The Gills + Eldren

The Gills + Eldren

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The Gills + Eldren

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Doors at 6:00 PM | Show at 7:00 PM
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Food Trucks: Barbed Wire Reef, LaRue Bayou, Illegal Pete's, Zaney Pop Kettle Corn


For more information about the artist, please visit: http://www.thegillsmusic.comhttp://www.eldrenband.com

The Gills

Originally from Pensacola, Florida, The Gills made their way to Nashville, TN, to push themselves out of their hometown comfort zone. Years later, they've put the finishing touches on the most cathartic songs of the band's career yet.

Written after years of touring, The Gills' self-titled album explodes with all the pressure of a shaken-bottle of soda whose cap has finally flown off. It's an album about letting go of the struggles that are so common to working musicians — the long drives, the vulnerability, the struggle to stay true to yourself — and embracing everything that's great about rock & roll. The songs are simple rock epics that build their way toward crashing choruses. There's no posturing. No disguises.

Frontman Jesse Wheeler began writing songs as a teenager, looking for an outlet to help him put a positive spin on his childhood battle with Leukemia. At first, he focused on humorous tunes designed to make his friends (and Wheeler himself) laugh. Later, as his health and songwriting chops strengthened, the music became bolder and more bombastic. The Prince brothers — Matt (drums) and Andy (bass) — climbed aboard after Wheeler recovered and shortly after met keyboardist/guitarist Justin Locke, who became the group's fourth member.

The band co-produced their latest LP with Kyle Dreaden who took songs like "Aria," "Lemonade" and "Gimme Gimme" to a new invigorating space where gritty rock and pop sensibilities live harmoniously side by side. In concert, The Gills adopt the same in-your-face stance that fills their self-titled album. The Gills are making themselves comfortable occupying the middle ground between college radio and the Top 40 format, while remaining true to their creative explorations.

Eldren

Eldren has been slaying the Denver music scene for the last six years, and they have just completed four successful west coast tours, playing in 42 new cities since 2016, as well as major music festivals, such as South by Southwest and Treefort Music Fest.  Eldren won Best Psych Rock Band in Denver three years in a row for the Westword Music Awards, and they have been nominated five times for Best Band in Denver by iHeartRADIO (KTCL 93.3 in Denver) for the Hometown for the Holidays and Big Gig contests.  Their latest album, Welcome to Deathville (2015), made the Colorado Public Radio OpenAir Best Albums of 2015 Listener Poll, and it was given a perfect album review score ("5 out of 5 Cocks") in Rooster Magazine.  They have a new album currently in production, set to be released summer of 2018.

Eldren headlines sold out shows in Denver and their genre-bending style allows them to play with a diverse range of musicians. They have played shows with Gene Ween, OK Go, The Black Angels, Imagine Dragons, Dr. Dog, Cold War Kids, Mother Mother, Cursive, MarchFourth Marching Band, Here Come The Mummies, Dan Deacon, and many more.

Denver Concert Band + Mountain Wind Quintet

Denver Concert Band + Mountain Wind Quintet

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Denver Concert Band + Mountain Winds Quintet

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Food Trucks: The Cravings Truck, Illegal Pete's, Zaney Pop Kettle Corn


For more information about the artist, please visit: https://denverconcertband.org

Denver Concert Band

The Denver Concert Band is a group of 90 musicians who have a love for instrumental music as an avocation. Founded in 1961, the band is comprised of volunteers who rehearse and perform year-round in the Denver metropolitan area and throughout Colorado. Over the years, the Band has traveled overseas to participate in various music festivals across Europe, with performances in Switzerland, the British Isles, and France & Germany. Concerts might feature a Sinatra tune, a Mozart concerto, a rousing march, a vocal soloist, music from a recent blockbuster film or stage show or even a bluegrass group. The band’s loyal audiences have come to know that they can expect something new and exciting with every performance.

Mountain Winds Quintet

The Mountain Winds is a chamber ensemble of five wind players. Formed in 1991 each player is a classically trained musician with many years of professional performance experience.

The Mountain Winds perform an eclectic repertoire of music and can choose a program perfectly suited for any occasion or audience. Whatever the event, the Mountain Winds will make it memorable. We have performed extensively for weddings, parties, art galleries and a variety of other special events as well as formal recitals, chamber music concerts and church services.

The quintet’s wedding selections are especially lovely and will add a touch of elegance to your special day. Favorites include “Trumpet Voluntary” and Pachebel’s “Canon” or “Ode to Joy.” While the majority of the music that the quintet performs is classical in nature, we also have a wonderful selection of lighter music with selections by Gershwin, Show tunes and even “The Pink Panther” by Mancini. Our classical selections cover genres from baroque to 21st century compositions.

Please listen to a sample of our repertoire on the audio portion of the website.  We can provide samples of our performances directly. Whatever your musical needs, you can count on a polished performance by the Mountain Winds. We are available to perform throughout the Denver metro area, and the Rocky Mountain Region.

School of Rock Showcase

School of Rock Showcase

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School of Rock Showcase + Support TBA

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For more information about the artist, please visit: https://locations.schoolofrock.com/denver

School of Rock Denver

School of Rock teaches electric guitar, drums, bass guitar, keys and vocals, and is the local leader in performance-based music education.  SOR's unique combination of individual lessons, group rehearsals and live performances at real local rock venues provides a great opportunity for students to learn their instruments, while at the same time developing the skills needed to work together as a group in order to perform together on stage.  Programs are available for all ages, from tots to teens, as well as adults.  For more information, or to schedule a free trial lesson, visit SchoolOfRock.com.

Celso Piña + iZCALLi - Presented by FirstBank in association with Telemundo

Celso Piña + iZCALLi - Presented by FirstBank in association with Telemundo

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Celso Piña + iZCALLi

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For more information about the artist, please visit: http://celso.mx, http://izcallirock.com

Celso Piña

Celso Piña (Born April the 6th 1953 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México) is a notable Mexican singer, composer and accordionist. In 2002, Piña was nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards: “Best Contemporary Tropical Album” and “Best New Artist From the North” as well as for “Best Alternative Artist” by the MTV Latino Awards. He is also know by the nicknames: “El Rebelde del Acordeón” and “El Cacique de la Campana”. 

He’s an accordion player and singer who has risen to be one of the most notable figures in cumbia music. Cumbia has it’s origins in Colombia’s African and indigenous populations, but it has spread to be one of the most universal Latin American genres. Celso Piña is a pioneer in mixing or blending sounds of tropical base, combined with all kind of popular genres from norteño to sonidero, Ska, Reggae, Rap, Hip Hop or R&B, just to mention some. For this reason he’s considered one of the best musicians from Mexico and Latin America. 

Celso’s album ‘Barrio Bravo,’ which includes collaborations with other popular Latin musicans of various genres, brought to life the mega hit “Cumbia Sobre El Rio.” Many of his popular crossover songs feature artists like Lila Downs, Control Machete, El Gran Silencio, Café Tacuva, Ely Guerra, Benny Ibarra, Alex Lora (El Tri), Aleks Syntek, Julieta Venegas, Inspector, Blanquito Man and Sargento García, amongst many others. 

By the year 2011, Celso began to show his music around the world, with the "Cumbia Por El Mundo" tour where he has performed in more than 20 countries like: Germany, Colombia, Spain, United States, Canada, Guatemala, Denmark, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua, Perú, Morocco, among others. On October of 2015, Celso Piña took another big step in his career by taking his music to Asia where he toured in the 5 most important cities of China. 

On March 25th, 2016, Celso Piña is getting ready to reléase in the United States his latest álbum named “Aquí presente compa”. With this new álbum, Celso Piña will continue consolidating his career as one of the most important Mexican artists around the world.

iZCALLi

It used to be Spanish Rock in the US equaled covering “Rock en Español” bands. That’s how it was when Miguel and Brenda Avina moved to Denver in the early 2000’s, and that’s what many people thought “Rock En Tu Idioma” meant: you played your favorite Maná and Caifanes covers.

Miguel didn’t want to do that when he started iZCALLi in 2005 with an acoustic guitar and dual hand-percussionists Luis Galaviz and Raul Chavelas. He re-envision the Rock En Tu Idioma movement of the late 80’s and 90’s, he wanted to do original rock in Spanish — or in English, too, if he felt like it — and he had a vision: that there was a need for the kind of music he wanted to make, with a swath of influences ranging from cumbias to Zeppelin, and a community of musicians just waiting to unite.

The idea caught hold and scored the young band an opening gig with Spanish act BEBE; playing at The Gothic Theatre before that sold-out crowd, Miguel had another vision: “Hay que rockear harder”. A Les Paul replaced the acoustic, Galaviz switched from djembe to the drum kit, and Miguel recruited his sister Brenda on bass.

iZCALLi rounded up nine other bands and released a compilation — Rock en las Rocas Vol. 1, featuring early iZCALLi tunes “Me Siento Solo” and “Que Debe Fallar (Marybel) — the band’s first official release. A proper LP followed in Pintas en Pasteles, which replaced Galaviz with Madafra’s Mario Gonzalez on drums. The band went on tour not long after with Hombres G, and has over the years gigged with a slew of nationally renowned artists, such as Jaguares, Molotov, Los Enanitos Verdes and Julieta Venegas, to name a few.

iZCALLi’s sound drilled through the folk-based rock of Pintas and into deeper beds of alt-rock, indie, Latin sounds and ska for Despiertame, the band’s second LP. The same year, iZCALLi launched Rock de Mayo, a sonic Cinco de Mayo celebration that RETI=Rock En Tu Idioma (iZCALLi’s Flagship Promotion) has curated ever since, bringing Anglo acts like Eldren and Bandits to a crossover crowd — the same crossover iZCALLi has been reaching at coveted spots in festivals like Westword Music Showcase and the Underground Music Showcase several years running.

iZCALLi continues to grow, and they find themselves continuing to tour, bringing in Luiggy Ramirez on drums, and spreading the message via collaboration with Fort Collin’s SpokesBuzz, a nonprofit dedicated to the goal of transforming the Front Range into world-class music scene, playing on the national stage in events such as Latino Heritage Festival in Iowa, plus multiple appearances at SXSW. The band recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with a sold-out show at the Walnut Room and the release of iZCALLi III, a deeper exploration of the same roots that made Despiertame grow. It’s a big deal, but it’s also just another step in iZCALLi’s never-ceasing mission to bring you Rock En Tu Idioma — and an ever-expanding definition of what Rock En Tu Idioma can be.

The Posies 30th Anniversary Tour + Terra Lightfoot

The Posies 30th Anniversary Tour + Terra Lightfoot

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The Posies 30th Anniversary Tour + Terra Lightfoot

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Food Trucks: The Cravings Truck, LaRue Bayou, Beef King, Illegal Pete's, Zaney Pop Kettle Corn


For more information about the artist, please visit: http://theposies.net & http://terralightfoot.com

The Posies

It's officially been 30 years since Jon Auer & Ken Stringfellow, high school mates from Bellingham WA, USA, recorded and released "Failure", a home recorded, self-released cassette that had the improbable fate of landing the band two commercial radio hits and a record deal w the David Geffen Company, where they became labelmates of Sonic Youth, Nirvana & Teenage Fanclub. Now with a legacy of eight critically lauded albums (their latest, "Solid States" was released in 2016), a loyal population of fans around the globe, and a body of work with such classic alternative/indie anthems as "Dream All Day", "Solar Sister", "Coming Right Along" and many more, the band is still active and looking forward to its fourth decade in music. The band's '90s catalogue is set to be re-released in 2018 by Omnivore Records, and there are plans to start working on a new album soon after. The band has survived the deaths of two longtime members in the last 3 years: bassist Joe Skyward and drummer Darius Minwalla; despite that, they managed to stage a brilliant comeback in 2016 with drummer Frankie Siragusa and do several sold out tours doing pop up shows self-produced concerts in improvised venues and unlikely spaces; indie rock raves, if you will.

For their 30th Anniversary, Omnivore Records will re-release the band's crucial 1990s catalog "Dear 23", "Frosting on the Beater", and "Amazing Disgrace", as double CDs replete with an astounding number of previously unreleased bonus cuts, and also as double 45 RPM high fidelity LPs. The band is currently running a Pledge Music campaign (https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the-posies) for pre-ordering the three albums. Radiohead mentioned to Ken one night out in the pub (in Hollywood, tho) that "Frosting on the Beater" was the most played album in the van during the band's first American tour; Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody & Beach Slang's James Alex, two name but two, have each put that album in their personal top ten. "Frosting" encapsulates all the elements that make the band timeless the two-voices-as-one interplay of Auer and Stringfellow; thoughtful and literate lyrics; broiling guitars married to shimmering melodies. If the band was out of step with its more brutal Seattle compatriots 25 years ago, it has served them well the times, at last, have caught up to their vision. 

To take this celebration around the globe, the Posies, who have had a few lineup changes over the years (always based around the founding duo of Auer & Stringfellow) will be on tour as the 1992-1994 lineup that made "Frosting on the Beater" Jon & Ken will be complemented by drummer Mike Musburger and bassist Dave Fox. It's been almost a quarter century since this quartet has been on the road, and recent warm up shows have been as explosive as those played by the twentysomethings of yore. Catch the band on tour this spring in North America, and this fall in Europe their time is now, again.

Terra Lightfoot

With New Mistakes, Canada’s Terra Lightfoot offers up something rare: the kind of genuine document that can only come from a road-tested breed of songwriter and performer. Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and ferocious six-string virtuosity, it’s an unforgettable outing.

From the ground-shaking stomp of “Paradise” and wild-eyed energy of “Pinball King” that open the set to the psychedelic, gospel-tinged album closer “Lonesome Eyes,” the steeltown native’s third record distills her masterful talent to its electrifying essence.

Produced by Gus van Go and Werner F (Arkells, Sam Roberts Band, Wintersleep), New Mistakes is a heady journey. As poignant as it is rollicking and vulnerable as it is rowdy, it cruises long and sometimes lonesome highways that lead everywhere from brokedown dive bars and endless prairie skies to mountain ranges and the Mojave Desert.

Built around Lightfoot’s killer live band, the session impresses on all counts. It’s Lightfoot’s hungriest and most raw album to date, able to mesmerize with graceful melodies one moment, and step into the ring to deliver a hurricane of hooks or a heart-wrenching chorus the next. Lifted by bright waves of organ and classic roots-rock vibe, “Ruthless” nails that lethal dynamic, slowly building a story of deep connection fraught by distance, until letting loose its knockout crescendo.

Lightfoot’s stunning, soulful voice powers her emotional wallops, laid low as a gentle whisper over the swirling finger-picking of “You Get High,” or belted out with nuclear swagger over the rock ’n’ soul grooves of “Hold You,” battling things out with a righteous Jake Clemons sax solo during its climax.

And the only forces that can go toe-to-toe with Lightfoot’s vocal prowess are her guitar chops. “Slick Back Kid” is a bluesy scorcher, barreling forward with monster riffs, dappled with hits of slide guitar work from guest vocalist Oliver Wood. “Stars Over Dakota” lays down blistering ‘70s grooves between feral blasts of overdrive as Lightfoot howls across the American midwest to someone she can’t stop thinking about. “Drifter” reflects on love long past, with her emotive guitar playing saying what the lyrics cannot.

That’s not to say she’s a tentative wordsmith. Lightfoot’s evolution into a potent songwriter might be captured best on the poignant “Norma Gale”. The tune tells the real life story of its namesake’s battle to make it as a songwriter and bass player in the colourful world of ‘70s country music, fighting to pursue her passion while raising her son alone and touring non-stop. It’s easy to hear why Gale’s story would resonate with Lightfoot: As tried and true road-dogs, they’re kindred spirits, both driven by a creative force they’d be willing to let tear them apart if it had to. And sometimes it does. But, as Lightfoot wails in the song’s transcendent finish—though the trek so far has been long and treacherous, and isn’t likely to let up—“I knew I had to keep on going.” That’s how she got here, after all.

It’s Lightfoot’s relentless commitment to the cause that made this album possible: racking up endless, hard-earned miles, forging and letting go of relationships, and seeking out every sliver of truth in a life on the road that is anything but easy to navigate. It’s an odyssey without a map to guide the way, filled with infinite missteps. But if they all sound as wild and beautiful as this, let’s hope Terra Lightfoot never stops making New Mistakes.

Brownout + Money Chicha - Presented by Telemundo

Brownout + Money Chicha - Presented by Telemundo

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Brownout + Money Chicha - Presented by Telemundo

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Doors at 4:00 PM | Show at 5:00 PM
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Food Trucks: The Cravings Truck, Henco en Colorado, Barbed Wire Reef, Illegal Pete's, Zaney Pop Kettle Corn


For more information about the artist, please visit: http://brownoutmusic.comhttp://www.moneychicha.com

Brownout

Austin’s Nine-piece Psychedelic Latin-Funk Masters ‘Brownout' collective formed ten years ago by members of Grammy Award-winning Latin revival orchestra Grupo Fantasma. Brownout has evolved into a musical force all its own. After garnering their third Austin Music Awards, the band has continued to produce music that is unflinchingly progressive, while evoking the classic influences of artists such as WAR, Cymande and Funkadelic. They’ve performed at events including Bonnaroo, High Sierra Music Festival, Pickathon, FFFFest, Bear Creek Music Festival, Utopia Festival and Pachanga Fest, while regularly touring the U.S. Brownout’s also served as a highly in-demand backing band for artists including Prince, Daniel Johnston, GZA and Bernie Worrell.

