Dragondeer with A.J. Fullerton
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

Dragondeer with A.J. Fullerton

Dragondeer at Levitt Pavilion Denver

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Dragondeer with A.J. Fullerton

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Dragondeer

American music, with the blues in particular, has been interpreted, replicated, and regurgitated in almost every conceivable fashion, which makes it all the more compelling when a new unique incarnation comes along. Culled from the vestiges of some of the most important bands Colorado has ever produced, Dragondeer has conjured a singular and neoteric sound that both nods to the past and eschews fears of modern influence. They draw from all corners of the American sound including the vicious edges of Elmore James, the hypnotic repetition of Junior Kimbrough, the wailing harmonica of Sonny Boy Williamson, and the smooth psychedelia of Taj Mahal. Paired with pieces of Sly Stone, Captain Beefheart, the longform leanings of the hippie revolution a la The Grateful Dead, and the agony of American soul music, these influences have helped Dragondeer carve a niche at a crossroads of music that has remained largely unexplored. 

“If You’ve Got the Blues” is a testament to Dragondeer’s songwriting, musicianship, and purity. It’s also a personal manifesto for the band, whose belief in a shared human experience and desire to connect with everyone, gives the record an empathetic slant that’s almost entirely un-echoed in this self-serving, narcissistic modern landscape. “It's about sticking by your loved ones and being there for 'em when they need it; rising up your tribe,” says Halborg. “We try to do that for each other and those around us so it felt right to name the record in honor of that notion.” Every bit as compelling as it is contemplative, and frenetic as it is mollifying, this is a band, and an album, that explores the American experience with eyes to both ends of the spectrum of the human heart.

Dragondeer has shared the stage with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Shakey Graves, Drive By Truckers, Futurebirds, JJ Grey & MoFro, The Entrance Band, The Bright Light Social Hour, Hot Buttered Rum, Murder City Devils, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Anders Osborne, Jerry Joseph, Sonny Landreth, J Roddy Walston, Linda Perhacs, Peggy Young, Jarekus Singleton, Leon Russell, Steel Pulse, Wovenhand and more.

For 2019 Dragondeer is scheduled to perform at the Electric Forest and Firefly music festivals. The band has performed all over the United States and abroad with performance slots at festivals including: Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Nacarubi Music Festival in Big Sur, California, Tour De Fat, South Park Music Festival, SXSW 2014-2015, Winter Park Blues From The Top, The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (The UMS), Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival, T-Bois Blues Festival in Louisiana, Arise Music Festival, The 24th Annual Grolsch Blues Festival in Schöppingen, Germany, and two appearances at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater.

A.J. Fullerton

Raised as an only child in the mountains of rural Western Colorado, A.J. was brought up surrounded by numerous styles of music ranging from; Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Roots, & Blues. His biggest musical influences ended up being found in his parents' collection of Classic Rock & Blues records. Playing solo, and in local bands throughout his mid-teens, by age 19 he was playing full-time supporting his rapidly developing solo career. His style of playing falls somewhere between the finger picking & slide of Country Roots music, and the groove based uptempo sensibilities of Blues and Rock & Roll. 

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Tea Leaf Green with The Jive Tribe
May
26
5:00 PM17:00

Tea Leaf Green with The Jive Tribe

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Tea Leaf Green

It ain’t easy being a gypsy, especially if one sings for their supper. San Francisco’s Tea Leaf Green are newfangled Lost Boys, a traveling gang dedicated to seeking wisdom and experience in places both glorious and seedy. In many ways, this quintet is the essence of rock’s adventurous, playfully outlaw spirit, all of which ultimately fuels songs that resonate with classic vibrations, open-ended possibilities and radio-ready charm. TLG are bruised romantics with heavy minds and a lighthearted way with experimentation, as likely to jam out a number as they are to nail a primo verse-verse-chorus pop gem.

All the steadily growing promise, evident since they began in the late 1990s, comes to fruition on their seventh studio album, Radio Tragedy, arriving June 7, 2011. With the aid of producer Jeremy Black (Apollo Sunshine), the band has crafted a powerhouse work with the oomph of their stellar live performances melded to a truly impressive array of vocal nuance, rib-sticking song craft and smart studio flourishes. From the Bee Gees-esque bite of “Easy To Be Your Lover” to the bouncing modern rock of “You’re My Star,” Radio Tragedy showcases a contemporary American rock monster fully emerging from the shadows, ready to take on any comers with a sound that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with skilled contemporaries like My Morning Jacket and The Strokes. Together, Trevor Garrod (keys, vocals), Josh Clark (guitar, vocals), Scott Rager (drums), Reed Mathis (bass, vocals) and newest member Cochrane McMillan (drums) have made a record that’s both timely and timeless - a strange, beautiful space that Tea Leaf Green inhabits naturally and gracefully.

“Much of this record is a reflection on the ups and downs on the road to radio gold, chasing dreams and ghosts on America’s highways and finding triumph, sorrow and sacrifice in the pursuit,” says Josh Clark. “Tea Leaf Green has been a band for over a decade. We’ve tried to simply focus on music, just music, honest music, operating in the shadow of braggart auto-tuned rappers and inane teeny bop prop puppets that has come to rule and choke the life out of what was once America’s greatest export - rock and roll.”

“I don't think any of us have ever felt completely satisfied with our past studio experiences, so we went into this one with the deliberate intent of making a complete album. Each of us brought our own vision and we did our best to fuse those ideas in the studio, all of us committed to seeing each member’s vision take shape,” says Scott Rager. “TLG has been a band for 13 years and I think we’ve made the record we always thought we were capable of making.”

“I wanted a story - something loud, something bright, something to scare your kids goodnight. There is adventure to be had. There is an undiscovered country,” says Trevor Garrod. “We have been there for each other through thick (rarely) and thin (mostly). There are five of us now and like a pack of pickpockets, we will steal your heart.”

“At the center, our commitment to this music and our passion for making it and performing it has remained rock steady,” continues Josh Clark. “Like countless bands creating phenomenal music today, we work on the edges of the mainstream where we can be heard, looking in on the tragedy that radio seems to have forgotten where to find the gold. This album is a true story of our lives in pursuit of a dream from another time and how we survive despite it all.”

The Jive Tribe

The Jive Tribe, Boulder’s premier Funk, Soul, Rock N' Roll band, is a band that embodies the spirit, vibe, and attitude of Colorado's colorful culture. By taking inspiration from a wide variety of different artists and genres, The Jive Tribe has managed to craft a sound and style that is entirely their own. Different musical backgrounds, training and performance styles have given the band a unique musical diversity and the ability to combine genres such as Funk, Psychedelic Rock, Soul, and Blues. While the musical diversity is remarkable and exciting, the most important and fundamental part of The Jive Tribe is that we hope to create a place where all different kinds of people can come together and forget about the stressful world around us and enjoy a common love for music and dancing together. 


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Esmé Patterson with Carsie Blanton
Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

Esmé Patterson with Carsie Blanton

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Esmé Patterson with Carsie Blanton

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Esmé 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, which was released 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 Denver-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.”

“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."

Carsie Blanton

Currently making her home in New Orleans, Carsie Blanton has always been a little unorthodox.  Raised on a commune near Luray, VA, Carsie was unschooled until she left home for Oregon at the age of sixteen when she began songwriting. Her lifelong love of jazz, Motown, and classic songwriting led to a strict code for what makes a good song: hooks, humor, sex and soul. With an eclectic range of influences and inspiration that includes Fats Waller, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, Chance The Rapper and Courtney Barnett, Carsie has created a genre-defying sound that matches her singular style. 

A prolific creator, Carsie has also gained popularity for her blog, which tackles questions of love, the creative process and sexuality (click HERE) and her captivating music videos, which celebrate women, dance, and the city of New Orleans.  (Click HERE for a sampling.) Most recently, Carsie’s song “So Ferocious” was featured in a powerful short film released by Planned Parenthood, which premiered via Glamour.  (Click HERE to check it out.)


