Winter Park / Live Music: Tunnel 6 into the light for reunion show |

Winter Park / Live Music: Tunnel 6 into the light for reunion show

Cyndi McCoy
Winter Park, Colorado

About 15 minutes into the first and only album of Tunnel 6, various sounds can be heard ” a car skid, gurgling, a zipper, a kitten, and, appropriately, applause.

Like the hidden song to follow, band Tunnel 6 has been tucked back as a pleasant surprise. A long-time-coming reunion show at the Winter Park Pub Saturday will bring them once again into the light, if only for one night.

It has been nine years since members Beau Skogen (guitar), Tim MacCabe (bass), Nathan “Nate Dogg” Nicholson (drums), and Eric Olson (vocals/guitar) played together. Olson said they “thought it would be fun,” since MacCabe was on his way to Colorado on vacation and Skogen and Nicholson (Nicholson now plays with Brethren Fast) were both available. Everyone but MacCabe still lives in the state (Skogen and Nicholson live on the Front Range) and MacCabe said he thought his ski trip out from Washington, D.C. would be a good time to get together.

The band had a good run in Grand and Summit counties in the late 1990s after they met through mutual friends. “Back in the day,” the four were in their 20s, sprouting into the musicians they would become.

Olson and Skogen played together in high school in Minnesota and planned on forming a band when Skogen returned to Colorado from Alaska. In the meantime Olson met Nicholson and recruited him as the drummer. Once he got to Winter Park, Skogen said they discovered MacCabe and convinced him to play with Tunnel 6 “instead of another band he was in.”

Skogen and Olson lived in a little house that used to be next to the Cozens Ranch Museum. There were seven or eight of them living there and Skogen said roommate Andrew Ware came up with the name Tunnel 6 during a trip to Central City through Tunnel 6 in Clear Creek Canyon.

They had a gig opening for Sponge Kingdom on Halloween of that year, didn’t have any other good names, “so we went with ‘Tunnel 6’.” New Year’s Eve shows continue to hold some of his best memories, Skogen said, as well as a gnome shoe party where they played on a stage made of snow 15 feet tall with a built-in bar.

Almost all of the classic and pop rock songs they played were originals. Fans of Olson, Fraser Valley musician known as Oly, will recognize several. Many of them were written by him. He said it should be a loose show, but that it is more than likely “a one-time” chance to hear them play again.

MacCabe, Skogen and Nicholson have also been busy working in other bands and MacCabe said Sunday’s show is “just for fun.” (The mechanic by day currently plays in band Botta which is getting ready to release a new album). “Hopefully, we can bring back some good memories for the old timers and turn the new people on to a taste of what Winter Park used to sound like without too many ‘train wrecks.'”

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