Telluride's 525s perform at Last Dollar Saloon, Noel Nite, December 1

Telluride's 525s perform at Last Dollar Saloon, Noel Nite, December 1

Snapshot 2010-11-28 12-19-01 Telluride’s all-women rock and roll band, The 525s, are taking the stage at the Last Dollar Saloon on Noel Nite, Wednesday, December 1, starting at 10 p.m. Telluride audiences last saw the band in April at the KOTO Street Dance, when The 525s had six members. Since then, the group has slimmed down to a lean, mean quartet.

“We found ourselves getting drawn in too many directions, musically,” said guitarist and songwriter Suzanne Cheavens. “Pulling back to just guitar, drums, bass and vocals helped us define our sound. We’re really excited. We love the dynamic and have had a lot of fun working up our new songs.”

Originally called MachSchau and a graduate of Mark Galbo’s Rock and Roll Academy’s short-lived but fruitful Ladies Rock program, The 525s have been a working band for a little over two years. The four core members of the group, Cheavens, singer Baerbel Hacke, bassist Cindy Eckman and drummer Molly Papier – all Lawson Hill residents – rehearse in Hacke’s basement studio.

“This band works well together because we all share a deep love of all kinds of music,” Cheavens adds. “Cindy loves her funk, Molly digs the whole indie rock scene and Barbel is a dyed-in-the-wool punk rocker. For me, it’s all about the riff and the rhythm and the roll. We bring all that to the songs I write. Our originals best display who we are as a band.”

The band is looking forward to its first gig of the season and has long aspired to play the Last Dollar stage. “It’s a bar, say no more. It’s perfect for rock and roll and the Buck boys have wanted us there for a while now.”

Noel Night, Telluride's streets will be thronged with holiday shoppers on what is the town's equivalent of Black Friday. The mood is festive, the shop windows are resplendent and the air is crisp and cold. It’s a perfect night for rock and roll at your favorite locals' bar right in the heart of downtown.

No cover.

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