Liver Down the River & The Buzz
9:00pm / Animas City Theatre
Liver Down the River
From the high mountain river-valley of Durango Colorado comes a six piece funk-adelic-grass band called Liver Down The River. The group has their roots in countless river floats, campfires, late night picking, and Colorado living. Since it's creation in 2012, the band has strived to have nothing but a good time. Their unique sound and high energy performances have lead them to share the stage with the likes of the Kitchen Dwellers, Head for the Hills, Gipsy Moon, WhiteWater Ramble, Tony Furtado, and Bill Nershi to name a few.
The band got it's start in 2012 when Patrick Storen and Emily Winter met and started playing music together. A few common fiddle tunes and Grateful Dead numbers later, the two were ready to perform. Searching for the missing link, they enlisted the help of funk master and bass player Derek Abt. In time, young "river ridin' flat-pickin" Dylan Ruckel joined on guitar and vocals. With the addition of drummer Carter Colia and banjo/keys and vocalist Tyler Rice, Liver Down the River was formed.
The music is a blend of original compositions and improvisational journeys that paint a picture for the listener. Each member brings their own inspirations and elements to the sound. From the high peaks of bluegrass, deepest pockets of the funk, and outer reaches of space, a unique genre of music is created. Inspiration comes from the band's collective adventures, lessons of growing older, the following of the soul, and the ability to keep on moving on.
The quintet, formed in Longmont, CO, is comprised of Methiah Miller (bass, vocals), Jason Flinn (guitar, vocals), Stephen Hardt (keys, organ), Carter Burgess (guitar), and Tom Nelson (drums). The Buzz is a gradual accumulation of like-minded artists with a common goal: to create an experience that "moves" the listener in one way or another, and to share that experience with as many people as possible, as a collective.
The Buzz has grown to find Denver as a second home frequenting Your Moms House and headlining Globe Hall as well as Moe's Original BBQ on South Broadway. In the spring of 2021, they also had the opportunity to show Telluride, Colorado their stuff outside of the Sheridan Opera House. The Buzz has been featured on Denver area stream Camera Jams, Flower Hour Podcast, and Longmont endeavor Can You Dig It podcast.
In December of 2020 the band put the final touches on its debut LP "Release the Bees" featuring re-recorded tracks from their debut EP as well as newer tunes. It also features a violin sit in from band friend Alex Tocco of Ghost Town Drifters. The album was recorded at The Keep studio in Denver. This album dropped in February of 2021.
Immediately following the album announcement the band was happy to welcome new drummer Tom Nelson to the band. Individually, the