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In Tune With Musicians

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Editor’s note: Juba Juba! is competing in the battle of the bands at Saturday’s Yagatta Regatta rafting event. The competition starts at 1 p.m., with each band playing 45 minutes. The Yagatta Regatta takes place from noon to 9 p.m. in Two Rivers Park. Juba Juba! also plays from 9 p.m. to close Sunday at the Black Nugget in Carbondale. Cover is $5. Information: 963-4498

City/hometown: Denver area, but mostly south, Parker and ElizabethType of music played: We interpret the music of the Grateful Dead, now known as jam rock.How long has the band been together? One yearHow did you meet? Our keyboardist, Joel Roberts, is a neighbor of mine who I met through a drummer (also a former neighbor) who claimed to have played with Deep Purple. Joel and I joined a band called Ship of Fools together – I play guitar and sing. Joel and I left Ship of Fools after about six months to start Juba Juba! Justin Mesh (drums) joined us also from Ship, but still plays in that band as well. Our bass player was an acquaintance of my original second guitarist, Scooter Barnes. Scooter left the band last year and was replaced by Gil Layton, who I found through Music Mates. We use various percussionists who I know through the Denver music scene, but will not likely have a percussionist with us this weekend.

Most memorable city, town or country the band has played: Los Alamos, N.M., home of the atomic bomb. I think most of the audience was atomically bombed!Favorite cover song: “The Music Never Stopped,” Grateful DeadEver competed in a battle of the bands before?: No, but we’re ready for battle!What three musicians, living or dead, would the band jam with if it could? Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh

Ever been heckled? Yes. Some drunks were heckling me when I stepped on stage at Cervantes in Denver. It was a pretty young crowd and I’m in my 50s. Things like “Hey old man, what are you doing on stage?” They shut up pretty quick as soon as they heard me play.Band’s biggest influence: Grateful Dead (duh!). No, but really, we’re doing original versions of Grateful Dead material. Jazz Is Dead was one of the first bands to do this, although they were all instrumental, while we sing. Current members of the Dead have also progressed the music in an original way. Bob Weir and Phil Lesh are approaching the music in a new creative way and are a big influence on us. If you could only own one album or CD for the rest of your life, what would it be? “Europe ’72,” Grateful DeadIf the band had a mascot, who or what would it be? We have a mascot it’s a hippie guitar-playing skeleton.

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