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Improvisation rockers at The Summit

A Boulder-based group that experienced some great success when it debuted in Glenwood Springs in January is hoping for an even bigger experience when it returns to town for two nights this weekend, starting Friday evening.

Whether?Collective, a four-piece improvisational rock outfit, will be headlining at the Summit, an ever-evolving musical experiment which has been hoping to revitalize downtown Glenwood Springs’ musical offerings.

The shows are held at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Summit Canyon Mountaineering’s coffee house.



Whether?Collective performer Bill Huston says his band’s January appearance at the music series convinced them to head back to the Western Slope for more.

“Things went really well when we were there last time and we seemed to be very well-received,” Huston says.



“We’re also planning to come back and do another show on April 16.”

Whether?Collective ” with a name that seems to have been specifically formulated to be the bane of typographers everywhere ” has been working the busy Boulder/Denver music scene for about a year and a half, Huston says.

In that time, they’ve become a regular fixture at venues such as Boulder’s Red Fish, Quixote’s True Blue and Herman’s Hideaway in Denver and the Goat in Keystone.

“We’re a four-piece band but everyone in the band sings and writes music, so that makes things a little different,” Huston said. “Our music is based on improvisational ideas and original compositions ” we like to tell people that if you come to one of our shows, we guarantee that you’ll like at least something we play. There’s lots of eclectic style at work.”

And as bookers and staff at Summit Canyon continue to work to try to get that all-important liquor license to go along with their weekend shows (live music seems to have become associated with the ability to enjoy a bottle of beer at the same time, they’ve discovered), the Summit series is destined to continue until the early spring.

Fans can already look ahead to an April 9-10 appearance by The Mix, a new virtual supergroup of jam band heroes including Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band, Kevin Rosen and John Kadlecik of Dark Star Orchestra, Paul Murin of Phish tribute band Phix and drummer Greg Anton from Zero.

Tickets for the show are $5, available at the door.


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