Their latest release, Over the Covers (Fat Beats 2017), was widely acclaimed by critics and heralds the next chapter for the band as it continues to evolve and explore new and funky musical realms.

Money Chicha

Money Chicha is an Austin, Texas based group featuring members of the Grammy-award winning Latin orchestra Grupo Fantasma and its offshoot funk outfit Brownout which performs a fuzzed-out, reverb-drenched and percussion-heavy style of music inspired by the sounds of Peru and Colombia in the 60s and 70s. This style of music, sometimes called “chicha” music, is known for its infectious Latin beat, its psychedelic, surf guitar pyrotechnics and its melodies influenced by the indigenous culture of the Andes mountains.

The group’s sound is derived from the exhilarating syncopations of congas, cowbell and timbales, the gritty tones of combo organs and vintage synthesizers, effects-laden guitar melodies, insistent basslines and a healthy dose of trippy effects. Money Chicha is a modern translation of this South American musical style interpreted by highly skilled veterans of America’s most vibrant music town. In their capable hands, the “chicha” genre takes on a new and unique character, guaranteed to move one to both dance and listen, entranced by the undeniable rhythms and virtuosic displays of musicality.

Waker + A-Mac & The Height

Waker + A-Mac & The Height

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Waker + A-Mac & The Height

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For more information about the artist, please visit: http://www.wakerofficial.comhttp://amacandtheheight.com

Waker

Waker was founded by childhood friends and songwriting duo Chase Bader (vocals, acoustic) and Conor Kelly (electric guitar). The group mashes soul, rock & roll and funk into an eclectic, danceable sound, focusing on songs that aim for the heart, head… and feet.

Originally known as Koa, Waker was christened in late summer 2016 following the addition of drummer Dave Czuba and organist/pianist David Crutcher to the already talented lineup of Ryan Ladd (bass), Alex Mathews (sax) and Ryan McClanahan (percussion). With a name that stems from the line, “Getting close to bedtime, time to wake,” in their song, “Fever,” the intention has always been clear: to “wake people” with their music. In a short amount of time the band has already conquered festival stages at ACL, Hangout, SXSW, Firefly and Wakarusa. They’ve toured with JJ Grey & Mofro, Moon Taxi, Galactic and The Wailers, and recently recorded a session for Audiotree Live.

Since the release of their 2015 EP the band has continued their nonstop regiment of touring and writing. Look for new music in 2017.

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A-Mac & The Height

A-Mac & The Height represents a unique musical experience of unity and adventurous fusion of genres. With hook-driven songwriting and a cohesive blend of reggae, hip-hop, funk and alternative rock, the group thrives on overcoming musical boundaries. Their immersive message and feel good energy has proven to bring together beautiful people from coast to coast.

The Denver, CO based band has a charismatic approach fueled by conscious thinking, with lyrics that are uplifting, relatable, and insightful. Bringing an energetic and moving live performance, A-Mac & The Height encourages their audience to partake in a genuine and united musical journey with them. Similarly, the group is known for creating intricate and extended musical passages through improvisation and faith in the unknown.

In addition to fearlessly touring the majority of the United States within their first year of forming, the band has also put out two full length albums. Young, bold and determined, the group is fascinated with pushing the envelope of artistic expression, paying homage to many of the greats including Sublime, Bob Marley, Dr. Dre and Grateful Dead. 

After years of experiment and development, Alex Mackenzie-Low (a.k.a. A-Mac – Vocals & Guitar) has united his latest musical brotherhood, known as The Height. The band features six of Denver’s premiere musicians including Matt McElwain (Drums), Stephen Eski Edwards (Bass), Karl Rivers (Keyboards), Joey Bean (Saxophone & Vocals), Ted Kleist (Guitar & Vocals), and Jake Heym (Percussion). A-Mac & The Height continues to break the mold and expand impact over a wide range of music lovers.

Slim Cessna's Auto Club + Strange Americans

Slim Cessna's Auto Club + Strange Americans

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Slim Cessna's Auto Club + Strange Americans

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For more information about the artist, please visit: http://www.slimcessnasautoclub.comhttp://strangeamericansmusic.com

Slim Cessna's Auto Club

There comes a moment in every Slim Cessna’s Auto Club show when you realize you’re seeing something you’ll never see anywhere else. It’s Slim Cessna in a whitecowboy hat and beard, the lights haloing his ungainly frame, horn-rimmed glasses flashing through the smoke. He’s trading lyrics and insults with Munly Munly, gaunt and strange, dressed in a shade of black particular to preachers and burnt down barns. Their voices rise and converge in the kind of exquisite harmony usually found in Sacred Harp congregations, and then the band cuts loose, the best live band in the world, and the two men are doing battle, playing out some cathartic war between good and evil on stage. Or trading dance steps. You can’t tell. 

I said the best live band in the world, and I ain’t the only one. No Depression and Spin Magazine have said the same. This is a band that’s held its own onstage with everybody from Johnny Cash to the Dresden Dolls. But you listen to the recording of “That Fierce Cow is Common Sense in a Country Dress,” and it’ll take you just about four minutes before you realize you’re listening to the best band in the world, period. It’s Lord Dwight Pentacost leading the lunatic rapture on his Jesus and Mary double-necked guitar; Rebecca Vera playing pedal steel so sublimely that I swear to God you can see the ghost of Ralph Mooney circling the stage; and, holding down the rhythm section like they have with each other since seventh grade, The Peeler on drums and Danny Pants on the doghouse bass, driving the band, making you lose your damn mind. 

They’ve been making music for over twenty years, and there is, quite simply, nothing else like it. It’s gospel music, is what I’ve decided. Gospel music for a blasted world. A world straining and bursting in constant pain, but one that can’t help but overspill with joy – even knowing better. And the songs, Jesus. Songs about Colorado Indian hater John Chivington, alien abductions, patricide, a man born without a spine. This is the wild, bloody and weird America of Harry Crews, the only America worth a damn. It’s what Flannery O’Connor was trying to say when she wrote of dark romances and the grotesque. If you’ve got a heart, these songs’ll break it, and if you’ve got any laughter left in you, they’ll beat it out of you until you cry. 

I probably can’t improve on what Jello Biafra said about Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, that they’re “the country band that plays the bar at the end of the world.” But I like to think that as long as they’re around, they can still save us from that end. Or at least from what currently passes as country music.

Strange Americans

It’s a little raw, a bit loud, unapologetic and honest. It’s blue collar rock and roll and it’s something that Denver’s Strange Americans are crafting with both brawn and finesse. In a sense, Strange Americans are rescuing something from the rust pile — straight­forward, no frills rock and roll, with a matching aesthetic that is heavy on songwriting and storytelling, presented with reverb­-drenched punch and passion — the way The Band or Crazy Horse would have done it. Strange Americans have two full length records, Royal Battle (2012), and That Kind of Luster (2014), along with the 7″ Vinyl Places (2015). Borrow You, Brother is the next full length album expected in the near future and recorded with Echo Lab engineer and producer Matt Pence (Centro­matic, Justin Townes Earle). 

Lyrics Born + Kind Dub

Lyrics Born + Kind Dub

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Lyrics Born + Kind Dub

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For more information about the artist, please visit: www.lyricsborn.com, http://kinddub.com

Lyrics Born

The first thing you remember is the voice: that low, molasses-slow baritone that stretches into a long, humid Cajun drawl. Imagine that voice requesting a Mac Dre and a Main Source song. That voice asking to give a shout-out to a mythic crew called the Han Bodda Han Posse (proper spelling never confirmed), which definitively places that voice as yes, Bay Area. Finally, that voice giving you the name of the obscure sample the Geto Boys flipped for “My Mind’s Playing Tricks On Me.” And thereby winning the fifth on-air contest you’ve had in five weeks.

Something had to be done about that voice.

“Man, stop calling already,” you tell the voice. “You’re disqualified. You can’t win every time. Somebody else has to have a chance.” And then the laugh—that high-pitched semi-automatic ratatat, heh-heh-heh-heh-heh!

“Just come by the studio and hang out,” you say, ‘cause you’re thinking it’s actually a bit lonely broadcasting an after-midnight radio show into the darkness of the floodplain from Vacaville to Folsom prisons and all the suburban homes in between, and plus, who is this fool anyway?

So the second thing you remember is the dude showing up to claim his Grand Daddy I.U. single: NorthFace jacket, oversized white T, Girbaud jeans hanging past plaid boxers, Air Maxes. Wait. This dude is Japanese? With curly Sicilian hair? Walking with a John Wayne horse-lope swagger? Everything about him was outside the box. This dude was born to break molds and move people.

Since then, that dude, now b/k/a Lyrics Born, has released 9 albums, 8 mixtapes, done countless guest tracks and collaborations, and become one of the most successful touring acts in the rap game. He’s done it all indie. Some of that has been by default—the culture industry is still reluctant can and sell entertainers who look like LB. But his success has been all by design.

Tom Shimura was one of a star-crossed group of freshmen who arrived at the University of California, Davis in the fall of 1990, including the artists who would come to be known as DJ Shadow and Chief Xcel. I was lucky enough to be the college radio guy, and so I fell in with a crew (dubbed SoleSides after an Art Farmer song) that expanded to include the Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truth Speaker, Mack B-Dog, the filmmaker Joseph Patel, and others.

He had come up in Berkeley, California in the 1980s, where the stereotype was still of patchouli hippies passing out flowers and acid, but where the reality was kids burning police cars during annual spring riots, demonstrators in shantytowns protesting South African apartheid, crackheads and dealers all across the southwest side, and as he recalls it, “homeless guys fluent in 20 languages, blowing bubbles on the corner, painted in polka dots.”

Hip-hop was the new Bay Area counterculture. We knew because the hippies hated it. But it was inescapable. On weekends, graffiti crews did battle on middle-school walls two blocks from police headquarters. Telegraph Avenue was jammed with cars pumping trunk-smashing 808 bass tones. Ciphers of rappers, b-boys, and b-girls clogged the corner at Durant. Shimura learned all the words to “Rapper’s Delight” in the schoolyard before he heard the song on the radio.

It was the sound of the future, and he was already living in that future. Here was a hapa kid obsessed with Ninjaman and Shabba Ranks, 808s and slapback basslines, with an Italian-Jewish mom, whose best friend was Muslim and Jewish and Black. It gets no more polycultural than this. “When you’d go to parties, everyone was there,” he recalled. “I didn’t feel like what I was doing was that unusual.”

But after his first record, “Send Them”—which, in an adjectivally hysterical press release, I called “a fat Latin-ragga stomper”—he took to the stage like he had been born to be there, commanding shows with mic-ripping skills honed in raging late-night freestyle ciphers with the crew, and exuding audience-pleasing charisma, capping it all off with a wide winning smile, like “You didn’t know, right? Well, now you do.” That’s when he realized that who he was and what he was doing was a little different from the norm.

“Freestyle Fellowship and Hiero were coming out, so there was a lot of emphasis on originality, dominance, competition, and finding your own voice,” he said. “Maybe that’s where it comes from. I always feel like I have to get beyond my own limitations. Growth is mandatory.”

In those early years, he tested out different identities. He was Asia Born, then Lyrx Born. Maybe it didn’t make sense at the time to highlight the Asian thing when folks didn’t get it. He didn’t want to be counted out. And just like that first time he appeared in Freeborn Hall at the KDVS studios, he was too dope, too ultramagnetic, had too much to give to the people.

On early records like “Balcony Beach” and “Lady Don’t Tek No,” you can hear him become Lyrics Born with the help of the two who would become his closest and most important collaborators in the coming years—his soon-to-be wife Joyo Velarde and his rap partner Lateef the Truth Speaker. Not incidentally, both records also presented nuanced portrayals of desire, dignity, and equality, all themes that he would develop through his career. The expansive humanity in LB’s music comes from his basic insistence that relationships be shown in all their beauty and complications, deeper than a handful of words some use for gender or race.

With his first solo album, “Later That Day…”, LB powerfully found his voice. He captured the perfect balance between his avant-gardist concern for exploration and his populist desire to rock the crowd. Loosely a concept album, “Later That Day…” is about an everyday guy trying to make it through tensions with work, friends, and lovers, and finding some moments of clarity, humor, and happiness. “Later That Day…” also crystallized LB’s distinctive sound—melodic downtempo and propulsive minimalist funk, full of clean lines, tight rhythms, and bright hooks. It became one of the biggest indie records of the era, and he found himself rocking sold-out houses around the globe, including a hat trick of Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Coachella all in a single year.

LB executes his projects in groups, working out a particular set of musical and conceptual ideas until they have reached their logical end. So “Same Shit, Different Day” and “Overnite Encore” completed a cycle in which he had begun with sample-based production and moved to working with DJs and bands. On “Everywhere At Once” and “As U Were”, LB drew deeper on early 80s Black radio for inspiration—One Way, Dazz Band, Teena Marie—and expanded the collaborations.

Over the years, he has appeared on dozens of tracks with hundreds of artists and taken up production duties for bands like Poets of Rhythm and Galactic. He calls himself a “serial collaborator,” but that is a typically modest way of putting it. His peers want to be in the studio with him not only because of his skill and work ethic. They trust him to make good things happen. Maybe it’s because of the way LB sees the world—success is about being true to yourself and to your relationships. Take care of that and you find lots of people moving in your time to your song.

LB says his songs are about “perseverance, surviving, turning the corner.” They are about “real people”, about love for the underdog. It’s axiomatic to him that even if someone is counted out, it never means they’re down for the count. It’s the classic American story. And in that sense, LB gets the last laugh after my (and a whole lot of other folks’) early disqualification of him: he won and he gave lots of other folks a chance to share in his triumph. 

All you have to do now is drop the needle, and get free.

Kind Dub

The producer and emcee duo of Kind Dub, consisting of “KD” (Cody Marsden) and “CO” (Cory Clarke) have been producing and writing music together in Colorado since 2011. Kind Dub brings a voice to the Colorado underground music scene. This is due to their relentless work ethic and undeniable dedication to making impactful music with powerful live performances. Their one-of-a-kind sound, and thought-provoking lyrics have shared stages with some of their favorite national artists including People Under The Stairs, Hieroglyphics, Chali 2na, Living Legends, Zion-I, Pharoahe Monch, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Immortal Technique, Grouch & Eligh, Nappy Roots, Rhymesayers, Masta Ace and many more. Their dedication has taken them on numerous tours, playing shows in over a dozen states, with a trip to SXSW in 2015. Gaining traction at a number of Colorado festivals such as Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, The UMS, FoCoMX, and Higher Ground Music Festival, Kind Dub plans to pursue new festivals, new crowds to interact with, and more cross country touring in 2018.  Kind Dub is honored to have performed and featured on sets at many of Colorado’s iconic venues including Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Mishawaka, Fillmore Auditorium, Aggie Theatre, Levitt Pavilion, Cervantes’ Masterpiece, The Fox Theatre, Animas City Theatre, and The Black Sheep. Kind Dub’s newest COllabs EP is out now on all available platforms, featuring a number of different Colorado artists.

The Hillbenders + Masontown

The Hillbenders + Masontown

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The Hillbenders + Masontown

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The Hillbenders

"Bluegrass meets Rock n Roll"
Much like your favorite t-shirt, The HillBenders just feel good. They don't follow any old stigmas attached to bluegrass, giving them space to be themselves musically. 2018 marks ten years that all five original members have traveled coast to coast and around the world spreading joy and excitement through music. The HillBenders celebrate this decade-long
milestone with a new original record, an anniversary tour, and “Pettygrass”- a collaboration with jamband veteran Keller Williams to give the music of Tom Petty a bluegrass twist. This comes as a follow-up to the critically-acclaimed 2015 release of their 3rd album, TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry, an acoustic interpretation of the The Who's legendary rock opera, TOMMY. From the deepest roots in bluegrass as the 2010 National Single Microphone Champions to the far left of progressive acoustic music The HillBenders have played the most elite stages in both the festival circuit and the performing arts world. High energy performances, a diverse catalog, and a slice of humor make way for what appears to be more of a brotherhood than a business - and each audience they play for becomes a part of that family.

Masontown

A new and enchanting sound has emerged from the hotbed of the Colorado roots music scene. Masontown, a young band with a concept as timeless as the Rocky Mountains, has alighted onto a bluegrass community that has already produced some of the best that the acoustic music world has to offer. But Colorado, and the wider world of modern music, hasn’t quite heard this yet.

A lauded fiddle champion and classical violinist. A veteran bluegrass mandolin player and composer. One of Colorado’s jazz guitar greats reborn as a flatpicking sensation. An upright bassist with roots running deep in the classical and jazz traditions. These are the individual elements that come together to create Masontown.

Masontown’s sound is a exciting take on the American acoustic tradition. At once fresh and familiar, the group unites the sounds of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and new acoustic music into a sonic melting pot that hearkens back to our deep musical traditions while remaining defiantly modern in conception. Echoes of the poignant exploration of the Matt Flinner Trio blend with the fierce drive of Bill Monroe and the plaintive song- craft of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West. It’s no surprise that the members of Masontown have shared the stage with many of these musical icons that their sound evokes.

The listening halls and dance floors of Colorado have already begun to hail the arrival of this new force in the acoustic music community. Masontown is a band on the move, driven to delight the ears, touch the hearts, and move the feet of generations of music lovers in Colorado and far beyond.

