Mark your calendars! The Penrose Community Library is excited to present the Blue Pepper Band performing a variety of original music as well as classic standards in their folk fusion style. They feature acoustic instruments, blended harmonies, tight arrangements and focused energies.
The event will be taking place on Saturday, June 1st from 5-8 pm at the Pavilion at Penrose Park. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Penrose Community Library, located at 35 7th Avenue. Seating is limited so be sure to bring your lawn chairs and wear your dancing boots. Food will be available for purchase for as long as it lasts. A silent auction will also be held during the evening. Please call the library at 719-372-6017 for additional information.
The current Blue Pepper band, an acoustic quartet, started out as a trio when band mates Tom Simms and Jim Schafer struck out to create a non-traditional combo and added the eclectic and spirited bass player and tenor singer, Jan Davis. These three musicians had different performing back grounds: Tom, mostly a singer songwriter, but also a front man of the former Blue Pepper dance band; Jim, bluegrass, country and rock multiple instrumentalist; and Jan, a jazz, fusion and country player. Despite these differences, the trio hit it off immediately, especially with tight vocal harmony. Not only was there the magic of three voices that all naturally found their appropriate harmonic spot, but they all favored a range of songs that included swing standards, off-the-beaten path pop songs, Latin, and bluegrass, as well as originals by Tom.
In addition to its various regular club engagements, Blue Pepper has made perennial appearances at the Pueblo bluegrass festival, Coyote Pete’s summer concert series in Penrose, the Harvest Festival in Canon, the Chili Festival in Pueblo, and many other corporate and private parties.
In the summer of 2017, they added a fourth member, a recently retired Navy band drummer, Chris Keroshitz. Chris handles plethora of styles that defines the quartet, interchanging a variety of instruments tastefully, but he also adds vocals, including solos of hits by Rod Stewart, Steely Dan, and REM.
Blue Pepper aims to surprise and delight!