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Jenny and the Mexicats with Bang Data
Jun
2
5:00 PM17:00

Jenny and the Mexicats with Bang Data

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Jenny and the Mexicats with Bang Data

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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

Bang Data

Based in Oakland, California - Bang Data is like California itself - built on Latino traditions, but deeply hybrid in expression. This beloved SF Bay Area based band - led by singer/emcee Deuce Eclipse who’s well known by hip-hop fans as an accompanying voice to the legendary Zion I, and producer/instrumentalist Caipo who has become a sought out name producing & mixing in the San Francisco music scene and abroad - they play cumbia, hip-hop and rock into a new language of sound for the people. The ensemble released their third studio album LOCO Spring 2018. Most known for their song placement of the self-titled track “Bang Data” from their album La Sopa” on AMC’s hit TV Drama ‘Breaking Bad’ Season 4, Episode titled ‘Salud’. But since the 2016 release of the Quiero Creedence - a Latin tribute album to legendary rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival -  Bang Data has received a growing wave of attention, including from the legends CCR themselves!

Deuce Eclipse and Caipo met in 2008 through a mutual friend while Deuce was working on his solo effort with Amp Live of Zion I . Soon after, Deuce and Caipo began collaborating in the studio and began approaching ideas with an openness to experiment and combine influences from different genres. Within a few months of work they decided to re- lease they're first EP Maldito Carnaval. In 2010 the EP landed them a song feature on Itunes Latino with the track “Drivin Steady”. "

In late 2011, a highlight in the bands journey was a song placement of the self-titled track “Bang Data” from their album La Sopa” on AMC’s hit TV Drama ‘Breaking Bad’ Season 4, Episode titled ‘Salud’. The song kicks in right after Don Eladio, played by Steven Bauer, makes a toast and says “Salúd” then shouts ‘Traigan a las chicas” before realizing he was poisoned by a Cartel business partner.!

Other Tv & Film placements include: the film Spare Parts, featuring George Lopez, Criminal Minds:Be- yond Borders. Bang Data also provided music for El Rey Networks Wrestling Show ‘Lucha Underground’ for two seasons, as well as being the house band."

Bang Data’s 2014 album, Mucho Poco, refines their style even more and offers 10 songs, among them “Amor Califas”, a thumpin’ samba-electro-cumbia take on Dr. Dre’s & Tupac’s “California Love” celebrating latino leaders and life in Califas. “Candela” a hypnotic beat with fearless rhymes makes you move as the chant “La Candela, prende la vela...” surrounds you. The title track “Mucho Poco” opens another dimension for the band breaking it down acoustically with in-your-face vocals and a touch of melodic emotion. " 

Bang Data’s 2014 album, Mucho Poco, refines their style even more and offers 10 songs, among them “Amor Califas”, a thumpin’ samba-electro-cumbia take on Dr. Dre’s & Tupac’s “California Love” celebrating latino leaders and life in Califas. “Candela” a hypnotic beat with fearless rhymes makes you move as the chant “La Candela, prende la vela...” surrounds you. The title track “Mucho Poco” opens another dimension for the band breaking it down acoustically with in-your-face vocals and a touch of melodic emotion. "

The album includes special guest appearances by Chico Trujillo and Wil-Dog of Ozomatli, Colombia’s Alguacil & Binghy Fyah, Hector Guerra and Karl Perrazzo of Santana. "
Check out the first single “ Bailazo” here: https://soundcloud.com/bangdata/bailazo-single-2014"

On stage, Bang Data take the songs to a whole other level when performing live. The energy and power of the bands thumping and contagious grooves pushes Deuce Eclipse singing and flow even further, including the occasional freestyle. "
Bang Data has performed with Chicano Batman, Calle 13, Bomba Estereo, Cafe Tacvba, Ozomatli, Nortec Collective, A Band Of Bitches, Enanitos Verdes, among others."

Bang Data recorded John Fogerty’s classic “Fortunate Son” fusing Rock and Cumbia rhythms as the canvas for Deuce’s vocals including a fearless rap section. The recording is now part of a Latin Creedence Clearwater R evival tribute album entitled “Quiero Creedence”, that was released Summer 2016 on Concord Picante. "
The album includes tracks by Enrique Bunbury, Los Lobos, Juan Gabriel, Salvador Santana ft Juanes and Asdru Sierra, Billy Gibbons & Santa Cecilia, Los Lonely Boys, Enjambre, Enanitos Verdes just to name a few. Caipo helped conceive the idea of the CCR Tribute album and has been part of the team behind the project producing and mixing several tracks."


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Phamaly 30th Anniversary Concert
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Phamaly 30th Anniversary Concert

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Phamaly 30th Anniversary Concert

Directed by Steve Wilson

Musical Direction by Donna Debreceni

Choreography by Debbie Stark and Ronni Stark

Writing by Mark Dissette and Lucy Roucis

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Phamaly

Unforgettable moments from the last 30 years are brought to life again in this retrospective concert, featuring some of Phamaly’s greatest performers, songs, and memories since its founding in 1989. A family friendly event with highlights from The WizJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatMan of La ManchaSide Show, and more! Celebrate three decades of heart, talent, and Phamaly's impact on the Colorado community.

Phamaly Theatre Company produces award-winning plays and musicals that exclusively feature theatre artists with all nature of disabilities: physical, cognitive, intellectual, and emotional. Phamaly's unique model blends artistry, professionalism, accessibility, and inclusion, and is unique in the country and the world. Phamaly also creates original work and video content, conducts classes, professional development, and community building workshops.




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Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra with The Dendrites
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra with The Dendrites

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Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra

In 2012, this unprecedented project both in size and pedigree got international attention well before it’s first performance. The ska world knew something magical was brewing on the west coast of the United States: an amalgamation of forces this music had never seen before, forming the world’s premier ska supergroup. This all-star orchestra is comprised of internationally acclaimed jazz and ska artists setting a new bar to the music. With musicians like Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Danny Janklow, Adam Schroeder, Michael Stever, Sean Billings, Bob Sheppard, Willie Murillo and others from LA’s elite big bands: The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra this group is unquestionably legitimized as a force to be reckoned with. The rhythm section, made up of world-renowned ska musicians like Joey Altruda, Korey “Kingston” Horn (Aggrolites), Scott Abels (Jimmy Cliff, Hepcat), Brian Dixon (Aggrolites), Fredo Ortiz (Yeska, Beastie Boys), gives WST Ska Orchestra it’s flawless “old school” traditional
Jamaican roots sound. This project offers listeners of jazz, world music, Latin, as well as Jamaican music everything they are looking for- organic, fun, danceable, & exciting music!


Their most recent album released in 2015 has enjoyed high acclaim internationally. It brings out a rougher and tougher side to this group. It digs deeper into the more obscure and heavier cuts from the golden era of ska- the early 1960’s and features ska icons such as Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers), Chris Murray, Colin Giles, The Expanders, Greg Lee and Alex Désert (Hepcat).


This is a very exciting time for this unique and groundbreaking group touring extensively throughout North America and Europe. They have performed on national television in the USA, are getting international radio airplay, headlining numerous festivals, playing Opera houses, and performing huge outdoor concerts. By infusing elements of jazz, particularly big band jazz, into the contemporary musical mix, this group of Jamaican jazz gunslingers is rebranding the music of yesteryear and propelling it into the future.

The Dendrites

Composed of nine talented musicians, The Dendrites have become Denver’s most prominent instrumental ska act. The Dendrites create tightly performed, multi-layered music that harkens back to the golden days of 1960s Jamaican ska, while introducing more modern influences. The group initially formed over ten years ago, and have since built a solid following and dependable reputation. Their sound is classic yet progressive, powerful but without sacrificing fun.

The Dendrites’ most recent release, 2017’s full-length ‘Damn Right’, provides a fresh take on the classic ska sound, incorporating elements of Jazz, Latin,and Funk into a dynamic new sound. ‘Damn Right’ served as a follow-up to the group’s self-released 2013 EP, ‘Fly Casual’. The group has also released two other full-length albums– a 2011 self-titled collection of live and studio recordings, and Mountain Standard Time, released in 2009 through Megalith Records. They have opened up for acts such as Ozomatli, The Slackers, The Aggrolites, Fishbone, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, The Skatalites and a slew of other legendary groups. In 2014, they were voted Denver’s Best Reggae band by readers of Westword Magazine. They were also one of five local acts to play Riot Fest Denver, a multi-city touring festival. The band continues to play their slick yet lively version of traditional ska. They remain one of the leaders of a growing new generation of American ska.

