Boulder-based Amoramora brings its cosmic sound to Steamboat
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Living in Colorado teaches a certain respect for nature that only time in nature can instill.
“It’s a powerful, beautiful and a constant reminder that we are a small part of something way bigger and magical,” said Amoramora front man Danny Evans.
Boulder-based Amoramora has been expanding its catalog of original material since 2016 and the group will take the stage at the Old Town Pub in Steamboat Springs at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Their self-proclaimed “cosmic dance party” features an ever-changing blend of psychedelic jams, funk and bluegrass. The band includes Evans on guitar and vocals, Eric Levine on bass, vocals and trumpet and Michael Lenssen on trumpet, an electronic wind instrument, keys and vocals.
In May 2017, the band released “S’moramora Volume 2” on listening and streaming platforms like Spotify and Soundcloud, and since then, have been on tour. Earlier this week, Explore Steamboat had a chance to chat with Evans about Amoramora’s kaleidoscope of music and rapidly growing audience.
Explore Steamboat: What exactly is a cosmic dance party?
Danny Evans: The cosmic dance party is guaranteed when you come to one of our shows. Our music makes people move, dance and express how they feel through movement, and we love that. The promise to not play the same show twice has left room for our songwriting to evolve in a way that has created a pretty big catalog for how long we have been playing together. A big catalog lets us write crazy set lists each night with songs weaving in and out of each other.
ES: What do those live brass elements bring to the stage and the music?
DE: Michael and Eric both studied jazz trumpet in college where they developed a deep knowledge and understanding for the big band history and how those dynamics can shift into what we do on stage. The composition’s peaks, valleys and dynamics all play a big part in this.
ES: Through the years, who would you say has been the most influential group, so far, that Amoramora has shared the stage with? What have you guys learned from that experience?
DE: When we played with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong last fall, it was pretty inspiring for us as a band. They are a hardworking and very creative bunch that loves to keep pushing the envelope and keep it fresh with the live show. I remember hearing about them back in 2010 when I visited my hometown back on the East Coast. It was really cool to meet those guys and open up a sold-out Boulder Theater in our hometown after being on the road for the better part of last year. That was a night that we will always remember.
ES: What can the audience on Saturday expect from the performance at the Old Town Pub?
DE: The audience can expect a psychedelic experience that will make you want to dance, laugh, love, cry, hug your dog, call your mom and jump for joy all at the same time.
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