No beanstalk, just funky beats: Magic Beans returns to OTP
Get down and groovy with returning band Magic Beans at 10 p.m., Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, at the Old Town Pub. At 9 p.m., doors open prior to the show.
The band has played at the pub several times, and has secured status as a fixture of the Colorado music scene over many years.
“We’ve been a band for a long time, 10 years, so we get a chance to play all the mountain venues and all the mountain towns,” said Scott Hachey, vocalist and guitarist for Magic Beans. “We just have a sweet spot in our heart for Steamboat.”
“They’ve been playing together for over a decade. They’re a Colorado staple as far as the jam band scene,” said Séan Regan, owner of Old Town Pub.
“It’s one of our favorite places in the state to play,” Hachey said of the pub.
The band, which includes Hachey, Casey Russell on keyboard, Chris Duffy on bass and Cody Wales on drums, formed when the four met in college and began to play together.
What: Magic Beans
Where: Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave.
When: 10 p.m., Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23
Tickets: $16 prior at otpsteamboat.com/events, $20 at the door
Hacey said they focus on high energy music and shows, hoping to get folks out of their seats and dancing.
“We are basically a funk band, and then we have elements of soul in there and some rock. We do a little bit of electronic music mixed in there too,” Hachey said. “So, it’s kind of like a more of a modern take on funk music.”
“They get funky, they get dance-y, they get sexy,” Regan said. “There’s a lot of laughter, a lot of love, a lot of happiness involved in the Magic Beans’ show.”
This past St. Patrick’s Day, Magic Beans played OTP for four consecutive nights.
“Each show had a different theme. They had a bunch of people traveling from out of town,” he said. “The band really embraces a culture and a vibe of their own that is just super positive.”
The group has put out a number of albums and singles throughout the last decade, with its most recent release, entitled “Unzipped”, coming out earlier this year.
Hachey explained that this is slightly different than the band’s typical sound, taking on a slower tempo for a new type of jamming.
“We put out an interesting album that’s a little different than our usual stuff,” Hachey said. “It’s Lo-Fi tempo.”
“We call it psychedelic soul, psych rock, kind of in the vein of krumping and old R&B records and stuff like that,” he added.
The album is entirely instrumental, another change from the band’s typical setlists.
“We’re still unrolling lots of this time, so we’ll probably play a few of them for the first time in Steamboat,” Hachey said.
Regan added that he looked forward to the band returning, and hopes people will turn out for the shows.
“It’s just a really killer party,” Regan said. “This place will be going off on Friday and Saturday in my favorite way.”
To reach Katy Pickens, call 970-871-4208 or email her at kpickens@SteamboatPilot.com
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