Larkin Poe + Grayson Capps + Florea

Larkin Poe + Grayson Capps + Florea

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Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe is a roots rock ‘n roll sister duo comprised of Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell – descendants of tortured artist and creative genius, Edgar Allen Poe. At a young age, the girls were classically trained on violin and piano while being exposed to classic rock icons including Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd. Rebecca (lead singer) now plays lead guitar and Megan (harmony vocals) contributes on lapsteel. After experimenting with an array of musical styles, they found a way to blend together a sound that channels their distinct voice. The duo has previously hit the road as opening and backing bands for Conor Oberst, Kristian Bush (Sugarland) and Elvis Costello who praises that “they have a head start on the rest of us with the unique power and beauty of sibling harmony”. Larkin Poe are currently working on their next album.

Grayson Capps

Grayson Capps is relaxed. You can hear it in the tone of his voice when he speaks, in the thoughtful, laconic way he reflects on the sometimes-tumultuous course of his life and work. It’s not the sound of complacency or comfort, but rather of personal growth and understanding. Capps is not without worry or darkness in his life, but he’s reached a kind of peace with it, an unhurried acceptance that enables him to write with unflinching honesty and remarkable humanity. His long-awaited new solo album, ‘Scarlett Roses,’ is his first in six years, and it showcases the kind of understated brilliance that can blossom when creativity is detached from expectation, when songs are truly given the space and time to find their writer. Grayson Capps is relaxed, but it wasn’t always this way.

Florea

Etched into the ebbs and tides of Florea's dark + delirious Americana rock is a traveler's wistful longing. Spinning tales from desert dreams to sinners in the swamp, Florea's songs of honey and venom are just that: both sides of the coin, light and dark, lost and found. Featuring Megan Fong on vocals/guitar, Alex Ferreira on drums, Franco Valentino on bass, and Christine Palmer on trumpet. "Sinister, sexy, and surprising, Florea’s debut EP is packed with raw emotions, deft songwriting, and stylistic dexterity that makes every tune like an unexpected, forbidden, and probably deadly kiss." -Eryc Eyl

Gasoline Lollipops + Garrett Lebeau + Whitacre

Gasoline Lollipops + Garrett Lebeau + Whitacre

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Gasoline Lollipops + Garrett Lebeau + Whitacre

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Gasoline Lollipops

Gasoline Lollipops is a Colorado band that combines the sincerity of dirt-floor folk with the energy and rebelliousness of  punk. It’s an all-new incarnation of alt-country that’s both high energy and heartfelt, like the American highway’s soundtrack.

Denver Westword awarded Gasoline Lollipops "Best Country Artist" in 2016, and the group - which released the debut albumResurrection in February 2017 and followed it with Soul Mine just 11 months later - won the 2014, 2015 and 2017 Colorado Dailyreader's polls for "Best Boulder Band."

The GasPops have shared stages with such respected artists as Lucero, Dale Watson, Todd Snider, Slim Cessna's Auto Club and others. They've also been on the bills of numerous great live-music festivals, including Divide Festival; Salmonfest Alaska; NedFest; Bohemian Nights @ New West Fest; the Denver Post's Underground Music Showcase; BrewGrass; YarmonyGrass; Higher Ground Music Festival; Westword Music Showcase; Empire Americana; FoCoMX; Frozen Dead Guy Days; and the highly anticipated Grandoozy Festival. 

Garrett Lebeau

Garrett Lebeau is a member of the Shoshone tribe, born and raised on the Wind River Indian Reservation near Lander, Wyoming. 

His music draws instant comparisons to Boz Scaggs, Al Green or Van Morrison vocally with a sound that is completely and genuinely his own. 

Garrett Lebeau heard very little music growing up.  The Wind River Reservation is remote and isolated. Garrett was raised in an apocalyptic religious cult, one that keeps its members shunning the outside world. As a result, Garrett led a life sequestered from other people.  Those experiences left their mark on his music. 

On the Reservation, there was so much wide open space, and that, combined with his unorthodox upbringing, is abundant in Garrett's music. He gives his music space to breathe and develop. 

Garrett's music is at one moment gritty, then tender the next. He expresses a full range of emotions with his lyrics and music. Garrett is a self-taught musician who did not start playing the guitar until he was an adult. For Garrett, the process of learning to play was a slow one.  He taught himself the notes and chords and then began writing songs.  He is an accomplished songwriter and because he is not fettered by traditional music theory, his guitar playing is unique. 

Garrett's first record, Rise to the Grind, was well received and reviewed and Garrett has just completed his second record, Gone So Long. 

Garrett enjoys playing live and prides himself on his ability to put on a show for the audience, as opposed to simply playing music.  Garrett tours around the U.S. with his band and they have been privileged to share the stage with Mavis Staples, Boz Scaggs, Trombone Shorty, Joe Ely and others. 

Garrett Lebeau's words and music ranges from gritty to tender to funky-- genuine songs that are completely his own and draws instant vocal comparisons to Boz Scaggs, Al Green, Van Morrison, and Aaron Neville.

Whitacre

Whitacre's music combines thought-provoking lyrics with 3-part vocal harmonies paired with an energetic live experience that has drawn a comparison to The Lumineers. Touring with Wilderado and supporting Mt. Joy helped them gain over 70,000 streams on their debut single "Set Me Free." They've now partnered with Joe Richmond (of Tennis) to record their debut 5 song EP due Fall of 2018. 

Incendio + El Javi - Presented by Telemundo

Incendio + El Javi - Presented by Telemundo

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Incendio

How does a music band make ends meet these days?

The last 10 years have seen the total decimation of the “old” industry system. Record companies, along with the promotional and technical firms that support them, have downsized dramatically or disappeared altogether. Self-motivated musicians have taken their future into their hands and moved forward with bold steps. 

Such is the case with the latin guitar world fusion group Incendio. This Los Angeles-based group started in 1999, and came of age during the last gasp of the old record industry paradigm. Faced with the prospect of being an instrumental music-driven band in an age of increasingly bleak pop-driven market (where one-shot youngsters are heralded as geniuses, then sadly discarded in six months), Incendio has persevered and even thrived, taking instrumental Spanish guitar music to new and uncharted artistic levels.

The group has had six international CD releases, with a seventh, the guitar trio CD “Vihuela”, due to come out on their own Incendio Music label in March 2009. They additionally have a live DVD, “Dia y Noche”, which has received critical acclaim for its sonic quality and uncompromising focus on “just the music”. It was the Who’s legendary Pete Townsend who said in 2003, “bands in the future must be able to play well live – that’s the only music market that there will be”. Incendio has taken that to heart, embracing the do-it-yourself ethos of indie rock and punk by self-booking and touring over 170 dates a year across the United States.  

But it is the music they present at these shows upon which they have built their reputation. Sweeping, romantic playing is usually the heart and soul of live Spanish guitar performance. But the diverse backgrounds of the musicians in Incendio mean that, in addition to that romantic and passionate playing of their instruments, their concerts balance rock-style enthusiasm and energy with a tremendous technical and improvisational sophistication. Thus, Incendio achieves the difficult task of appealing to both a general audience who enjoy the melodies, as well as that more difficult audience: other musicians, who have come to respect the group’s vision and work ethic as much as their fretwork wizardry and occasionally complex arrangements.

The group’s CD’s also feature a unique compositional and performance slant. Echoes of their predecessors like Strunz and Farah, Jesse Cook, and the acoustic side of Al Di Meola are obvious. But the group has explored jazz, Celtic, middle-eastern and electronica throughout their career, putting their own stamp on their self-produced music. They subtly bring influences as diverse as Weather Report, Jimi Hendrix, XTC, Paco de Lucia, Buddha Bar and Joni Mitchell to bear on their musical tapestry. Thus, their music is a true “fusion” and sounds like little else in the genre. And thus, as they have moved through new age, through electronica, through every subheading, the band’s sound and enthusiasm has continued to evolve – no two Incendio CD’s sound exactly the same.  

Since their music defies easy characterization, the behemoth of terrestrial radio in big markets like LA has not embraced them – but they seem to have worked well without it, thank you very much. It is the smaller radio markets, college radio, satellite, internet, where the burgeoning support for the band has grown exponentially over the last five years. And press reaction around the country has been similar – “who are these guys, they’re great, why haven’t I heard of them”. The band takes it in stride – it’s a long haul game, and this determined band seems to be comfortable with taking cities and states by storm, one location at a time.

Incendio’s richly textured music is rooted in myriad sources: Carbé’s flamenco and classical guitar training as well as her Sicilian ancestry, Durand’s Peruvian heritage, Stubblefield’s European travels and musical collaborations with Kuwaiti oud maestro Waleed Hamad, not to mention Durand’s penchant for rock-style dramatics and Stubblefield’s lightning-fingered jazz-fusion mastery. Carbé’s deceptively graceful bass and guitar playing grounds Durand and Stubblefield’s dazzling twin-guitar attack, resulting in adrenalizing sonic explorations that take on greater dimension when they call longtime friends like percussionist Bryan Brock and drummer Nicole Falzone.

The evidence of the strength of live show can be seen and heard in the Dia y Noche CD and DVD release. Available as of December 2005 on their own Incendio Music label, it literally shows day and night aspects of Incendio in action. While the nighttime footage was filmed in an elegant concert hall, the daytime scenes capture the electric intensity of an Incendio performance as they play at the eclectic Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, California. The footage of Durand and Stubblefield’s tightly interlocked guitar solos — almost like spiraling shredding contests — with Carbé propelling the floor-pounding rhythms, all three rocking from the gut, leaves no doubt that this is a band that is, first and foremost, about performance. Crowd scenes reflect the thrilled surprise of audiences experiencing Incendio for the first time. It’s that immediate visceral response from listeners upon which Incendio has painstakingly built a reputation over the past six years.

“We’re definitely a niche market,” Stubblefield allows. “But it’s a niche market that, when a lot of people hear it, they say, ‘I like that.’ We’ll play a street festival and sell 200 CDs in a couple of hours. The radio won’t touch it but people who walk by and hear us think it’s great. That’s been crucial to our success, and we’ve just slowly built on it.”

Word of mouth has been crucial and delightfully kind to Incendio. Carbé recalls how a concert booker was turned on to the band by her guitar-fixated teenager: “This 14-year-old boy watches us on Vista LA and he’s into Hendrix, he’s into Coltrane, and he said to his mom, ‘You need to hire these guys.’ So she looked us up because of her son.” Incendio was subsequently booked for a high-profile university concert series.

“We always have had great word of mouth,” Durand adds with gratified pride. “It’s just approaching that tipping point. If we play for a thousand people, we won’t get 800 people coming up and giving us a perfunctory pat on the back, saying, ‘You guys are really good.’ We’ll get 50 people coming up saying, ‘We will follow you into hell.”

El Javi

El Javi, out of Mexico City, joins the spirit of flamenco with the heart of rock producing the unparalleled experience of Rock Flamenco. Through his distinct sound, he paints an auditory portrait composed of strength and intimacy, reflecting his experiential existence as both human and artist. Collaborations color his compositions as he endlessly evolves his music, warranting his title. The King of Rock Flamenco.

Highlights of his career include Festival of the Arts in Coahuila Mexico, The Jazz and Blues festival in Santa Clarita, CA , the Denver International Festival, The International Music Festival in San Jose del Cabo, Mex, the Salmon Arm Festival in British Columbia, Canada. and opened for today’s biggest voice of flamenco, Diego el Cigala, during his Noche Tacumana world tour in San Miguel de Allende, Mex.

Currently, EL Javi tours North America with his powerful live performances as he promotes the 2nd part of the Gypsy Journey trilogy “El Refugio.”

Frances Cone + Wildermiss

Frances Cone + Wildermiss

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Frances Cone + Wildermiss

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Frances Cone

FRANCES CONE is Christina Cone, Andrew Doherty, Adam Melchor, and Aaron Hamel. The Nashville based soulful indie-pop band, fronted by Christina Cone, is named after Christina's father and great-grandfather, both musicians themselves in South Carolina and both born on September 11th. The band has been praised for their compelling, emotional live show and captivating recordings. In 2016, Frances Cone released, "Arizona," the first single from their forthcoming full-length album, Late Riser, which is set to release in mid-2018. Stereogum praised “Arizona” for “Cone’s melodic vocals, rich harmonies, and an electrifying guitar sound." Written about her brother, filmmaker Stephen Cone, "Arizona's" reach has extended far and wide at 10 million streams on Spotify. 


The band's second single, "Leave Without You," released in March 2017, is an emotional song about the band's decision to leave Brooklyn. Cone says, "it is the only place I've known as an adult person, and (the song is about) what and who I'll carry with me." Billboard raved that the track “employs the band’s signature slow build before exploding with synth and drums into the song’s chorus.” 

Most recently, NPR's All Songs Considered premiered "Unraveling" a timely and cathartic song about the "ways life conspires to overwhelm". It solidifies the band's commitment to a sound creating a "sweet slow burn in which songs build gradually and carefully into something truly grand. "The gorgeous "Unraveling," from a forthcoming album called Late Riser, really gets at what works about Frances Cone's music: Each cooed "ooooh" is in the exact right place, weaving together to form a warm and hypnotic tapestry."

Wildermiss

Sometimes what you’re looking for is right in front of you. Sure, the expression is trite, but as far as truisms go, sometimes, well, it just happens to be true. Such is the case with Wildermiss, a promising young band whose name literally reflects this notion and whose story also bears this out.

“We were driving in the Redwood Forrest, and I was looking at my phone, trying to write down band names the whole time,” recalls singer Emma Drae, who coined the name last year on a road trip with drummer Caleb Thoemke. “I was just missing everything. I ‘missed’ the wilderness. So I wrote it down as a joke, and the guys -- we all texted each other our top ten names -- loved it.”

The moniker fit perfectly, just like Drae, who had been in her bandmates' orbit for quite some time, first as a member of Montana Tapwater – an act she had previously played in with guitarist Seth Beamer, classmate from University of Colorado Denver – and later as a collaborator with Red Fox Run, the outfit that directly preceded Wildermiss and featured Thoemke and Beamer, along with guitarist Joshua Hester.

Shortly after Red Fox Run ended and right around the time Drae was finishing her degree, Drae asked the trio to accompany her at a graduation recital. The chemistry was immediate, and two months later, the foursome began writing songs together. After Red Fox Run effectively ran its course, the three members of that group – seasoned musicians who had been playing since they were kids – were ready to move into a different direction

Turns out, Drae, who had been right in front of them the entire time, was the perfect addition. A gifted vocalist whose expressive voice blends the sublime sensibilities of singers like Ellie Goulding and Hayley Williams, with the powerful strains of Amy Lee of Evanescence, Drae completed the quartet on vocals and synth bass.

Drae started playing synth bass sort of by default -- the outfit needed a bassist to bring out the bottom end but was reluctant to add a fifth member, so she stepped in on synth bass because there was less of a learning curve, she says. Since then, it’s sort of become a signature of the band’s burgeoning sound.

"We love the sound of two guitars. I don't know if we were really looking to add anybody,” says Beamer. “We had talked about who we could add — we know tons of musicians and have tons of friends who could definitely fit the bill — but there was something about the four of us."

"We liked how it gave us this cool, mellow low end,” adds Hester, “and the guitars could do a lot more.” This willingness to be flexible on the part of Drae is emblematic of the band’s overall approach to making music together, says Hester. “We've always been in service to the song,” he explains. “That's our goal. If we're writing something, it has to be to the benefit of the song, not our own ego. Our rule's always been we leave our ego at the door whenever we go into rehearsal. It's all about the music. It's not about what we're trying to do individually.”

“Yeah, the music is bigger than all of us,” Beamer agrees. Indeed, judging from the songs the young act has crafted together thus far, this dynamic certainly seems to be in play here. As you see the band barreling down the road in the same direction, you get the sense that each cylinder is firing at exactly the same time.

“We're talking 24-7,” Thoemke confirms. “We always have a group chat going on. We’re texting each other all day, every day. Every decision that’s made, is made by everyone. Everyone's mindset is: this is a career. This is going to be something."

More and more fans seem to agree. Since forming less than a year ago, Wildermiss has quietly been taking the town by storm. Unassumingly serving as an opening act on frequent weeknight gigs, the auspicious act has been steadily making a name for itself with a smart brand of guitar-driven pop rock, which has plenty in common with acts like Local Natives, Echosmith, and Florence and the Machine.

The songs are instantly memorable as much for their melodies as for their meaning -- both of which are equally as integral to the impact of the song, if you ask Hester. "I've always thought lyrics find their validation through melody,” he says. “You can sing the simplest line but if a melody has conviction, then it works better than the most poetic paragraph you can write." Talk about seeing the forest for the trees.

Sotomayor + Don Chicharrón - Presented by Telemundo

Sotomayor + Don Chicharrón - Presented by Telemundo

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Sotomayor

Sotomayor es el proyecto de música electrónica latinoamericana de los hermanos Raúl y PaulinaSotomayor. Es un proyecto de música bailable que rescata ritmos andinos, de cumbia, y de afro beat y los fusiona con betas vanguardistas. 

Su primer LP de nombre “Salvaje” se publicó en Marzo del 2015 por el net label mexicano “Tropic-All”, y el label “New Hispanic Music”en UK.

El disco se compone de 11 tracks originales y fue producido por Edi Kistler (bajista de los Liquits).

Raúl es mejor conocido por ser una mitad de Beat Buffet, banda que en 2013 publicó su disco “Juegue”, seleccionado como el “mejor disco de Funk / Jazz fusión del año “ por los IMAS, y es también el creador de las fiestas “DayOff”, Pau por su parte es la baterista de la banda de rock / folk “Jefes del Desierto”.

