Winter Park / Live Music: Musical calendar full for St. Patricks Day weekend
March 14, 2008
As luck would have it, the Winter Park Pub has a handful of musicians scheduled to help locals and visitors celebrate St. Patricks Day and welcome springtime in the Rockies.The Pub concert playlist includes the Chris Webb Band Friday, March 14; Maria Y El Sol Saturday, March 15; Jason Ricci Sunday, March 16; Brady Crane (4 p.m.) Monday, March 17; and rounds out with the sounds of Jerry Joseph Wednesday, March 19. All concerts are free and begin at about 9 p.m. unless otherwise specified.Chris Webb Band rock connects to rootsThe Denver-based Chris Webb Band is known for its roots rock and fusion of rhythms and styles from folk, rock, Latin and funk, weaving an intricate tapestry of sound without abandoning a pop sensibility. Musicians include Webb on vocals and guitar, Neil Hebbert on electric and upright bass and vocals, Ryan Cook on guitar and vocals, and Ian Tometich on drums.The group has quickly risen through the ranks of the Colorado music scene since it was founded in 2006 and provides an eclectic style for audiences with a desire to get down and have great music rock their souls. Their live shows are said to display rich harmonies, introspective lyrics, rhythmic variations and solid musicianship.Maria Y El Sol shines on stageLatin/Mediterranean rock band Maria y el Sol has a bright future ahead of it as it offers upbeat world music to Grand County audiences. The bands name reflects the positive vibes that we mean to share with our music, said Ashley Adams, the bands drummer. Maria is symbolic as a sacred female figure and the sun, symbolic of the bands renewable energy.The trio consists of Christophe Frenchy Ambrosino (vocals, tenor and soprano saxophone, Spanish guitar and timbales), Ashley Adams (vocals, djembe, drums, washboard and percussion instruments) and Michael Saucier (bassist and booking agent).Ambrosino, who masterminds the band (based out of Oxford, Miss.) did a lot of other things before becoming the musician he is today. It became clear with time, and through the meeting and relationship with Ashley, he said.Adams, who dreamed of singing on Broadway as a child, admits she only became convinced that I am a true musician recently. Shes always felt the desire to do something that she feels is contributing something worthwhile to the world and said she feels honored to be part of a field that contributes such tools of inspiration/energy to people, however small or large the scale.As an artist, Saucier is influenced by the simple things, like a sunset, the stars, or a weathered tree. Its about peace and love, and while its almost insurmountably hard to make a big change in the world by oneself, maybe as a group we can make a collective difference in some small way, he said. I want people to be up and dancing and jumping around like fools. The more of that tomfoolery that is going on, the better the show is. It doesnt have to be beautiful per se because energy and life is beautiful even when its ugly.Adams said the bands fresh, innovative sound contains some traditional Latin tunes that audiences can dance the salsa to, but also some songs in French and Portuguese influenced by the areas that border the Mediterranean Sea.The point is to make people happier, make them move, dance, have fun and feel free, Ambrosino said. He said the bands style of music brings joy and happiness to his heart, as well as the good vibe that he feels flowing through Adams and Saucier and how eventually it reaches people.The band recently released its second CD, Garage a Trois. After touring Colorado, the band heads to the U.S. Virgin Islands.Legendary harpist Ricci has become a national actJason Ricci has become a national act with his signature blues sound and harmonica wizardry. At age 21, the musician, who grew up in Portland, Maine, placed first in the Sonny Boy Blues Society contest. Shortly after, he recorded his first album.He has played with such blues greats as Junior Kimbrough, R. L. Burnside and Nick Curran. In 1999, Ricci won the Mars National Harmonica Contest and began playing with Keith Brown. After 15 months with Big Al and the Heavyweights, he started his own band (Jason Ricci & New Blood in 2002) and in 2005 Ricci was honored with the Muddy Waters Most Promising New Blues Artist award.Of all the harmonica players I have seen over the years, Jason is in his own world, said John Catt, board member of the Grand County Blues Society. His blues, his rock, is impossible to copy. When you see him its impossible to not feel the same way about his prowess on this instrument.New Blood members include Shawn Starsky (vocals, guitars and songwriting), Todd Buck Weed Edmunds (bass, tuba, upright bass, four-string Fender tuba, Sousaphone, Uke, bass Uke piano, vocals, and song writing), Spooky Ron A little sutton suttton Sutton (Drums), and Ricci (on harmonicas and vocals).The bands repertoire includes standard-length songs, epic improvisational jams, original lyrics and melodic instrumental pieces. The set list changes every night and may feature any of the dozens of songs in the bands catalog, including some classic blues, jazz and funk covers like Cissy Strut (The Meters), Get Up, Stand Up (Bob Marley), Shake Your Hips (Slim Harpo), and Turkish Coffee (Herbie Mann). His album Rocket Number Nine, was released in October and Ricci encourages audience taping. Many shows are available for free download at Archive.org. Path leads Jerry Joseph to Pub on Colorado tourGuitarist and singer/songwriter Jerry Joseph has come a long way musically and geographically since his start as a musician in the 1980s.He led reggae/rock band Little Women out of Boulder and later moved on to play in New York, Montana and Salt Lake City, where his rock band The Jackmormons was formed in 1996. Members are Junior Ruppel on bass and Brad Rosen on drums.The Jackmormons latest album was Into the Lovely and audiences really took a liking to Josephs 2004 solo release Cherry. Those and other tunes reflect the environment viewed from a traveling musicians eyes, the sights and sounds of a life lived mostly on the road.Joseph is also widely known for songs he writes for band Widespread Panic and his bands second album Mouthful of Copper (released in September) is dedicated to Michael Houser, former Widespread lead guitarist who passed away in 2002 from cancer. It is the second live record in which Joseph and The Jackmormons reference Butte, Mont., former stomping grounds for the band and what Joseph said is the weirdest place in America.The Denmark Veseys are based out of Portland, Ore. and is a slight departure from Josephs past projects. The newest, self-titled album retains Josephs signature raw energy but also introduces a new pop sensibility to his repertoire.Junior Ruppel is coming up to play with Joseph and Denmark Veseys drummer Steve Drizos. They will be showcasing songs off the newest Denmark Veseys album, which the band completed in a record six days. It sounds somewhere between Sly & The Family Stones Family Affair and Peter Gabriels I Cant Remember, with a big tip of the hat to the late, great Chris Whitley.Josephs sound encompasses Americana, reggae, punk rock, pop and classic rock and he has been compared to songwriters like John Hiatt, Tom Petty, Graham Parker, David Lowery, the Clash and the Meat Puppets. When hes not playing solo gigs and cranking out albums (he has almost been releasing an album a year for several years), Joseph can be found with The Jackmormons, the Denmark Veseys or with one of his side projects, the Stockholm Syndrome, in his hometown of Portland, Ore. A full Joseph discography may be found at jerryjoseph.com.