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Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

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Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

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Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers will make a sprightly young groove doctor out of anyone. With spectacular energy pulsating from every member of the band, the Rainbow Seekers could illuminate the very chambers of Heaven. Lead singer Joe Hertler splashes through lyrical puddles of golden rain, leaving his audience wearing
flowery crowns and bubbling smiles. A ride on the Rainbow will take you across the mountains of Motown, through the fjords of folk, over the archipelagos of Americana, and-at last-into a funky firth, where only the fiercest of friendships can be found. 

The Rainbow Seekers began their historic quest 8 years ago, revolving around the pure, unadulterated songwriting of their fearless leader, Joe Hertler. Ryan Hoger was the first among the Seekers to find this lonely songsmith and recognize the twinkling magic in his beard. The young boy gave up all his earthly possessions (besides his guitar, of course) and became the first disciple of the Rainbow. With this, the core of the Rainbow was thereby established, and it didn’t take long for the Rainbow Seekers to continue their expansion. Multi-instrumentalist and notable auxiliary percussion maestro Micah Bracken journeyed from the bowels of Atlantis when he heard tell of the Rainbow, and the earth trembled as saxophonist and all-around badass Aaron Stinson descended from Olympus on a golden rainbow of his own. Then came thunder from the depths of space and as it picked up the bass, a soft exhale escaped the lips of every princess
within a hundred moons, “Bambis,” they cooed. All the while, on the other ends of the earth, a young boy was hard at work, honing and sharpening his sticks for the day that the Rainbow would come his way, and when it landed at his door, Ryan McMahon climbed aboard.

Since the early days, their quest has brought them across the nation and upon such noble gatherings as Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, and Summer Camp. As you'll know if you've seen the band, seeking the proverbial Rainbow is all about the live performance. "The live show is the purpose of the band. This is why we make music. Playing music is a symbiotic process, the crowd is as much a part of it as the musicians. We give as
much energy and love as we can and we can feel that coming from the crowd as well" says Hertler. "We believe that performance is not a High Art operation, and that you should do anything you can to ensure that the crowd is having a good time. From piñatas to confetti, to fog, to flowers, to drum solos, to strobe lights, to Thor, to sword battles-literally anything goes.”

If you're still reading this, at least one thing is true: The Rainbow Seekers have been waiting for you. If you'll only let them, they will shake the dust from your wildest expectations. They will roar into your life with rapturous frequencies, exuberant tone, and a joyfulness of purpose that has truly become a rare sight on stage. Join them in their celebration, and they will take you on a never-ending journey to a place you'll never be able to describe in words.


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The Slackers with The Alcapones
Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

The Slackers with The Alcapones

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The Slackers with The Alcapones

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The Slackers

The Slackers are self styled masters of Reggae, Ska and Rock’n’Roll from New York City.

The Slackers began in 1991 in NYC. After years of local gigs and rehearsing in a dingy basement in Manhattan’s lower east side, the band released its debut album, Better Late Than Never, in 1996. The band’s success resulted in the release of a second album, Red Light, on the Epitaph label in 1997. Since then the Slackers have released 11 more studio albums (The Question, Wasted Days, Slackers & Friends, Close My Eyes, Slackers in Dub, Peculiar, Boss Harmony Sessions, Self Medication, Lost and Found, The Great Rocksteady Swindle, and The Slackers [self-titled, 2016] ) 3 live albums (Live at Ernestos, Upsettin Ernestos, Slack in Japan), several EPs (International War Crimminal, My Bed is a Boat), and numerous singles and compilation tracks.

Since 1997 the Slackers have played over 100 shows every year in a total of 46 american states, 7 Canadian provinces, 22 European countries, 5 Latin American countries, and 2 Asian countries.

The band’s musical style is distinct from their contempories; a mix of early Jamaican music with classic 50’s and 60s American styles. There are influences from 50s and 60s Rock’n’Roll, Rythmn and Blues, Jazz and Latin music. Singer Vic Ruggiero has coined the term ‘Jamaican Rock’nRoll.’ to describe it. He says, “The band might play a classic Jamaican style but the vocals are distinctly American east coast, revealing the obvious connection of Jamaican music to the Doo-Wop of Harlem and the Bronx.”

The Alcapones

The Alcapones is a musical brotherhood that is one part heart and one part madness, initially founded in 2012. This band shares life’s simple joys through original music inspired by the authentic Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady, and Reggae sound.  From raw originals to Jazz/Ska/Reggae fusion, you will find that The Alcapones’ styles continuously inspire your feet on the dance floor. Raise your spirit and celebrate life like a gangster of Love!



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Queen City Country & Western Showcase
Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

Queen City Country & Western Showcase

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Queen City Country & Western Showcase

Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels

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Grayson County Burn Ban

Hang Rounders

High Plains Honky

Jennifer Jane Niceley

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CASEY JAMES PRESTWOOD

There's a movement bringing classic country music into the 21st century, with a renewed authenticity not typically found on the radio, and the standard-bearer is Casey James Prestwood.  With roots in the South, and refined in the Rockies, Prestwood has crafted a lively and infectious sound that is solely his own.

EXTRA GOLD

Since forming in 2017 as the house band for Denver's only monthly country music showcase, Extra Gold have crafted a country music cocktail that is equal parts Golden-Era Country Revival, Folk, and Rock & Roll. With the addition of upright bass in the rhythm section combined with pedal steel and fiddle, the band plays their cards. They waltz through tender three-part harmony ballads before inciting two-steppin’, beer-slingin’ dance parties that have placed them in venues with modern-day honky-tonk heroes like Whitey Morgan and Jesse Dayton, as well as future household names like Paul Cauthen and Zephaniah Ohora. With a debut EP soon to be released and a full catalog of originals on the table, the tempo continues to pick up for Extra Gold in 2018. 

GRAYSON COUNTY BURN BAN

Grayson County Burn Ban started with some good friends coming together to give life to a few country-folk songs that lead singer and songwriter Austen Carroll Grafa had written about growing up in small town Texas.  A few songs grew to a few more and now the band has grown into a 6 piece of sound and story that is so unique they had to make up their own genre. Weaving together the folk-like storytelling with honky-tonk rhythm and ethereal rock, Grayson County Burn Ban brings the camaraderie, peace-of-mind, and energetic force that one may find sitting around a campfire with friends, making them Denver's premier "Campfire Country" band.

Their debut album "Better Neighbor" was released in early 2018 and paved the way for an appreciative year that included a "Denver Westword Best Of" nomination, a 3 week Texas tour, and multiple festival appearances. They will hit the ground running in 2019 with a new release and many more exciting shows to be announced.

HANG ROUNDERS

New country done the good old way since 2015. The band members' pedigree reads like a who's who of Denver dive-bar hero musicians (featuring members of The Legendary River Drifters, Dudebabes, The Knew, Ned Garthe Explosion, CrushCraze, Bangtel), but what comes across in the music is four mountain men manifesting Johno Roberts' tales of his native Tennessee and his observations on a changing Colorado. 

Hang Rounders' music is best heard on a dance floor, where it is allowed to do its work and get you movin', singin', and bringin' (your sister). 

Their newest songs, "June Bug" b/w "Shaky Hands," out on 7 inch vinyl in December 2018, were produced at Mighty Fine Productions in Denver, CO with engineer Colin Bricker, and feature guest musicians Mark Shusterman (Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats) on keys and the most excellent Jennifer Jane Niceley on backing vocals. 

HIGH PLAINS HONKY

Country music for cowboys, hippies, bikers, heads, freaks, weirdos, truckers, and rockers. Denver, CO.

JENNIFER JANE NICELEY

Music has been my golden thread. It has given my life direction, albeit with plenty of twists and turns. My name is Jennifer Jane Niceley and I’ve been making music for most of my life. The fascination with melody and lyric began before I could speak. I feel the Country & Western, as well as the old-time mountain music, I heard predominantly in my early years remain a major influence on my writing. 

I was born and raised on a farm near the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee, into a family deeply tied to the land. My father is an eighth generation Tennessean, my mother a fifth generation Texan; when I was young we were often making road trips west with the likes of Ernest Tubb and Merle Haggard on the cassette player. 

I’ve always been a singer and poet first — learning to play guitar as a kid allowed me to put it all together. At the same time finding my mother’s Joni Mitchell records were their own revelation, a kind of permission to do it my own way. 

Making these connections now seems easy, after two decades of sporadically recording my own albums (including Luminous in 2007 and Birdlight in 2014, under Jennifer Niceley) living in Nashville and trying to “make it”, getting close and giving up, moving away and moving back…After an 8 year period of living on family land and giving my all to farming, I deconstructed my life and have been letting music lead the way again.

