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Worried Men to take break

Local band's last Mahogany Ridge show of '09 is Friday

Margaret Hair

— Anyone who has walked into Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill past 10 p.m. on a Friday in the past six or seven years stood an almost certain chance of seeing part of Worried Men’s well-weathered show.

Originally a collection of the long-practiced band members’ favorite Grateful Dead tunes, through the years Worried Men’s weekly set became a standby to start the weekend, with a little Willie Nelson and a little Black Sabbath mixed in with a dose of classic rock covers.

The band – Jon Gibbs on guitar and vocals; Randy Kelley on guitar and mandolin; Willie Samuelson on bass; and Pat Waters on drums and vocals – will take a break this fall and probably for part of the winter.

Worried Men’s last show at Mahogany for at least a few months is at 10 p.m. Friday. Admission is free, and the band will close the set with its occasional heavy metal night-ender, Gibbs said.

“We definitely are planning to do the heavy metal stuff late. Probably around 12:45 up until 1:30, we’re going to kick in some of the usual old-school Metallica and old-school Black Sabbath covers that we do,” Gibbs said. The louder selections are a favor to the Mahogany Ridge staff, he said.

Gibbs and the band decided a break from their regular set could do some good, he said. Gibbs said he hopes to use his newfound early Friday nights to ski with his children on Saturday mornings.

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“We’re not breaking up, and we’re not saying goodbye to Mahogany by any means. We just thought it would be nice to take a break,” Gibbs said.

Jacob Owens, general manager and booking coordinator at Mahogany Ridge, said Friday nights through the off-season would focus on local musicians, with occasional touring acts filling up a schedule of mostly free shows. Front Range bluegrass band WhiteWater Ramble plays the venue Oct. 23, and members of Worried Men and fellow local band Missed the Boat play Oct. 30.

The members of Worried Men left the doors open to come back to Mahogany whenever they want, Owens said.

“It’s been a good local tradition almost for a long time,” Owens said about the band’s sets.

“A lot of people who come are here on a regular basis. And it’s fun to see them develop. When they put Pat (Waters) on drums they brought in a lot of new songs, and you could tell the new energy was good for the band,” he said.

Waters, Worried Men’s third drummer since the band formed, adds a higher vocal range for a bigger song selection, Gibbs said.

Worried Men might start playing shows at Mahogany in early 2010, but the schedule is up in the air, Gibbs said. For Friday’s show, Gibbs said he hopes to draw a crowd.

“We promise to deliver a good show, being our last one there for a while. : We’re just hoping for a busy night at Mahogany. We want to give them back a busy night since they’ve given us so many over the years,” he said.

If you go

What: Worried Men’s last show before a break, classic rock covers

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Where: Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 435 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: Free

Call: 879-3773

Listen: Worried Men’s renditions of classic songs are streaming at http://www.worriedmenband.com