Don Chicharrón

Somos de la selva.  Nuestro sonido viene de Perú y la música psicodélico.  ¡A bailar! // We are a band of jungle music warlords. Our sound is rooted in traditional Peruvian cumbia pop and psychedelia.  Let's dance.   

The Stone Foxes + Tracksuit Wedding - Presented by Bonfils Blood Center

The Stone Foxes + Tracksuit Wedding - Presented by Bonfils Blood Center

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The Stone Foxes + Tracksuit Wedding

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All Ages | General Admission Lawn
Doors at 6:00 PM | Show at 7:00 PM
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For more information about the artist, please visit: http://thestonefoxes.comwww.tracksuitwedding.com

The Stone Foxes

The core of any rock band worth their salt is a deep respect for the fundamentals – a feel that’s redolent of the scare-the-parents, back country, wild juke joint origins – and an abiding drive to carve out one’s own unique territory. The friction between these impulses is where good things happen, and it’s the place San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes - spear headed by brothers Shannon Koehler (drums, harp, vocals) and Spence Koehler (lead guitar, vocals) ) - have resided since their 2008 debut, young men dedicated to keeping rock engaged and succulently alive. 

“You do what the song needs you to do. That’s how this band does it,” says Shannon. “Hell, that’s how The Band did it! You can go back to Muddy Waters and further for examples of this. With us, there’s this filter of blues and roots that we’ve created by soaking up that music, and when we write everything gets put through that filter. It comes out as who we are today, but everything we do goes through that filter, this cultural fuzzbox.” 

The band’s third record, Small Fires , released in February of 2013, is a cohesive, compelling distillation of all the learning the quartet has been doing on the road the past two years since 2010’s Bears & Bulls, an evolution that harnesses their significant firepower with and wrestle with the idea of conflicts, big and small. 

“For sure it’s economically and politically driven, but there are still a few relationship songs in there,” chuckles Shannon. “With earlier albums, we were more concerned with how the music sounded than any underlying themes. This time we took the lyric writing to a new place. I think we’re getting better at defining who we are.” With producer Doug Boehm (Girls, Dr. Dog, The Vines), The Stone Foxes cut 12 songs in 12 days at Los Angeles’ Carriage House, a whirlwind pace that kept things popping in real time, ideas coming fast and furious, bits of lightning captured in whatever bottle was handy. 

On this past tour in support of Small Fires the Stone Foxes put action to their politically driven lyrics by teaming up with SuperFood Drive to help raise awareness of hunger and homelessness in each city they visited on tour. According to SuperFood Drive 1 out of 6 people visit a food pantry because they can’t afford to buy food. 50% of these people are children. This same population also tends to suffer from obesity and chronic illness like diabetes and heart disease. At every show the band encouraged fans to bring healthy nutrient filled non-perishable food, and teamed up with a local food bank where the band personally delivered all the food that was collected at the shows. 

While working with SuperFood drive the Stone Foxes embarked on a very unique musical collaboration with food bank and food shelter patrons. “The first recording we did at a shelter was a man named Charles who had lived under a freeway” reports Shannon Koehler, “he sang our song about cold nights in the city. After we stopped rolling, he called me over and told me how much the song meant to him. You don't forget things like that. Goose bumps and watery eyes were the norm at these sessions. At shelters on tour and at home in San Francisco, people who know hard times have sang with us and shared their stories. It's been an honor to listen. We're just trying to share their voices.” These special recordings will be released in late November in time for Thanksgiving. 

As for right now the Stone Foxes are focused almost solely on writing. “During shows we'll be trying out some new stuff, “ says Shannon “and then we'll huddle back in the studio and start cranking the stuff out. We're really excited about the sound. The rock is raw, blues is the filter. We can't wait to share it in the new year and get back on the road.”

Tracksuit Wedding

It’s not every day a band comes along that’s as comfortable playing big local rooms as it is in the lineup of national festivals. Tracksuit Wedding, Denver’s premier vintage rock / funk / blues powerhouse, makes both look easy.

Tracksuit Wedding is the brainchild of keyboardist Libby Anschutz and lead singer Ali Frankfurt. Conceived in 2013, the band brings together seasoned players from all over the Denver scene, celebrating the universal truth that a band’s primary objective is to get a groove going. After years of mixing funk, soul and blues, Tracksuit Wedding made the decision to ground its sound in its rock roots, adding mutli-instrumentalist and former Fire In The Asylum bassist Roqui Lluma to the mix.

Lluma brings a diverse set of influences – from classical, jazz, Latin and rock – to her new role in Tracksuit Wedding. Her unique style and experience playing all over the U.S. and Latin America was the kick in the pants the band needed to solidify its powerful musical personality.

“She has a powerful presence on stage,” says Anschutz. “She’s really raising the bar for Tracksuit Wedding’s live experience.”

With Lluma in tow, Tracksuit Wedding has become an even greater force in Colorado music. And that comes from experience. The members of Tracksuit Wedding are familiar faces at Colorado venues, both as fans of local, live music and as hard-working musicians. Frankfurt is a veteran of the scene, having fronted the gritty punk / hard rock group The Blackouts for many years. It may seem like an odd move from the heavy side of the spectrum to the groove-based, party atmosphere of Tracksuit Wedding, but for Frankfurt, the only thing that matters is the music.

“It’s definitely been an evolution,” says Frankfurt. “That’s what defines us, the melding of styles.”

That combination of influences and sounds is what makes Tracksuit Wedding stand out. The band’s original tunes are at once familiar and fresh, the perfect combination of the good old days of loose, low-fi, bluesy rock and the well-honed professionalism of seasoned musicians.

“Over the years of playing together we have experimented with lots of added instrumentation and backup vocals,” says Anschutz. “For 2017 we have stripped some of that away to simplify our sound and write energizing rock songs that people will want to move to. This is the sound we’ve been searching for.”

Jenny and the Mexicats + Pink Hawks - Presented by FirstBank in association with Telemundo

Jenny and the Mexicats + Pink Hawks - Presented by FirstBank in association with Telemundo

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Jenny and the Mexicats + Pink Hawks

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Doors at 4:00 PM | Show at 5:00 PM
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For more information about the artist, please visit: http://jennyandthemexicats.com

Jenny and the Mexicats

A jazz kit played with sticks and mano, an upright bass tattooed with comely women, jaunty Caribbean-influenced acoustic guitar and a beautiful blond siren with, yes, a trumpet. Do you wanna dance yet? Jenny will lure you in with her bluesy no nonsense voice. She doesn't want to work, just to dance. This relationship is torture. It's just plain better in Buenos Aires. And always her case is compelling, the music a perfect dance in and of itself, pieced together like good jazz—every player counts. Jenny's from Britain but her Spanish is impeccable, the drummer is from Spain and the strings are from Mexico, but this group is original, like Manu Chau without the political agenda or a killer ska combo minus the kitsch. They are independents and the sum of their parts is from a land of heart and strong, quick rhythm

“What they've done with their influences is create this really impressive mix of rockabilly, cumbia, jazz, flamenco, and they perform it in both English and in Spanish - very cool sound.” – Felix Contreras host of NPR’s Alt Latino on Jenny and the Mexicats

Pink Hawks

Pink Hawks don't just want you to watch them perform, they want you to join them. Comprised of ample world musicianship garnering comparison to sonic innovators such as Fela Kuti’s Afro-beat, Mulatu Astatke’s Ethiopiques Jazz, "Sun Ra's melodically off-the-rails piano playing, and the languid, sonically adventurous atmospheres of Yo La Tengo" (Tom Murphy, Westword), Pink Hawks have evolved from an entirely free-form performance art group, to the more focused psychedelic Afro-Beat ensemble they are today.  

With the release of their debut album Shima, their cohesion has tightened into an other-worldly sound, with vigorously complicated layers of drum beats provided by Cleo Parker Robinson’s African dance rhythm section, an energetic horn lineup, compelling bass, guitar and keyboard lines, and a surprisingly moving violin soaring above it all. The music is infectious, like a dancing sickness audiences are unable to resist.  

Currently led by the experienced improvisationalist Yuzo Nieto, Pink Hawks is a group that will exceed your expectations of live dance music. Trained in operatic singing, jazz saxophone and theater, Nieto's musical inclinations led him beyond the punk roots of his youth to explore other forms of artistic expression both traditional and visceral. As Jon Solomon of the Westword writes, "Nieto not only likes to fill your ears with some intriguing ear candy, he’ll give you something to watch." Add a twelve-piece world orchestra of professional musicians, and you’ve got one of the hottest and most original acts in Denver.  

Put on your dancing pants, and join Pink Hawks as they set the floor on fire.

The Alternate Routes + Dawn and Hawkes

The Alternate Routes + Dawn and Hawkes

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The Alternate Routes + Dawn and Hawkes

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The Alternate Routes

The Alternate Routes are the band that helped us to remember “we are how we treat each other, and nothing more.” Now they’re back with a new single, “Safe Haven”—a love song that uses real life as its backdrop.

“Nothing More” propelled the band into new ears and new heights, having been featured prominently in the 2014 Winter Olympics, on NCIS, and in a partnership with TOMS shoes. It was followed up with “Somewhere in America,” a poignant and personal conversation about gun violence that earned the band a 2016 Independent Music Award and a visit to the White House.

“Safe Haven” continues the socially-conscious, no-hold-barred examination on modern living that the band has increasingly embraced. It reflects an evolution and maturity that results from sticking together and trying new things, musically and lyrically, for over a decade.

“Sitting down with someone you love and trying to convince them, and yourself, to keep pushing forward, to face your fears and stay strong, is a sentiment that I hope many people can relate to,” says guitarist, Eric Donnelly.

“Safe Haven” was self-produced by Donnelly, drummer and engineer Kurt Leon, and singer Tim Warren, a sonic departure from previous efforts that highlights the use of the recording studio itself as an instrument. It was mixed by fellow Bridgeport, Connecticut native Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, The Swell Season).

The Alternate Routes first burst onto the scene in 2005 with their breakthrough album Good and Reckless and True. They released several albums on Vanguard Records and on their own, toured extensively, and relentlessly refined their craft. They have collaborated with such seemingly disparate artists as singer-songwriter Patti Griffin, director Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), and guitarist Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket. They’ve performed on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and have been repeat guests on NPR’s “Mountain Stage.”

Dawn & Hawkes

Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes met when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. The first time they sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls "undeniably intimate".

Their initial duo effort, Golden Heart, climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 in iTunes singer-songwriter albums kicking off a whirlwind of cross-country touring performances with influential artists Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminsky, Patty Griffin, Old 97s, Robert Earl Keen, and showcases at festivals like Austin City Limits, Folk Alliance, AmericanaFest, South By Southwest and TEDx.

Acoustic Guitar hails the musicality of their first full-length, Yours and Mine, as "Impeccable vocal harmonies and instrumentation” Huffington Post summarizes "Transcendent alternative-folk — you will find yourself craving more from this amazing, dynamic duo." 

The duo stored their possessions and lived on the road, drawing inspiration from American deserts and mountains to the South Australian coast while navigating a shared journey through mortality, grief, the after-life and compassion for differing perspectives. Upon returning to Austin, they set upon building a new home and recording a new album. The Other Side chronicles a new chapter of life paths they've traveled and is set to release Summer of 2018. 

THE INAUGURAL REGGAE ON THE GRASS - PRESENTED BY KGNU

THE INAUGURAL REGGAE ON THE GRASS - PRESENTED BY KGNU

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BLOODPRESHAH AND KGNU PRESENTS THE INAUGURAL REGGAE ON THE GRASS

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Doors at 4:00 PM | Show at 5:00 PM
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Emcee Rasta Stevie

Rasta Stevie is a true renaissance event host. With 30+ years in the festival/event industry, he is the internationally recognizable emcee who utilizes his captivating stage presence an unmistakable voice to create a higher level of professional entertainment presentation, full of excitement, experience, history and vitality. 

Colorado Binghistra

The Colorado Binghistra featuring Harry Mo, Empress Makeda Fair and RasMoses combines traditional Nyahbinghi drumming, chants, and prayers alongside acoustic string and wind instruments. Experience the heartical vibes of Rastafari and the roots of reggae music. Nyahbinghi carries the spiritual fire of the ancestors, the ceremonial spirit of love for all humanity and protection against the oppressive system through word, sound and power.

Wake Up and Live

Denver guitarist and vocalist Dave Halchak decided to put together a group of musicians to celebrate the music of Bob Marley, and pay tribute to the songs by creating some exciting jams, and throwing one fine party. The result was a show in February of 2013 on Marley's Birthday. The chemistry of this newfound group in rehearsal plus the success of the show inspired this new concept for a tribute band: Wake Up & Live.

Wake Up & Live pushes the boundaries of your normal "tribute" band by taking the music of Bob Marley into uncharted improvisational moments. This and the stellar arrangements create a unique and powerful twist on the Marley catalog. After just a year, the Denver based band has already made their mark on the premier stages of Colorado.

Logan LaValley

Born February 6 th , 1994 in Nova Scotia, Canada & raised in Austin, Texas. Up & coming Multi-instrumentalist/ singer-songwriter Logan LaValley has made a unique impact in the reggae scene since 2012. Sharing a birthday with Bob Marley, LaValley, also brings a passionate spiritual vibration to his live performances. His style eluding to the polished mystique of the famous lead singers of the 1960’s and 70’s, LaValley, has frequently been compared to charismatic revolutionary heroes of the era like Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison. Logan has lived in Colorado since October 2015 and is currently attending University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

LaValley has performed as direct support with world renowned reggae acts (including but not limited to): The Wailing Souls, The Gladiators, Tribal Seeds, Collie Buddz, Midnite, Don Carlos, Tanya Stephens, Marlon Asher, Perfect Giddimani, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Toasters, The Inverters, Fortunate Youth, EN Young, Ras Attitude, Dutty Bookman, Mike Love, Josh Heinrichs, Alex Marley, Mighty Mystic, Machet, The Expanders, Iya Terra, Pacific Dub, Natural Vibrations, Through The Roots, The L81z, Kash’d Out, Arden Park Roots, Roots of a Rebellion, Sol Seed, Jahdan Blakkamore, Illuminati Congo, Tatanka.

Nase Face

Nason Lamb was born in Durango and grew up in Telluride, Colorado. He goes by his nickname Nase and is excited to try and enter into the musical arena. He grew up working in his parents music store and was exposed to music at a young age through his father. His father, Dave Lamb taught nason various fiddle tunes on the guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Although an accomplished musician at bluegrass styles, nason's real influences include roots reggae, 90s hip hop, and Latin rythyms. His first cassette tape was Arrested Development's "3 years, 5 Months and 2 Days In The Life Of..." He fell in love with Bob Marley the first time he heard him traveling back from a soccer match in the four corners. So come out and show your face, show some support for the newcomer nase.

Roots Writer David Daniels

David Daniels is an Award Winning Playwright,Spoken Word Artist,and Storyteller and Founder of the Reggae Theatre Ensemble. Noted for the Reggae Theater Classic Malcolm X Meet Peter Tosh,his plays have been performed across the United States and in Europe 

He has shared the stage with The Wailers,Bob Marley Archivist Roger Steffens and Linton Kwezi Johnson as well as collaborated with Acoustic Blues guitarist Charlie Parr.

Ras Marcus Benjamin

Ras Marcus Benjamin, has been writing and performing Dub Poetry for over 20 years, he has 1 book of poems released "Dub Talking" and several Dub Poetry Songs released over the years as well as a brand new Nyabinghi Dub Poetry album "Dub Talking" released summer of 2013. 

Denver Vintage Reggae Society

Based around the love for and preservation of 60’s & 70’s Reggae and the celebration of personal creativity and uniqueness. 7 years and going strong, the DVRS host a reggae night on the 2nd Saturday of every month at the Goosetown Tavern in Denver. Filled with top notch vintage reggae spun by the DVRS deejays.

The Groove Thief - Pomegranate Hi Fi

An American dub and reggae connoisseur previously based out of Hong Kong, The Groove Thief [TGT] is now living in Denver, Colorado, USA. Including the influential Pomegranate club residency (an A/V collaboration with ▶▶△) underground dance mecca oma, TGT promoted countless events featuring local & international artists while in Hong Kong. Here in Colorado with his Pomegranate Hi Fi sound system, he’s organized backyard boogies, guerrilla pop-ups, and sponsored collaborations, plus he’s a co-coordinator of the Reggae On Da Fax: Irie Fridays weekly, Denver’s only night celebrating roots reggae and sound system culture.

Ras Moses

RasMoses (sounds like osmosis) is originally from New York City now in Colorado (Ganjarado).. RasMoses has traveled from Ethiopia to India chanting in the Himalayas to the Nyahbinghi Tabernacles in the hills of Jamaica and Shashamene. He has shared stages with international bands and artists such as Black Uhuru, Kabaka Pyramid, Ras Attitude, Aba Mar, Julian Marley, Dre Tosh, Machete, and The Meditations 

His unique fiya chanting of devotion to H.I.M. JAH Rastafari is taking the world by storm bringing Amharic, Hebrew, Sanskrit and English prayers backed by heavy dub roots reggae music.
RasMoses lead Nyahbinghi ceremonies as well Meditation and Spiritual Warrior workshops. He is initiated into the ancient Kriya Meditation practice that was mastered by Haile Selassie The First, Christ, Buddha, Moses, Krishna, and Yogananda. 

