Here’s the bad news: there are only two Music on the Mountain concerts left this season. Now for the good news: this Saturday’s show will feature Acoustic Mayhem performing their first time at the park, and the band is ready to kick it into high gear!
“We’re definitely fun, and a little goofy,” says group member Lorraine Curry. “We are all having a great time when we perform, and that energy travels off the stage and into the audience.”
Acoustic Mayhem has been around for a decade. They came into existence when the group members were sitting around a campfire at a music festival, jamming and hanging out. The band’s eventual fiddle player, Mark Bruell, suggested the friends form a band, but take up instruments that they don’t usually play.
“It was slow going at first!” laughs Curry, who is a classically trained cello player but picked up the bass for Acoustic Mayhem. She had played bass before, but not as a member of a formal band. “We wanted to challenge ourselves,” she said. Her husband and bandmate Craig was primarily a guitar player, but he plays dobro and mandolin in the band.
“We tried to play strictly bluegrass at first, but that didn’t last very long,” says Curry. “Now we call our music ‘genre-impaired Americana’. We play swing, rock, country….just everything that we like.” She cites an eclectic mix of music influences, including country and bluegrass musician Tim O’ Brien, John Hiatt, and legendary Western swing band Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.
The band has some originals in their playbook–“Elliot Leonard writes some really nice tunes,” says Curry–but they will mainly be performing an upbeat set of covers. Some of Curry’s favorites are “It’s a Good Day,” by Peggy Lee, “Jambalaya” by Hank Williams and “Mambo Italiano” originally performed by Rosemary Clooney. “None of our songs will make anyone depressed!” says Curry.
The band has opened for the likes of The Drew Emmitt Band, folk rockers The Mammals, and Austin-based alt-country artists The Gourds. Acoustic Mayhem mainly plays in the Roaring Fork Valley, although Lorraine, Craig and Elliot recently went to Austin to perform in restaurants and nightclubs there. Sunday’s performance will feature the entire five-piece band: The Currys, Mark Bruell, Elliot Leonard, and Dan Rosenthal.
“We just have so much fun when we are together!” says Curry. “We’ve been looking forward to playing Music on the Mountain all summer. Everybody should get in the mood to move. Wear your dancing shoes!”
The show starts at 6 pm. Along with live music there will be drink specials, food, and open rides and attractions. Starting at 4 pm, bring at least one can of food for a free tram ride to the top! For more information, visit Music on the Mountain.