Tracksuit Wedding at Belly Up on Friday
The Aspen Times
If You Go …
Who: Tracksuit Wedding
Where: Belly Up Aspen
When: Friday, Oct. 14, 9 p.m.
How much: Free
More info: http://www.bellyupaspen.com
Tracksuit Wedding’s Libby Anschutz took a roundabout path to rock music.
She’d bounced around in buttoned-jobs around Denver, became a mom and neared middle age before she took to her keyboard and teamed with singer Ali Frankfurt to launch the project in 2013.
The pair, friends since childhood, gathered a sort of super group of veteran Denver musicians around themselves. As they developed their sound — a funk- and soul-tinged rock ’n’ roll — they got themselves in front of audiences by playing charity functions around Denver.
“That was a stepping stone providing us great audiences and getting us more comfortable with our live show,” said Anschutz (yes, as in that Anschutz: Libby is the daughter of the billionaire oil and entertainment mogul Philip Anschutz).
Now they want to be more than a party band for hire, and they’re getting traction in clubs around the state, including a showcase tonight at Belly Up Aspen. Tracksuit Wedding has been on the bill twice at Bumbershoot in Seattle and opened for Big Head Todd and the Monsters at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
“It’s more than a hobby,” Anschutz said. “It’s a full-time job and that’s what we want — we want to take it to the next level.”
The band was introduced to a local audience last year, when it opened for Black Pistol Fire at a sold out Labor Day weekend show at Belly Up. The band has since released its debut EP — a six-song effort released in February — and hit its creative stride.
“We’ve definitely had a big evolution in our music,” Frankfurt said. “It’s incredible what’s happened in a year.”
Playing live often and practicing together in free-form jams, Tracksuit Wedding honed its sound and had a breakthrough. The band jettisoned some slower ballads and covers from their set to make room for their new stuff and a set list filled with upbeat, dance-friendly, guitar-driven rock.
“We have a much deeper catalog of original material now,” Anschutz said. “We’ve been working on it for the last year. That’s the exciting part. Once we got done with our first EP, we realized, ‘OK, this is the style that we’re good at writing.’”