New band to perform at this Saturday |

New band to perform at this Saturday

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What: The Groomers

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7

Where: The Pit on 5th BBQ, 425 Lincoln Ave.

— There’s a new band in town with a quintessential, ski-town-band disposition.

They go by the name, The Groomers.

Though the band may be new to the scene, the seasoned musicians and long-time locals are not. Many of them have been part of several local bands, including Yer State Birds, Three Wire and the Awkward Moment.

Composed of members Gabe Hedstrom on drums, Bob Shaffer on bass and vocals, Paul Geppert on guitar, mandolin and vocals, Craig Thornhill on guitar and vocals and Kris Lindahl on horns, The Groomers had its first official gig under that name at last weekend’s Halloween party at Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse.

This weekend, they will perform at The Pit on 5th BBQ beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday for a free show featuring a few of its original songs and an eclectic selection of covers.

“It was over the top with a jamming horn section that just made you want to dance,” said Jon Davenport, manager of Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse. “It’s great to see all of those guys doing something different apart from their normal genre of music. They were really rockin’ out. We certainly had a really good time out here on Halloween.”

While many of the members have wanted to start a band influenced by a variety of danceable music, Geppert said timing is what really brought this group together.

“All of these guys are really good musicians, but it takes getting the right chemistry together with the right group of guys,” Geppert said. “We are a laid back bunch of guys, which is why it works well, I think.”

While the group has been together less than a year, Geppert said each practice feels as if the band is coming together more as a succinct group, producing a more powerful sound each time they play.

“This whole process has been a natural, organic profession where we are not trying to force anything,” he said.

Some of the cover songs they perform for a high-energy and danceable show originated with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Dylan and more.

“The thing that impresses me about music in general is its ability to bring people together,” Geppert said. “We want to have a positive vibe with our music so people can come out, dance and just be happy.”

Geppert said the band hopes to continue to play gigs at various venues in town and hopefully, throw a few Après Ski gigs into the mix as well.

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

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