Bands ready to rock at Golden's Fourth of July celebration

Bands ready to rock at this year’s Fourth of July

Posted 6/26/18

12:15-3 p.m. — Union Gray

www.uniongray.com

Union Gray will be rockin’ the country music at this year’s Fourth of July celebration.

“We always bring a lot of energy when we perform …

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Bands ready to rock at Golden's Fourth of July celebration

Bands ready to rock at this year’s Fourth of July

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12:15-3 p.m. — Union Gray

www.uniongray.com

Union Gray will be rockin’ the country music at this year’s Fourth of July celebration.

“We always bring a lot of energy when we perform on stage,” said the band’s lead singer and rhythm guitarist Scott Gray.

Consisting of Gray, lead guitarist David Mahn, drummer James Nelson and bassist Mark Simpson, Gray described the sound as “red dirt and Texas country.”

“It’s a raw and organic form of country music,” Gray said, adding that it’s “genuine.”

The band’s Fourth of July set will be a mix of original songs and covers from “artists that we admire,” Gray said, mentioning George Strait, Willie Nelson and Travis Tritt. For the red dirt influences, Gray pointed to Cross Canadian Ragweed, Turnpike Troubadours and Wade Bowen.

Gray and Mahn have been playing together for about 10 years, and with the rest of the members as Union Gray for about five. The group performs all around the Denver area and frequently tours nationally.

Having played the Lions’ Fourth of July event before, Union Gray is looking forward to performing again this year because it’s a hometown show. It gives the Denver-area fans an opportunity to come see the concert and hang out with friends, Gray said.

“We love that it’s a local gig,” Gray said, “and that we get to be home for the holiday.”

3:30-6 p.m. — Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene

www.crimesceneband.com

To best describe Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene’s sound, one might want to imagine what a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack might be like.

“It’s got a greasy, edgy vibe with a little bit of danger to it,” lead vocalist Pastine said. “And a high-energy twist.”

Pastine and her husband Paul Shelooe, the band’s guitarist, have been playing together for 15 years. The rhythm section — A.J. Knight on drums and Troy Robey on bass guitar — joined about a month ago.

The foursome produces a sound that Pastine describes as “vintage roots rock,” which includes some rockabilly, swing, blues, surf and garage rock influences.

“It’s light-hearted and fun,” Pastine said. “You automatically feel good. The minute you hear it, you’ll want to dance.”

All the band’s music is original, yet it resonates familiarity with people, Pastine said.

“The audience feels like they’re connected to us in some way,” she added.

An international touring band from Denver, this will be Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene’s first time playing the Golden Lions Fourth of July celebration.

Pastine hopes the band’s performance will lift people’s spirits.

“There’s a lot of turmoil on the planet right now and we want to help remind people that it’s important to have fun,” Pastine said. “And that togetherness is important right now. Especially through music.”

6:30 - 9:15 p.m. — Something Underground

www.somethingunderground.com

Something Underground is ready to explode on stage like the fireworks in the sky this Fourth of July.

“We have lots of energy and lots of music,” said the band’s lead guitarist and vocalist Seth Larson. “We’re ready for this. We’re ready to rock.”

The Denver-based rock band Something Underground consists of Seth Larson and his brother Joshua Larson on bass and vocals, and Trevor Mariotti on drums. The trio formed 18 years ago and has been performing live since.

“We play what feels good,” Larson said, “and it’s always delivered with love and gratitude.”

Something Underground’s original songs have influences from the reggae, funk, rock and hip-hop genres.

The Fourth of July set will consist of some originals and some cover songs, such as those of The Beatles, Depeche Mode, John Denver, Muse, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin and Lorde.

This will be the third consecutive year for Something Underground to headline the event and especially enjoys the rare opportunity to play on an outdoor stage, Larson said. The fresh air, mountains, community, celebration, dancing, fireworks, Clear Creek — that’s what it’s all about, he added.

“It’s everything beautiful about Colorado wrapped up in one event,” Larson said. “The Fourth of July is an opportunity for people to come together with a common feeling. And for us, that’s gratitude. It feels like a gift. We genuinely love what we do.”

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