Booster: No Guitars, Please.

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Sometimes funk doesn't need guitars.

Rocket Fuel. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Rocket Fuel. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Between the tantalizing food trucks, the fresh produce, and the people watching at the Boulder County Farmer’s Market, it’s hard not to have a great time. But Boulder band Booster brought an extra special treat to the market recently. They label themselves as “funk, fusion, rocket fuel.” And that last part should tell you that Booster is not your typical Boulder funk band. Why?

“We don’t have guitars.” says Aaron Pettine, the driving force behind the band. “We wanted to be different. We thought- let’s write songs where the bass leads or where the trumpet leads. And it kind of fell into place. So that’s what sets us apart.”

It does. And based on the energetic crowd of people they had dancing during their set, Booster must be doing something right.

Pettine, groovin'. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Pettine, groovin'. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Booster started with Pettine (keyboards) and Mike Lehman (drums) about 8 months ago. The two first met in college in Virginia and played in a band called Laser Pistol together, which Lehman says was “like jam rock; like Phish.” After moving out here specifically for the music scene, the two worked on several projects until eventually things fell into place with Alex Vouri on bass and Les Miller on trumpet/percussion with Booster. The four-piece has already played with some notable Boulder bands, including Na’an Stop. And they have a gig coming up with Realtalk at the Lazy Dog on August 28th that you should definitely check out.

Did I mention they play all original material too?

“We write everything. Everything is original and we’re working on things weekly.” says Pettine. “For something [like a BCFM set] where we play for four hours, there is some improv happening. But [in our regular sets] a lot of what we’re doing is what we’ve written. We don’t do covers.”

Groovy.

Tap Tap. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Tap Tap. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

You can go dance at one of Booster’s summer events here. The guys also have studio plans for the fall, but until then check out their music here.

-Hannah

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