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Granby / Live music: Homegrown highcountry old-fart hippygrass

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Replenish your fresh fruits and vegetables and enjoy a free performance by 3Wire, starting at 4 p.m. during the Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market in Granby.

During each Farmer’s Market, patrons are treated to a free childrens’ booth, lemonade stand and homegrown and homemade items from a variety of vendors. Participating companies are Morales Farms Inc., Cold Springs Greenhouse, Our World Bakery, Hungry Mother Organics, JR’s Grill, The American and European Kitchen, Styria Catering, the Hot Sulphur Springs Soap Company and Sweet Pea Produce. Members of the Grand Community Gardens will be on hand to share gardening tips and answer questions.

Tonight, marks the second of the event’s First Friday Frenzies, 4 to 8 p.m.

3Wire, from Steamboat Springs, play “homegrown highcountry newgrass, or deadgrass, or old-fart hippygrass.”

Members are Paul Geppert on guitar, mandolin and vocals; Dave Hanley on guitar, banjo and vocals; and Bob Shaffer on bass and vocals. They call themselves a five-piece trio because Geppert and Hanley switch instruments between guitar, banjo and mandolin.

Geppert said music has always been a big part of his life, his father got him into piano lessons, his grandmother was a music teacher and his grandfather played the mandolin. He said he loves to hear Shaffer play the bass on the Neil Young song “Hurricane,” when Shaffer “gets his bow out and hits these notes on the bass fiddle that just make the stage rumble.” The band’s goal tonight “is to have fun” and to get people to dance so the band has more fun.

They slowly built a reputation and began playing more and more venues and as the band progressed, so they say has their style of music. During their performances, Shaffer said, they play a fair amount of Grateful Dead covers, “but we’ll pick on anybody from the Beatles and Stones to Neil Young, New Riders, Peter Rowan, even an acoustic version of Ziggy Stardust.”

They recently finished a CD with 15 songs (10 originals and five covers) called “The Long Trail.” Having played the Taste of Granby last summer, Shaffer said they “love playing out and we’re really looking forward to coming back to Granby.”

Other musicians set to play during the First Friday Frenzies are acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter Jeremy Dion performing progressive folk and rock Aug. 1; and “Doowop Dennie” Foley plays Sept. 5.

Event sponsors include Legacy Building Specialties, the local US and Grand Mountain banks, the Java Lava Cafe, Mountain Parks Electric, Shadow Mountain Chiropractic, SaniKing, Daven Haven Backstreet Steakhouse, Title Company of the Rockies and the Sky-Hi Daily News.