday nights.