String bands pick their passions during weekend at Steve’s Guitars |

String bands pick their passions during weekend at Steve’s Guitars

Amanda Holt Miller
Western Garfield County Staff
The Hell Roaring String Band will play at Steve's Guitars Friday as part of a weekend of bluegrass.

A spring shower of bluegrass music will flood Steve’s Guitars this weekend.

The venue is hosting the Hell Roaring String Band on Friday and the Frying Pan Bluegrass Band on Saturday.

The Hell Roaring String Band has played in the valley for about six years.

“Our sound has been described as everything from acoustic rock to bluegrass to young Colorado,” said Andrew Gardner, who plays the upright bass. “We play traditional bluegrass and music we’ve written.”

Most of the band members are teachers in the valley by day and musicians for fun at night. Gardner teaches at Colorado Rocky Mountain School. Mandolin player Ted Frisbee works at the Carbondale Community School. Mark Sumera, the band’s guitarist, teaches at Aspen Country Day School, and fiddle player Shannon Meyer is married to a teacher at CRMS.

The band formed when Sumera and Frisbee traveled through Costa Rica playing music on a college trip.

The Frying Pan Bluegrass Band, named for the Frying Pan River, where many of the members used to live, plays Saturday.

“We like to do newgrass, original music, standard songs and some rock ‘n’ roll classics,” said mandolin player Charlie Bailey.

Not only does Bailey play the mandolin, but he also built his own instrument.

“I build a lot of instruments,” Bailey said. “I built my mandolin, dobros and a guitar.”

The band has played at almost every festival in the valley and plays regularly throughout the year. Bailey said he enjoys playing at Steve’s Guitars: “It’s a small old building. It’s intimate,” Bailey said. “It’s almost like going to someone’s living room and playing for them.”

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