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Jake Schepps, Taarka stop at Steve’s

Janet Urquhart
Boulder banjoist Jake Schepps brings his band to Steve's Guitars in Carbondale on Friday. (jakeschepps.com)

The instruments take center stage this weekend at Steve’s Guitars.

Boulder’s Jake Schepps and Expedition make their debut at the Carbondale listening room on Friday, followed by a the return of Taarka on Saturday. Expect plenty of acoustic picking and, in Taarka’s case, violin mastery, as well.

Schepps leads Expedition (also the name of his latest CD) on his 5-string banjo in a repertoire that ranges from bluegrass/old-time and honkytonk to jazz/samba and covers of the Beatles and David Byrne, according to shop owner Steve Standiford. The band also features Greg Schochet on archtop guitar and mandolin, Ryan Drickey and Eric Thorin on bass.

Singer-songwriter Charlie Spring opens for Schepp (and, it’s his birthday).

Portland-based Taarka features the husband-and-wife team of classically-trained violinist Enion Pelta-Tiller and mandolinist/composer David Tiller, along with the upright bass of Jason Flores and Dale Largent on percussion.

Tiller and Pelta-Tiller are also the lead instrumental team of ThaMuseMeant, a progressive “anti-folk” band that has played Carbondale Mountain Fair.

“Enion Pelta is one of the most talented violinists to ever play in our room,” said Standiford in his weekly e-mail update. “She is a force of musical nature and when teamed up with David Tiller on mandolin and guitar, these musicians can take us to good places.”

According to the band’s website, Taarka’s songs range from “politically inspired, Middle Eastern and Balkan flavored opuses…to sleazy funk.” Tiller, Pelta-Tiller and Flores draw on a variety of influences ” jazz and funk, Afro-Cuban, gypsy and klezmer, Celtic, Middle Eastern and classical music to create what they call “seismic gypsy hypno-jazz.”

Steve’s Guitars is at 19 N. 4th Carbondale in downtown Carbondale. Shows start at 8:30 p.m. Admission at the door.

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