Frozen Dead Guy Days Gets Locally Focused

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By Steve Graham

Colorado is so quirky that even coffin races and concerts honoring a corpse in a shed barely raise an eyebrow.

But the organizers of Nederland’s venerable Frozen Dead Guy Days aren’t resting on their laurels, even as the 18th edition of the festival begins today. The festival celebrates the Boulder County mountain town’s most famous frozen resident, so it’s also going to celebrate Nederlanders who are more alive than Grandpa Bredo.

For the first time, the Not Yet Dead in Ned tent will showcase only Nederland musicians from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Here are some of the local artists who are playing the funky festival this year:

• Strangebyrds are Cari Minor and Ray Smith, a duo that weaves Irish melodies and stories into its “blue collar folk.”

• Flash Mountain Flood is a roots music fivesome that was named one of Colorado’s best jam bands by Westword. 

• Banshee Tree plays folk-tinged and upbeat gypsy jazz with some trance and EDM beats.

• Electric Toast is a funky Nederland supergroup of sorts, with members of Pine Dwellers, Malai Llama and Smooth Money Gesture.

• New Familydog is an appropriately named family project from Jon Ridnell. He plays funky jazz-rock with his son and a three-piece horn section.

• Green Buddha is like Colorado’s answer to Sublime, playing dub- and ska-heavy funk-rock music to close out the festival on Sunday.