That Damn Sasquatch, that damn good

Damn talented The members of That Damn Sasquatch play a variety of instruments, allowing them to blend several different genres and create their own unique sound. The band performed at Seabrook Tavern on Saturday night in front of a raucous crowd. From left to right

Mike Goehring

Seabrook Tavern was the place to be Saturday night when local band That Damn Sasquatch took the stage and executed a performance that left spectators stunned by the band’s versatility.

One of the songs the band covered was “Super Freak,” an ’80s hit made famous by Rick James. That Damn Sasquatch added its own personal twist of bluegrass combined with hip-hop to give the song a unique sound.

“We’re kind of like American traditional with a mixture of bluegrass, country, jazz, Cajun zydeco and even some hip-hop,” said band member Spencer Crawford.

Crawford, a Washburn student majoring in anthropology, began playing guitar when he was only 9 years old, and he has been expanding his musical horizons ever since. He currently plays banjo, mandolin, accordion and fiddle for the band, and he has some advice for people looking to get into the music scene.

“The best advice I would give to upcoming musicians is to get a teacher or someone to explain the concept of music theory to them,” said Crawford.

That Damn Sasquatch is working on a CD called “About Damn Time,” which is expected to surface sometime in October. Featuring an eclectic musical style, the CD will include nine original tracks and six cover tracks.

The band has played a number of shows since its inception. The group’s first shows took place primarily at the Celtic Fox, but they have recently been branching out to different venues in the Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City area.

Even though the band recently lost its guitarist and peddle steel player, who moved to Boston to further his music education, the remaining band members said they will continue to play in the local area until summer, when they plan to move to Colorado. After the move, the group plans to mix in with Colorado’s strong cultural history of bluegrass music, while bringing their own personalized style of music to the table.

That Damn Sasquatch can be seen performing every other Monday at The Old Chicago restaurant in Topeka.

For more information about shows and the band in general, visit their MySpace page at