Jam Band Spotlight: Springdale Quartet
Words, Photos & Video By Nicholas Stock (phatphlogblog.blogspot.com)
Continuing our series on bands you should know about, this week we are digging into the Springdale Quartet. When I first heard the name Springdale Quartet for some reason I thought they were a bluegrass band. Well, I couldn’t have been further from the truth. This four-member band out of Boulder Colorado is an eclectic mix of rock, funk, prog, and blues, with a uniquely classic sound. It would be easy to label them as a nostalgic rock and roll band, but a lot of what they do defies simple quantifying and pushes into fresh musical territory. Although they are anchored by the lockstep rhythm section of Greg Russell and Jordan Roos, it is Chase Terzian that gives them their signature sound with his Hammond B-3. Ben Waligoske shreds the guitar to really tie the room together, pushing the band up yet another notch.
Springdale Quartet formed on Springdale Lane in 2007. They’ve been playing up and down the Front Range and all across the country ever since, performing with some amazing bands such as Benevento/Russo Duo, Tea Leaf Green, The New Mastersounds and many more, and at some amazing festivals such as 10,000 Lakes, Telluride Jazz Fest, Snowball Music Fest, and Waterfront. Springdale put out their first album Noicefactory in May of this year. All signs point to a solid beginning for this young but incredibly talented group of musicians. I was lucky enough to catch them for the first time this summer at The Old South Pearl St. Jam Festival. I say lucky because they were a last minute replacement for the now defunct band Mountain Standard Time. They have an energy about them that oozes off the stage and rushes over the crowd. Their set at Pearl St. showed a vitality and virtuosity that is what I seek in a live performance. They were by far the biggest surprise of the day and I was stoked they got the last minute add, their hour-long set getting the entire festival off to a raging start. Playing several tracks from the new album, it was a solid introduction to the audience for what Springdale was all about.
This show was not taped but check out a soundboard recording of The Sprindale Quartet’s 8/22/10 show at The Fox:
Springdale Quartet Live At The Fox Theatre, Boulder CO 8/22/10 (Soundboard Recording)
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