Return to yesteryear Saturday, when the four original members of Leadville Cherokee reunite for their only concert of 2019.
Peter Albrecht, Mark Niernberger, Vilous Fox, and Brian Carter will return to their roots at 9:30 p.m. at The Lariat, 206 E. Main St., for a one-off reunion show, and they couldn’t be more thrilled.
“It’s a throwback to our early days,” Albrecht said. “We’re going to play a lot of old Leadville Cherokee songs.”
The original lineup of the band hasn’t played together since 2013. Shortly after that show, the group expanded. “This will be the initial lineup. I’m sure things will be different from the last time we all played together, but we just want to have fun.”
The Saturday show came about by happenstance when Albrecht realized that he, Niernberger and Carter would all be in Buena Vista at the same time. He reached out to Fox, found he was available, and everything fell into place. “Our stoke for this is high, for sure,” he said.
The foursome most looks forward to embracing the free-flowing style Leadville Cherokee made their calling card. “We always planned out the beginnings of songs, but the middle, the end, we usually just see where it goes,” Albrecht said.
He noted minor changes in the reunion concert: “I’ll play acoustic guitar for this show. so the sound will change a bit.”
Leadville Cherokee began long ago, when guitarist Niernberger and bassist Carter met in high school and formed an alternative rock band.
Over time, the two went different directions with Carter pursuing a career as an audio engineer and Niernberger studying outdoor education. While studying in Leadville, Niernberger met violinist/guitarist Albrecht, and drummer Fox. The threesome started collaborating, and Niernberger reached out to his old buddy Carter to form the original foursome of Leadville Cherokee.
“We had a really good following,” Albrecht said of the early days. “Part of that probably had to do with living in Leadville and having the city as part of our name. But it was a lot of fun. We didn’t tour much. Just in the Valley, Steamboat Springs, Denver. Places like that.”
The group wrote songs about what they knew, primarily skiing, enjoying life and driving up and down U.S. 24.
Embracing Leadville Cherokee’s success, most of the group dropped out of college to see where the music thing could go. Today, the founding members are scattered, and most have returned to college in pursuit of a degree. But all still play music.
For those who didn’t party with the group back in the day, Leadville Cherokee plays a mixture of alternative rock fueled by bluegrass, folk, funk, blues and jam. Their songs typically go where the moment takes the players, and they usually find an ending in the moment rather than from a prepared set list.
“This is going to be fun,” Albrecht said. “I haven’t seen ‘V’ in years, and we haven’t played as a foursome in forever. I’m excited.”