Elliot Seng: Magic Beans for Halloween
Steamboat Springs — Well, it wasn’t quite Halloween this past Friday at Schmiggitys Live Music and Dance Bar. But it sure felt like it. Helping ring in one of my favorite Holidays with jam-tastic tunes was none other than one of Colorado’s biggest home-grown bands, The Magic Beans.
In lieu of traveling to yet another weekend of music outside of Steamboat for this year’s Halloween, I decided to “take it easy” and stay in town. Luckily for me, The Magic Beans alleviated all of the fear-of-missing-out symptoms I’d usually have with a weekend of down time. Such a fun and festive holiday without music is absolutely absurd to me.
Grabbing tickets early and aligning with the necessary mischievous crew for the evening was the start to the weekend. Walking around downtown Steamboat and already seeing the crowds of various costumes brought anxious anticipation to the night about to unfold. After a quick dinner, and a lot of terribly wonderful cheap chocolate, The Magic Beans start time neared.
Originally from Nederland near Boulder and now performing all over the country, this band has some old roots here in Steamboat. As a part of one of their original touring circuits, they’ve come to know Steamboat well over the years. The five piece jam act is comprised of Scott Hachey on guitar and vocals, Josh Applebaum on bass guitar, Casey Russellon keyboard and guitar, Cody Wales on drums and beatbox and Hunter Welles on the mandolin. Playing with a number of big acts and musicians like members of String Cheese Incident, Lotus and The Motet, they’ve gained much deserved notoriety in the jam band world.
Dressed in grandiose Halloween fashion, the Beans took the stage. Cranking out a few hard-hitting danceable originals to begin the night, the crowd was moving and grooving. Looking around at the myriad of amazing costumes and smiling faces, the night was gearing up to be a good one. Then came the typical Halloween covers I was anticipating. Starting with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” then segueing into a jammy rendition of “Monster Mash.” Whats a great Halloween performance without a few classics?
Then, proceeding with their original material once more, the tempo changed back to the familiar, high-energy snare beat, putting the crowd back into trance-mode. To encore the evening, the band gave a shout-out to all the great costumes and energy provided by those in attendance. They ended their night with a stellar rendition of “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC.
So for me this was a nice little weekend “staying in.” And by staying in I mean not traveling hundreds of miles and spending far too much money on something I’d equally enjoy right here in town. Thank you to The Magic Beans, from the bottom of my wallet.
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