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Words by: Laura Carroll | Images by: Tobin Voggesser

Mountain Standard Time :: 02.19.11 :: Fox Theater :: Boulder, CO

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New Album? Mardis Gras? Yes please! Die-hard Nederland fans and the faithful from Boulder filled the Fox Theater to take part in a developing tradition. For the second year in a row, Mountain Standard Time (MST) hosted their very own “Mardis Grass” celebration, complete with beads and the energy that is uniquely Boulder. If last year's show was any indication of what to expect, everyone was guaranteed a great time. The extra special cherry on top of it all was that it was the final show of a four-part CD Release celebration for their first full-length album. Dressed head-to-toe in purple, green and yellow and draped in beads, the crowd packed in early to welcome openers and special guests Todd Scheaffer andJohn Skehan of Railroad Earth.

Seeing MST perform over the last few years, the hard work and progression of talent is evident as they release their first album. Year over year, these guys gain momentum fusing Colorado’s bluegrass roots with experimental folk style. The energetic packed-house welcomed MST to the stage as neighbors, friends and as respected musicians in Colorado's Front Range scene.

The first set began with a mix of new and old: “Blind Dream” and “Think Again” kicked things off, followed by “Whiskey Blanket” and “Daisies Dripped in Moonlight.” John Skehan joined MST in perfect harmony on “No One Sees,” “Nobody Likes Jesus Anymore” and an incredible Split Lip Rayfield cover, “Never Make it Home.” During “Door Jamb,” MST really seemed to find a groove as they lead into “Lionless Flutter Eyes,” a longtime fan favorite. Building on the crowd’s momentum, “Falling Leaves” was extended around “Chloe” before an incredibly tight version of “Tales from the Ripest Pit.”

After a short set break, MST kicked off with “Cosmic Cheesecake,” setting the mood for the rest of the night. The look of pure joy on Stan Sutton’s face said, “I’m so happy to be here,” and the crowd responded as if to say, “Likewise.” During the first chorus, the crowd simultaneously launched their beads in the air - this is Boulder, Mardi-GRASS style. Highlights from the second set included “Rolling Down the Road” and “Fork,” which can both be found on the new album.

At a typical CD Release show, the crowd hasn’t necessarily heard new songs contained on the album. Not true for MST’s debut. The majority of the album includes fan favorites from over the last three years, with the band remaining true to the awesome Front Range fans that have come out to support them. It was only fitting to end the show with a feel-good tune and there was no song more fitting to bid good friends farewell, but an ode to our favorite time zone, Mountain Standard Time.

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