LEVITT PAVILION DENVER - FREE CONCERT SERIES
Knox Hamilton + Brother Sundance + The SIR Band
All Ages | General Admission Lawn
Doors at 6:00 PM | Show at 7:00 PM
This event is Rain or Shine.
Food Trucks: Peaceful Creations, LaRue Bayou, Illegal Pete's, Zaney Pop Kettle Corn
Brothers Boots and Cobo Copeland have been making music together their entire lives. From an early age, they self-taught themselves drums, guitar, and bass, filling their pastor father’s church with songs bathed in light and life. It’s the bond between Boots and Cobo that gives Knox Hamilton’s music a degree of familial intuition; a genetic thread of energy running between the two.
Knox Hamilton (comprised of Boots and Cobo and their longtime buddy and talented guitarist Drew Buffington) doesn’t make songs by mistake. Rather, they work hard at their craft, stacking gorgeous vocals on top of relatable lyrics and restless melodies. Every note, every chord, every lyric is intentionally created to wrap your mind in a warm embrace while still setting your soul free to wander the cosmos. One listen to the first single “Washed Up Together” from their debut album The Heights and you’ll agree the result is hard to argue with.
Before The Heights, the band released a 4-song EP called How's Your Mind that featured the runaway single "Work It Out." The addictive tune raced to the top of SiriusXM's Alt18 charts and reached "near-Adele levels on alt-rock radio" (Huffington Post), garnering KH the hard-earned respect of the indie rock community and over 7.9 million streams on Spotify. And that was just the beginning. Knox Hamilton is poised to break into the zeitgeist with innovative new songs filled with blistering electricity that still remind you of something real and familiar.
Creating music that nods to their small-town church roots while dedicating themselves to their far-reaching artistry, Knox Hamilton is a band built to last. And Boots, Cobo, and Drew are prepared to make that happen.
At two years old, Brother Sundance was drumming in a way that convinced his father, a professional South Florida drummer, that he had a musical prodigy on his hands. What started as playtime quickly became a passion as he taught himself to drum his favorite songs. From there came the guitar and a realization that the now 18-year had found his true passion.
“In my freshman year of high school, I picked up a guitar and that was it. That day changed everything. From that point forward, all I could do was music. It was the first time I had ever been able to create melodies — full songs, potentially — and I loved it,” said the now-named Brother Sundance.
During the intermediate step in his metamorphosis, Brother Sundance organized a band he named Wallace, which played in the South Florida underground circuit for a year, around the age most teenage boys are focused on getting their driver’s license. Through Wallace, a strong fan base was cultivated which transitioned to support Brother Sundance.
As Brother Sundance emerged, he focused on his voice, chose the piano as his songwriting instrument of choice, and started exploring the complex world of production. To manage this shift, he was home schooled so he could focus on two loves: music and philosophy.
During this “cloistered” period, he wrote, played, produced, engineered and recorded an incredible set of songs in a new musical direction of alternative /pop that could easily be found on a playlist between Twenty One Pilots and Imagine Dragons. Sundance also wrote parts for accompanying female vocalists that added a whole new dimension for the overall sound of the music.
“I have a hand in everything. It’s an incredible medium and I couldn’t be happier. It’s weird — it’s a product, but it’s art.”
By May, 2017 Brother Sundance emerged from his home studio with the new EP “HONEY” in hand and immediately put together a new band made up of an incredible group of South Florida musicians — many of whom he met working as a guitar, bass, keyboard and vocal instructor at the local “School of Rock” franchise.
But it took a studio manager’s enthusiasm for Brother Sundance to hit his current stride. “Brother Sundance has an interesting combination of musicianship, vision, drive and willingness to listen. I liked the music and the person,” said Trevor Fletcher, VP/GM offamed Criteria Studios in Miami.
“Based on his personality, musical approach and direction, I brought in a couple different engineers to work with him. One for the tracking and mixing and one specifically for the vocal work. We integrated the production elements from his personal recording space with those recorded in two or three of our studios and ended up with ‘Honey’,” said Fletcher.
Then Fletcher tipped off well-respected artist manager Jeff Hanson to the multi-level talent that is Brother Sundance.
“Trevor Fletcher was the first one to believe in me. That belief changed my life and I will be forever grateful,” said Brother Sundance.
In fact, Fletcher’s endorsement to Jeff Hanson meant quick progress. It didn’t take long for Hanson to seize on the talent of Brother Sundance. Known for discovering and developing multi-platinum artists Paramore and Creed, Hanson heard the incomplete EP and immediately signed on to be the manager.
“When I met Brother Sundance I didn’t wonder IF he could be successful, just what would be the catalyst to his success. His talent is beyond his years. He brings soul into a genre of music, that for some, lacks depth,” said Hanson.
The new EP “HONEY” has been released and Brother Sundance is already working on writing and recording the second EP for early next year.
The focus track “Blind” on the “HONEY” EP has already been discovered by Apple Music and is being featured on both the “Alternative Hits” and “Breaking Alternative” playlists as well as on Spotify’s “Indie Pop” playlist!
“The reaction has been incredible, we’re working hard to get more music to the fans as quickly as possible,” Sundance says.
The SIR Band
Sarah Angel (vocals, synths, guitar), Kim O'Har (guitar, synths, bass), and Luke Mehrens (drums, electronics, percussion) – have cultivated melodically vivid and lyrically relatable alternative pop-rock. Offering a jointly assertive but sensual artistic style SIR earned an extensive and loyal fan base both in and outside of Colorado just from the band's debut single, “Go”, released in summer 2016.
Since traveling to Hollywood, California to record at Serenity West Studios, the SIR band has been steadily preparing for an exciting surge of musical momentum. After the success of “Go”, with the release of new single, “So Cold” – a song that symbolizes relief and closure from SIR's harrowing conflicts – and accompanying music video in August 2017, the trio have set the stage of anticipation for their debut album of the same title, due in January 2018. lanning tour dates in Texas and the Midwest following the release of So Col, and then jumping back on the road in March of 2018 for a Texas tour, SIR are more ready than ever before, to embrace and expect the unexpected, which accompanies life in a band. The SIR band might have arisen amidst distress and disconnection but they see the future through lenses of aspiration for themselves and inspiration for everyone they know and are bound to meet.