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AIYO, with Abandonato and Sixty-8

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Union Station, 2419 N. Union Blvd., 227-7168 Thursday, July 27 9:30 p.m. $5 cover.

Guitarist and vocalist Blair Parkhill says his musical ideas never used to fit in. Then, a year ago, he teamed up with bassist Terrence Bayley and drummer Rod Litwiller to form the local funk and rock band AIYO, and the pieces of the puzzle finally fell into place.

"Some of our songs we've had in our back pockets for a while," Parkhill says. "We had all these little jewels, and now we can pull them out and use them."

With 12 original songs and a demo CD recorded in Parkhill's basement, AIYO is ready to hit Colorado Springs a place to which Parkhill says the band is "cosmically connected."

"A lot of our friends want to see what we've been growing, and we can't wait to show it," Parkhill says.

Since AIYO's advent, their music has become "funkier and tighter," drawing from metal, reggae and alt-country influences to produce bass-rich, funky and uplifting, danceable beats. With exclusively positive lyrics and a groovy sound, they say their goal is to make people smile.

Though Bayley and Litwiller have played at local open mics, and Bayley's father, John Bayley, became a national act after getting his start in Colorado Springs, tonight is AIYO's first gig together.

"Someday, I hope we play at the Thirsty Parrot," Parkhill says.

Bayley shakes his head and smiles.

"No," he says. "Someday at Red Rocks."


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