Garrett Sayers Trio 9.5.12
Highland Tap & Burger
Words & Photos By J-man
Wednesday night at The Highland Tap marked the return of The Garrett Sayers Trio. Folks flocked from all over Denver and Boulder to catch a glimpse of this masterful project. Out front of the restaurant, members of the world-renowned reggae group SOJA arrived, making a pit stop in Denver for the evening. From down the street Luke Miller (Lotus) rode up on his bike. The music showcases have developed into more than just a free night of music for the fans. Musicians have also caught wind of the fantastic music and vibe being created at the Tap! With the dimly lit room filling in, the band took a late start around 10:15 pm and wasted no time in establishing their groove.
From fantastic original compositions to mind-blowing covers including a few Medeski, Martin & Wood songs, the trio turned up the vibe inside the intimate room. The dance floor was packed fairly early on in the performance and didn't clear until the music stopped. At a couple of points in the set Rafael Rodriguez (SOJA) sat in on trumpet fitting perfectly into what the GST was outputting and creating some really cool moments. Owners Juan Padro and Paul Brown watched and danced as only true music fans would. As of recently, drummer Jonny Jyemo has been taking one massive drum solo a show and Wednesday's solo did not disappoint. Jonny's sticks flew across the kit nailing the beat on every mark. Across the room Patrick Lee continued his tonal exploration on the keys.
Is there a better trio in on our scene that fans can see weekly... for free? Simply put, no. The movement at The Highland Tap & Burger is a pure example of grassroots success. Give the people what they want; Great (free) music, solid drink options, fantastic food and a killer environment in the heart of their neighborhood and failure is not an option. If you've been joining us on Wednesdays, you've seen it grow. If you haven't yet attended one of the free HTB showcases, this Wednesday is as good as any to open the door to a new weekly staple...