Matt Skellenger Group
Evening Festival Pass Includes access to Dazzle’s 6:30pm show followed by any other events at both Ellie Caulkins Studio Loft & Dazzle.
“The Skellengers were nothing short of phenomenal. Matt’s style is easily among the best bass playing in Colorado. He employs a technique similar to a pianist, using both left and right hands to play notes on the fretboard; a challenging approach to the bass guitar that offers a unique sound. Andy’s percussion work was also incredibly skilled. He played the tablas with such grace and finesse that some only wish to achieve in a lifetime of eastern rhythm study. Needless to say, it was both an honor and a pleasure to watch such masters at work.” – Derek Miles, The Marquee Magazine
Electric bassist, Matt Skellenger, has always been an exception to the rules. By combining forward thinking creativity, progressive techniques and natural musicality, Skellenger displays a uniquely identifiable sound. Born and raised in Denver, CO., Matt has been composing, performing, and recording in the Front Range for 23 years. In 2002, he earned a B. A. in Music from Metropolitan State College of Denver where he studied with internationally renowned trumpeter Ron Miles. Skellenger’s fierce dedication to the electric bass led him to attend Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten’s Bass At the Beach Workshop in 2004, as well as five of Victor Wooten’s Bass Nature Camps from 2004-2010. There he had first hand experience studying with world class musicians including Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey and Chuck Rainey who are full time instructors at the camps and some of the most influential musicians to ever play the electric bass. At the 2005 BNC, Skellenger was awarded one of two scholarships to attend The Bass Collective in NYC for a week long intensive course. The versatility of Matt’s playing can be heard on music ranging from solo bass, jazz sextet and modern rock power trio to folk, Americana, funk, blues and pop groups. In 2003, Matt released his first solo bass album On My Way Home. In 2009, Parentheticals was released featuring Ron Miles, Dave Miller, and Andy Skellenger. The group released its second album, The Owls Are Not What They Seem, in 2013 adding Glenn Taylor on Pedal Steel Guitar. New Radio was released in 2014 adding Adam Bartczak on Trombone and Conch Shell. In addition to leading his own group, Skellenger teaches music at Swallow Hill Music School and is currently a member of The Grown A$$ Man Band.