In the process I wrote my most recent album, Angels, Demons, Red-Tail Hawks, and recorded with Eric McConnell in his East Nashville home studio (right before I moved to Colorado). To me it is an album of questions, strung together by dreams and unnamed longings. 

As Angels, Demons, Red-Tail Hawks makes its way into the world, I am happy to say I’m still following the golden thread. And I’m looking forward to making the next album, with these new songs born in a very different landscape from my home in Tennessee.


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Who's Bad | The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience with Float Like a Buffalo
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Who's Bad | The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience with Float Like a Buffalo

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Who's Bad | The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience with Float Like A Buffalo

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Who's Bad

Who’s Bad’s live performance is an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true King. Their power-
packed performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog has ignited crowds on every continent and
can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson
tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has awed even the skeptics,
selling out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom including London’s O2 in December of 2010, the
venue where the King of Pop was slated to end his career with a 50-show “This Is It” concert series.
Beyond this unparalleled achievement, Who’s Bad has checked some of the world’s most famous
pavilions off their ‘to-do’ list, selling out their first tour of China with stops at Ningbo’s Grand Theatre
and Hunan Grand Theatre in Chengsha. Never neglecting Michael’s U.S. fans, Who’s Bad has packed The House of Blues in Houston, Dallas, and New Orleans; rocked DC’s 930 Club and returned to their native Chapel Hill, NC boasting larger, more eagerly-awaited performances with every romp around the globe. Sold-out shows from Colorado’s Bluebird Theatre and LA’s Gibson Amphitheatre and Romania’s Sala Palatalui to Teatro do Bourbon Country (Porto Alegre, Brazil) tell the story: no corner of the earth is safe from this infectious party production.

Who’s Bad has earned its name by paying studious attention to Michael Jackson’s every original groove
and gravity-defying dance move, boasting over 100 years of professional experience and a team of
dancers with resumes that include Broadway productions such as Phantom of the Opera. Vamsi
Tadepalli (Who’s Bad founder, composer, and saxophonist) assembled a cast of North Carolina’s
premiere musicians and, from Who’s Bad’s inception, believed in the band’s boundless possibilities. The
velvety vocals and pinpoint choreography of frontmen Joseph Bell and Taalib York’s combined with the
six-piece band’s synchronized dance routines, blaring horns and down-deep rhythms, results in a
performance delivered with soul and precision superseded by no one but the King himself. They’ve
shared stages with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, The Backstreet Boys, The Four Tops, Boys II Men,
and hip hop superstar, Pitbull. Captivated fans include LIVENATION’s Anthony Nicolaidis who calls Who’s Bad, “the real deal,” and Michael Jackson’s longtime friend and manager Frank DiLeo who proclaimed after Who’s Bad show in Nashville, TN, “the show was great….Michael would have been proud!” Whether you idolized the Jackson 5, fell in love to Human Nature, or learned to moonwalk to Billie Jean, Who’s Bad is THE ULTIMATE music-and-dance driven Michael Jackson homage. This band of
professionals relentlessly elevate the legacy of pop music’s King, always pushing themselves to be more precise, to raise the level of excitement and awe, while embodying Michael Jackson’s mission to bring people together of all races, genders, and cultures through music. As the curtain opens on a Who’s Bad performance, every MJ fan feels the adrenaline, screams at the sight of that unmistakable silhouette, and succumbs to a surefire Michael Jackson sing-along. The energy is purely magnetic, the musicianship is first-rate, the dance moves deftly inspired. Who’s Bad is a tribute befitting a King and their high-octane execution of MJ’s music and dance has catapulted them to the exclusive rank of Ultimate!

Who’s Bad’s power-packed tribute to Michael Jackson has ignited crowds on every continent and can
only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute
band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has sold out nearly 50 venues in the
United Kingdom including London’s O2 where the King of Pop was slated to end his career. Over 100
years of collective professional experience and sold-out shows at every major House of Blues, Colorado’s Bluebird Theatre, LA’s Gibson Amphitheatre as well as international pavilions such as Ningbo Grand Theatre (China), Romania’s Sala Palatalui to Teatro do Bourbon Country (Porto Alegre, Brazil) tell the story: no corner of the earth is safe from this infectious party production.

Float Like A Buffalo

Examining existence, love, and even the mountains of Colorado. ‘Back From Nowhere,’ Alt-Funk-Ska-Rock septet Float Like A Buffalo’s first full length album reaches far into the places that have so wildly shaped it’s members and brings back a fun loving and raw sound that the band refuses to apologize for.  

The groups roots stem from the state of Colorado. This theme is repeatedly called to throughout the album as the mythical ‘nowhere,’ ‘the place where I became a man’ and many more. Frontman, Cory Pearman and Percussionist, Garrett Achten formed the original incarnation of the band in Littleton, CO early in 2014. Later bringing aboard Bassist, Jason Clukies and Lead Guitarist, Evan Crabdree. After several rotating members, nearly two years later, the addition of Drummer, Phil Pleckham solidified the lineup for the time being. After enjoying local success for nearly a year and a half, the group then added Cory ‘Beef’ Meier (Trombone) and Luke Story (Saxophone, Trumpet) in early 2017, finalizing their lineup just as the recording process started for their rookie album. 

Over a year in the making, ‘Back From Nowhere’ lays bare its songwriting and musicality in front of all else. Boasting a clean sound where nothing is hidden, each track guiding the listener through the concept of nowhere. “I think we all wanted to create something that could be listened to casually, but would encourage you to listen to the different layers.” Says Phil Pleckham, Drummer. “There’s a ton more going on the more you listen to it.” True to the test, the seven-piece band prompts solos from nearly every performer over the ten tracks and showcases the full sound the group’s live sets are known for. 

An abrupt start and the words “I’m on the road to nowhere” immediately hammer home the ride you’re about to embark on through track, ‘Lil Ol’ You.’ The uptempo but surprisingly groove oriented tune “is about feeling lost on a journey and outside yourself.” Says lead singer Cory Pearman. “And realizing you don’t know yourself anymore.” The songs lyrics “You messed up” and “You brought up everything you ever thought up” make you question if the subject of the song is calling out someone specific, or their self. 

‘Finding Somewhere’ (the albums first single) carries this notion while throwing you through the depths of existence and dropping the tempo. Asking to remember the times back when, losing your mind and constantly emphasizing that you are “Doing just fine.” This emotional call to find one’s self drives the horns and screaming guitar behind to totally immerse the listener; As if living someone else’s storyline. 

“Recording guitar will point out all of your flaws in a millisecond.” Remarked Lead Guitarist, Evan Crabdree on the recording process of the album. The Spot Studios served as a home base for the group for nearly a year and a half while tracking and mixing. Run by Denver recording giants Rich Veltrop and Glenn Sawyer, the duo not only served as engineers but producers and even backup vocalists when needed. “I always had butterflies and nerves,” remembered Jason Clukies, Bassist. “Playing in front of a thousand people is one thing, but being under the microscope in front of them is totally different.” 

The second single ’She Don’t Care’ is a powerhouse of intensity.  Funk-driven bass and guitar give way to a story of lust that is met with a slap in the face. Inviting the talents of Lizzy Gogolowski (We Are Madeleine and Diamond Empire Band) and Gabriel Mervine (The Motet and Gabriel Mervine Quartet), the seven-piece band ups the count to nine for this dance driven groove. 

The music video, shot by Connor Tieulie, tells this story perfectly; set in a bar, as most stories of funk and lust are. “My favorite moment was filming the group dance sequence in the alley,” Says Trombone player Cory Meier while joking about being better than the Backstreet Boys. “The reaction shots [in the video] are all genuine responses to our over the top antics.” 

Since finishing the band has taken on several high visibility appearances. Most noticeably at the historic Bluebird Theatre of Denver and winning a nomination for “Best Funk Band” in Denver through local culture, in-the-know publication ‘Westword.’ But progress doesn’t stop here. With plans to drop ‘Back From Nowhere’ in January 2019, a national tour and their sophomore album already in the back of their minds, this unstoppable seven-piece unit leaves you with an assurance that they will be looking to the road ahead, and enjoying this ride.

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School of Rock Showcase
Jun
23
5:00 PM17:00

School of Rock Showcase

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School of Rock Showcase

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School of Rock

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.




