Lindsay Hutchens
Flogging Molly, above, will play with Hepcat and Fitz and The Tantrums on Saturday night at Red Rocks.

If you go

Who: Flogging Molly with Hepcat and Fitz and The Tantrums

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Red Rocks

Cost: $29.50-$39.50

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Nathen Maxwell has mastered the act of juggling his band time, so the Denver musician will get to tour behind two very different groups this fall.

Maxwell is better known as Flogging Molly’s bassist, and he’s looking forward to playing the band’s Saturday show at Red Rocks. This fall, the busy musician will also be touring with his side project Nathen Maxwell & The Original Bunny Gang.

The bands are as different as night and day, but Maxwell loves the fact that he gets to tour with two of his favorite acts.

“It has been interesting dividing my time between two bands, but Flogging Molly is my priority,” Maxwell said. “I’ve been in Flogging Molly for a long time and I’m passionate about the band, but when we have time off I really want to share my own music.

“My band’s called The Original Bunny Gang, and it’s more relaxed music with a reggae vibe.”

Flogging Molly’s now winding down its tour schedule, as the band’s been touring steadily behind its 2008 CD, Float.

“We’ve been so busy that we haven’t played Colorado since last New Year’s,” Maxwell said. “That’s why we’re playing Red Rocks on Saturday.

“This year has been exciting and Flogging Molly’s got to play some places we’ve never visited before. The most amazing place we played was Croatia. The people there were very appreciative of our music.”

Flogging Molly got a lot of mileage out of Float, so the band’s getting ready to make its next CD.

“Dave King (Flogging Molly’s front man) is in the early stages of creating the next record and he’s definitely motivated to write,” Maxwell said. “We don’t know if we’ll make the new record in Ireland again. We’ve also been talking about recording in Jamaica or Detroit.”

Flogging Molly’s downtime has allowed Maxwell to pursue The Original Bunny Band.

“I had shared some of my songs with Flogging Molly, and Dave King said I should feel free to tell my own story and do these tracks my own way,” Maxwell said.

“I wanted the music I made to be as rootsy as possible. The Original Bunny Band’s sound is more like a L.A. folk sound, but it’s got a very relaxed reggae edge.”

Nathen Maxwell & The Original Bunny Gang just released the new CD, White Rabbit.

The band recently headed out on a two-week CD launch, and opted to play several acoustic performances and indie record stores along the way. The band will head back on the road in November.

“I’ve had a great time sharing my music, but it has put a lot of things in perspective,” Maxwell said. “I realized how great I have it touring with Flogging Molly in a nice tour bus and having a crew.”

Maxwell’s now back on the road with Flogging Molly and he’s ready to make a special stop at Red Rocks.

“This will be the first time ever we’re headlining Red Rocks,” Maxwell confirmed. “We’ve always wanted to play there, and we’re going to perform songs that we haven’t played for years.

“This is going to be a very special night!”

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