DURANGO — When Jeff Haspel, Kim Heikens and Jason Theis first got together about a decade ago and formed Durango-based band The Assortment, they didn't settle for just one type of music.

Even after ten years of making music, The Assortment continues to play a variety of styles, from folk to cajun and reggae.

The Assortment will play at 7:30 p.m. today at Crash Music, 108 S. Main Ave. in Aztec. Tickets are $12.

In addition to the three original members, Kevin Blum will play the harmonica during the concert.

Most of The Assortment's music consists of original pieces. Music that Theis wrote has been featured in two "Rhythms of Durango" CDs, which highlight Durango musicians.

Heikens described the group's music as fun and eclectic.

"People like to dance," Heikens said. "We have fun with our audience."

Music is a passion for the band members, Heikens added. Each member has a professional job, in addition to music. Heikens works in home health care and other members work in building, maintenance and engineering. Heikens said the time they spend playing together is their fun time.

"When you see people smiling and dancing, there's nothing like it," she said.

Not limiting the band to one style enabled it to appeal to wider age groups, Heikens said. She said the band members all have different ideas of what they want to play.


The Assortment has played at various venues, including Wines of the San Juan, the Rochester Hotel in Durango and Fort Lewis College. For five years, it has also played for the Durango Independent Film Festival.

One thing that makes the band unique, Heikens said, is its willingness to play for fundraisers around Durango. She said some bands refuse to perform without being paid. This summer, the group plans to perform at a fundraiser for Annie's Orphans, a no-kill animal shelter in Durango.

The Assortment released a demo CD through Bandwagon Studios in 2011. The CD, called "The Assortment," will be on sale at Crash Music during Saturday's concert.

Hannah Grover can be reached at hgrover@daily-times.com; 505-564-4652. Follow her on Twitter @hmgrover.