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Greyhounds
Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

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Greyhounds

Greyhounds are the Austin trio of Anthony Farrell (vocals, keyboards), Andrew Trube (vocals and guitar) and Ed Miles (drums). Many music fans remember Farrell and Trube as key members of JJ Grey's band MOFRO for many years. After parting with Grey in 2016 to focus full-time on Greyhounds, the band has only left the road to record and release two full-length records.’

In 2016, while recording at Sun Studios for the PBS series "Sun Studio Sessions", Greyhounds met Memphis native and acclaimed engineer, Matt Ross-Spang. Soon afterwards, Matt moved his operation to the newly refurbished Sam Phillips Recording studio. Greyhounds were familiar with the studio, and its deep history, and had always wanted to record there. It is the type of space that transports you to another era; the perfect place to make the type of record Greyhounds were interested in making: a less produced, and more spontaneous style of recording, all straight to tape like many of the classic music that was made there in its heyday. And Ross-Spang, is the perfect engineer, steeped as he is in the old school style of making records.

Pulling from 17 years of songwriting, Trube and Farrell had plenty of material to choose from. "It was a chance to look back at some of our favorite tunes that we had never recorded" says Trube. Because there were only 3 days in which to record and mix the record, Greyhounds knew they would have to be ready to perform these songs seamlessly, just like they would at a live show. "When recording to tape you have to make commitments. It is a lesson in letting go and not getting hung up on things. Its liberating." 

13 songs were recorded and mixed over the course of those three days. There were special guest appearances from some of their good Tennessee friends Dante Schwebel, Will Sexton, Amy LaVere, and Art Edmaiston. "When you are going at that pace, you don't get a lot of time to second guess yourself. You learn to trust your instincts and be more present in the moment." says Farrell of the breakneck pace of recording. 

Cheyenne Valley Drive is a product of a band at the height of their game, making music in a studio that has been virtually untouched by time, recording in the style that many of their musical heroes used. Basically a dream come true. A dream they want to share with you.




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The Bright Light Social Hour with Walker Lukens
Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

The Bright Light Social Hour with Walker Lukens

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The Bright Light Social Hour with Walker Lukens

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The Bright Light Social Hour

From great tragedy comes great art. Or, at least, that’s the hope. In creating their new albums, Jude Vol. I and Jude Vol. II, The Bright Light Social Hour found making music to be a healing, cathartic process after the band was deeply shaken by grief.

In 2015, around the release of the Austin group’s second album Space Is Still The Place, Jackie’s brother Alex, the band’s manager of four years, was deep in the delusional throes of severe and sudden bipolar 1 disorder. It was a time of immense stress and intensity for the musicians, who began writing songs for a new album in their home studio on Lake Travis as Alex spiraled. The songs took a turn when Alex took his own life on the shore of the lake, witnessed in its aftermath by Jackie.

“It was a terrible thing, but it was also the most beautiful thing I’ve ever experienced and probably will ever experience,” Jackie says. “This was all happening as we started the record. Not all the songs are about Alex, but I think even the ones that aren’t all have a bittersweet mix of overwhelming beauty and terrible loss. The music deals with the ripples it caused in all of our lives, especially in our relationships, with an underlying theme of trying to wrap our heads around all of this.”

The contiguous albums, titled after Alex’s middle name, are about what it means to lose someone and then be left to pick up the pieces. They’re about relationships and politics and confronting your own emotions head on. Because of these intense thematic cores, the musicians searched for a more streamlined way to express themselves in song. Where SpaceIs Still The Place is cloudy and filled with distortion, Jude Vol. I and Jude Vol. II seek clarity and clean, bold lines amidst the haze. There are elements of shoegaze, drawn from bands like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, as well as Krautrock and New Wave, resulting in dreamy textures with distinct articulations of emotion right beneath the surface.

In November of 2017, the band drove to Los Angeles, armed with 18 songs that confronted their feelings of grief and loss, and spent several months recording in Sunset Sound with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Slowdive, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). There they narrowed the tracks down to 14 and found inspiration in the historic studio. “Being in such an iconic space really made us rise to the occasion,” Jackie notes. “It felt like we had to make something that might be smiled upon by all the spirits of the amazing artists like Prince and The Doors who have recorded there over the years.”

“It was the smoothest recording process I think we’ve ever had,” Curtis adds. “It’s not usually particularly fractious, but we’ve done a lot of our past recordings ourselves and we’re constantly second guessing ourselves and our work. Having Chris as a producer and an engineer and helping us guide the project really enhanced the teamwork aspect of making the record. We really trusted and leaned on each other, but also allowed everyone a lot of space to do our things. It felt like all four of us were really dialed in to the band and trying to push ourselves in new ways.”

The session yielded two separate albums, each with seven tracks. The first volume faces the immediate violence of Alex’s death and attempts to understand the resulting emotions, while the second volume accepts and appreciates the beauty of it all, eventually finding gratitude. The final two songs on Jude Vol. I are the center-point of everything, beginning with the melancholy haze of “My Boy” and flowing into the buoyant shimmer of “Swimming Out.” “’My Boy’ details waking up every day and trying to deal with the idea that this person is no longer here,” Jackie explains. “We relied on him so much for guidance and now we’re trying to carry on without his guidance. ‘Swimming Out’ is an answer to that, imaging Alex in the afterlife. He had no problem holding back his thoughts, especially when he saw something that wasn’t right, so it’s this idea of him being in this peaceful afterlife and having suggestions for how it could be better.”

The rest of the songs on Jude Vol. I, which follows the band’s recent EP Missing Something, take on related, but less direct responses to Alex’s death. “She Wanna Love You,” which layers vibrant synthesizers over each other, confronts the challenges of submitting to a partner’s love (“If you can just accept it, then it will set you free,” Jackie notes), while “Lie To Me” examines the ease of accepting outrageous lies told by the powers that be. It was the latter that really set the aesthetic tone for the rest of the album. “It has these very clean and modern lines,” Curtis says. “There’s less work to do to go in and find the emotions. This song really set a good precedent for developing the rest of the songs.”

For The Bright Light Social Hour, who have evolved significantly since they started as an art rock collective in college in 2004, these songs bring clarity to the chaos of emotions that can come after a loss or a heartbreak or a tragedy. The band, who have toured extensively, including festival stops at Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza, found a way out of their grief in the years that followed Alex’s death by focusing on the music. Listening to the heartfelt, evocative songs on Jude Vol. I and Jude Vol. II may be able to do the same for those who hear them.

“I hope that this album can help untangle these feelings of grief for others,” Jackie says. “You can have feelings of fear and great relief and despair and anger all mixed in. These songs hopefully encapsulate that plethora of emotions in facing death head on, which is something that’s so intense and painful. But when you go through it, you learn that without death there is no life. In the end, it’s not a scary thing we should be afraid of.”

Walker Lukens

Walker Lukens has been called ‘one of the best songwriters in Texas’. The Austin-based, Houston-bred singer, multi-instrumentalist has been called ‘wonderfully inventive’, a ‘non-sexually intimidating version of Prince’, and a ‘veteran balladeer with sudden indie rock ambitions’. Walker thinks it’s important that you realize his name is not Walter. 

In 2013, he released his first full length record, Devoted. It received praise from outlets like NPR’s All Songs Considered, American Songwriter, Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, and Billboard and took Lukens and his backing band, The Side Arms, all over the US. 

After meeting Spoon drummer Jim Eno in a bar, Walker & The Side Arms started recording new music at with him at his studio, Public Hi-Fi. Their first collaboration, ‘Every Night,’ has been streamed almost a million times now. Their second collaboration, ‘Lifted’ from Never Understood EP spent 8 weeks on the specialty commercial radio charts. Another EP, Ain't Got A Reason, soon followed in April of 2017 and garnered Walker spots at festivals across the country like Bonnaroo, Firefly, Austin City Limits Festival, Free Press Summerfest, Middle of the Map, Underground Music Showcase. His second full length, Tell It To The Judge, will be released on September 22, 2017 on Modern Outsider.




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Dustbowl Revival
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

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Dustbowl Revival

Over the past few years, The Dustbowl Revival has been making a name for itself with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds. Critics have proclaimed that this eclectic eight-piece “would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans' French Quarter” (Los Angeles Times) and their “upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear” (L.A. Weekly). Rob Sheffield, in Rolling Stone, hailed them as a great band “whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day.”

