Local Colorado jam band Mountain Standard Time returns to the Rocky Mountains with a new winter tour, bringing their unique “Free Grass” sound to nine Colorado cities. Coining this term as a way to separate themselves from the rigid structures of genre, Mountain Standard Time fuses many types of music to create something that is fresh and original.

Their melodic tunes are built upon the strings of the mandolin and guitar, accentuated with electric keyboard synths, and backed by the rumble of bass and drums. These elements come together to form a whole that has a new and exciting energy, with a diversity and range of sound that reaches all ends of the spectrum. Mountain Standard Time enjoys this freedom from limitation on what their music should sound like, and instead focuses on their love for and creation of the music itself.

Read more about MST’s “free grass” theories and get some inside info on their first EP, Sunny, in 303’s interview with their mandolin player, Nick Dunbar.

Mountain Standard Time surely has a vibe and spirit that is not to be missed. The band has sweetened the deal by finishing off their winter tour with three nights of their annual Mardi Grass celebration. This event has featured many guests in the past, and this year Mountain Standard Time is thrilled to have fiddle extraordinaire Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth performing with them for this year’s concerts.

Be sure to catch Tim with Mountain Standard Time at any (or all) of the following Mardi Grass 2014 shows:

2.28 Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO

3.01 Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO 

3.02 Hodi’s Half Note | Fort Collins, CO

For tickets, more information and all tour dates, visit www.mstband.com

Check out this short video of Mountain Standard Time playing a Gondola Session. Mandolins on the mountain: it doesn’t get more “Colorado” than this.


Gabriel is a music junkie from San Francisco, California, and recently graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BA in Creative Writing. Gabriel is a writer for the music department of 303 Magazine, and aspires to write professionally. Outside of work Gabriel loves to party with friends at music festivals, snowboard in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, travel the globe experiencing new cultures and lounge with some quality TV on a lazy Sunday. Contact Gabriel by email at [email protected]