If you go
What: Bluegrass at the Audi featuring "That Damn Sasquatch," and Rapidgrass Quintet
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road
Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students, seniors and Colorado Bluegrass Music Society members; purchase at coloradobluegrass.org.
Bluegrass comes back to Broomfield Saturday in the kickoff concert of the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society's annual series at the Auditorium.
The show will feature two Colorado bands, That Damn Sasquatch and Rapidgrass Quintet. More bands will be appearing at the Broomfield Auditorium in February and March as the series continues.
Spencer Crawford, banjo picker, accordion player and manager of That Damn Sasquatch, said in addition to bluegrass, the band also plays Cajun and Zydeco music. While the group has performed in Sturgis, S.D. for the annual motorcycle rally, Crawford said they prefer to stay in Colorado, because "it's hard to leave the greatest state around."
The 8-year-old band was named from a line in the Adam Sandler movie "Billy Madison." Crawford said it seemed like a fitting name, because bluegrass is "elusive like the Sasquatch and hides in the hills." He calls the band's sound "newgrass," and it is well-loved by Crawford.
"I play bluegrass, because it is an organic form of music," he said. "You don't need amplifiers or even power, and the vocal harmonies and the energy of up-tempo bluegrass is exciting."
That Damn Sasquatch has never performed in Broomfield, and Spencer said when the promoter invited them, he thought the Broomfield "Audi" was a car dealership. No matter, wherever they go, they get a good response.
"People dance at most of our shows," he said. "We encourage cutting loose, getting rowdy and hootin' and hollerin'."
Music lovers attending the concert will be treated to a 45-minute set of mostly original songs by That Damn Sasquatch, peppered with a few covers of well-known bluegrass tunes. Spencer said if they play covers, they like to change them up a little bit by altering the tempo or instrumentation.
Spencer writes the songs along with guitar player Derek Bridges and mandolin player Mike Hall. Jim Fischer, on stand-up base and Bobby Krech, on fiddle are new to the band, and have written a few tunes that are being worked into the sets.
Everyone is encouraged to write their own thing, but what inspires them is a personal vision.
"I am inspired by so many different things, but I always want to make sure my songs have unique lyrical content and meaningful subject matter," Spencer said. "I want to invoke emotional and intellectual stimulation."
And of course he wants the songs to be fun, and something that people can dance to.
Also on the program is the Rapidgrass Quintet. Members of the five-man band have performed all over the world, together and as solo acts. A combination of bluegrass, Gypsy swing, modern folk and acoustic funk are all part of their repertoire.
The Colorado Bluegrass Music Society is a statewide organization that strives to promote and preserve bluegrass, a musical genre that came to America in the 18th century through folk songs introduced by immigrants from Ireland, Scotland and England. Born in the Appalachian region, where many of the United Kingdom immigrants settled, bluegrass has now spread across the country and to urban locales.
The Colorado Bluegrass Music Society, a registered nonprofit entity, is renowned in Colorado and beyond for its promotion and preservation of bluegrass music. It is a social network of sorts, linking musicians, fans and businesses to develop, promote and encourage all things bluegrass.
"Bluegrass pickers and fans are welcoming and down-to-earth folks, who create a community of acceptance and support for all levels of talent and interest, whether it be participating in a jam, playing in a band, or simply tapping your foot to the beat," the society's Doris Grey said in advance of the kickoff of last year's bluegrass series at the Auditorium.