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Sponsored by the Mt. Crested Butte Town Center Community Association, the Live! From Mt. CB Summer Concert Series returns for the summer of 2018 with an exciting lineup of amazing musicians. Join the fun every Wednesday evening between June 27 and August 15 for an evening of free music at the base of Mt. Crested Butte.
All shows will take place at the Red Lady Stage in Mt. Crested Butte from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
2018 Schedule and Lineup:
June 27 - New Orleans Suspects (Swamp/Mardi Gras)
New Orleans Suspects began playing together in 2009 as a pick-up band at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans. Comprised of some of the most seasoned, highly respected players in NOLA, the group called themselves The Unusual Suspects. Their chemistry was undeniable and by the summer of 2011 they decided to tour full-time, renaming the band New Orleans Suspects. They quickly began attracting large crowds from San Francisco to New York. In five short years they’ve released four CDs and established themselves as one of New Orleans’ best supergroups.
July 4 – Fourth of July on the mountain, sponsored by the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Mt. Crested Butte
Live music all evening from 5:30 until 9:00 PM featuring the Kitchen Dwellers (Psychedelic Bluegrass)
Bozeman, MT-based bluegrass quartet Kitchen Dwellers are riding the wave of their sophomore release, Ghost in the Bottle, an album produced by Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn. The album also features Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis, who joined the band in the studio to record the album’s first single “Vision of More.” The band continues to relentlessly tour the country, captivating audiences with their own unique style, dubbed “Galaxy Grass.”
Formed while attending college at Montana State, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle. In recent years the band has begun to tour nationally, hitting notable venues and festivals around the country including The Brooklyn Bowl, The Fox Theatre, Delfest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit, and The Frendly Gathering.
July 11 - Billy Strings (Bluegrass)
Billy Strings plays hard and he lives hard, picking so fast and intensely that he’s known to break multiple strings per song, and basing the songs he writes on the hard lives he grew up around in the abandoned rural communities of America. His new album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, taps into a deep vein of psychedelia in Americana, referencing everything from the Dead to Sturgill Simpson, but all underlaid by Billy’s undeniable virtuosity and his knowledge of the roots of American music. He’s one of the most beloved young bluegrass guitarists today within the bluegrass community, and his front porch in East Nashville is constantly filled up with Nashville’s best roots musicians just picking up a storm.
July 18 - Matthew Curry (Blues)
Matthew Curry delivers electrifying blues and blues rock along with amped-up shows. Matthew is astonishing audiences with his blazing guitar playing, original songs, and soulful voice. Matthew has played with blues greats Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro, and recently with Ronnie Baker Brooks, Bernard Allison, and Bryan Lee. Often referred to as a cross between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, Matthew Curry is a triple-charged musician in his own right and firing up the scene.
July 25 - Lowdown Brass Band (Brass/Street Funk)
Lowdown Brass Band (LDB), hailing from Chicago, is a horn-driven ensemble with strong roots in the New Orleans Second Line Tradition. A fierce sousaphone sets the foundation for trumpets, trombones and saxophones that intertwine in a cacophony of tight lead lines, spontaneous call-and-response and bombastic brass attacks. While taking a page from the jazz and blues giants of the past, LDB melds modern funk, hip-hop, reggae and pop into a unique style. Always a party, Lowdown forges new ground with original compositions that create a high-energy deluge of danceability!
August 1 - Dave Jordan & the NIA (NOLA/Roots Rock)
Dave Jordan is a New Orleans based singer/songwriter/bassist and guitar player. Over the course of nearly 20 years and 3 bands, he has produced or co-produced 6 albums, played nearly 2000 shows nationwide and performed or recorded with some of the most esteemed musicians in New Orleans and across the country; including recording with Art Neville, Anders Osborne, Joe Krown, Bill Summers and more; and performances with such bands as the Meters, Little Feat, Widespread Panic, Bob Weir’s RatDog, Los Lobos and many more. His work as founder and frontman of the long running funk/roots band, Juice, landed the band a Best of the Beat award for “Best Emerging Funk/Soul/R&B Band” and nominations for “Best Roots Rock Band” and “Best Roots Rock Album” for 2000’s Anders Osborne produced,
August 8 - Con Brio (R&B/Soul/Funk)
The night before Con Brio headed into the studio to record their first full-length album, 23-year-old Ziek McCarter had a dream. In it, the singer received a visit from his father, an Army veteran who died at the hands of East Texas police in 2011. His father delivered an invitation: Come with me to paradise.
McCarter woke up with a song in his bones. “It was one of the most spiritual moments of my life,” he recalls. It was up to him, he knew, to rise above injustice, and to perform in a way that lifted up those around him as well. To make Con Brio’s music a place of serenity, compassion — even euphoria — right here on earth.
Paradise, which saw the San Francisco band teaming with legendary producer Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys, Beck, Seu Jorge), is the result: a declaration of independence you can dance to; an assertion of what can happen when the human spirit is truly free.
Formed in 2013, Con Brio is the offspring of seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love for the vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul sound pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone.
August 15 - The Dustbowl Revival (American Roots Orchestra)
A sort of new-wave jug-band or "little big band", The Dustbowl Revival’s tunes range anywhere from Bob Wills style western swing to Dylan inspired folk romps to Sister Rosetta Tharpe gospel stomps to Howlin' Wolf Chicago Blues. Big band ballads, western swing hoe-downs, bebop breakdowns, vaudevillian theatrics even mariachi-flavored marches - the whole kitchen sink is thrown at you during their raucous live shows.