Gracie Bassie

Grace Kruse was born high in the Rocky mountains of Colorado. This multi faceted bassista is soon to release her first Single/production "I Don't Worry"...

Getting her start in her hometown of Durango, Colorado, Gracie Bassie has long been moved by the reggae culture and music by surrounding herself with inspiring influences that have helped her to become the confident yet humble musician/artist she is today. In 2008, Gracie bought her first bass guitar and was taught how to play her bass like a real "rootswoman" with guidance of Jamaican producer Lincoln Jarrett. From there she formed A-DUB-ROCK Band, with Jarrett, Douglas Clay, and her Brother Cuatro Kruse, opening up for acts such as The Mighty Diamonds and Sister Carol. Soon after she was performing around Southern California and then at Reggae on the River with Marlon Asher. She recieved a call from musical idol Anthony B, asking her to join his band in Kingston, Jamaica whom she toured with until later residing in Kingston and playing with Earl "Chinna" Smith's "Inna di Yaad" band, backing Max Romeo and his children, alongside Leroy "Horsemouth" drummer from the famous Jamaican movie "Rockers" and many other talented musicians and artistes. As much as she loved to play bass, she loved even more to sing while playing bass, landing her gigs in Kingston and beyond. These experiences have helped her to cultivate a talent that is an undeniable and powerful force which cannot be ignored. Gracie's sound is a perfectly-blended mix consisting of classic old school dub tributes and her own original soon-to-be released songs with a few surprises thrown in for your listening pleasure. #beyourself

Harry Mo & The Crew

Harry Mo’s musical journey started from his youthful days on his native Eastern Caribbean island of Waitikubuli also known as Dominica, singing in school and church choirs and continues to this day as a Rastafari Souljah and professional artist/musician. It was in Colorado Springs, CO, in 1995 that he started his first band called Mountain Reggae after some time in the US Army. Harry Mo has stayed true to the mission with a vast amount of work done over the years as a backing musician, road sound engineer and solo artist, touring many countries and throughout the United States. As a singer he is well known in the US Virgin Islands where he first entered US soil and resided for many years, the French Caribbean and Europe where he has toured often in recent years promoting his four studio albums and performing on major festivals and clubs. His most recent album titled Roots & Lovers is a reggae classic. His fifth studio album tilted Thank You Jamaica, recorded in France and Colorado is due for official release in April 2018. Harry Mo is a multi instrumentalist and can perform with or without the guitar or keyboards. 

His strong and soulful singing with inspiring, well crafted lyrics, will remind you of Peter Tosh or Dennis Brown. Please get to know teacher Harry and his music. He will be coming to a town near you soon. 

BloodPreshah

DJ BloodPreshah is Colorado's Premier Reggae Music DJ and Reggae Music Specialist. He has been involved in the Reggae Music Industry for over 20 years, As a Top DJ, Audio Engineer,On Air Talent, Booking Agent, and Promoter. His Extensive Reggae Music Industry Knowledge and entertainment experience are well-formed from both a client perspective and a business perspective. Over the last fifteen years he has: 

Been featured in Local Colorado and International Newspapers and Magazines for his unique talents including being recognized as One of the best reggae dj / programmers in the area.
Been Hired by many local nightclub and concert venue owners/booking agents to perform and support headling acts for numerous local and regional reggae music events. 

DJ BloodPreshah has additionally travelled around the US as a DJ opening events and as an Audio Engineer for live Reggae Music Bands and Live Concert Events.
Serves As the host on Local Reggae Radio Programs including Reggae Bloodlines, Reggae TransFusion, and Dub Palace on 88.5FM KGNU,Boulder Ft. Collins. 

BloodPreshah's unrivaled devotion to reggae music and entertainment industry experience have placed him at the top of the Local Reggae Music Scene and earned him both local, and regional recognition, awards, and has made him one of the most sought after dj's in the industry.

Levi Vermont

Levi grew up in Jamaica in Jonestown, a rough neighborhood. Instead of choosing a life of a Shotta, he chose love and music. He started free styling for his classmates at a young age, having all his friends beating on their desks to his lyrics. His Ethiopian heritage and Kingston 12 roots influenced his early love for Reggae and Dancehall. As a young teenager in Jamaica, he used to sneak out of his house to go see Super Cat perform at the community center in Jonestown. As a young man, he started performing in New York City clubs and has continued his love for Dancehall and performance throughout his life. His musical influences include Bob Marley, The Late Great Early B and Super Cat. 

Mondo Rock

Born in Los Angeles California to immigrant parents raised up in Chula Vista California a suburb of San Diego. Fell In love with Reggae music in high school around 1991 when I first heard Don Carlos and Gold “Hog and Goat” album. I studied music in high school and shortly after was playing in reggae bands . I played bass in many backing bands and have had the honor of playing shows with Triston Palma, Horace Martin, Likkle John , Micheal Palmer Wayne Smith and many more . Presently I’m playing with Iron Roots Reggae and working on a Latin Reggae Group here to get going soon ! I love Reggae music from the heart and will always play Roots. Un Amo.

Spellbinder

This Reggae singer named Spellbinder has been performing in the city of Denver and nation wide since about 1990.

He alongside DJ Knee, DJ Style-n-Fashion, Dj Timbuk, helped to bring Reggae into the nightclubs and to the ears and hearts of Denver Hip Hop fans and Mc’s and Dancers, who only had the experience of seeing reggae with a live band. Spellbinder began performing Reggae songs over hip hop records before it became common and commercial.

Spellbinder has worked with numerous artistes and DJ’s such as Afrika Bambatta, Ziggy Marley, Don Carlos, Burning

Spear, Dj Uplifter, DJ BloodPreshah, DJ Yahru El Guru, Ronnie Size, Anthony B, Jr Gong, Turbulence, Johnny Osbourne, Youthman Promotion Soundsystem, Beres Hammond to name a few… Spellbinder has recieved numerous musical awards, and has recorded 10 albums, available on his website spellbindermusic.com

As an artiste, and a humanitarian, Spellbinder and his music comes with a message! No matter who you are or where

You come from, if what you are doing makes you happy, complete, humble, loving and kind, and if what your doing brings no harm to anyone, then keep doing it! We are on borrowed time, so embrace life, friends, and live to love and love to learn, and see the truth in all things.

King Cardinal + Thunder and Rain + Bison Bone

King Cardinal + Thunder and Rain + Bison Bone

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King Cardinal + Thunder and Rain + Bison Bone

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Doors at 6:00 PM | Show at 7:00 PM
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For more information about the artist, please visit: www.kingcardinal.com, http://thunderandrainmusic.com, www.bisonbone.com 

King Cardinal

“I moved to Denver on a whim,” says King Cardinal founder Brennan Mackey. “I’d been living in Chicago, working a finance job that I didn’t love, and I knew exactly what the rest of my life would look like if I stayed there. I decided I wanted to throw everything up in the air and see where it landed.”

It makes sense, then, that the cover of King Cardinal’s stellar debut album, ‘Great Lakes,’ depicts a man catapulting himself headlong into the unknown, trading safety and security for adventure and excitement as he leaps over a protective railing. If the record is any indication, Mackey’s own bold leaps have paid off in spades. Pushing raw roots rock into lush, sonically daring territory with hints of cosmic country and delicate folk, ‘Great Lakes’ showcases the five-piece group’s exceptional musicianship and the powerful emotional depth of the vocal interplay between Mackey and fellow singer Texanna Dennie.

In its earliest form, though, King Cardinal was a far lonelier enterprise. Ever a self-starter, Mackey adopted the King Cardinal moniker to record his self-titled first EP as a mostly-solo project, and after relocating to Denver, built up a fanbase using Reddit to crowdsource a network of house concerts.

“I didn’t know a lot of people at first and it was difficult trying to put together a band, so I decided I would just do it on my own,” he explains. “Once I made that decision, everything started to click.”

Those early songs were sparse, acoustic, and poetic, inspired by the likes of Steve Earle and Ryan Adams, and they earned Mackey an invitation to perform at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival alongside stars like Punch Brothers, Brett Dennen, Lake Street Dive, and more. Perhaps most importantly, though, the music attracted a crew of kindred musical souls who would go on to help Mackey flesh out King Cardinal’s follow-up EP, ‘Once A Giant,’ into a full band affair. Marquee Magazine hailed that collection as “excellently crafted Americana,” while Westword praised the band’s “raw, gut-wrenching emotion,” and Scene called the EP “elegant and blissful” while applauding Mackey’s transformation “from solo singer-songwriter to confident and earnest frontman.” Dates with Ben Sollee, Sam Outlaw, Darlingside, and more followed, as the band expanded its reach beyond Colorado for the first time with national touring.

Thunder and Rain

Thunder and Rain is a five piece band from Golden, Colorado. With a background in bluegrass and a love for pop, Thunder and Rain plays country grooves over catchy choruses and dreamy melodies sung by Erinn Peet-Lukes (Guitar/Lead Vocals).

Erinn formed the band in the fall of 2011 when she moved to Colorado from Brooklyn, NY. Since then, she has added the classical talents of Ian Haegele (Upright Bass), the smooth sounds of Chris Herbst (Dobro/Lap Steel), and the crisp chop provided by Dylan McCarthy (Mandolin).

Thunder and Rain has played for audiences in Canada and Ireland, as well as across the US. Their meaningful lyrics and soaring choruses have connected with fans both young and old. They are now touring on the heals of their second full length album, "Start Believing". The album strives to put meaning back in modern country music.

Bison Bone

Bison Bone is a working class Americana Rock band from Denver, CO. Roots music coupled with a dark country feel, that give way to a sound blending psychedelic rock and americana splash. They have shared the stage with the Israel Nash, Susto, Corb Lund, American Aquarium, Midnight River Choir, Roses Pawn Shop, Susto, Goodnight Texas and The 4onthefloor.

Rainbow Militia + Lady Gang + Retrofette

Rainbow Militia + Lady Gang + Retrofette

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Rainbow Militia + Lady Gang + Retrofette

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Doors at 6:00 PM | Show at 7:00 PM
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For more information about the artist, please visit: https://www.rainbowmilitiaaerial.comhttps://www.ladygangmusic.comhttp://retrofette.com

Rainbow Militia

Rainbow Militia is a performing arts and circus collective working with live music and creating unconventional events across Denver. Our mission is twofold 1) to save the temple building that is our home and 2) to broaden the love of circus and dance through unique and exciting collaborations across the arts.

Lady Gang

Lady Gang is an incarnation of Denver favorite, Jen Korte. Just a lady and her gang of instruments, she takes live beats and live looping to a new level.

Retrofette

Denver-based Retrofette is the byproduct of keyboardists Sean Culliton and Xavier Provencher's love for vintage synthesizers and sweaty dance floors. Joined by synth bassist Ben Weirich and drummer Dylan Johnson on stage, the quartet’s brand of 80s tinged synthpop was born in March 2016 and has since garnered a steadfast following.

Since its inception, Retrofette released its debut three song I Don’t Mind EP and shared the stage with acts such as Magic Sword, Fever the Ghost, Mark Mallman, and The Other Black. They have played in front of sold out audiences at Denver’s Hi Dive, listed as one of 303 Magazine's top bands at the Underground Music Showcase, and selected as the Best Pop of 2017 act in Colorado by Westword Magazine.

HONEYHONEY + Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs

HONEYHONEY + Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs

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HONEYHONEY

The third full-length effort from L.A.-based duo HONEYHONEY, 3 is an album born from fascination with the sweet and the sleazy, light and dark, danger and magic. Working with Dave Cobb (the producer behind Jason Isbell's Southeastern and Sturgill Simpson's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music), lead singer/banjo player/violinist Suzanne Santo and vocalist/guitarist Ben Jaffe twist their gritty, harmony-driven brand of Southern-flavored rock & roll through tales of lost souls, broken boys, girls with gold in their spit. Equal parts inward-looking and endlessly curious, the two songwriters also take a mirror to their own experience in lust and heartache and never shy away from revealing the messy truth. And whether they rattle or soothe or joyfully inspire, HONEYHONEY instill each song with a straight-from-the-gut honesty and elegance of storytelling that make 3 both cathartic and electrifying.

The follow-up to 2011's Billy Jack (named one of the top albums of the year by American Songwriter and hailed for finding "the common pop thread between alt. country, spaghetti western soundtracks and swampy blues" by Paste), 3 was recorded in HONEYHONEY's one-time home of Nashville with a lineup of locals that includes musicians like Robbie Turner (a pedal steel guitarist who's played with Johnny Cash and The Highwaymen). And while the album finds HONEYHONEY offering their most finely crafted melodies and richly textured sound to date, the band also embodies a loose and scrappy energy drawn out with some help from Cobb. "Dave never let me obsess over my vocals," says Santo, whose sultry but tender voice intensifies the intimacy of each track. "He'd just be like, 'Nope, that was raw, we got it, we're good.'" Adds Jaffe: "He didn't really allow us to overthink anything, which is great for what we do -- the more barriers you can remove to get to the soul of it, the better." 

Throughout 3, that soul gets channeled into songs both gorgeously unhinged (such as "Mary Rich," an epic R&B number that amps up the moody tension of its lyrics with some sublime and frenetic guitar work) and quietly piercing (a la "Burned Me Out," a wistful ballad about "the loss of idealism, and how that can be really painful but also beautiful," according to Santo). On the brash and bluesy "Bad People," HONEYHONEY seesaw between scorn ("Tried your best to be your worst/You must like it that you're cursed") and empathy ("We all got some darkness up our sleeve") in their meditation on the origins of ugly behavior in everyday life. Built on a lilting and lovely string-laced arrangement, "Father's Daughter" devastates in just two lines at the song's achingly delivered chorus ("You know I'm in hot water/If I'm my father's daughter"). And in the one-two punch of the brooding "Numb It" and the steamy, groove-heavy "Sweet Thing," 3 looks at the torment and bliss that can come from giving yourself over to pure desire. 

For HONEYHONEY, the balance of sophistication and heart that the duo strikes on 3 has much to do with their closeness as songwriting collaborators. "Writing is about trust -- trust in yourself and trust in your partner -- and with us there's a level of trust that you can only get from knowing someone for years and years," says Jaffe. Forming the band in 2006, Santo and Jaffe first crossed paths at a costume party (she was a cheetah, he was Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid), felt an instant creative connection, and soon started making music together. Although Jaffe learned to play violin and drums as a little kid in western Massachusetts and joined a local jazz band in high school, the Ohio-bred Santo initially pursued work in acting and didn't think of music as a possible path until early adulthood. "I was new to L.A. and I'd just broken up with my first love," she recalls. "I started writing these awful songs but I just kept going with it, and after a while it hit me that this was what I was supposed to do with my life." Making their full-length debut with 2008's First Rodeo, HONEYHONEY saw their sophomore album Billy Jack climb to #15 on Billboard's Folk Albums chart and soon began earning praise from the likes of The Onion's A.V. Club and LA Weekly.

Though Santo and Jaffe consider their continued growth as songwriters to be the lifeblood of the band, their live show also makes for a major element of the HONEYHONEY experience. "The reason we write songs is to express something real, and being able to engage with people directly the way we do onstage is a really important part of that," Jaffe says. Fueled by their easy chemistry and between-song banter, the duo's stage presence adds a whole new level of spirit and passion to their sound. "If there's any kind of goal to what we're doing, it's to shake things up for the people listening," says Santo. "Whether they need to dance or get happy or get angry or whatever, we can make that happen for them. We'll make you cry and then make you laugh in under ten minutes."

Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs

"Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs, winners of the Vertex Musical Championships’ “Best in Class for Strings” award, bring their unique style of country music to Colorado. Colorado residents can get better acquainted with Matt Rouch in AXS' exclusive interview  with the band." - Brian Stabile, Axs.com

Based out of Denver, CO, Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs are making waves in the Colorado music scene. Rouch, a self-proclaimed southpaw whiskey-loving Virginian,  self-released his first full-length solo album, "The Beautiful and the Damned" in March 2016 and now his 4-piece alt-country folk group is one of Denver's fastest up and coming bands, with mentions in Music Connection Magazine, Denver Post, Marquee Magazine, Scene Magazine, and Axs.

Katie Herzig

Katie Herzig

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Katie Herzig

To put Katie Herzig in any sort of box is for it to be broken, as she continues to outdo herself with each new release. Her music is as intimate as it is epic - something that her fans have come to expect. Herzig grew up in Colorado and found her way to Nashville upon starting her solo career in 2006. Fresh off the 2018 release of her 6th album, Moment of Bliss, Herzig tours the US this summer for the first time in 4 years on her highly-anticipated Moment of Bliss Tour. Herzig has performed at Bonnaroo, on VH1, toured extensively both as a headliner and as support for artists such as Brandi Carlile, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, The Fray, and as a member of 10 out of Tenn. She has had her music licensed for many film, TV, and commercial uses including over 10 songs on Grey’s Anatomy. Her song “Free My Mind” reached top 20 on AAA radio which led to a collaboration with RAC on their song “We Belong,” earning a lot of love from LA’s KCRW and the like and a remix of the song by Odesza. Herzig has always been very hands on in the production of her own music which has led to opportunities to co-write and produce music for other artists as well, including Ingrid Michaelson’s platinum-selling single “Girls Chase Boys." ASCAP awarded Katie the Sammy Cahn Award for her song “Closest I Get.” In 2017 Katie was nominated for an Emmy for her song “Morse Code” written for Netflix’s The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show. An eclectic career for an artist who has always relied on her own instincts to consistently release music that goes deep and asks you to feel something at every turn.

Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra + Shiners Club Jazz Band - Presented by Telemundo

Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra + Shiners Club Jazz Band - Presented by Telemundo

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Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra

Mariachi Sol De Mi Tierra was formed with the idea to show people something fresh and unique from the already existing musical groups in Denver, CO. On Aug 6, 1999, four young music enthusiasts, Oscar Vaca, Jesus Ramirez, Raul Romero, and Vicente Romero, gave complete trust and hope to the leader of the group, Juventino Romero. With a lot of determination, practice and hard work, they decided to plan an exciting musical adventure. Throughout the years, more musicians joined, which lead to the eight musicians who are a part of the group today.

Mariachi Sol De Mi Tierra enjoys a prestige that they have gained over the years. In the past 12 years, they have been a part of various events associated with the National Western Stock Show. For the past 9 years, they have shared the stage with the Colorado Symphony in the festivities for Cinco de Mayo at Boettcher Concert Hall. The group has also performed with some great Mexican singers in Denver. With a firm belief to keep demonstrating a beautiful part of the Mexican culture, Mariachi Sol De Mi Tierra is now more and better than ever, offering to their audience dedication, love, and passion for their music.

Rebirth Brass Band + Slim Wednesday (feat. JoJo of Widespread Panic)

Rebirth Brass Band + Slim Wednesday (feat. JoJo of Widespread Panic)

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Folwer's Home Team & Rhett Trees Presents:

The Grammy Award-Winning Rebirth Brass Band with Special Guest Slim Wednesday (featuring JoJo Hermann from Widespread Panic and "Artist at Large" Big Chief Jaun Pardo

All proceeds to benefit Youth On Record


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Rebirth Brass Band

Rebirth Brass Band have continued their innovative, contemporary approach to New Orleans music following up 2012’s The Grammy Awardwinning album Rebirth of New Orlean with 2014’s Move Your Bod which was released on Basin Street Records this past June. Since its release, the record hit #1and has been at the top of both the CMJ & Jazz Week Radio charts. Whether seen on HBO’ Trem or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution.

Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they also extended into the realms of funk and hiphop to create their signature soul moving sound. Their signature brand of heavy funk has not only won over several generations of music lovers, it has become the soundtrack to an entire city.

*Rebirth Brass Band’s album “Rebirth of New Orleans” earned them the title of the first brass band eve to win a Grammy* *”Rebirth of New Orleans” reached #9 on the Billboard Jazz Chart and #1 on the CMJ Jazz Charts.* * Rebirth has several cameos on the hit HBO series Trem as well as many soundtrack contributions.

Rebirth Brass Band has shared the stage with Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Grateful Dead, The Meters, The unk Altars, Maceo Parker, Dr. John, The Ohio Players, Ani DiFranco

John Fullbright + Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir + The Talbott Brothers

John Fullbright + Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir + The Talbott Brothers

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John Fullbright

“What’s so bad about happy?” John Fullbright sings on the opening track of his new album, ‘Songs.’ It’s a play on the writer’s curse, the notion that new material can only come through heartbreak or depression, that great art is only born from suffering.

“A normal person, if they find themselves in a position of turmoil or grief, they’ll say, ‘I need to get out of this as fast as I can,’” says Fullbright. “A writer will say, ‘How long can I stay in this until I get something good?’ And that’s a bullshit way to look at life,” he laughs.

That plainspoken approach is part of what’s fueled the young Oklahoman’s remarkable rise. It was just two years ago that Fullbright released his debut studio album, ‘From The Ground Up’ to a swarm of critical acclaim. The LA Times called the record “preternaturally self-assured,” while NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying “it’s not every day a new artist…earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.” The Wall Street Journal crowned him as giving one of the year’s 10 best live performances, and the album also earned him the ASCAP Foundation’s Harold Adamson Lyric Award. If there was any doubt that his debut announced the arrival of a songwriting force to be reckoned with, it was put to rest when ‘From The Ground Up’ was nominated for Best Americana Album at the GRAMMY Awards, which placed Fullbright alongside some of the genre’s most iconic figures, including Bonnie Raitt.

“I never came into this with a whole lot of expectations,” says Fullbright. “I just wanted to write really good songs, and with that outlook, everything else is a perk. The fact that we went to LA and played “Gawd Above” in front of a star-studded audience [at the GRAMMY pre-tel concert], never in my life would I have imagined that.”

But for Fullbright, it hasn’t been all the acclaim that means the most to him, but rather his entrance into a community of songwriters whose work he admires.

“When I started out, I was all by myself in a little town in Oklahoma where whatever you wanted, you just made it yourself,” he explains. “I didn’t grow up around musicians or like-minded songwriters, but I grew up around records. One of the most fulfilling things about the last two years is that now I’m surrounded by like-minded people in a community of peers. You don’t feel so alone anymore.”

If there’s a recurring motif that jumps out upon first listen to ‘Songs,’ it’s the act of writing, which is one Fullbright treats with the utmost respect. “When I discovered Townes Van Zandt, that’s when I went, ‘You know, this is something to be taken pretty damn seriously,’” says Fullbright. “‘This is nothing to do with business, it has to do with art and identity.’ You can write something that’s going to outlast you, and immortality through song is a big draw.”

But just as important to Fullbright as writing is careful editing. “I can write a first verse and a chorus fairly easily, and it’s important just to document it at the time and come back to it later,” he explains. “That’s the labor, when you really get your tools out and figure out how to craft something that’s worthwhile.”

Fullbright inhabits his songs’ narrators completely, his old-soul voice fleshing out complex characters and subtle narratives with a gifted sense of understatement.

“My songwriting is a lot more economical now,” he explains. “I like to say as much as I can in 2 minutes 50 seconds, and that’s kind of a point of pride for me.”

The arrangements on ‘Songs’ are stripped down to their cores and free of ornamentation. Fullbright’s guitar and piano anchor the record, while a minimalist rhythm section weaves in and out throughout the album. That’s not to say these are simple songs; Fullbright possesses a keen ear for memorable melody and a unique approach to harmony, moving through chord progressions far outside the expected confines of traditional folk or Americana. The performances are stark and direct, though, a deliberate approach meant to deliver the songs in their purest and most honest form.

“I’m a better performer and writer and musician now, and I wanted a record that would reflect that,” he says. “We tracked a lot of it live, just me and a bass player in a room with a few microphones. The basis is a live performance and everything else supports that. I think you just get as much energy and skill as you can into a take, and then start building from there. And what we found is that you don’t have to add too much to that.”

The songs also reflect how drastically Fullbright’s life has changed since the release of ‘From The Ground Up,’ which launched him into a rigorous schedule of international touring. “Going Home” finds him appreciating the simple pleasure of heading back to Oklahoma, which he likens to The Odyssey. “When you’re gone for so long, once you know you’re headed in the right direction to your own bed and your own home, that’s one of the greatest feelings you can have,” he says.

“I Didn’t Know” is a song he premiered live at concert hosted by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, a story he tells still somewhat incredulously, while “When You’re Here” is a somber piano love song, and “The One That Lives Too Far’ is a raw account of the strain that distance can put on a romantic relationship. “All That You Know,” which features just voice and Wurlitzer, implores listeners to appreciate what’s right in front of them, and the finger-picked “Keeping Hope Alive” is a song of resilience through hard times.

To be sure, ‘Songs’ has its moments of darkness, tracks born from pain and heartbreak, but for a craftsman like Fullbright, there are few greater joys than carving emotion into music, taking a stab at that lofty goal of immortality through song. It makes him—and his fans—happy, and there’s nothing bad about that.

Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir

Blake Brown is an American singer-songwriter from Denver, Colorado. After participating in many collaborative projects, he started Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir in 2013. The idea was to have the flexibility of playing solo, but to also include a revolving cast of musician friends when they were able to join him. Part of the cast includes close friends and musicians of groups, The Fray, The Films, and Tennis. After 3 EP’s, countless shows, and a debut full length to be released in March 2018, Brown has found mainstay players. His wife, Tiffany Brown and longtime friends Jason Legler, Adam Blake and Trent Nelson make up The American Dust Choir, creating a blend of indie-rock and Americana. Brown’s music is rooted in acoustic sounds, and characterized by his seemingly simple, yet complex melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Marked by a strangely captivating subtleness, Brown’s music and haunting stage presence leaves bystanders with something to think about and wanting more.

The Talbott Brothers

The Talbott Brothers are a Portland based duo composed of brothers Nick and Tyler Talbott. Born and raised in Imperial, a small town in Southwestern Nebraska, they began writing and performing together in the summer of 2012 before relocating to Portland, OR. Forming an alternative blend of folk, rock and blues, The Talbott Brothers creatively combine blood harmonies with storytelling and infectious melodies.

In their latest full-length album, Gray, The Talbott Brothers illustrate the tension between conflicting relationships and the various trials of the human condition. Ear To The Ground Music describes it as, “Equal parts optimistic and captivating, inspiring and hopeful.” Following the album’s release, The Talbott Brothers made their debut at KINK FM’s Skype Live Studio, embarked on a national headlining tour and shared the stage with artists such as Johnnyswim, ZZ Ward and Dead Horses.

In addition to having their music featured in national campaigns such as the Buckle and Tennessee Tourism, The Talbott Brothers are endorsed by Elixir Strings and have joined forces with Sennheiser for product showcase videos and annual performances at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. After playing more than 500 shows and independently releasing 3 albums, The Talbott Brothers’ deep-rooted passion and growing fanbase continue to drive them full steam ahead.

The Unlikely Candidates - Presented by Bonfils Blood Center

The Unlikely Candidates - Presented by Bonfils Blood Center

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The Unlikely Candidates + My Body Sings Electric + Rumours Follow

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The Unlikely Candidates

Based out of Fort Worth, Texas, The Unlikely Candidates are an indie rock band initially formed as an acoustic duo by childhood friends Kyle Morris and Cole Male in 2008. Eventually expanding the lineup to include guitarist Brenton Carney, bassist Jared Hornbeek, and drummer Kevin Goddard, the band was also able to expand its sound in bigger, more sweeping directions. In 2013, the band signed on with major-label Atlantic and released their debut EP, Follow My Feet. In early 2016, the Unlikely Candidates returned with a hooky new single in “You Love Could Start a War,” which made a strong showing on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart.

My Body Sings Electric

My Body Sings Electric has spent more than a decade tirelessly building a following for their playfully honest blend of indie, alternative and post-hardcore rock. The band is prepared to release their most ambitious work yet with a new album slated for 2018 mixed and produced by Jason Livermore - Rise Against, A Day To Remember.

MBSE's debut full length, “Part 1: The Night Ends” showed impressive sales for a self-managed and unsigned band, reaching #1 on the Billboard Rocky Mountain Charts and #156 for Billboard’s National Indie Chart. Their video for the first album single, New Friends, earned a premiere on MTV Buzzworthy.

The band has amassed a list of impressive dates on tour with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Nick Thomas of The Spill Canvas, The Hush Sound and arena dates opening for Imagine Dragons, Young the Giant, Grouplove, and Bastille and more.

Rumors Follow

Denver, CO-based New Wave, Rumours Follow, recently released singles “Spitting Raindrops” and “Don’t You Love Me” - now streaming on Spotify. Rumours Follow fuses elements of jazz, funk, alt-rock and pop together, while adding satirical and metaphorical lyrics that show their 90’s rock and 80’s pop influences. 

Having shared the stage with Panic! At the Disco, Twenty One Pilots, American Authors, Walk The Moon, MS MR, Bad Suns, Brick + Mortar, Andy Grammer, The Royal Concept, The Spill Canvas, The Griswolds, Tokio Hotel and Parade of Lights, the synth-pop band are far from newcomers on the Colorado scene. The Howler says, “Rumours Follow, one of Denver’s finest alt-rock bands with a sweet tooth for synthesizers and charming piano kicks, have been broadening in popularity rapidly since winning the main stage on Channel 93.3’s Big Gig 2014.”

The Rooster raves, “Rumours Follow” is a time-traveling delicacy and a complete deviation from tired local sounds. Think 80s video montage scenes with so many consensual sex scenes.” AltVibe chimes to say, “In their short existence, the three piece band has covered a lot of ground sonically” and “The comparisons that can be drawn to this band are endless, but making themselves sound similar to so many bands of several different styles is what truly makes them stand out as their own.”

Esmé Patterson + The Still Tide

Esmé Patterson + The Still Tide

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Esme Patterson + The Still Tide

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Esme Patterson

Sometimes you have to turn off your brain and let your body sing. That’s what Esme Patterson did on her third full-length, We Were Wild, set for release on Grand Jury Music on June 10th, 2016. “At its core, rock ‘n’ roll is where madness and order collide. Where our sexual, raw, animal nature meets our heart and mind. On this album I explored deeper, more far out sonic spaces. I hunted the vibe through vast wilderness,” says the Portland-based songwriter.

Her decadal musical career sprang from Colorado's mountains when she co-founded Denver's beloved indie-folk ensemble Paper Bird. After four acclaimed albums and perpetual touring, Patterson set a new course. In 2012, she wove local talents, including Nathaniel Rateliff, into her first powerful, ethereal solo release All Princes, I. Her 2014 release, Woman to Woman, rounded out previously one-dimensional females from popular songs to the praise of The New York Times, The Guardian and others. “Dearly Departed”, her hit collaboration with Shakey Graves led to millions of streams, sold out shows nationwide, as well as performances on Conan and The Late Show With David Letterman. 

Across We Were Wild, her delicate voice, wry humor, poignant storytelling, and impassioned delivery entwine with fuzzed-out guitars, deep-in-pocket percussion, hints of roots-y country, and a swirling psychedelic hum. 

“I needed to paint using more colors,” she goes on. “On my past records everything was hyper realistic. I didn’t overdub much or fix mistakes. Woman To Woman was basically recorded in a day, and everything was played live. In contrast, the pre-production for We Were Wild spanned over almost a year. Lyrically and musically, I went a little bit more fantasy. Groovy fantasy.”

The opener “Feel Right” gallops along on a wiry riff as her voice carries an irresistible refrain. “The song is about the dissonance between the body and the mind,” she explains. “You can’t understand one extreme without the other. Light can’t exist without dark. Until you see contrasted with the other, the two are indistinguishable. They’re both necessary.”

Elsewhere on the album, “Wantin’ Ain’t Gettin’” showcases the expanse of her dynamic voice. “No River” flows on a silky beat that gives way to Esmé’s soulful delivery, while “Find It” offers up sharp introspection over a delightful groove.

“These songs reflect my life and where I am,” she admits. “They also negotiate where I want to be. In the process of writing and recording We Were Wild I now see that I was subconsciously trying to give myself permission to want more, to move forward into the unknown and seek what my spirit needs.”

Ultimately, Esmé progresses by embracing exactly who she is. 

“I’m always transforming, renewing, living, and growing.” she leaves off. “I love the way music can be a companion in life and a tool for transformation. I hope this record can act as a friend for everyone on their respective journeys. A lot of these songs were lessons my heart was giving my mind. I want to share them because maybe they can help others the way they helped me."

The Still Tide

Anna Morsett spent most of her life on the coasts, but it wasn’t until she moved to landlocked Colorado in 2013 that the guitar-wielding songwriter discovered The Still Tide: Both her band, and the calm current she had long been seeking in her own life.

“I came here from the coast, noise and city tangled in my hair,” she sings on the first single from The Still Tide’s fourth EP. “Found you like forgiveness, swept clean by years of mountain air.”

Morsett is now firmly entrenched in the Colorado music community, having played with Ark Life, Porlolo, Brent Cowles, Natalie Tate and These United States. But she very much remains the undulating current of The Still Tide, a seductive, shoegazey collective that marks a shifting tide with Each, After. The new EP is essentially Morsett’s solo debut, while still fully supported by guitarist and co-founder Jacob Miller and a rotating ensemble that currently consists of drummer Joe Richmond (Churchill, Tennis) and bassist Nate Meese (Meese, The Centennial). “I always wanted the full band sound, Morsett said. “But I also wanted the freedom and the anonymity to kind of cruise around on my own.”

Morsett is as enigmatic as her sound is alluring. She describes herself as both a shredder guitar chick and a nerdy loner. A frontwoman and an anonymous face in the crowd. She is seemingly always in transition, like a wave shapeshifting between low and high tide.

Morsett grew up in Olympia, Wash., under a sister-infused musical foundation that included Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix and Andy Aledort guitar lesson books. She dove head-first into the headwaters of New York and came up for air five years later, almost by accident, in Denver. That’s where she and her collaborator Miller were able to develop The Still Tide, which was soon named 303 Magazine’s best up-and-coming local artist.

But with Each, After, Morsett is stepping up to the mic and fully claiming it, and The Still Tide, as her own. “I think I was hiding behind the band, for whatever reason,” she said. “But now, I’m ready.”

She calls Each, After, with its carefully placed comma and chill vibe, as “a sweet landing spot for these beautiful open guitar riffs that didn’t really fit the vibe of the last record,” she said. “I love the power of having that full band experience, but I also love the immediacy and intimacy of these tender little things. I’m trying to figure out how both of those vibes can fit in the same world.”

Morsett tantalizingly describes the E.P.’s four tracks as four very personal and true ruminations on past breakups. Tantalizing, because the fourth song is a reflection on a woman she hasn’t met yet.

“That last one, I guess, is kind of for the next person,” she said. “It's the hope for someone, I guess.”

When the time comes for The Still Tide to rise again.

