Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$12 – $15
Doors 6:30 // Show 7:00 PM
“Jeff Scroggins and Colorado have a wonderful emotional intensity that immediately grabs the listener. Though well rooted in tradition, they can also stretch the boundaries without taking them to the breaking point. I’ve known Jeff for many years, and it’s great to hear how fabulous his playing has become. Taste and technical brilliance abound. The bands vocals are also smooth and inviting and the arrangements are inventive. Give these guys a listen and you’ll be amply rewarded with their rich musical tapestry..”
– TONY TRISCHKA
Jeff Scroggins is a two-time national banjo champion who has followed the banjo wherever it took him. When he discovered the instrument and met his mentor, Alan Munde, he was living on a dairy farm in Oklahoma, where he sold his Les Paul guitar, dropped out of high school, and traded Jimmie Page for J.D. Crowe. He eventually mastered his own powerfully expressive style; a combination of Rock showmanship and bluegrass tradition. His life as a banjo player led him across the West working as everything from Dixie Chicks side man to civil engineer, and he eventually settled in Denver, Colorado and started his own band. His band, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, is now an IBMA award nominated multi-generational, multi-coastal, internationally touring bluegrass band. The band is comprised of 5 could-be-frontmen/women, who have each dedicated their lives to the traditions and evolution of bluegrass music. Despite their individual star power, they present a coherent show which at no point focuses too heavily on any one member. Rather, much like your favorite cult classic film, there is more to notice every time you watch this unassuming but undeniable super group.
The band was originally formed when Jeff, seeking a way to perform with his son, Tristan, saw his chance when he met West Virginia native and fellow lifetime musician Greg Blake. These two powerhouses discovered an immediate connection despite their apparent differences (Greg a preacher and Jeff a long-haired would-be rock God with a banjo): they both loved to play bluegrass the way they’d grown up hearing it. Now, nine years later, the five members of the band live in five different states, but they are handily able to maintain a well-practiced repertoire thanks to their non-stop touring schedule.Traveling nearly 300 days a year (and 20,000 miles this July alone), the band the band have no shortage of chances to refine their performances. Their shows are a visually and sonically compelling mixture of full-tilt personality, energy, and dynamic subtlety, with the comfortable self-effacing intimacy they would have around a generous fan’s campfire.
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado is a band that believes in creating an enjoyable and intriguing musical experience for their audiences that pushes the boundaries of bluegrass music while honoring the traditions and cultural heritage of the music. We blend our distinctive sound with an eclectic range of influences to create a unique show that delights audiences and keeps them guessing. We bring a high energy, high mountain “bluegrass explosion,” to the stage that features world-class banjo playing, incredible bluegrass vocals, a solid energetic rhythm and off-the-cuff stage banter that has pleased audiences all over the world.In addition to providing quality musical entertainment, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is also known for getting offstage and diving right into the campground jams. Getting to play music with other folks all over the world is the best park of our job and we treasure the opportunity to jam at every festival we go to. In our continued effort to pass bluegrass on generation to generation and region to region across the world we also take every opportunity to teach workshops, play bluegrass in schools and be a part of the teaching staff at camps all over the world.