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Boulder band makes its way to Steamboat Springs Saturday

Members of The Longest Day of the Year include Sean Lamborne, (lead singer), T. Mule (guitar/vocals), Brian McCosky (lead Guitar/vocals), Dan O'Donnell (bass/vocals), Darin Graber (drums) and Melissa McGinley  (electric violin/vocals) who play their own blend of Colorado rock and roll.
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Members of The Longest Day of the Year include Sean Lamborne, (lead singer), T. Mule (guitar/vocals), Brian McCosky (lead Guitar/vocals), Dan O’Donnell (bass/vocals), Darin Graber (drums) and Melissa McGinley  (electric violin/vocals) who play their own blend of Colorado rock and roll.


— With a name like The Longest Day of the Year, it seems only fitting that this five-piece band out of Boulder performs with musical fervor.

“By the end of each show, everyone is dancing and exhausted, including us,” said Melissa McGinley, on electric violin and vocals for the group.

Continuously pushing themselves physically and musically over the past five years, the band members said they’ve come a long way from their inception as a band performing in breweries and small venues along the Front Range.



In the past, McGinley said The Longest Day of the Year has walked the line of gritty rock country and folk rock with an edge. What they’re known for now is Colorado rock and roll.

The band also includes lead singer Sean Lamborne, T. Mule on guitar and vocals, Brian McCosky on lead guitar and vocals, Dan O’Donnell on bass and vocals and Darin Graber on drums. Making their Steamboat Springs debut, The Longest Day of the Year will take the stage at Old Town Pub at 10 p.m.



“Over the years, our live shows have gotten better and better,” said Lamborne, who is also the band’s general manager. “I think the hook for people was that we had good songs, good lyrics, solid instrumentation and we were one of the few bands around Boulder and playing breweries that were not bluegrass.”

Steering clear of cliches and building stories from experience, the band recently released a new album “Carapace.” It was created through through a collaborative process that involved a common vision from each member and their sound engineer.

Touring since the album was released this past fall, Lamborne said they’ve discovered that people relate to the group’s honest lyrics and dynamic persona on stage along with the emotions of each song.

“When people really listen to it all at once, they know that our performance on stage and on the album is raw and real,” he said. “With the recording process, we were digging deep to find the heart of what the songs were about as they were being written.”

Lamborne and McGinley agree the audience in Steamboat should be prepared to hear a show full of robust sound and infectious energy.

Tickets for the show are $5 at the door.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1


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