If funk is your idea of sweet dance music, then Salida’s historic Victoria Tavern is where you’ll want to be this Thursday night. Massachusetts band Jauntee takes the stage at 9 p.m. with their eccentric jazz approach to improvised funk and psychedelic rock music.
Ranging in ages from 25 to 29, band members, John Loland on bass, Caton Sollenberger on guitar, Scott Ferber on drums and Tyler Adams on keyboard, will perform in Salida for the seventh time since 2011. The stop is part of a month-long tour that includes Baltimore, Cincinnati, Chicago and numerous stops in Colorado. Loland counts their recent performance at Aspen’s Belly Up as one of his all-time favorite venues because “so many great names have played there. This tour has been better than ever.” Loland said if the band could pack up and fly to anywhere on the globe to make music, they would head to the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington.
Jauntee plays live just under 100 times each year, performing mostly original tunes, but occasionally they bring out some cover songs depending on the length of the show. Loland said, while Ferber writes the majority of the chords for the music as well as the lyrics, each band member adds ideas to the songs. They currently have two studio albums, but the bassist said plans are being made for a live album to be recorded at a studio that can hold a “decent amount of people. We’ll do a three night run and put together the album.”
The band’s musical influences include The Grateful Dead, Phish, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, James Brown and Marvin Gaye and the Funkadelic. Ferber and Sollenberger have been with Jauntee since the band’s inception, and all of the members join on vocals except Loland.