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Unique band to headline Sesquicentennial Celebration

Monday, April 24, 2006

'Something Underground' booked for 150th Birthday Street Dance

"Something Underground" is coming to town. Can you dig it?

Steadily marching its way into countless music aficionados' conscience and CD collections, this unique rock and roll band with Cherokee family ties will be the headliner for the Cherokee Sesquicentennial Celebration Street Dance scheduled for Saturday night, July 1, under starry summer skies in beautiful downtown Cherokee.

The acclaimed Cherokee Jam Band will open the Street Dance at 6 p.m., with Something Underground taking the stage at 9 p.m. A beer garden and food court also will be available.

The popular Denver, Colo. band, led by talented brothers Seth and Josh Larson, along with skilled musicians Todd Krieger and Trevor Mariotti, has captivated and rocked tens of thousands of people throughout the country with their high energy stage shows, moving melodies, haunting harmonies, and all-around musical abilities both vocal and instrumental.

The Larsons' parents - Steve and Vicki (Paulsen) Larson - are Cherokee natives and graduates of Cherokee Washington High School. The brothers' paternal grandparents, Herb and Gerry Larson, live in Cherokee and frequently, happily, lovingly serve as keepers of the inn when the band cruises into town to visit, save a little jack, raid the fridge, and stay overnights between Midwest gigs.

Cherokee's Master Volunteer Jim Adamson, front, was busy showing "Something Underground," the headliner band for Cherokee's Sesquicentennial Celebration Street Dance in July, around town this week. Here, band members, left to right, Todd Krieger, Seth Larson, Trevor Mariotti and, far right, Josh Larson, visit with Jim Davis, second from right, of the Cherokee Jam Band, and a proprietor of The Gathering Place in the restored, downtown Cherokee Institute of Performing Arts (CIPA) building on West Main Street. Something Underground has been rehearsing and recording this week at the Gathering Place.
(Photo by Paul Struck)
When Chronicle Times editor Paul Struck, the Larson's neighbor, recommended the band to Jim Adamson, Cherokee's Master Volunteer and lead organizer of the city's popular annual Jazz & Blues Festival, Adamson, who also co-chairs the city's Sesquicentennial Committee, quickly saw an opportunity to possibly book the group for the city's big 150th Birthday bash.

Adamson accompanied a sage contingent of Cherokee musicians to Sioux Falls, S.D. this winter to watch Something Underground perform. Impressed with the music, a visit after the gig led to the committee booking the band for the Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Together for the last six years, Something Underground features Seth Larson, age 30, Josh Larson, 26, Trevor Mariotti 30, and Todd Krieger, 32.

With most parts interchangeable on this versatile band, Seth plays guitar, keyboard, bass, drums and singls vocals; Josh plays guitar, keyboard, bass, and singls vocals; Trevor plays drums and keyboard; and Todd plays cello, bass, and sings vocals. In fact, Todd's cello skills are one more unique asset that sets Something Underground apart from many other young rock and roll bands.

The group plays about 100 gigs a year largely in the Midwest and Colorado. The band is extremely tight with fellow Denver musician Sally Taylor, the daughter of renowned singers/songwriters James Taylor and Carly Simon, and played for her wedding. They also have backed Carly Simon in concerts.

The Larson brothers have played music as long as they can remember, with their first band their family. It began with one guitar and five voices. Soon there were two guitars, then three. Then came the harmonies and the Larsons were rapidly becoming a musical force.

Corporate relocations kept the family on the move, going from the Midwest to California, back to the Midwest, and then to Holland, before returning back to the States. In the Fall of 1998, the Larson brothers were transplanted to Colorado.

Since the release of their debut album, "Slides," in 2003, Something Underground has toured Southeast Asia twice, several different states in the U.S., and throughout Colorado, where their reputation continues to soar.

Strong practicing Christians, the group also takes the time and effort to play for countless charities and non-profit groups.

Armed with a succulent selection of their own compositions, the band members also draw upon a wide variety of influences, from the Righteous Brothers to the Indigo Girls, Lenny Kravitz to Led Zeppelin, The Beatles to the Beastie Boys, and Sublime to U2.

And, because they feel a connection to Our Town and its rural ways and savor the time spent here as a special retreat from the hustle-bustle of cities and the many long road trips, they're coming to light up Cherokee and help us celebrate our 150th Birthday... for free, the committee simply needing to cover their minimal expenses.

Something Underground.

For sure, you will dig it.

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