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express + John Statz

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express + John Statz

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Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet describes his new album ‘Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins’ as a “California Noir,” an album inspired partly by the mysterious death of rocker Bobby Fuller in LA in 1966. “California has always represented the Golden Dream, and it’s the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks, and that connects these songs.  

Gritty and jangly, Chuck’s album features 13 original works that explore doomed love, loneliness and fast paced violence via Chuck’s muscular songwriting craft. They include songs about Fuller, the death of David Bowie, and the killing of a San Francisco security guard named Alex Nieto that drew international headlines as “Death By Gentrification.”

‘Bobby Fuller’ finds Chuck coming full circle. He cut the album to tape at Hyde Street Studio in San Francisco, which also happens to be the same studio where Prophet did his very first recording session, while still in high school. Chuck brought out his ’64 Stratocaster for the sessions, conjuring a sound that Jonathan Richman once described as “gasoline in the sand, like a motorcycle at a hot dog stand.” He’s backed by The Mission Express, a band featuring his wife Stephanie Finch (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Kevin White (bass), Vicente Rodriguez (drums, vocals) and James DePrato (guitar).  

Lead single “Bad Year For Rock and Roll” is a timely homage to rock greats lost in 2016: “The Thin White Duke took a final bow / there’s one more star in the heavens now/I’m all dressed up in a mohair suit / watching Peter Sellers thinking of you.” “Jesus Was A Social Drinker” starts as a punchy mid tempo rocker with clanking cowbell before unfurling into an explosive, psychedelic coda. “Alex Nieto” is what Chuck refers to as his first protest song. It’s “an homage to a good man who should still be alive,” says Chuck.

John Statz

The truth is that John Statz got his heart broken in 2017. And another truth is that he did it to himself. Unpacking the pain and understanding the reasons behind a failed relationship led the Denver-based singer-songwriter to record his most intimate album to date, tracked in his living room with some of his closest friends. Ernest Hemingway once gave the advice that one should, "write hard and clear about what hurts", and so John did. John takes us into the steep terrain of desire, hope, and longing that sometimes lingers beyond the defined end of a relationship. We retrace our steps. We look at what we thought we knew. We ultimately discover and face the truth under the stories we told ourselves along the way. Darkness on the San Juans is a pause for reflection, and then it is an open road back to oneself.

One of the more prolific young songwriters working in the Folk/Americana genre today, John Statz has released eight studio albums and performed all over North America (including Canada and Mexico) and Europe, all in just twelve years’ time. The Boston Globe has called John’s music electric, urgent folk; aching, sweet country-rock while American Songwriter has said that he writes the kind of songs that float through your mind and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening. On his last three albums John worked with some of the best producers in the genre: Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), Jeffrey Foucault, and Megan Burtt. For Darkness on the San Juans, John invited Nathan Edwards—a former college buddy who is now a recording technology professor at their alma mater, The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh—to co-produce an elemental, heartfelt acoustic record.

John Statz was given a guitar by his grandmother when he was 15, which turned out to be perfectly timed for a teenager who, after ten years of piano lessons, had lost interest in classical music and had taken to learning John Lennon and Elton John tunes. It wasn’t until Statz was 19 and attending university in Oshkosh that he began writing songs. The spark lit after attending a show at the storied Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, who quickly became heroes, and, later on, friends and collaborators. The first record, Dusk Came Slow, was engineered by the very same Nathan Edwards who co-produced Darkness on the San Juans, completing a circle of sorts between past and present. John moved to Denver in 2010 where he casually gardens in his backyard, cooks almost entirely in cast-iron cookware, and reads presidential biographies in chronological order.

Levitt National Tour Presents: Paul Thorn & Blind Boys of Alabama

Levitt National Tour Presents: Paul Thorn & Blind Boys of Alabama

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Paul Thorn & Blind Boys of Alabama

Levitt National Tour presents acclaimed Southern roots raconteur and his five-piece band alongside five-time-GRAMMY-winning gospel legends for a one-of-a-kind musical collaboration fusing old-school gospel, blues and rock!

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The 2018 Levitt National Tour presents a one-of- a-kind collaboration between acclaimed Southern raconteur Paul Thorn and his five-piece band and GRAMMY-winning gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama. Billed as the “Mission Temple Fireworks Revival,” the show will include songs off of Thorn’s 2018 album Don’t Let The Devil Ride—which journeys through classic gospel, soul and spirituals, featuring guest vocals by Blind Boys of Alabama. Thorn is celebrated for his muscular brand of roots music—bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American, while speaking universal truths. He has performed on major television shows like Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live!; been the subject of numerous National Public Radio (NPR) features; charted multiple times on the Billboard Top 100 and Americana Radio Charts; and performed alongside living legends like Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Sting, and John Prine. Co-headliner, Blind Boys of Alabama—dubbed “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone magazine—push musical boundaries with innovative approaches to traditional gospel and contemporary spirituals by songwriters such as Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. Blind Boys’ 75-plus- year career has been honored with five GRAMMY Awards, induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). They’ve recorded with fellow musical greats Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Patty Griffin and Taj Mahal. Blind Boys of Alabama have appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The Grammy Awards, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and many other television shows. Levitt National Tour audiences are in for an electrifying evening of gospel meets blues meets rock!

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Ripe + The Other Black

Ripe + The Other Black

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Ripe + The Other Black

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Ripe

Ripe is seven musical soulmates who refuse to believe in a single definition of dance music. They are an unstoppable groove, an extended moment of ecstatic release, the catalyst for taking “just another night” and elevating it into something else entirely. They are the swagger of funk filtered through a rock anthem, a musical journey that somehow gets as stuck in your head as your favorite pop banger. They are the anchors of a rapidly growing community, a series of new friends becoming good friends becoming part of the extended family as their sound spreads and their world deepens. They are here to look at joy with the same depth as most people look at sadness, to find a happiness that is heavier and more meaningful than simply a distraction from the negative. Born all over, formed in Boston, Ripe is ready to bring the whole world to its feet.

The Other Black

The journey begins...

A vast but barren landscape unfolds before us. Hopeless, without direction. Still. Cold. Dormant. In the distance the vague shape of a lone astronaut can be seen. Lost in thought he wanders, seemingly without purpose. Hands in his pockets and head in the infinite mist, he’s shocked as he stumbles away from his reverie and into a glorious mountain range painting the horizon. It is here that he encounters a wily outfit. And it is also here that he is mystified to hear they've all met before. So, with no recollection of these individuals, he chooses to enjoy their company for a while and over time...

...he starts to recall......at one point this is was his family....it was his drive to change their collective struggle that separated them for a time......it was his voyages across space and time that left them stranded in this barren landscape......it was his experience with the universe that stole his identity......it was the reminder of One that led him to awaken, aimlessly wandering a barren planet......and it is his reconnection with this family that reunites him with his true purpose.

Now, united once more, Other Black sets out to enlighten, encourage, and empower the universe. It is their dynamic personality and their everlasting drive that brings individuals of all walks to laugh and cry with our band of merry pranksters.

Once again, Hope reemerges for the galaxy...

Rooney + Mating Ritual

Rooney + Mating Ritual

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Rooney

Our five piece rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1999 and after playing the Sunset Strip clubs and self producing EPs for a couple of years, we made our self titled major label debut and hit the road. We travelled all over the U.S., the U.K. and even made it as far as Japan. We toured with Weezer, The Strokes, Sloan, The Sounds, The Donnas, Travis, Keane and many others. 

After our first record reached nearly gold status and yielded two successful singles, we retreated to L.A. where, after many hold ups, we recorded "Calling the World" over three weeks time. We then toured the world for another year and half with an eclectic bunch of artists including Ben Lee and The Polyphonic Spree. Our first single off the record climbed to number 1 in Germany and subsequently took us all over Europe multiple times.

2009 found us back in L.A. recording and experimenting in our new home studios while transitioning into a new label situation. We formed our own record label "California Dreamin'" and released our "Wild One" e.p. at the end of 2009 and our 3rd full length release "Eureka!" in June of 2010. Since then, we've enjoyed touring with The Crash Kings, The Young Veins, Black Gold, Hanson, and Eisley. We are currently enjoying our return to the independent spirit upon which we were founded and are looking back at a career which now spans over a decade. Thank you to all of our friends and fans who have taken the trip with us...we play for you.

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Blending Taylor’s love of 80’s synth pop with Ryan’s post punk infatuation, Light Myself On Fire is a darker, grittier record that shows the brothers refining their individual talents to form a much grander and more unified statement. Written entirely after midnight (with the exception of one noticeably sunny tune), these 9 songs talk about maturation and commitment. “Committing to anything long term can be difficult,” says Ryan “Boredom and complacency set in, and while change can be a good thing, using it as a crutch will just bring you back to the same place, feeling emptier than before. This album is about learning that the grass is not always greener, that the next fleeting dopamine rush won’t solve everything. In a weird way, I think this my better-late-than-never coming of age record.”

Ryan delves into these ideas through the brothers personal experiences - from the pulsing opener “Light Myself On Fire,” detailing the experience of using your creativity to benefit someone else instead of yourself, to exploring the influence of drug use and the feeling of invincibility of “U + Me Will Never Die,” the endless cycle of overthinking on “Stop Making Sense,” winding through thoughts on society, relationships and more, all culminating in the awareness of “I Know So Much Less Than I Thought I Did.”

Light Myself On Fire is out now, on Smooth Jaws.

The Brevet + One Flew West - Presented by Bonfils Blood Center

The Brevet + One Flew West - Presented by Bonfils Blood Center

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The Brevet + One Flew West

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The Brevet

When the feedback-laden, distorted-as-all-hell guitar intro to The Brevet’s new single, “Locked & Loaded,” grinds to a crawl and lead singer Aric Chase Damm’s gritty vocals kick in, there’s a moment where—if you’ve got an ounce of soul in your body—your foot starts tapping almost involuntarily. The “woah-oh-oh” hook that hits next is the kind you feel in your bones, the eminently danceable kind that makes you want to shoot straight up, kick your chair back, and move. Every second “Locked & Loaded” begs for movement, an earworm that simply refuses to quit. And making the tune all the more impressive, in a testament to the group’s raw creativity and artistic ability, is the fact that The Brevet engineered and produced the track at the group’s recording space in Westminster, CA—where they’d also recorded their first two albums.

As the lead single off the band’s upcoming record, LEGS, “Locked & Loaded” performs a crucial task: Not only is it a representation of the band’s new sound and of what fans can expect from the forthcoming album; it is an indication of how far the band has come since their previous release, American Novel—a groundbreaking, highly acclaimed LP, released in a series of chapters.

American Novel, the group’s sophomore album, was preceded by the Brevet’s debut record, Battle of the Heart, and earned the band features and beaming reviews in such notable publications as Paste magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Deli, Substream, OC Weekly, and many more. Per Substream’s Stephanie Roe: “There are just some moments in life that could use an extravagant soundtrack to make it feel complete. The Brevet are here to help you do just that.”

American Novel also opened the door for The Brevet in the form of some amazing opportunities: Songs from the record have been featured in movies like An Open Secret, The Good Lie, and Ashby; on TV shows such as Growing up Fisher, NCIS New Orleans, 90210, and even American Idol; and on TV networks like the MLB Network and the SEC Network (ESPN).

While the band has certainly enjoyed the exposure, as well as the accolades they’ve received from critics and fans alike, they’re particularly excited for the release of their upcoming single—because, to Damm, it sets the stage for a tighter, more mature, redefined Brevet. It represents a band who, having already achieved significant commercial success, is free to be as creative as they want, driving their music in a wholly new direction.

Damm, who helms the band as its primary creative force—though, of course, his fellow members contribute to the writing, engineering, and production process—says, of the band’s new sound:, that “Locked & Loaded”

We’re writing in a way we want to write now. I’m not trying to follow trends; I just want to write from my heart.”

One Flew West

Colorado pop/rockers, One Flew West, are back with their second EP, ‘Trial And Error’. After an extremely lucrative release of the lead single and title track, this is sure to be their biggest most impactful release to date. The track has been featured by notable publications including Alternative Press, idobi Radio, and New Noise Magazine as well as been added to Spotify-curated playlists The Scene and Pop Punk’s Not Dead among many others. The EP centers around the idea of honesty and not beating around the bush when it comes to one’s outlook on life. From saying “F*ck you!” to the bad things that are happening in society, to not giving up on your hopes and dreams, there’s a little something for everyone on this collection of punchy and succinct songs. One Flew West’s ‘Trial And Error’ represents a metamorphosis for the band. It appears that they’ve found their sweet spot sonically that uniquely falls somewhere between pop/punk and folk rock. After 2014’s ‘Kind Of Love’, 2015’s ‘Selective Memory EP’, 2017’s ‘All In My Head / Ten Years Later Split’, ‘Trial And Error’ comes at a crucial time for One Flew West who find themselves at a transition point and ready to take the next big step in their career.

Formed in the Summer of 2010 in the small town of Longmont, Colorado, One Flew West has grown from a high school garage band into a full-scale rock machine storming up and down the front range. Now based in Denver, the four-piece has made a lasting mark on the local music scene and look to make that mark on the national scene in the near future. Uniquely combining rock and roll with various aspects of folk, pop and punk rock, there are few bands out there that sound like One Flew West making it difficult to fill in the cliché definition of, "They sound like so-and-so". The band has been recognized by numerous Colorado-based radio stations and publications as a soon-to-break-out artist. Known for their high-energy live shows and multi-dimensional songwriting, One Flew West has built up a dedicated fan base and is on their way to the national touring circuit. Their Selective Memory EP came out in October of 2015 and instantly made a splash throughout Colorado and into the Rocky Mountain region. In the spring of 2017, the band released two singles, "All In My Head" and "Ten Years Later" to glowing reviews leaving fans and the community eager for more. Late 2017 will see the release of the first single from the One Flew West’s next EP, ‘Trial And Error’ - slated for a full release in early 2018. 

Inspector + Roka Hueka - Presented by FirstBank in association with Telemundo

Inspector + Roka Hueka - Presented by FirstBank in association with Telemundo

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Inspector + Roka Hueka

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Inspector

Roka Hueka

Combining traditional and contemporary Latin ska, Roka Hueka is a band with members originating from Mexico, El Salvador, and the US. Singer Andres Gonzalez brought his love for energetic ska from Chihuahua, Mexico to Colorado. Finding time from his job as a construction worker, he formed one of Denver’s only Latin Ska groups in the fall of 2013.

Seasoned Bassist Ric Urrutia has played with political Latin-fusion/hip-hop act Debajo del Agua since 2006. He has also collaborated with Roka Hueka drummer Blake Pendergrass performing with local hip-hop artists. Rounding out Roka Hueka are the jazz-trained horn section. Trombonist Hansen Millison has played music since age 10 in concert band, marching band, jazz band, youth orchestra, pit orchestra, and a Middle Eastern music ensemble, currently is going for a music and psychology double major at CU boulder. In the pursuing of a trombone performance degree with a jazz emphasis. and trumpet player Matt Wikolak is studying music at CU Boulder and has shared the stage with nationally renowned musicians including Dave Douglas, Art Lande, and Paa Kow.

Kitten

Kitten

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Kitten

‘That’s one cool chick” said Iggy Pop admiringly of Kitten’s Chloe Chaidez while the two danced together onstage to the electrifying roar of The Stooges. Many others have shared similar sentiments…

In 2010, while still unsigned, SPIN named 15 year old Chaidez and Kitten the “best new discovery” of SXSW and in 2013 Rolling Stone proclaimed Chaidez a "top ten artist to watch" with Time magazine anticipating Kitten's debut as one of the "top 11 albums to look forward to in 2013."  

In 2014, after releasing a trio of highly acclaimed EP’s (Sunday School, Cut It Out and Like A Stranger), Kitten released their self titled debut full length album, produced by co writer Chad Anderson with Gavin Mackillop, which Rolling Stone hailed as a “triumph” promptly placing it in the “top 20 pop albums of 2014.” 

Most recently, Kitten’s 2016 EP “Heaven Or Somewhere In Between” was included in Rolling Stones “The Best Of 2016 So Far”.

Their album’s showcase a distinctive and electrifying sound all it’s own, joining irresistible melodies and provocative lyrics with the hard edge of late 70’s post punk the driving pulse of 80’s new wave and the sweeping ambience of 90’s shoegaze.

The breadth of musical influence wasn’t an accident. A lifelong music obsessive, Chaidez learned to play bass at age ten, eventually picking up guitar and drums as well. Chaidez formed her first band that same year and was quickly opening for indie heavyweights like Midlake and Conor Oberst.  

At 14, influenced by everyone from Velvet Underground, Sigur Ros and Madonna, Chaidez began throwing herself into songwriting, working intensely with her co-writer and musical partner Chad Anderson on honing her craft and then began to expand her musical palette with the discovery of electronic programming as a means of creative expression. 

Chaidez says, “I found it really satisfying. Programming music in Ableton was something that I could just do in my bedroom alone or with my brother and it felt like we were creating our own world of sounds and textures.”

The Verve Pipe + The Hollow + CITRA - Presented by Bonfils Blood Center

The Verve Pipe + The Hollow + CITRA - Presented by Bonfils Blood Center

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The Verve Pipe + The Hollow + CITRA

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The Verve Pipe

With a reputation for spectacular live performances, the multi-platinum alternative rock band The Verve Pipe are recognized worldwide for their radio hits Photograph, Hero, Happiness Is, Never Let You Down and the #1 smash single The Freshmen.

