MusicMarauders Presents: The Infamous Stringdusters 11.10.12
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Words By Kevin Hahn
Photos By Jon Prins
I wrangled myself up to the front of the venue in order to get a perfect glimpse of these bluegrass bandits and pissed a couple people off along the way. I gave my quick “Sorry’s” and got ready to stomp my feet into the hardwood floor as loud as I could. The Dusters came on stage to a raucous ovation and went right into one of their more known songs, “In God’s Country." Even though atheism is my preferred religion I quickly became enamored with the lyrics within this piece, as I believe the band was truly talking about good ole Colorado. The first surprise of the night was "Free," a beautiful folksy version of the well-known Phish song. As the first set raged on it was quite evident that the Dusters came ready to blow us Denver-ites out of the water. Beautiful transitions, seamless playing/interaction and the biggest smiles on either side of the Mississippi really do make the Infamous Stringdusters a special band to watch and listen to. With the end of the first set approaching I realized how much I really did like this band and how in my opinion, they are going to surpass bands such as Yonder Mountain and Railroad Earth on the bluegrass hierarchy. But would the second set continue the trend of smiles and good times?
Faces, brains, and other body parts were being picked up off the ground as the hundreds of concertgoers were quickly trying to regain their composure after the bluegrass beat down that just took place. What could the Dusters pull out in the encore to match or even blow by the epic-ness we just were lucky enough to witness? Well let me be the first one to tell you… hearing the Dusters sing/strum an amazing arrangement of the Beatles song "Here Comes the Sun" was life altering, mind blowing, and just f*cking awesome. The melodic harmony of the five voices on stage was perfect for the slow love ballad and tears could be seen rushing down the face of numerous patrons. The Dusters had done it… they had taken their encore to a whole new level and smacked us in the face with one of the most meaningful covers ever to be heard. But how are they so damn good? What makes them so musically attractive that both men/woman alike can’t help themselves but say, “I LOVE THOSE GUYS”?
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