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Mountain Rose returns to the Belly Up for Round 2 of 'cosmic funk-rock'

Boulder-based band Mountain Rose channels a "cosmic funk-rock" sound with jams and cover songs. The band will play at the Belly Up in Aspen on Saturday.
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Boulder-based band Mountain Rose comes back to the Belly Up in Aspen on Saturday, just two months after they last played at the venue.

Singer Samantha Nimerov says the "cosmic funk-rock" band hit it off with the audience in early October, so it was easy to say yes to a return engagement.

“The way the energy from the crowd hit me, I felt such a passionate intensity, and I feel like I really got into it,” Nimerov said. “And I really kind of lost myself in the music, and that's kind of my highest hopes for any show.”

Also, bandmate Thom Holum says Mountain Rose’s vibes are a natural fit for the area.

“There's no place we feel like we fit in better than in the mountains,” Holum said.

Nimerov says the band plays some “jammy” songs with long, melodic riffs, but also plays covers with catchy melodies that could get everyone singing along.

The band plans to record an album in the spring, but in the meantime, there are some songs from their live performances online. Their influences range from Pink Floyd to the Tedeschi Trucks Band to Fleetwood Mac.

Holum says the crew is searching for musical inspiration that “resonates with us the best, given the world we live in and where we come from.”

Tickets are $5.


Kaya Williams is the Edlis Neeson Arts and Culture Reporter at Aspen Public Radio, covering the vibrant creative and cultural scene in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. She studied journalism and history at Boston University, where she also worked for WBUR, WGBH, The Boston Globe and her beloved college newspaper, The Daily Free Press. Williams joins the team after a stint at The Aspen Times, where she reported on Snowmass Village, education, mental health, food, the ski industry, arts and culture and other general assignment stories.