Bostyx to rock Strings
If you go:
What: Bostyx Unplugged
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9
Where: Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road
Cost: Tickets start at $40
More information: stringsmusicfestival.com
Steamboat Springs — The last time David Victor and Glenn Jost played in Colorado, the members of Bostyx played a high-energy show — “banging’ the rock ’n’ roll,” in their own words. So high-energy that, coupled with the altitude increase for the California-based duo, they used canned oxygen in between sets. But the pair doesn’t imagine they’ll need it for Friday.
“Bostyx Unplugged,” set for 7 p.m. at Strings Music Festival, is an acoustic show that will be quiet and intimate. The Boston and Styx tribute band will be performing the set for the first time since 2013.
“A lot of the bands from the ‘70s and ’80s were all about the instruments,” said Victor, a vocalist and guitarist. “Electric guitars really took the forefront and the vocals got pushed to the side for record production.”
But vocals and harmonies are this team’s forte, and where, in its opinion, the magic happens.
“We’re playing organic instruments, except for keyboard and electric bass, to bring it down to a kind of homespun level,” said Jost, a vocalist and drummer. “We’re going to take the real upbeat and happy stuff and strip it down, and bring it around a campfire instead of an ’80s dance party. Low-key, low-volume. Warmth instead of racket.”
Victor and Jost had been playing together in various California-based bands for years before officially forming Bostyx in 2011.
“David brings on the Boston big time,” Jost said.
The tribute band is unique in that Victor is a former member of Boston. He played with the group for several recent tours and notable performances, including the opening of “Boston Strong,” a Boston Marathon bombing victims benefit with Aerosmith with an audience of 20,000. He also sang in the recording of “Heaven on Earth,” the #1 recording on Mediabase’s Classic Rock chart in 2014.
“I learned how to play the (Boston) songs from the guy (Tom Scholz) who wrote them,” Victor said. But this doesn’t prevent the duo from adding its own spin on things: they’ve rearranged and adjusted some original pieces to accentuate vocals in the group’s non-acoustic shows as well.
“Glenn does a great Dennis DeYoung (frontman of Styx),” Victor said.
Jost has recorded and toured for years, played at the Playboy Jazz Festival and on TV series “Ally McBeal.” Both Victor and Jost appeared on AXS TV’s “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” show in 2014. Both artists are also musical business partners in management of the production company David Victor Presents, which aims to better connect music groups and the local communities in which they perform.
The blend of Boston and Styx’s music seemed to be a natural fit; the original Boston band and Styx’s DeYoung having toured together in 2008 and from April to August of this year for Boston’s 40th anniversary tour.
On Friday, Victor and Jost will be playing some of the songs Victor describes as Boston’s “monster hits,” but also, Jost says, “a little more obscure stuff — for the die-hard fans.” Classic songs every attendee will recognize may include “More Than a Feeling,” “Amanda,” “Foreplay / Long Time,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Come Sail Away.”
“I want to take this music to a higher level,” Jost said, “to where the original composers would smile.”
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