Having started in the early 2000’s as a Groovetrotters family fun weekend project it quickly became apparent that “the kids” had a bit more than just average talent and drive when it came to playing music. Weekend jam sessions outdoors under a palapa just yards away from the Pacific Ocean attracted quite a stir in the community and before long regular gigs became a normal part of life. Essentially of the music has one solid ingredient: FUNK! From Rock all the way to Jazz, Reggae and Blues there is a funky vibe that grabs your attention from the time the first note rings out all the way to the end of each song. It’s incredible to witness a Groovetrotters live-performance, especially to experience the “magic” this awesome band brings to the stage.
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ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND
When Robert Randolph talks about his new album, Lickety Split, a few words come up over and over—”joy,” “freedom,” “energy.” Which is no surprise, really, because those are the same things that immediately spring into a listener’s mind when these twelve tracks from the virtuoso pedal steel guitarist and his longtime accompanists, the Family Band, explode out of the speakers.
“My thing is really upbeat, uptempo, with great guitar riffs,” says Randolph, summarizing his musical ambitions, “but also catchy choruses and lyrics that someday will make this music into classic tunes.”
“Robert Randolph is an American Original,” says Don Was, President of Randolph’s new label, Blue Note Records. “He has mastered what is, arguably, the most complex instrument in the world and developed a unique voice that is equal parts street-corner church and Bonnaroo. This album finally captures the energy and excitement of his legendary live performances.”
But for Randolph, the road to Lickety Split—his first studio recording in three years—wasn’t an easy path. Though his distinctive mix of rock, funk, and rhythm & blues continued to earn a rapturous response from a fervent, international audience, he felt that he had lost some of the enthusiasm and intensity that had driven him to make music in the first place.
“We just weren’t being creative musically,” he says. “Being on the road 280 days a year, you wind up playing too much and it isn’t fun anymore. Soon, you stop being that concerned about how good you can be, how important it is to create and write. You kind of lose sight of that, of being focused on your craft and spending time with your instrument. I’ve become more in love with my guitar now, and staying relaxed and practicing and trying to create different sounds.”
The new album showcases the unique chemistry of the Family Band—comprised of the guitarist’s actual family members Marcus Randolph, Danyel Morgan, and Lenesha Randolph, together with guitarist Brett Haas. The eleven original compositions, plus a stomping cover of “Love Rollercoaster” by the Ohio Players, were produced by Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Danyel Morgan, Marcus Randolph, Tommy Sims, Drew Ramsey, and Shannon Sanders; engineered by the legendary Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin); and feature special guest appearances from Trombone Shorty and Carlos Santana.
Randolph notes that the title track of Lickety Split (on which his sister sings the hook) is one of his favorites. “What’s great about that one is that it’s something we actually played in church, just like that,” he says. “There’s a section in the service called the ‘Jubilee Jam Session Time,’ and I can show you video where we played that very same riff.”
But if there’s one track on the album that captures the band’s new spirit, it’s one that started as a jam session in a Nashville studio during a break in recording, and later came to be titled “Born Again.” “It’s about finding the joy again,” says Randolph. “At first it was more of a love song, the sense you get when you find the right person, but then as we were recording this new music with a whole new sense of direction, and feeling free again, that all came into it. It’s not a religious thing, it’s just new energy—which is really the old energy that I had at the beginning of my career.”
Robert Randolph & The Family Band first gained national attention with the release of the album Live at the Wetlands in 2002. The band followed with three studio recordings over the next eight years—Unclassified, Colorblind, and We Walk This Road—which, together with tireless touring and unforgettable performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won them an expanding and passionate fan base. Randolph’s unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, and also attracted the attention of such giants as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio.
“What I’ve learned from being around those guys—and you never really notice it until the moment is away from you—is that it’s really important to them that someone keeps original music going, that you’re not just trying to be like everybody else,” he says. “Eric really wants to know what’s going on now, he’s always going ‘Show me that lick again!’—they’re like little kids, and that’s really the great part about it. It makes me think that I need to keep getting better, to stay excited and keep trying to be innovative and keep growing.”
Most recently, Randolph has attempted to amplify the tradition from which he came by executive producing the Robert Randolph Presents the Slide Brothers album, a recording which features some of the older “sacred steel” players from the House of God church who inspired him to pick up an instrument. “This is part of my whole story, which a lot of people don’t understand,” he says. “In our church organization, playing lap steel in church has been going on since the 1920s. These guys were my mentors, my Muddy Waters and B.B. Kings. Thinking that I started this style is like saying Stevie Ray Vaughan was the first guy to play the blues. I wanted to do this record so that everybody could understand the story and start connecting the dots.”
He is also taking a bold new step by remodeling an abandoned school building in his hometown of Irvington, New Jersey and opening the Robert Randolph Music and Arts Program. “There hasn’t been any arts in the schools, period, since I was in high school,” he says. “So my whole motivation changed to a full-on effort to get these kids into music, and also find out what other passions they have and try to offer that. These kids don’t have anything to do, they don’t have any hope.”
