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Playing Around: Mosaic 

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There always have been a few strong and specific musical genres that flourish in this town, most notably blues and metal/hard-core. But within the past year, a surprising underdog has reared up as third head to the Colorado Springs live music beast: jam.

No, really.

It is surprising, considering that jam bands typically cater to "anti-establishment" crowds mostly under the age of 35, but often feature some hard-core leftovers from the swingin' '60s -- groups for which this town is not exactly known to be a haven. But the openings of clubs like The Pub Upstairs and Utopia Caf have provided the venues needed to make a jammy garden grow, and musicians who might otherwise have fled to the high country are staying home, able to put together creative, proficient bands, get paid to play, and gain a loyal following.

Even more surprising is the influx of out-of-town bands to Colorado Springs. For years, groups tried to break into our clubs scene to no avail, but in recent months, jam-style bands like Denver's Purple Buddha, San Francisco's OM Trio and Boulder's Swivel Hips Smith have not only broken in, they've become regulars.

The newest band to land is Denver's Mosaic, a groove rock outfit anchored by two female vocalists -- one sugar, one spice. Whiskey spice. The sextet also features a keyboardist, not something we normally get from traveling bands. Mosaic's feminine funk rock begins at 8 Saturday night at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, a club that has, in just two years, become the Grand Old Man of progressive music. The show is all-ages. Call 268-9951 or check out www.acousticcoffee.com.

-- Kristen Sherwood

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