by Steve Chapman
Special to The Mail
The Jauntee, who will play at 5 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Park, says one of the group’s main collective interests is “intergalactic space jaunts.” And things only get more interesting from there.
“We started playing in 2010, creating a whimsical jam band scene with some psychedelia thrown in,” guitarist Caton Sollenberger said. “We try to deliver a distinctive experience with true improvisation.”
While the Saturday concert is The Jauntee’s first time playing FIBArk, the band from Boston, recently relocated to Niwot, does pop into Salida from time to time.
Sollenberger has family in town, and the group has found a loyal following in Colorado, which prompted the move from the East Coast.
The band members, who met at Berklee College of Music in Boston, are all heavily influenced by jazz fusion, particularly legends like Herbie Hancock and John Scofield. The group also embraces jam icons The Grateful Dead and Phish and works to merge the two styles into their sound.
The Jauntee will play several Colorado festivals this summer, as well as events on the East Coast, Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.
In 2018, the band released a live show album, recorded over two nights and packaged as two separate sets.
For longer shows, Sollenberger said the group uses a technique learned from their jam-band heroes, playing shorter tunes in the first set and exploring improvisation and jamming during second sets.
For their debut FIBArk concert, Sollenberger advises audiences to arrive expecting anything and everything. “It’ll be a little bit rock, a little bit bluegrass, a whole lot of fun and experimentation.”