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Local Colorado improvisational and family funk jam band Elder Grown will be bringing their unique brand to The Lariat at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, January 21.

Hailing from Durango, Colorado Elder Grown is a band focused on heritage, brotherhood, and bringing “funkalicious rockin-roots” to the masses.

The roots of Elder Grown began in the early 90s when brothers John, Joshua, and Paul Hoffman would often watch their singer-songwriter father perform in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Surrounded by supportive family members, the Hoffman brothers began to understand the magic of making music.

Not surprisingly, the Hoffman brothers starting picking up guitar and songwriting and following in the family footsteps. When one brother would write a song, the others would learn the accompanying instruments necessary to bring the song to life. Soon the Hoffman brothers were proficient in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and anything they put their minds too. More than just being a “guitar player”, or a “drummer”, the Hoffman brothers were evolving into true blue musicians.

Within these formative years of musical development and brotherhood, the idea of Elder Grown began to grow and take form.

While studying Liberal Arts at Fort Lewis College in Durango, the Hoffman brothers happened to meet talented saxophonist Sam Kelly at a local band competition. Little did they know at the time that Kelly would eventually shape the sound of Elder Grown in unfathomable ways.

Experienced in traditional funk, jazz, Calypso, rockabilly, and blues Kelly majored in Music Business with an emphasis on Marketing and Jazz Performance from Fort Lewis College. Kelly currently teaches music and gives private lessons in saxophone, piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, and voice at the iAM Music Institute in Durango. Far from a one-trick pony, Kelly also currently plays in several other Durango-based bands including Durango Funk All Stars, Niceness, Afro Beatniks, Southwest Civic Winds, and Pants Party.

Shortly thereafter the final piece of the Elder Grown puzzle was put in place with the addition of Brandon “Branch” Clark. Primarily a guitarist, Clark adapted to the multi-instrumentalist group, which has a fondness of switching instruments mid-song, by learning bass and keyboard so the live instrument-swapping bonanza could continue. Steeped in classic rock, but ever-loving of slow soulful grooves, Clark quickly became part of the Elder Grown extended family.

The current band lineup includes Josh “Brew” Hoffman on guitar/vocals/keys/bass, John “Cheeks” Hoffman on bass/vocals/guitar/keys, Paul “Pabs” Hoffman on drums/vocals, Sam Kelly on saxophone/vocals, and Brandon “Branch” Clark on guitar/bass/keys/vocals.

Elder Grown brings a brand of improvisational funk and soul drenched in family heritage that conveys a sense of home with every note. “From the First Song to the Fourth Hour, Elder Grown encourages you to break down your idea of genre and tempo with your hips and heartbeat”, according to the band’s official website.

The Lariat, known as “The Community Living Room”, is the perfect place to reconnect with friends and family while Elder Grown guides you on a musical quest into the “unrecognizable familiar”, as the band likes to describe themselves.

Tickets are currently available for $10 and can be bought here or in person at The Lariat.

Featured image: Elder Grown will be bringing their unique brand of music to The Lariat at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, January 21.