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Cellar Dwellers

Benny's Lounge, 517 W. Colorado Ave., 634-9309 Friday, Oct. 13, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. no cover.

Navajo Hogan Roadhouse, 2817 N. Nevada Ave., 632-5490 Saturday, Oct. 14, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. no cover.

Let's get this out of the way: The Cellar Dwellers are a cover band. And they're not trying to pretend they're anything more.

"We just love playing music," says bassist Chris Peacock.

But that's not where it ends with the Dwellers. The 3-year-old band Peacock, drummer Dave Scudder, guitarist Dave Irmo and keyboardist Fred Coolidge makes an effort to stray from the standard cover band fare.

"I mean, gosh, how many times are you going to hear "Brown Eyed Girl?'" Peacock laments.

Too many times. Which is why the Dwellers do have some originals, one of which "Surfing in Greeley," a jazz/funk instrumental effort they just recorded. Already, Peacock says, fans are requesting it from time to time, to change the pace.

"As long as you don't overdo it and incorporate a balance, I don't think it's too much to sprinkle in two [original] songs a set," he says.

Still, the Dwellers understand what the audience expects. Peacock says the band knows the right time to spring an original on the crowd: "Like when people are having a cigarette break or something."

Pete Freedman


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