The Jauntee, who play The Beach at 5 p.m., Friday, says one of their 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,” said guitarist Caton Sollenberger. “We try to deliver a distinctive experience with true improvisation.”
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 embrace jam-icons The Grateful Dead and Phish and work to merge the two styles into their sound.
The band recently relocated to Niwot and regularly play venues throughout Colorado. Sollenberger has family in Salida, and the group has found a loyal following in Colorado which prompted the move from Boston.
In 2018, the band released a live show album, recorded over two nights and packaged as two separate sets.
For longer shows, Sollenberger says the group uses a technique learned from their jam-band heroes, and play shorter tunes in the first set and explore improvisation and jamming during second sets.
The Jauntee will play several Colorado festivals this summer, as well as events on the East Coast, Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.
For their Beach 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.”