The new funky frontier |

The new funky frontier

Little Hercules paves its own way

Little Hercules will be playing at The Tugboat Grill & Pub this weekend. The Tugboat is where they played their first paid gig nine years ago.

Little Hercules played its first paid gig at The Tugboat Grill & Pub.

They will revisit the Tugboat this weekend with an original funk, groove and rock inspired sound that has been nine years in the making.

“We don’t sound like anybody,” said Cristian Basso, vocalist and bass player for the band. “And we really are paving our own way through the frontiers of funk.”

Little Hercules has a new record coming out this month titled “Fascination,” and although the CD won’t be on sale at the shows, the band will perform the entire album.

On the band’s last CD, members joined forces with other musicians in their genre, which is becoming a trend in the industry.

“It’s a kind of brotherhood -if you will – a brotherhood of musicians,” Basso said. “With bands like Papa Grows Funk, the friend relationship forms first, and as a result of the support for the music, they agree to record with us.”

Collaborating is good from a marketing standpoint, as well as allowing the fans to associate bigger names with developing artists, Basso said.

The United States is one of the hardest markets to break through for rising musicians. Basso attributes that to mainstream radio.

“There are two companies that rule what gets played on the radio in the whole country,” he said. “We have some monster corporations pumping everybody’s ears with what they may or may not want.”

Members of Little Hercules will focus on getting their new CD into the hands of the college radio market.

“You can reach a lot of people that way,” Basso said.

The band, which is based out of Minturn, also has been focusing on the resort town market because it reaches a diverse crowd.

“You can reach a lot of people because they are on vacation from everywhere else,” Basso said. “As a result, when we play in other places in the U.S., it’s funny how many people come up to us at the end of the show and say they saw us in Vail or Steamboat Springs.”

Little Hercules performs in Steamboat at least a couple times a year. Band members love coming here because they get to visit to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

“It’s like a therapy session to relax and get ready for the show,” Basso said. “But not too much before the show because we need a nap afterwards.”

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