MAY 15TH 2016
THE FUN BEGINS
THE TASTE OF DURANGO
Featuring local craft breweries, artisan cocktails, and countless samples of Durango's restaurants world-class cuisine along with a day of great music, dancing, fun, and friends.Learn More...
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The Jaden Carlson Band is a high-energy power trio based out of Boulder, Colorado that melds funk, soul, jazz, fusion and rock. Led by Jaden, a guitar artist, they expertly perform a unique and expansive repertoire of infectious originals and carefully selected covers embodying their own unique arrangements.
Jaden’s band is comprised of herself on lead guitar and vocals, Will Trask on drums, percussion and backing vocals, and Eric Luba on left-hand bass, keys and backing vocals. Having formed in late 2014, the band discovered a common love and joy of creating music during a band-basement jam that, upon playing for the first time, stretched six hours into the night. Subsequent days of hours-long jamming and writing cemented what is now the Jaden Carlson Band, and their enthusiasm for playing together radiates throughout every venue they play.
In their short time as a musical unit, the Jaden Carlson Band has already headlined many theaters, performed on the main stage of major festivals, supported national touring artists (Anders Osborne and Robert Cray), toured throughout many states, and released their own album.
These three talented musicians bring a wealth of musical knowledge, experience and prowess to each performance, and an irresisitable and dynamic energy that has their audiences begging for more. Jaden has shared the stage with many notable artists including Umphrey’s McGee, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Revivalists, Devon Allman, Dumpstaphunk, Dopapod, Tauk, Roosevelt Collier, John Popper and Blues Traveler, Groundation, and many others. She is the youngest artist to legitimately perform at the Red Rocks Ampitheater…twice, as well as performing frequently at the some of the nation’s best festivals.
The Jaden Carlson Band Sound:
Musical soulfulness, mixed with rockin’ funk and jazz jams, inspirational lyrics and a mastery of the guitar guaranteed to blow you away.
Jelly Bread’s musical alchemy blends a dash of alt-rock with soul and funk, yet is thoroughly steeped in Rock-Americana. The band’s chameleonic playlist is highlighted by dual vocals, four part harmonies, in-the-pocket drum and bass grooves, swampy lap steel guitar, dirt under the fingernails guitar licks, and take-’em-to-church organ that is downright appetizing. Jelly Bread has emerged with a high-energy calling card that melds elements of desert twang and the urban tones of funk & rock, balanced by exceptional songwriting and storytelling.
Jelly Bread has been delving into more extensive touring this past year. This past year, Jelly Bread has been tapped to perform opening duties for the likes of Robert Cray, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Dragon Smoke (members of Galactic), The Motet, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Pimps of Joytime, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds and performed on a bill featuring Bruce Hornsby and Railroad Earth. The band has appeared at premiere festivals to include Joshua Tree, Strawberry and High Sierra Music Festivals.
Over the course of the 2013 summer, in between touring, Jelly Bread spent time recording at Imirage Sound Lab with Tom Gordon who has worked with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Collective Soul, Dr. Dre, Boyz II Men, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, among many others. After months of dedication, the band emerged with a their latest EP titled “Lessons Learned”.
The EP, which includes the head-nodding, signature energetic funk and rock soul listeners have come to expect from Jelly Bread, maintains the honest storytelling of the more Americana influences Jelly Bread has been rooted in since its inception.
The ScrugglersThe Scrugglers are a tubgrass band from Durango, Colorado. Dedicated to the bluegrass beat, bring your dancing boots, this trio is known to throw down for the faithful. Built around the big sound the of 2-stringed electrified washtub bass joined by banjo and mandolin. Steve Labowskie and Todd Webster had been friends for many years and played music together when they got the chance. Through a self deprecating moment while trying to pick after a long night jamming in the campground the potential band name of The Strugglers came up and shortly thereafter strugglers got twisted into scrugglers to honor the innovation and spirit of the man who added the signature sound of 3-finger banjo picking to bluegrass music. It took a while to find the right banjo player until they met Patrick O’Halloran at a weekly jam session. The Scrugglers are not a Earl Scruggs cover band (although they do play some of his material). The Scrugglers instead try to uphold a tradition of improvisation and creativity with acoustic music that Earl Scruggs alsop promoted. Part jug band, part jam band, the Scruggler’s material spans from old-time traditional to campground jam circle favorites to danceable rock and roll covers to original material. The past year has been a slow down for the band while Steve was bringing twin girls into the world, but the performances the band has done lately have been on bigger stages and have brought in others musicians from the southwest Colorado bluegrass scene. Don’t miss their appearance kicking of this year’s Taste of Durango.
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