Mountain mayhem: Phat times |

Mountain mayhem: Phat times

Cera Eshelman, Justin Joseph and Maria Jacobsen.

CARBONDALE ” Local jazz/funk band Waste Deep drew a crowd in Carbondale last weekend for its debut performance at Phat Thai. The popular Main Street establishment served as an ideal setting for dinner followed by dancing. The tantalizing aroma of curried dishes, spicy ginger chicken wings and drunken noodles filled the air, eclipsed only by the growing sound of the crowd as it swelled for the after-dinner act.

“Phat is so phat,” remarked Phat Thai’s major duomo, Jason Wessels, who arranged for the band to play at the restaurant and bar in the turn-of-the century row building. The talented seven-piece troupe played for about 150 people, turning out covers as well as a few originals.

“I really see the music scene growing downvalley,” said Waste Deep lead and rhythm guitarist Ben Genshaft. “While Aspen has some great venues, there’s a lot of energy for live music in Basalt and Carbondale, as well.”

Look for Waste Deep on the local bar circuit throughout the fall and winter. Their next gig will be upvalley ” catch them at Bar Aspen on Halloween.

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