With a new label, a new dedication to his craft, and a new sense of responsibility in his life off-stage, it seems like Lickety Split might also represent the urgency Robert Randolph is bringing to all of his efforts these days. “I’m still undiscovered, and that’s really the best thing about it,” he says. “Now we have the chance to present the music right, and have the story told right, and for me to be focused on being an ambassador for inner-city kids and a role model, and also an ambassador for my instrument and as an artist. As all these things happened, it got fun again.”
One-Of-A-Kind Winter Event Featuring FIVE Events in ONE Race!
- Alpine Skiing
- XC Skiing
- Mountain Biking
Individual – Male / Female / Chariot
Team – Male / Female / Coed / Duo
New in 2015 – Adult Individual Chariot Division!
STANDARD and SHORT COURSE available in each division except YOUTH & ADULT CHARIOT which compete in SHORT COURSE.
New Year’s Resolution Registration Prices (January 1st – January 31st)
Youth Individual (17 & Under) $50
Adult Individual $100
Adult Individual Chariot $110
Dynamic Duo $150
Youth Team (3-5 People) $150
Adult Team (3-5 People) $200
Registration Prices (February 1st – March 2nd)
Youth Individual (17 & Under) $60
Adult Individual $125
Adult Individual Chariot $135
Dynamic Duo $175
Youth Team (3-5 People) $175
Adult Team (3-5 People) $225
All participants receive an event t-shirt and free lunch with their registration!
The top three (3) finishers in each category will be recognized at the post-race awards ceremony.
Enjoy free music at the base area with Nahko and Medicine for the People, who bring an influence of hip-hop, folk, jazz, tribal, native-based, earth-based and spirit inspired music.
Nahko, an Oregon-native born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family, suffered an identity crisis from an early age. When he took up the piano at age six, the unifying power of music entered his life and brought him harmony. Armed with his newfound talent, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche by producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and communal healing. Thus Medicine for the People was born. With an influence in hip-hop, folk, jazz, tribal, native-based, earth-based and spirit inspired music, the Huffington Post, called Nahko’s music “beautiful and stirring,” comparing him to Bob Marley and proclaiming him a “musical prophet.”
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Join Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason, for an evening of classic rock music that will take you back to the good old days. Mason founded the legendary band Traffic with Steve Winwood while both were still teenagers and created music that would find its way into the hearts of generations of music lovers. This concert is going to rock!
Mason has penned dozens of hits, and his legendary guitar work has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot.
Enjoy free music at the base area with the 6 Million Dollar Band, whose music delivers high-energy 80s New Wave music using a combination of new and old technology.
The Six Million Dollar Band (6MDB to their fans) delivers high-energy 80s New Wave music using a combination of new and old technology. Five keyboards complement the guitar, drum and bass rhythm section, producing the classic sounds 80s fans love to hear. Vintage 80s synths deliver album perfect sound. Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Depeche Mode and more are recreated faithfully and performed with the same energy as the original acts. The members of 6MDB bring well-seasoned skills, each having played professionally for nearly two decades. Blazing guitar solos, four part vocal harmonies, and genuine enthusiasm for the music complement the already unbeatable sound that the band delivers. Thanks to their professionalism both on and off the stage, 6MDB has quickly become an in-demand act for large venues and private events alike.
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Back and better than ever, you are invited to join the 2nd annual STARS Mountain Challenge weekend coming March 27 and 28, 2015. This premier charity ski and ride event is hosted at Steamboat Ski & Resort and features skiing and riding on one of the most beautiful mountains in the U.S. This unique event allows participating teams to compete in a series of fun filled challenges for athletes of all abilities. Last year’s event was a huge success, and we’re gearing up for another fabulous weekend. Come join us for world-class skiing, meet and compete with celebrity ambassadors, and enjoy a weekend filled with skiing, entertainment, food and fun.
Form a Team Today to compete Saturday, March 28th!
Partini Event Friday evening, March 27th!
Registration opens February 1, 2015! All monies raised stay in the Yampa Valley to benefit STARS which provides life changing experiences for its clients with disabilities including those with: Autism, Wounded Veterans, Cognitive & Physical Disabilities, and Cancer Survivors.
Enjoy free music as at the base area with the Wheeland Brothers, whose music has a sound which they describe as “beach rock reggae”; inspired by waves, hangin’ with friends, and dreaming of distant shores.
The Wheeland Brothers are two Southern Californian brothers who grew up in Orange County surfing, scarfing down hole-in-the wall Mexican food, and jamming around bonfires. Their music has a sound which they describe as “beach rock reggae”; inspired by waves, hangin’ with friends, and dreaming of distant shores. Fast forward to 2014 and they have played Firefly, Wakarusa, High Sierra and Summer Camp Music Festivals, have supported national acts such as but not limited to 311, Bob Marley’s legendary band The Wailers and Slightly Stoopid, are currently being spun on radio stations nationwide in addition to music choice on TV and have received commercial syncs with Forever 21 and Hollister Co. The only downside to their busy new schedule is having less time surfing their favorite secret spots. The waves will have to wait.
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