The Great Guys come to Steamboat for the 1st time
Steamboat Springs — Remaining obscure from the radar of social media, one Denver band brings a handful of surprises to each performance.
“We like to surprise people,” said David “Dewey” Duart, who plays bass and vocals for the Great Guys. “It’s not about trying to make it in the industry, really, it’s more about friends performing together and having a good time or playing a good show.”
The Great Guys was formed more than a year ago by friends who met through Denver’s thriving music scene. Without the pressure, the musical comrades came together to perform for fun, though they were each in separate bands.
Since the Great Guys is a side project to these other bands, scheduling can be difficult, but it also offers a new freedom to experiment with the music. Many times, audiences are unaware who the group is. But Duart said it leaves a air of mystery about their band.
“Sometimes it’s about getting out there to just play,” he said. “Sure, you risk sharing music with people who have no idea who you are, but that’s where the fun is. No one gets nervous because we are just there to have a good time. There is no pressure really.”
Even the group’s name comes from an amicable origin. After one of their first gigs together, someone said, “You guys are just so great.” Of course, this was after a few beers, Duart said, but the members found the name as a hysterical joke and also a perfect fit with the essence of what they wanted their project to be.
“I think what makes us different is that everybody brings an individual sound to the table and we don’t try to hone in on a particular sound or genre for the band,” Duart said.
The Great Guys will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Pub. And with more than 10 years of experience, each member brings a wide assortment of diverse musical influences.
Duart, on bass and vocals, comes from the band Yamn, a group centered within the philosophy of fusing rock and electronica for a contagiously upbeat show. Scott Lane, on guitar and vocals, comes from The Congress, a Denver rock ‘n’ roll band that has been in Steamboat a few times. From Fox Street, a band that infuses a roller-coaster of sounds from blues to funk, soul, jazz with the edginess of rock ‘n’ roll, is Eric Low, who plays drums for the Great Guys. Performing in the group on guitar and vocals is Jonah Wisneski, who also is a solo guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, composer and even teacher.
“It gives us the freedom to be really unique,” Duart said about the band’s upbringing from other groups and backgrounds.
The show in Steamboat will be the Great Guys’ first show outside of Denver. Performing ballads of rock, blues and funk covers, the members also have started to craft a new catalog of original music. While the group has no albums recorded yet, there is a possibility it will happen in the future.
“We are definitely ready to have a good time and only hope the music scene in Steamboat is ready to have a good time, as well,” Duart said.
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