Their new eponymous album, however, finds the Los Angeles-based ensemble evolving and refining its music. Their always-joyous sound now reveals a more soulful, funky side that exudes deeper emotions and taps a more modern vibe. 

This exhilarating new sound jumps out on the album’s opening tracks, “Call My Name” and “If You Could See Me Now.” Drummer Joshlyn Heffernan and bassist James Klopfleisch lay down a righteous groove that trumpeter Matt Rubin and trombonist Ulf Bjorlin supercharge with their big blasts of horns. This Stax-style soul builds to a pair of showstoppers: “Good Egg” and “The Story.” The former is a dynamic number that showcases Liz Beebe’s sexy, full-throttled vocals as well as Bjorlin’s dirty trombone solo. On “The Story,” Beebe teams with band founder Zach Lupetin for an emotionally charged love song that features some infectious interplay between the horn players and the string-men (mandolinist Daniel Mark and fiddler Connor Vance). 

The album’s first single, “Busted,” also exemplifies the sonic leap taken by the band. Spotlighted by Beebe’s slinky jazz vocals, the song mixes traditional American music styles, like the blast of R&B horns and the in-the-pocket drums, with some inventive touches, such as a mandolin plucked like a hip-hop inspired piano, and the upright bass and fiddle played through wah-pedals. The group has said that recording “Busted” was like a door opening for them to create something familiar yet stylistically fresh.

Even the album’s more acoustic number, like “Debtors’ Prison” and “Got Over,” aren’t as old-timey as they might first appear. “Debtors’ Prison” initially suggests a throwback busker tune, but a closer listen reveals an all-too-contemporary ode with Lupetin singing about the struggles of trying to survive in today’s troubled economic times. Similarly, on “Got Over,” Lupetin delivers another modern-day portrait about a scuffed-up soul battling a whirl of problems who winds up “sitting on the kitchen floor … eating all the ice cream, 2 a.m. on a Tuesday.” Things get a little more optimistic on the sunnier, Bill Withers-inspired “Honey I Love You.” Featuring a guest spot by multi-Grammy-winner and fellow genre-bender Keb’ Mo’, this track serves up a timeless slice of sweet, silky soul music. 

The evolution in the band’s sound has been very much an organic one. Since Signature Sounds released their last album, With a Lampshade On, the Dustbowl Revival has been out on the road, winning over audiences with their free-flowing, joyous live performances. After playing more than 200 shows a year during the last four years, the Dustbowl Revival came to realize that they had outgrown the confining label of a retro-minded band playing music from a bygone era and needed to move in new directions. 

To help them achieve their adventurous musical vision, the band turned to the Grammy Award-winning producer Ted Hutt, who brought with him a background of working with a musically diverse set of acts. A founding member of Irish-American Celtic punk band Flogging Molly, Hutt has not only produced punk groups like Dropkick Murphys and The Bouncing Souls, but also the progressive acoustic outfit Old Crow Medicine Show (whose 2014 release Remedy earned Hutt the Grammy), Memphis Americana rockers Lucero and New York City roots troubadour Jesse Malin. With Hutt’s assistance, The Dustbowl Revival created what they have called “the tightest, funkiest thing we’ve ever attempted.” 

2017 marks the tenth anniversary of The Dustbowl Revival’s formation. It was back in 2007 when Lupetin, a Midwestern transplant to Los Angeles, posted an ad in Craigslist in hopes of creating a group inspired by brass band and string band traditions. Over the years, the group has been an inclusive outfit that frequently shifted in size before solidifying in its current eight-piece lineup.

In 2008, Zach Lupetin and The Dustbowl Revival released their debut album, The Atomic Mushroom Cloud of Love. They followed up in 2010 with You Can’t Go Back to the Garden of Eden, which included "Dan's Jam,” a song that won the Independent Music Awards’ “Americana Song of the Year.” The next year, the band, now known just as The Dustbowl Revival, put out Holy Ghost EP and their 2013 Carry Me Home CD featured more than 25 Dustbowl Revival-ists. That was also the year the L.A. Weekly crowned them the city’s “Best Live Band.”

The Dustbowl Revival found a bigger audience when Signature Sounds released With a Lampshade On in 2015. The video for “Never Had To Go,” starring band fan Dick Van Dyke, became an Internet sensation. The group went on to open for bands ranging from Lake Street Dive to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, while also appearing at such festivals as Delfest, Floydfest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and, more recently, Norway’s Bergenfest and Tonderfest in Denmark.

This new album reveals the band moving in an exciting new direction. Instead of Dixieland jazz and Depression-era folk songs serving as musical mile markers, this CD mines an energizing vein of soul, funk and roots-infused rock that evokes the work of Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and classic Stax recordings, and fits the band alongside such contemporaries as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and St. Paul & the Broken Bones.




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Villalobos Brothers with El Javi
Jul
7
5:00 PM17:00

Villalobos Brothers with El Javi

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Villalobos Brothers

Acclaimed as one of today’s leading Contemporary Mexican groups, the original compositions and arrangements of The Villalobos Brothers masterfully fuse and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music.

The ensemble’s virtuosic performances have delighted audiences throughout Latin America, India, Russia, Canada and in more than 30 states across the US. They have performed in historic venues and events including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Latin Grammy Awards, Davies Symphony Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival, the Ford Theatre in Hollywood, the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations, the New Victory Theatre on Broadway, San Jose Jazz Fest, Celebrate Brooklyn, the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City, the Blue Note Jazz Festival and the Apollo Theatre.

In 2018, they joined forces with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for the “Fandango at the Wall” project. This ambitious undertaking, produced by Kabir Sehgal, united legendary international musicians for a live concert at the Tijuana-San Diego border wall which resulted in a live album and documentary film to be released in 2019.

The Villalobos Brothers recently premiered their Symphonic Project performing two sold-out, back-to-back concerts with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Walla Walla Symphony.

The ensemble has collaborated with legendary musicians including Grammy winners Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Antonio Sánchez, Regina Carter, Eduardo Magallanes, Dan Zanes, Sierra Hull, and Ana Tijoux.

The Villalobos brothers are actively touring the United States, delivering a powerful message of love, brotherhood and social justice with brilliance, cadence and virtuosity. Their new album Somos will be released in 2019.

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.”


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Denver Municipal Band with Carol Jantsch of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Denver Municipal Band with Carol Jantsch of the Philadelphia Orchestra

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Denver Municipal Band

The Denver Municipal Band has a rich tradition in the United States and in Denver. We are the oldest,
actively performing professional band in the United States and the oldest, historic professional ensemble
in Denver. For more than a century, the Denver Municipal Band has provided exhilarating musical
performances throughout the Denver metro area, free to the public.

Denver Municipal Band musicians are among the area's finest professional players and educators,
performing with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Opera and Ballet Orchestras, the Buell
Theatre Orchestra, and Denver Brass. Many members also teach at local universities including the
University of Denver, University of Colorado, Metropolitan State University, Colorado State University,
and University of Northern Colorado, as well as our region's top public schools.

We take pride in the Municipal Band’s active role promoting a strong sense of community throughout
Denver and the surrounding region, building partnerships with governmental agencies, educational
institutions, and neighborhood groups.

Carol Jantsch

Carol Jantsch has been Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2006. She won this position during her senior year at the University of Michigan, becoming the first female tuba player in a major symphony orchestra. When not performing with the PO, Carol is active as a soloist, chamber musician, arranger, and teacher. She is a faculty member at the Yale University School of Music, and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. She is the founding member of Tubular (the World’s Greatest Tuba Cover Band), and President and Founder of Tubas For Good, Inc., a nonprofit providing access to instruments and community events in Philadelphia..


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Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Jul
12
6:00 PM18:00

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Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966—nearly a half century ago. They’ve subsequently played a variety of styles in a number of different groups, as well as with their father, jazz giant Dave Brubeck, and with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet. With Dan and Chris as the foundation, guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, complete this dynamic quartet. They perform at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe including the Newport, Detroit, Montreal, Playboy/Hollywood Bowl, and Monterey Jazz Festivals. The Quartet’s last cd, LifeTimes was a hit on the Jazz Week radio chart where it made the Top Ten list as one of the most played jazz recordings of the year. 

