From its earliest busking days to later playing as a four-piece string bang, the roots-rock band, Fruition, has come a long way.

“I think we’re just kind of finally coming into our own, even though it’s been 12 years,” Kellen Asebroek, one of the band’s three vocalists as well as the piano and acoustic guitar player, said in a phone interview on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re starting to hit our stride.”

The eclectic, Portland-born band will return to Belly Up Aspen at 9 p.m. tonight.

Fruition’s sound, which Asebroek called “rooted in rock and roll and soul,” is the product of Asebroek, fellow singers and electric guitarists Jay Cobb Anderson and Mimi Naja (who also plays the mandolin), bassist Jeff Leonard and drummer Tyler Thompson.

Asebroek, Anderson, Naja and Leonard “met serendipitously” while performing on the streets of Portland in 2008, Asebroek said. After initially forming as a string band, the foursome added Thompson to bring an edgier sound to their music. “We wanted to rock out,” Asebroek said.

The band has since enjoyed slow but steady growth, he said, calling their trajectory “a pretty consistent ride the whole time.”

Fruition released its latest album, “Wild As The Night,” in November. The album’s “companion piece,” called “Broken at the Break of Day,” will come out on Friday. Although the two albums were created together conceptually, they were released separately and stand alone just fine, Asebroek explained. He views the project as the band’s most “raw” and mature sound yet.

“It’s one of the first times that we’ve really started to crack open and explore the world of co-writing and collaborating on words and melodies and stuff, more than we ever have in the past,” Asebroek said. “Our music has matured organically like you could only hope it could.”


What: Fruition

When: Tonight, 9 p.m.

Where: Belly Up Aspen 

How much: $25 

Tickets and more information are available at

Erica Robbie is the arts and entertainment editor for the Aspen Daily News. She can be reached at or on Twitter @ericarobbie.