ReGROOVEaNATION performs free concert at Steamboat Ski Area
July 24, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Fusing a together a wide palette of musical backgrounds, the members of ReGROOVEaNATION never perform the same show twice.
"The personality of each player really comes, and then we are always changing things up," frontman Arthur Lee Land said. "This group is very unique in that way, and it really speaks to the value of having good music and musicianship."
While the group has been performing gigs together only since this past December, it originated in Lyons after the floods of 2013 as an outgrowth of a Flood Relief Benefit concert. A weekly gig was created at a local venue called Ferg's Inn to help “regrooveanate” the spirit of Lyons locals throughout the long winter months.
Other members of ReGROOVEaNATION include Brian McRae on drums and loops, Brian Schey on bass, Phil Johnson on keyboards and Lee Land on vocals, guitars, banjo and electronics.
Never limiting itself, the group has music that ranges from electro-Americana, folk-rock, afrograss and even jazz. For the free show with the Mountain Music Series held at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, Jus Goodie will be the special guest incorporating his reggae-funk talents. With roots in Motown soul and classic R&B, Goodie headlines numerous shows as he tours across the U.S.
Although the members have played with other bands on a regular basis, when they come together as ReGROOVEaNATION, the chemistry is effortless.
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"With everyone coming from all of these different backgrounds, it makes it really easy to have a congruent sound," Lee Land said. "It's been really interesting to see the combinations of stuff we can create together."
Integrating an eclectic mix, a collage of musical styles begins to surface.
"When you have all of these different elements coming together in an interesting way, it's like art," Lee Land said.
An interesting musical project, to say the least, Lee Land said the group never has a boring show. Many times, a dance party begins to take form, and before they even realize it, they've played 2 1/2 hours straight.
For Friday's show, Lee Land predicts his group of musicians will bring a show perfect for Steamboat's reggae fan base resulting in a nonstop dance party.