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Kremmling: Cajun band heaps on N’awlins funk

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

BlueKrewe will bring a mix of swampy Louisiana roots music “straight from the bayous” of south Louisiana to Kremmling tonight as part of the town’s Grand Mountain Bank Summer Concert Series.

“Like a good Cajun gumbo,” the band, back to Kremmling by popular demand, “likes to add some different seasonings to the pot,” according to the band’s biography on its Web site. “While cooking, they will add a pinch of zesty Zydeco, some Cajun injections, a bit of Mardi Gras flavoring and a heaping helping of N’awlins funk. They will serve that up with a side of spicy originals, funky instrumentals and perhaps a rock classic or two.

“C’est bon, your taste buds are sure to be satisfied.”

BlueKrewe consists of Tony Trahan on electric guitar, George Stone on keyboards, Steve Sheldon on harmonica, Dave Lyons on bass, Trip Merklein on percussion/scrub boards, Dan Shook on drums, and all members contribute vocals.

The band, formed by Cajun-born Trahan who relocated to Colorado from south Louisiana, has been active in the Colorado music scene since 1995. It started out as The Blue Advisory Band, mixing rockin’ blues and classic rock, which quickly launched them into what they dubbed as the “perpetual best dives tour” in 2002.

After several tours, Trahan re-grouped and re-named the band, introducing longtime band mate and Berkeley alumni Stone on keyboards and adding in BlueAdvisory alumni Merklein’s stylings on scrub board and percussion. Trahan also welcomed harmonica into the band’s sound with Sheldon. Its solid new rhythm section launched the band to several new venues and audiences (fans are called “Krewepies” who are sometimes invited up to play the scrub boards and percussion instruments).

Since then, the group has recorded a live CD “Live at Lincoln’s” and is said to put on the best Mardi Gras party in Colorado.

With a reputation for playing four and five-hour sets, many times without break, the band’s motto is, “You never stop a party in progress.”

“I’m really excited to be called back (to Kremmling),” Trahan said. “Everyone had a good time last year.”

He hopes audiences come out, get up and do some dancing, and enjoy listening because “that’s what it’s all about.”

Everyone, except pets, is encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs to the town square to settle in for an evening of fine entertainment. Concert goers are also invited to partake of a meal before the show. Dinner for purchase is provided by JR’s Grill and Catering. Sponsors include: Grand Mountain Bank, West Grand Land Company, Sky-Hi Daily News, Kremmling Mercantile, The Moose Cafe and Buggy Stop. Additional free Summer Concert Series shows are scheduled at 5 p.m. Aug. 16 (Whitewater Ramble) and Sept. 5 (Erica Brown Band) in the Kremmling Town Square.