In addition to their success on radio, TV and film, sold-out concert dates throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, features in Rolling Stone, Interview Magazine and many more, and videos on MTV and VH1, the band has made numerous television appearances, including ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ and ‘Late Night With David Letterman.’

Between recording rock albums, including the most recent release Parachute, and their first-ever live album Villains – Live & Acoustic, featuring an acoustic reimagining of their platinum debut album Villains, The Verve Pipe expanded their repertoire to include writing and recording A Family Album, their critically acclaimed introduction to the world of children’s music, as well as their follow up family oriented release, Are We There Yet?.

With a new lineup and a renewed energy and focus, lead singer/principal songwriter and founder Brian Vander Ark and the band continue to deliver original music that is distinguished by innovative arrangements, soul-searching lyrics and layered vocals.

The Verve Pipe perform both rock and kids shows throughout North America, including notable appearances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, Lincoln Center, Hangout Music Festival, SummerStage in Central Park, and many more.

The Hollow

The Hollow is a dynamic alternative/ art-rock band with a tightly focused sound that threatens to transform the pedestrian landscape of contemporary rock ’n roll. With thoughtfully layered guitars built upon a hard-driving rhythm section, their powerful music espouses beguiling lyrics and infectious melodies that evoke modern rock icons such as Incubus, Thrice, and Queens of the Stone Age.

CITRA

Formed in 2015, CITRA is composed of singer/guitarist Brandon Arndt, lead guitarist Augie Menos, bassist Sean Slattery and drummer Dan Naddy. Based in Colorado, CITRA quickly established themselves as “the premier rock group in the Denver music scene” - Ultra 5280, with gritty guitars, chugging backbeats, and self-assured songwriting.

The band released their first EP, Ocean in January of 2016 a mere three months after their inception. Regarding Ocean, The Prelude Press wrote “Fast, fun and loud, [CITRA] combines guitar driven sounds with soulful melodies to create five unforgettable tracks on their debut EP”.

Early 2017 saw CITRA release two new singles, “Air” and My My Mind” along with their first music video to build on the momentum of Ocean. Colorado publication Bolderbeat described the release as, “Gritty, dirty, edgy, yet catchy, a little grungy, and very original, we expect to hear these guys and their hard work appearing everywhere soon.”

The band's reputation for high-energy and captivating live shows began to spread and they quickly earned slots next to national acts from all over the country such as Greta Van Fleet, X Ambassadors, All American Rejects, and Shinedown. In early 2018 CITRA released their sophomore EP Mr. Copacetic to widespread acclaim, winning them 303 Magazine’s “Best Rock Artist” and “Fan-Favorite New Album” along with a nomination for Westword’s “Best Rock Band”.

Colorado Symphony: Celebrating Bernstein's 100th Anniversary

Colorado Symphony: Celebrating Bernstein's 100th Anniversary

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Colorado Symphony: Celebrating Bernstein's 100th Anniversary

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Colorado Symphony: Celebrating Bernstein's 100th Anniversary

In the Colorado Symphony's Levitt Pavilion debut, we continue the centennial celebration of renowned composer Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a program highlighting spirited pieces performed by the Colorado Symphony's brass and percussion. Brian Buerkle leads the ensemble through some of Bernstein’s most beloved works in a tribute fit for the world-wide celebration of the composer, conductor, educator, musician, and humanitarian. 

Please note this performance is with the Colorado Symphony brass and percussion only; not the full ensemble.

Authority Zero + No Bueno!

Authority Zero + No Bueno!

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Authority Zero

Since ’94 Authority Zero has brought their unique signature blend of anthemic melodic-punk and reggae to the masses. A lot has changed in the 20 plus years since the band got their start and they’ve found a way to persist and thrive in today’s ever-changing music world. “It’s been a long trek”, says Jason Devore (singer and longest running member of the band) as he recollected on the band’s past. The band was formed in the mid 90’s in Mesa, AZ by a group of high school friends with ample ambition but no lofty expectations. After a few years, they refined and established their sound: a mix of SoCal punk with reggae and ska tendencies. With the release of their debut album A Passage in Time (2002, Lava Records), the band’s career gained momentum quickly and they’ve since spent their fair share of time on the road, having toured extensively with such acts as Pennywise, Sum 41, Flogging Molly and many more. In recent years Authority Zero has gained momentum internationally, spending time on the European festival circuit as well as stints in Japan, Australia and even Russia. They’ve released a total of 5 full length studio albums (most having seen spots on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart), and their music has been featured in numerous video games, tv shows and movie soundtracks throughout the years. The band’s many successes have been accompanied by a few bumps in the road (as to be expected for any group that’s been around over two decades) including a slew of line-up changes, music industry letdowns, and most recently having their van, trailer and equipment stolen while on tour in Texas. Their secret to the longevity is simple: keep it pure and believe in your music.  

Now, 23 years since the band’s inception, the future remains as bright as ever for Authority Zero, consisting of singer Jason DeVore, bassist Mike Spero, guitarist Dan Aid and drummer Chris Dalley (also in Pulley and Implants). Eager to move forward, the inspired new line-up started working on a batch of songs that will become the band’s sixth full-length record. “We’d gone through a couple members during the writing process the last few years, so we’ve kind of written this record twice. We had about 12 or 13 songs put together, a couple of the guys took off and we kind of had to start from scratch with what we did have from songs I had or Mike [Spero, bassist] had written, and build off of that,” says DeVore. They did their homework before rushing in to record the new tunes. “We really did honestly have more pre-production and a grasp on what the songs were going to sound like before we went in [to the studio] in a long time. This time things were really well put together,” says DeVore. 

The band entered Fort Collins, Colorado’s legendary The Blasting Room Studio (Rise Against, Descendents, NOFX) in December of 2016 to start work on yet-to-be-named new album with producer/iconic punk drummer Bill Stevenson (of Black Flag/Descendents fame) at the helm. The process was unique: the whole Blasting room team (Stevenson, Andrew Berlin and Jason Livermore) worked on the record cooperatively, resulting in a highly efficient synergy they’ve developed though years of refinement. DeVore describes the process: “It was really cool. It was like a one stop shop where they are consistently working on the record in 5 different rooms. When one piece is done with the drums, it moves on to editing. While that’s happening you are working on the bass guitar or the guitars and getting all those tracks done with Andrew. It just keeps on moving around and around in a big circle to keep the process moving. They’ve got their formula and it’s works really well.” The band also stayed at the studio for the three and a half weeks during these marathon recording sessions. DeVore fondly reminisced on the process: “It became like the bat-cave ‘cause you didn’t really know what day it was, or what time it was or anything ‘cause you’d go out in the morning first thing and the next time you went out it was dark again. It was cool in that regard but it also messed with your head a lot. It was a brilliant process; we had such a good time out there. Bill would be there tracking vocals with me for 13 hours straight and he’d stick around and drink beers with me after in the kitchen and just tell stories, ya know? It was pretty cool, man … and a different experience than I’ve ever had.” Stevenson enjoyed working with the band as well: ”Authority Zero proved to be a perfect fit with The Blasting Room. They showed up with great songs and we had the very best of times hanging out together—and just as much fun sharing our creative perspectives during the arrangement and recording process, all of which resulted in a really cool record.”

DeVore describes the direction of the new material: “It’s really going to be an exciting album. It’s a combination I think of The Tipping Point [released in 2013] meets the first album A Passage in Time. It’s really taking a step back to take a step forward—in the sense that you get a little more of what you feel like a lot of the kids that have been around for a long time have been missing out on a little bit, I think. There’s also some stuff on there that some people won’t have heard before I think as well … they’ll be like ‘that’s what band again?’ There’s a couple of surprises on there too that might throw people back a little bit—but in an exciting way. I’m pretty excited man. We’ve done about 15 tracks and we’re debating if we are going to use all 15 or hold off on a couple for bonus tracks.” The band shared an advance mix of the new record with longtime friend Jim Lindberg (singer of Pennywise) who liked what he heard: “Authority Zero are a great American band. They bring it every night they play and on every album, and this one is no different. It's melodic hardcore at it’s best. Authority Zero bring it. Always.” 

The new album will be released via Jacksonville, Florida’s Bird Attack Records, who is quickly developing an extensive roster of both up-and-coming and established acts in the skate/melodic punk genre—a perfect fit for Authority Zero. “I talked to [Bird Attack] a little bit at Music for Cancer in northeast Canada, they had some stuff going on there. Our biggest conversation was really out in Europe. We did some interview stuff with them and spoke a bit about the possibility of working together. As time went on and as the record started coming together, they stayed in contact and seemed somewhat more adamant than any other options that were coming about. They were excited to work with us as a band, and to me that’s the main thing you want to hear from anyone who’s a label these days—that they’re actually excited to put out the record and and care about it as much as you do. They showed a real desire to help us out, do the best they can with the record as far as the push goes, and get it out to the most people they can. That was a real exciting thing and it was always a thing we turned back to,” says Devore.

Authority Zero and Bird Attack are aiming for a summer 2017 release for the upcoming album that will be shortly followed by a full US tour, the first for the band in a while. Subsequent international touring is being planned as well to support the new album for Europe, Japan and possibly South Africa. DeVore is looking forward to it all: “It’s hard to say what’s going to happen or come up but hopefully all sorts of fun things.”

No Bueno!

No Bueno! is a punk band out of Denver, CO consisting of four guys that play melodic and catchy punk rock songs who perform the most entertaining shows this side of the border! We formed in the Summer of ’08 after several Denver bands called it quits and have spent the better part of the last decade cultivating a sound that has captured attention from audiences throughout Colorado and the US.

We have 2 releases that were recorded and mixed by Felipe Patino (Rise Against, Alkaline Trio) of the Blasting Room and mastered by Jason Livermore (Rise Against, NoFx).

No Bueno! has shared the with National Bands like Guttermouth, Unwritten Law, Authority Zero, Voodoo Glow Skulls, the Briggs, the Bastard Suns and Dead to Me.

Lao Tizer Quartet + Space Orphan

Lao Tizer Quartet + Space Orphan

Levitt Pavilion Denver (map)

LEVITT PAVILION DENVER - FREE CONCERT SERIES

Lao Tizer Quartet + Space Orphan

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All Ages | General Admission Lawn
Doors at 4:00 PM | Show at 5:00 PM
This event is Rain or Shine.

For more information about the artist, please visit: https://www.laotizer.com, http://spaceorphanmusic.com

Lao Tizer Quartet

With more than five years since their last release, The Lao Tizer Band has taken the time to grow in every aspect. An updated larger band is exploring some new methods on their upcoming CD/DVD combo, Songs From The Swinghouse: recorded live in just three days at Conway Studios in Hollywood, the band explores three cover tunes with vocalist, a first for the group, alongside original instrumental tracks, bringing them to new heights of excellence and exuberance. 

Featuring a thoughtful and at times surprising choice of tracks, while adding to an already stellar lineup of players with the addition of a seasoned vocalist, this is an album that has set a new path for the band and its dedicated fans. Songs From The Swinghouse features eight blistering original instrumentals and three iconic classic rock songs with reimagined arrangements. "We've never done anything with a vocalist and we've never done any cover songs, so this is the first time that I decided to delve into that realm, to basically expand the scope of our music," says Tizer. Critically acclaimed music-film director, Andy LaViolette (Snarky Puppy, Bokante, David Crosby, etc), documented the entire session in a simultaneous, 8-camera HD video shoot for the included DVD.

From the 2007 album Diversify, which showcased the multi-faceted richly textured musicality of an already celebrated career, to 2009's Passages in which the keyboardist and composer focused on a minimalist expression of his musical journey in a virtually solo piano recording with the barest of accompaniment, and then back to a pulsating full band on the 2012 release Downbeat, this ensemble of world-renowned musicians has taken Tizer's vision to a new level on the latest album. The jazz and world-fusion group now adds rock to its repertoire with a sizzling new collection of eleven songs. 

Hailing from Boulder, CO, with a career that now spans nine albums over nearly a quarter of a century -- he was a teenage prodigy -- Tizer is the son of hippies with a Russian-Jewish background, and the mix of that ethnic family heritage, parental new age influence and growing up with the sights and sounds of '80s and '90s pop culture (alongside the music of the '60s and '70s he heard from his parents) have brought him to a place in his artistic life where he was ready to embrace a wider range of influences and stretch himself and his players to pull off such an ambitious project. 

If the choice of Led Zeppelin's "Ramble On," U2's "Pride (In The Name Of Love)," and Cat Stevens' "Sad Lisa" seem astonishing, Tizer's arrangements render them almost entirely original. They are taken to the transcendent through the warm and soulful vocals of Tita Hutchison, who sang with the likes of Michael McDonald, Rick Rubin, Michael Jackson, and Foreigner, among others. 

Hutchison joins Tizer's regular collaborators who are celebrated in their own right: Chieli Minucci, the three-time Emmy-winning and Grammy® Award-nominated guitarist and composer; Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist Eric Marienthal, who is a permanent member of the Chick CoreaElektric Band; longtime member and EWI/saxophonist/multi-instrumentalistSteve Nieves; and violinist Karen Briggs, who has graced the stage with Yanni, Diana Ross, Wu-Tang Clan, Chaka Khan and more. Tizer also credits the powerhouse rhythm section (bass players include Grammy® Award-nominee Ric Fierabracciand Cheikh NDoye, Grammy® Award-nominated drummer Gene Coye, and percussionist Munyungo Jackson) with underpinning the dynamic force and arrangements for the project. 

The group in fact stretches to 15 members at times with the addition of a string quartet, horn section and a marimba player. Just watching the video of "Metropolis" shows the vast ambitiousness of the undertaking, the concentration of so many musicians in the studio playing live together and feeding into work that was so much grander than the breathtaking individual performances, while the sultry and intimate duet -- just piano and violin -- on "Forever Searching" reminds the listener and viewer of the purity of Tizer's jazz beginnings. 

"It was all recorded live at Conway Studios," Tizer says. "Sothis is as authentic as it could possibly be. It's a star-studded cast, a lot of pros, and they all came in with their A-game. We got just the right mix of players in the band at this time to make this particular set of music come to life and be artistically deep in an accessible way. And that's always what my favorite music has been -- well written, well composed, but also with that room to stretch, that's the improvisation and the jazz of it." 

Tizer praises each musician for his and her contribution to the whole. Conceptually focused while always generous as a composer, arranger and band-leader, Tizer produced Songs From The Swinghouse on his own and wrote all of the instrumental tracks himself, aside from one co-write, "A Prayer For Unity" with the band's other guitarist, Jeff Marshall. They wrote it just after the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015, and the significance at this particular time amid current events is imperative for Tizer. "It's a message that the world needs on a much more macro level, and music is one of those few mediums that can bridge some gaps."

It's also a nice counterpoint to the groups Gospel, funkifiedarrangement of U2's, "Pride (In The Name Of Love)," the civil rights-inspired song that Tizer had loved since first hearing it in the movie In The Name Of The Father. "Ramble On" was, says Tizer, "the one tune I wanted to do because I'm not sure that there's any classic rock group more iconic than Led Zeppelin, and I wanted a song that we could take and put our stamp on, which I felt really strongly that we could with that tune, take it to another place." As for "Sad Lisa," dedicated on the album to the late daughter of a friend, "I had Cat Stevens' album Tea For The Tillerman since I was in high school, and right away I knew I could do something with that." 

The evolution of the Lao Tizer Band is revealed joyously in Songs From The Swinghouse. Now incorporating a vocalist into the recording and touring band, the road ahead is enthralling to the group's founder. "I spent my whole life writing instrumental music, and now I'm working on original material for the group including vocals." Ultimately, Lao Tizer eschews being formulaic. "I try and just stay true to my muse and to use every bit of my facility to create great music that hopefully has its own voice and continues to evolve as I continue to evolve as a person. It's very reflective of me, it's all I've done all my life."

Space Orphan

Having drawn comparisons to bands like Soulive, Lettuce, Mothership Connection-era Parliament Funkadelic, buzz around the band has grown quickly, along with a loyal fanbase. In Space Orphan's short history, they have already shared the stage with the legendary George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten Trio), The New Mastersounds, Greyhounds, Dirty Dozen Brass BandRebirth Brass Band, Dennis Chambers (Santana, Parliament Funkadelic), as well as members of The Motet, Big Gigantic, Snarky Puppy, Leftover Salmon, Kyle Hollingsworth Band and Lettuce. Their debut record, Shut Up About The Sun, was named one of the 20 Best Funk Albums of 2016.

Carbon Leaf 25th Anniversary Tour

Carbon Leaf 25th Anniversary Tour

Levitt Pavilion Denver (map)

LEVITT PAVILION DENVER - FREE CONCERT SERIES

Carbon Leaf + Support TBA

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All Ages | General Admission Lawn
Doors at 6:00 PM | Show at 7:00 PM
This event is Rain or Shine.

For more information about the artist, please visit: https://www.carbonleaf.com

Carbon Leaf

Carbon Leaf is celebrating its Silver Anniversary in 2018 behind a new album and extensive touring. Through 25 years together, the group’s independent music and spirit continue to resonate with its fans, and an authentic bond between the band members and their audience is evident.

Blending rock, folk, Celtic, bluegrass and Americana into a high-energy style the group calls ether-electrified porch music, the Virginia quintet’s poetic songs are brought to life with acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bass, drums, cello, banjo, penny whistle, pedal steel, accordion and rich vocal harmony.

Writing and producing from their home studio in Richmond, VA, Carbon Leaf has released 17 albums and performed 2,400+ live shows throughout their enduring career.