“The playing that takes place on LifeTimes – the wondrous combination of swing, melodic majesty, masterful arrangements and a truckload of truly inspirational solos – just adds a vibrancy and color to songs I thought I knew and loved on a deep level. It turns out that there was still plenty of depth I could have discovered. I just needed someone to point the way and that is exactly what these four gentleman have done through LifeTimes.” – Seattle Times

These versatile musicians also collaborate with or­chestras all across the U.S. as well as internationally, including  performing with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra.   With Chris Brubeck’s compositions as a vehicle, the BBQ has joined with chamber groups to collaborate with musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra.

Although the Quartet’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music. The group’s creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.


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Inspector with Vic N' The Narwhals
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

Inspector with Vic N' The Narwhals

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Inspector

The band Inspector (from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) fuses classic Jamaican rhythms with the feel of Mexican pop.

Their style is a blend of ska, reggae, nostalgia for the 1960s rock-n-roll and the great romantic groups of the 1970s, in addition a romantic style of their own. They are part of the musical movement called the Avanzada Regia.

Vic N’ The Narwhals

Los Narwhals, as the streets of Denver refer to them are a Latin Psych/Surf band whose influences range from The Growlers, The Doors, Cumbia, and all around garage, surf, and punk rock. The feeling of being in a "Narwhal" show is a trip back in time with Latin rhythmic sounds of the drums and bass, with a groovy pinch of keys and organs, topped off with the nostalgic but familiar sounds of the vintage guitars. Once you start dancing, this delicious concoction of sounds will make sure you don't stop until the end.  

The band has opened up for The Mystic Braves, Guantanamo Baywatch Latin Grammy Nominated The Chamanas, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Thee Commons, Santoros, and many more. They have also done live in studio sessions at Colorado Public Radio, been featured in the Metropolitan Magazine, and Barf Magazine. They have played in festivals like UMS (CO) along side Alvvas, Holy Wave, Deer Hunter, among others and have played in ICT Fest (KS).  

"Vic N’ The Narwhals released their debut EP, “Los Narwhals,” earlier this year. The Denver surf-rock quartet writes songs about heartache in both English and Spanish. The band, which resides in and helps manage the Denver-area D.I.Y. venue Ursa Minor, received a nomination for Best Rock Band in Westword’s 2018 music awards." -Colorado Public Radio also nominated for Best Alternative/Indie Band by Westword in 2019. 

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Orgone with Cosmic Joe
Jul
14
5:00 PM17:00

Orgone with Cosmic Joe

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Orgone

Orgōne (Or-gōne). Noun. 1. A universal life force. 2. A cosmic unit of energy, the creative force in nature. 3. A soul music juggernaut with 8 heads and one heart. Now and always, Orgōne delivers dirty, organic, California soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feet and shoves you wantingly onto the dance floor. It all started with two kids from the San Fernando Valley, whose shared affinity for gritty soul records of the 60s and 70s collided with the colorful music cultures brewing in Los Angeles during the late 90s.
That friendship sparked a movement, and Orgōne has been delivering nothing but gold to the funk faithful ever since.

“We intend our music to have an inhibition-canceling effect,” founding guitarist Sergio Rios explains. “It speaks to those who may have wallflower tendencies encouraging everyone to own the freakiness that lives inside them, and enjoy the spotlight for a little while. Sometimes it takes a nudge to let go and get on the dance floor. And sometimes it takes a big 'ol push... a love shove, if you will. And we're well versed in those."

Fearless vocalist Adryon de León elevates the octets soulfulness to intoxicating new levels on Orgone's latest studio album, Beyond The Sun. Dubbed "stank face inducing glory" by Okayplayer, the record is a lightning rod of inspiration for a new generation of funk music lovers. Following the 45 release in April of “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman” featuring Cyril Neville, Orgone plans to drip steamy new singles one by one into the world throughout 2017.

Cosmic Joe

Cosmic Joe is a delicious blend of tight brassy funk and grooves from out of this world. Get ready to move your body because Cosmic Joe gets down.

Guitar/Vocal - Robert Beard, Bass - Stephen Whitfield, Keys - Ryan "Plugged" Pontillas, Drums - Todd Carrasco, Trumpet - Kevin Roe, Trumpet - Dan Ravita, Tenor Sax/Vocal - Annie West, Alto Sax/Bari Sax/Trombone - Phil Jones




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Rainbow Militia with Chimney Choir and DéCollage
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Rainbow Militia with Chimney Choir and DéCollage

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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.

Chimney Choir

Chimney Choir combines folk harmonies, ambient electronics, and swirling textures of rhythm and melody into a style of music that is not easy to define. They began in 2011 with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, and suitcase drum and have since toured the country extensively, recorded and released five recordings, and developed layers of electronics, live looping, and percussion. They still remain fascinated with folk music and traditions while they constantly evolve and experiment - their performances often take on a theatrical quality that has incorporated puppetry, ritual, dance, storytelling, interactive video and even a sci-fi mini-drama. Their newest album, "(dream)" was released November 2016. 

"Chimney Choir has never been a conventional band. Its songwriting has roots in Americana and pop, but it’s informed by an avant-garde sensibility, so that any musical idea or offbeat concept could be incorporated at will. Albums and shows reveal the group’s conceptual and theatrical side: Its last album-release performance was part concert, part game show, and included audience participation. Another album-release show took place in an architectural warehouse, and the performance was a kind of treasure hunt...the group reliably offers up high-concept, often interactive experiences. '(dream)' finds Chimney Choir in fine form, with its signature mix of Americana and ambient soundscapes resulting in thought-provoking pop songs. The new tracks aim for a commercial sound without compromising that experimental edge." -Westword

DéCollage

If Salvador Dali’s paintings came to life, they would sound like déCollage; a kaleidosonic avant-pop band creating space for imagination. Their upcoming 4th album transports the listener into the psychic depths of a bouncy house exploding with bubble blowing glitter fairies wearing rainbow lipstick. Called the "grandchildren of Elephant 6" by Impose Magazine, they've brought their playful surrealism to stages shared with of Montreal, Dan Deacon, Animal Collective, and Deerhoof since their inception in 2009 (Denver). Blurring barriers, at Red Rocks & Meow Wolf they handed out a seemingly infinite supply of googly eyes and fed oysters to the audience.

The band’s previous album was released in partnership with Misra Records and Sub Pop Licensing. Charting at #16 on CMJ Radio, Magnetize is a spirited, collaborative album spanning over 20 artists across multiple genres including members of Sound of Ceres, Ancient Elk, Rubedo, Rose Quartz and many more. Like a space blanket, their live shows warm any heart.




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Gasoline Lollipops with Chella & The Charm
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Gasoline Lollipops with Chella & The Charm

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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.

Chella & The Charm

Chella and the Charm, one of Denver’s musical jewels, delivers an honest and fresh approach to their
brand of Americana music. Highlighting Chella’s soaring vocals, The Charm are leading Denver’s Country
resurgence with inspiring songs and superior instrumentation. Careful to honor the roots of traditional
Country and Western, Chella and The Charm update the sound by intertwining smart, modern lyricism
and catchy indie singer/songwriter sensibility. The result is a textured, lush, and captivating sound that
reflects the pain of heartbreak, the joy and wonder of life, and the wisdom gained from experiencing
both.

Chella and The Charm’s latest release, “Good Gal,” can be found on Bandcamp and all major streaming
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The 2nd Annual Reggae On The Grass Free The People With Music
Jul
20
12:00 PM12:00

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The 2nd Annual Reggae On The Grass Free The People With Music

Reggae On The Grass celebrates the thriving reggae community in Colorado.

The Inaugural 2018 staging was the largest free concert series production at the Levitt Pavilion for Denver's 50 family friendly concert series, at 6200 attendees.

Presented by BloodPreshah/Rasta Stevie & KGNU Community Radio, ROTG features the best Colorado based Reggae bands, DJ's , and singers. New for 2019 , Reggae On The Grass is adding International Reggae All-Stars.

With a stated mission to unify, promote, and uplift the entire Colorado reggae movement, ROTG showcases Radio, as well as night club selectors alongside artistes and performers. Advocating for the Jamaican Sound System culture. 

ROTG also features a Reggae Market (Marketplace) a colorful array of Reggae related merchandise, arts, crafts, and services. 

Reggae On The Grass is an all ages, family friendly event with free general admission lawn space, and our new paid VIP area with perks and an interactive kids area. This event is rain or shine.

