Festivals & Events:
Great American Taxi
In the past five years, Great American Taxi has become one of the best-known headliners on the jam band circuit. Their uninhibited sound is a swinging concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky tonk country, gospel, and good ol’ fashioned rock ’n’ roll. Great American Taxi was born when singer, guitarist, and mandolin player Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon joined keyboard player and singer Chad Staehly for a superstar jam to benefit the Rainforest Action Group in Boulder, Colorado, in March of 2005. “We put together a dream band of the best local musicians for a one-off gig,” Herman recalls. “It worked so well we had to do it again, and again, and again.” Great American Taxi quickly evolved into one of the best country-, rock-, and bluegrass- influenced jam bands in the land, masterfully blending acoustic and electric instruments into music they call “Americana Without Borders.” Great American Taxi has been equated with such roots rockers as the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Dead, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, The Byrds, and Little Feat.Great American Taxi is proud to be a part of “Coal Country” to raise awareness of Mountain Top Removal. “Coal Country” is a film by Mary-Lynn Evans and Phylis Geller that tells of the dramatic struggle around the use of coal, which provides over half the electricity in America. There is a compilation CD for the cause, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to The Alliance for Appalachia to help stop mountain top removal. They have donated one free download of a song and are proud to have “Appalachian Soul” featured on their website as a free bonus rrack to their new album. This concert features opening performances by the Wild West Fest Rock & Roll Academy & Drama mentorship groups. Showtime: 8:00 p.m.; doors and box office: 7:30 a.m.; $25 reserved balcony seating; $20 general admission on floor (seats out for dancing); ticket fees also apply.