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Head for the Hills headlines The State Room this coming Saturday

Published August 22, 2012 2:02 pm

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Head for the Hills performs this Saturday at The State Room.The name of this Fort Collins-based group isn't a remark made in fear, but rather an entreaty to hear what the band labels "modern acoustic" music. The band members first met one another when they were students at Colorado State University, and the frisky, improvisational bluegrass band was born in the dorms, said bass player Matt Loewen in a phone interview. In their early years, the band earned money playing weddings, including one in Moab and another at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. Wedding gigs aren't difficult, said Loewen, who grew up in the suburbs west of Chicago. "All the ones we've done, it's always people having a really good time," he said. "We have yet to do a funeral." The group is touring behind its first live album, released in May and recorded over five nights at four different venues in their home state. "Coming to the decision to do one was a pretty easy decision," Loewen said. "Our music lends itself to a live album."

When • Saturday, Aug. 25 at 9 p.m.Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake CityTickets • $12 at thestateroom.com