Simplified at the Fly Me To The Moon Saloon
Bands whose members inevitably meet in a bar almost always work out in the end. I am not sure if that is even true, but for an act like Simplified it is how guitarists Chris Sheridan and Clee Laster made it happen. The two would start as an acoustic duo playing around Charlotte, NC in 2002. The band expanded their personnel and touring range to the point that they now find themselves on national and international circuits. Blending rock with an island vibe, their current incarnation Simplified taps into stoner pop-rock and white boy reggae with their 2014 studio release #WAKENBAKENATION.
Their anthemic hit “Wake ‘n Bake” earned them a title as being one of the highest rated independent bands on Pandora Radio. Sharing a sound and affinity for philanthropy landed the band as ambassadors for Telluride favorite Michael Franti’s Do It For The Love Foundation. Sonically speaking it seems to the band does personify the title of that charity, putting feel good music into the world that draws from popular acts like O.A.R. and even Slightly Stoopid. To take their sound even further, Simplified currently tours with horns in an effort to accent their tones with ska-like danceability and range. Expect fun songs and easy listening party music when they pull up at the Moon tonight.
Simplified, Thu., June 26, Fly Me To The Moon Saloon, 10 p.m., $5
Na’an Stop Returns to the Moon
Ska is dead! At least the 3rd wave version that made angsty 80s babies skank in seedy punk clubs and rowdy single day festivals like the Warped Tour. Despite that, a few bands try to hold on to the Jamaican music style that gave way to reggae, among other important fringe genres. An uphill battle given the total lack of popularity and supporting fanbase, Na’an Stop is one of those rare acts, making ska-inspired music accessible and universally appealing when integrated with poppy undertones and Americanized island tones. Not quite the purist approach, but in 2014 the independent five piece from Boulder is a high energy fix for any dance floor junkie.
Na’an Stop, Sat., June 28, Fly Me To The Moon Saloon, 10 p.m., $5