OA: Boulder Acoustic March 13, 2009

Boulder Acoustic Society returning to GJ March 14

The unmistakable sound of wood being sanded was the background noise to a phone interview with Aaron Keim, ukulele and stand-up bass player for the Boulder Acoustic Society.

“You can hear that?” he asked.

Trying to multitask, he talked to a reporter and worked on the fret board of a soprano ukulele he is building for a friend.

He loves string instruments, he said, even though he didn’t pick up a string instrument until later in life. He started out playing the clarinet in fifth grade.

Keim builds and restores ukuleles, banjos and makes a hybrid instrument, the banjo uke, for his business Bean Sprout Banjo Ukuleles.

He said he likes the camaraderie among fellow ukulele players.

Boulder Acoustic Society played in Grand Junction last fall at the KAFM Radio Room. The concert sold out.

The folk-indie band is playing only 10 shows in March so it can finish recording a new album, “Punch Line” on Nine Mile Records.

One of those 10 shows in March is here in Grand Junction at Mesa Theater & Club on Saturday, March 14.

Boulder Acoustic Society is probably not the type of band you think it is.

They’re not a hippie jam band or a bluegrass band, like the name might imply.

Band members don’t live in Boulder. They used to, but they’ve lived in the Denver area for several years.

Keim asks that people shove aside all preconceived notions of what they think the band might sound like and just give it a shot.

“It’s a really, really different sound,” he said.

Boulder Acoustic Society is influenced by roots, old-school folk, indie rock and world music.

Boulder Acoustic Society is Keim, Scott McCormick on accordion and ukulele, Kailin Yong on violin and ukulele, and Scott Aller on spoons, washboard, cajon, hand drums, snare and cymbals. Most of them also sing and play their instruments.

The band doesn’t play all of those instruments live, though.

“If you sat and switched instruments all night, that would be a bad show,” Keim said.

Instead, the group reserves a lot of multi-instrument playing for the record.

Half of the songs on “Punch Line” were written exclusively for the new CD, he said. The planned release date is sometime this summer.


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