Brooklyn-based Pimps of Joytime kick off Mountain Music Series
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What:Mountain Music Series: Pimps of Joytime
When: 7 p.m. Friday, July 8
Where: Base of Steamboat Ski Area in Gondola Square
While heads bop and feet tap to funky rhythms beneath the falling sun, soulful guitar and carefully crafted melodies will stream from the Gondola Square stage.
Pimps of Joytime, a Brooklyn-based band, will headline the Steamboat Mountain Music Free Summer Concert series at 7 p.m. Friday.
“I was pretty much born with music. I was a musical soul from the beginning,” said Brian J, lead singer, and founder of Pimps of Joytime.
After starting with drums around the age of 8, Brian J said guitar eventually become his main instrument before he became more serious about singing.
“When I was about 13, I was in a band and the singer quit so I figured I would just sing until we found a new singer,” he said. “When I was a little older, about 18 or 20, I started taking it more seriously. I started on this journey. I wasn’t a natural singer, and so I really had to work at it.”
Skip forward to 2006, and Brian J was at a stage in his life where he wanted to take on a new project. That project turned into Pimps of Joytime, and in 2007, the band released its first album.
Tonight’s concert will showcase bandleader Brian J on vocals and guitar, Mayteanna Morales on vocals and percussion, Dave Bailis on bass, synth and samples, John Staten on drums and Kim Dawson on vocals. Of the five-person band, Morales is the only original member remaining.
“It is evolving,” Brian J said of Pimps of Joytime’s unique sound, “but there’s definitely a dose of vintage classic funk and soul, but there are also modern elements in there.”
With so many tastes and influences in music, it can be hard to put the band’s sound into words, Brian J explained.
“For me, music is food for the soul, it’s a thing that’s very spiritual and also medicinal,” he said. “It’s a thing that speaks to your emotions; it works at so many different levels.”
In April, the band released its newest album, Jukestone Paradise, and some of those songs will be played at Friday’s concert in Steamboat, along with songs from past albums. The band will also be performing new songs that have not yet been released.
“It’s definitely a little edgier,” Brian J said of Jukestone Paradise. “It has a rock-and-roll feeling to it, and a lot of the rhythm section was recorded live.
“We’re excited to bring our Joytime sound and to make it a real good, funky good time,” Brian J continued. “I think definitely when we connect with the audience and we get the energy from the crowd, that’s a thing that seems to feed this cyclical energy vortex. We’re putting energy out, and when they receive it and give it back to us, it elevates everything we do.”
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Steamboat Free Summer Concerts announced Friday that it will return live music to the Yampa Valley this summer in the form of two concerts scheduled for August and September.