The Miltones (December 2002)

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Thursday, June 10, 2004

The Miltones specialize in a brand of improvisational, groove and jamming rock and roll that have made them one of the premiere and most highly regarded live musicians in the Colorado area.  The band originally came together to explore a unique expression of musical freedom that's heavy on performance and improvisation and light on ego and façade.  The resulting confluence of sound, style, vibe, and pure unadulterated joy and fun, has made the Miltones one of the biggest draws in the area.  The band has achieved great critical acclaim in the press and was recently voted best local band in the Rockies by local publications.  Patrons feed off of the tangible energy these musicians produce onstage and the ensuing synergy between band and audience is best experienced rather than explained.  After witnessing a performance, you'll understand why the secret to this band's local success won't be secret for long.

The Miltones, with guitarist singer Kevin Kuonen & guitarist Scott Brown,  are catching on quickly.  They have already shared the stage with  Bernie Worrell and the Woo Warriors, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, Melvin Seals and the JGB, Jack Johnson, Pete Sears, Mason Jennings, Crispy Critters, Big Tasty, Bobby Vega and Mr. Blotto. Their infectious performance style has also lured a number of established performers on stage to join them in their sets as temporary Miltones, including Buddy Cage, pedal steel guitar legend of New Riders of the Purple Sage & bass virtuoso Rob Wasserman who has performed with the likes of Lou Reed & Bob Weir.

Formed in the summer of 2000, the Miltones have already performed over 350 shows in under 28 months.  Their high volume of gigs has enabled the band to mature and explore a range of musical directions that make them a formidable artistic act.  Simultaneously their music seems to embrace a level of healing and celebration that make them both accessible and fortunate for the audiences they have attracted.