Kailin Yong: violin, ukulele, vocals Kailin is from Singapore via Vienna, New York, San Francisco and Denver. He ventured beyond the classical world to play music for world peace. He can play a Bach partita, rock a Brazilian Choro, sing in Mandarin Chinese and play in 1/4 tone scales. He remembers everyone's name. Test him!
Aaron Keim: bass, ukulele, banjo, vocals Aaron collects obscure folk songs and builds his own instruments. He plays Appalachian music on the banjo, ragtime on the ukulele and blues on steel guitar. And, oh yeah, he slaps the bass like it owes him money.
Scott McCormick: accordion, ukulele, piano, vocals Scott found music in the gospel churches and the punk clubs of Chicago. He plays modern jazz on the piano, gritty folk punk on the guitar and he sings in Gaelic too. He is also our photographer and graphic designer.
Scott Aller: percussion, vocals Scott left behind his drum kit to play a wooden box, a washboard and scrap metal with B.A.S. He's also a music business visionary who holds the band together with his unique drum style. The mohawk makes him look tough, but he's a softie.
Old school but never old, Boulder Acoustic Society is the new wave of American roots music. It's what happens when four songwriters get together to mash up blues, folk, gospel, indie and world music to soothe their musical curiosity. Whether it's a festival stage, performing arts center, dive bar or a late night campground set, B.A.S. delivers musical diversity throughout their set as if it's normal.
B.A.S.'s music is intense and exciting for listeners, with something new and interesting at every turn. The unique lineup of violin, accordion, bass and percussion support sharp vocal hooks and powerful grooves. The energy that B.A.S. brings to a stage can tip a festival into overdrive or mesmerize a club audience as they dance into the wee hours. All of this comes from four guys who wear vintage clothes, savor small batch bourbon and rock the ukulele.
Simply stated, B.A.S. is unforgettable. Here is what some recent converts are saying:
"Experimental, but not pretentious. Fun and serious in all the right places. Weird, but not in a 'look at how weird I am' way."
-Dale Bridges, Boulder Weekly
"The Boulder Acoustic Society get to do anything they want, largely because they say so. And by anything I mean yodeling during a rockabilly song, launching into a pretty killer David Byrne impression, or doing, in their own words, a "minor key acoustic punk version of 'Maggie's Farm.' They can get away with this rampant eclecticism because they can pull it off, and while they walk the fine line between grating and experimental, they walk it quite well."
-Nate Harper, Scene Magazine
"One must admit that BAS stays true to themselves in the sense that they continue to play exclusively acoustic music that gets people moving and shaking just as effectively as a club DJ playing the latest dance grooves!"
-Paul Lemmon, Colorado Music Buzz
"Here, for us, is the future of String Band Music on a silver platter (assuming you buy the CD!). A multi-national, multicultural, symphonic, swingin' band of young monsters that will bring you to the rocky mountain where they live and show you around the place... and you will like this place."