Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue feat. Rob Eaton of Dark Star Orchestra with Rastasaurus & Bonfire Dub
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 16 and over
Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue
Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue was formed in 2005 from the top players of the foremost Grateful Dead tribute bands in the Rocky Mountain region.
Based originally on a premise of player interchangeability to suit the situation, compatibility and success have coalesced the band into its present configuration. The band's forte lies in its faithful rendering of Grateful Dead material, both originals and covers, and the Grateful Dead's trademark style of improvisation.
Achieved through a careful balance of comprehension and execution of the more defined musical elements of the material with a fearless passion to connect with the elusive "X factor" that Jerry Garcia affectionately spoke of, RMGDR remains aligned with the Dead's creed of playing off the energy of the audience and making them an integral component of the overall dynamic.
Rob started playing guitar at the age of 12. His inspiration for playing was hearing Europe '72, the year it came out. His first band "The Peyote Ridge Band" played originals, Dead and others from 1975 till 1980. In 1980 Rob moved to NYC from Vermont to begin a recording career, spending many of those years as a staff engineer with "The Power Station Studios".. Rob's name may be familiar to those in the recording business both professional and the vast Grateful Dead taping world. He has been involved in the Grateful Dead community since the 70's. In 1980 Rob joined up with Border Legion a northern New Jersey Dead band and played with them till 2001 when he joined DSO full time. Rob still does some studio work but his full time passion is DSO.
Rastasaurus was uncovered in the concrete jungles of Denver, Colorado, where they’ve been building an enthusiastic following around their new reggae sound. Centered around the prolific songwriting of Justus Lacewell (vocals, guitar), Rastasaurus also includes lifelong musical pals and identical twin brothers Eric (lead guitar) and Mark Ciccone (bass). The thick, psychedelic grooves of Ryan Kerr (keyboards) and the smooth, funky rhythms of Cody Cano (drums) round out the quintet. With their original songs featuring an infusion of reggae with elements of funk, rock and roll, improvised jamming and dub, Rastasaurus is constantly exploring and expanding its own unique blend of American reggae.
Take Bonfire Dub's new album, “Search.” Scotty Stoughton took some time away from touring and the music business. He opened a nightclub, started a band, traveled the world, found a girl who makes him smile when he talks about her, and wrote a bunch of really good songs about it.
“Search” is 12 tracks that range from basic awareness about the human condition, to nature, to reasons to get your bohiney off the bar stool and boogie. It's a mixture of reggae, dub, down tempo and electronic music.
On “Search,” the songs tend to reflect what Stoughton experienced on his quest. “Sarajevo Rose,” for example, talks about potholes in that city's roads, patched with a red substance.
“It looks like roses,” Stoughton said, adding that most of those potholes were created by bombs and artillery shells.
Stoughton wrote songs about Nicaragua, Haiti, Chile, Bosnia, the United States … But don't get the impression that “Search” is political or strident. It's not. The band encourages awareness and involvement, and does it with a beat.
“I wasn't trying to write a record to impress a record company,” Stoughton said. “It was always a personal expression.”
I'm with the band
Rodney Coquia and Stoughton played together in the band Sucker.
Stoughton and keyboard player/singer Jeff Armistead have been friends and collaborators for a decade.
“He's from Detroit and he brings such a musical ability to the band from such a wide variety of influences,” Stoughton said. “It fits well with the vision.”
They added a player at a time, including the lovely and talented Katlyn Dawn. She plays ukulele and sings.
Stoughton met her at the Realm Music Festival while he was working, and it turned out she was camping next to him. He headed back to camp one night and she was sipping some wine, playing, singing and engaging in general fun-having. They were impressed enough with each other that she left Kauai and moved here.
Stoughton had not recorded since 2000, since his days with Sucker and Short Term Memory.
“I was nudged by our producer to lay down some tracks, so I had to learn to play the guitar, “ Stoughton said. “Other musicians had always played the guitar and I wrote the lyrics. But I figured there are a million two-chord hits, so I learned to play it.”
Bonfire Dub is as much a labor of love as anything else.
“I wasn't looking to do a ton of shows. We worked at developing the sound we wanted,” he said.
Stoughton helped create Campout for the Cause to support local and national non-profits.
“It's an opportunity for artists to give back,” he said. “We are so blessed because we get to play music. It doesn't matter if it's for 10 people or for 10,000.”
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