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Featuring

Dubskin

Gracie Bassie

The Al Capones

Denver vintage reggae society

SpellBinder 

Niceness

BloodPreshah

Selassie & the FaFa family

The Groove Thief 

DJ Weez

Ganja Zulu

DJ K-nee

Mondo Rock

Colorado Binghistra

Logan Lavalley


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DUBSKIN

For nearly a decade the Colorado based reggae band, DubSkin, has been writing, recording and performing their unique brand of roots reggae music. Since forming in 2006, DubSkin has independently released multiple ground breaking albums and has shared the stage with reggae giants such as Burning Spear, Stephen Marley, Israel Vibrations, Matisyahu, SOJA and Collie Buddz to name a few. DubSkin has also played some of the prominent music venues and festivals in America including the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater, Wakarusa, Camp Bisco and Summer Camp.

With the release of their latest album, Light The Dark, DubSkin continues to push the boundaries of the reggae genre and create music that is not only danceable but also provokes contemplation on the nature of reality, the history of humanity, the issues societies face today and the possible solutions of tomorrow. By combining soulful vocals, conscious lyrics, catchy melodies and body moving rhythms, DubSkin is blazing a trail of their own in the reggae musical landscape.

The Al Capones

The Alcapones is a musical brotherhood that is one part heart and one part madness, initially founded in 2012. This band shares life’s simple joys through original music inspired by authentic Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae. From raw originals to jazz/ska/reggae fusion, the Alcapones’ unique style continuously inspires your feet on the dance floor. Raise your spirit and celebrate life like a gangster of love!

Niceness

Niceness is rooted in the traditional sounds of island reggae; seamlessly integrating elements of soul, funk, latin and hip-hop while staying true to their authentic reggae vibes. Their lyrics embody a conscious message seldom found in this day and age, centrally focused on love, personal responsibility, interdependence and sustainability. With a strong foundation of musicians, Michael Gomberg on drums, David Christeson on the keys, Mike Enriquez on bass, Dustin Wilson on guitar, Jonathan Barfield on percussion, Jeff Gutierrez on tenor sax, John White on Alto sax and Jared Wright on trumpet, the musical sense and rhythm is solid allowing for the vocal melodies of Koral Delatierra to sweep you away into the niceness that is abounding all around us.

"Our goal as a band is to spread positive vibrations with our music, sharing words of wisdom and gratitude to inspire and empower our fellow brothers and sisters to know thyself and to stand in truth and love." 

Selassie & The Fafa Family

Born in Accra, Ghana, Selasee grew up exposed to the colorful and energetic sounds of Highlife Music. With this exposure Selasee created his own style—a unique blend of Reggae, West African Highlife and American Pop music. Threading together English and West African lyrics for a bright and captivating sound.

On the touring circuit, Selasee has shared the stage with reggae legends Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Third World, The Mighty Diamonds, Don Carlos, Barrington Levy, King Yellowman, The Melodians and Anthony B. .

In his own words—“Humility is power!”


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Aterciopelados with Pink Hawks
Jul
21
5:00 PM17:00

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Aterciopelados

Aterciopelados, the pioneer Latin-American folk-rock group, returns after 8 years with their first long and live project entitled “Reluciente, Rechinante y Aterciopelado.” This CD+DVD is a compilation of the most representative songs of their repertoire that celebrates over two decades of their existence as a band. It features the participation of big names, such as Macaco, León Larregui (vocals for the Mexican group Zoé), Goyo (Chocquibtown) and Catalina García (Monsieur Periné).

The group’s members, Andrea Echeverri and Héctor Buitrago, founded Aterciopelados in 1992 and achieved great success, both locally and internationally, thanks to a sound that was absolutely unique and innovative, free of prejudices, mixing rock with the roots of Colombian folklore and even with salsa and bossa nova.

Aterciopelados have grown and evolved with each production, making history in Latin America and the rest of the world. They have released seven studio and one compilation album, selling over ten million copies of their records. Their album Río has been mentioned by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 10 best Latin rock albums of all times.

They have earned two Latin Grammy awards and been nominated on multiple occasions for the Grammy. Aterciopelados are also Amnesty International ambassadors focusing on the fight against abuse of women and have been strong activists since the beginning of their journey as a group, as well as individually, with Andrea releasing three studio recordings (“Andrea Echeverri”, “Dos” & “Ruiseñora”) that reveal a very clear position regarding gender issues and the rights of women. The first one of said albums carries her name.

Furthermore, Hector, who is composer and producer for many up and coming artists, has always been interested in the environment and the legacy from ancestral indigenous people, and has actively participated in organizing “Canto al Agua,” an intercultural network focusing on healing and caring for the water. His soloist discography consists of his albums “Conector”, “Conector II” and “Niños Cristal”.

Hector and Andrea are currently presenting “Reluciente, Rechinante y Aterciopelado”, homage to all the songs that turned them into one of the greatest and most renowned rock bands in Colombia and worldwide. As a result of their getting together after a three-year recess and with the objective of presenting their greatest hits at the 20 years of Rock al Parque, they have created this CD+DVD. It includes songs that made the “50 most viral songs of Colombia.”

This is an album filled with environmental-friendly elements, and all related videos of the group are already available on the Vevo channel on Youtube and available on all streaming and online purchasing websites. It is a summary of the greatest hits of a legendary band that has left its imprint on more than one generation for over two decades.

In the middle of their world tour “Reluciente, Rechinante 2017”, in which they support the release of the live album that bears this name in different countries in Europe, Aterciopelados’ pays tribute to Juan Gabriel, with its version of “He venido a pedirte Perdón”.

According to Andrea and Héctor, this song is “Sound nu disco and plancha futurista”, referring to the term ‘iron music’ that in Colombia encompasses the great songwriters of Latin music of the 70’s and 80’s. 

Pink Hawks

Pink Hawks is an Afrobeat / Chicano Hip-Hop orchestra, playing original and future-traditional music to dance to. Local music scholar Tom Murphy states, "As much artistic revolutionaries as musicians, Pink Hawks bring the struggle for a more interesting world home to roost." In his coverage of the Underground Music Showcase, Westword Magazine writer A.H. Goldstein paints a narrative: “I jostled through the crowd to find a spot at the front of the room. The effort was worth it - Pink Hawks' set was easily one of the most dynamic and infectious of the night.” Your body, mind and soul will thank you later.

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. 

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.

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Dale Watson with Halden Wofford & The Hi Beams
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Dale Watson with Halden Wofford & The Hi Beams

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Dale Watson

Dale Watson is a honky tonk hero and country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.

Although Dale has made his name as a Texas artist, he actually was born in Alabama. Moving to Houston as a teenager, his musical journey began right out of high school as he started playing clubs and local honky-tonks. In 1988, it led him to move to Los Angeles on the advice of rockabilly singer-guitarist Rosie Flores. He played in the house band at the legendary Palomino Club in Hollywood for a couple years and recorded a few singles before moving to Nashville to write songs for a publishing company run by Gary Morris (writer of such country/pop hits as “The Wind Beneath My Wings”). Commercial country did not fit the fiercely independent songwriter so Dale relocated to Austin, Texas where he got a record deal and wrote several songs poking fun at the industry side of Nashville, including “Nashville Rash” from his Hightone debut Cheatin’ Heart Attack and “A Real Country Song” from his 1996 follow-up Blessed or Damned. 

After making three albums with Hightone, Dale released The Trucking Sessions on Koch Records in 1998. Including 14 original driving songs, the album received high praise and caused critics to compare him to chart-topping writer Red Simpson, who was responsible for some of the most iconic trucking tunes in country music.

Just two years after this success, Dale’s fiancee died in a car accident. As chronicled in the Zalman King documentary Crazy Again (2006), he turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her loss and nearly died of an overdose. Dale then checked himself into a mental institution and left a year later, releasing his tribute album to her called Every Song I Write Is For You (2001). After recording a few more albums, he decided to take a break from touring and moved to Maryland to be closer to his daughters.

Back in Texas and on the road in 2006, Dale has been trucking ever since, touring around the world and acting in films (The Thing Called Love, On the Borderline), on television (Friday Night Lights) and most recently, on stage in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern gothic musical by Stephen King and John Mellencamp . His rumbling baritone has also been heard on commercials for Shell, Monster.com and On the Border Restaurants.

Dale signed with Red House Records in 2011 to release his 20th album called The Sun Sessions. Hailed as “one of the best country albums of the year” (Atlanta Journal Constitution), it was recorded at Memphis’ legendary Sun Studios with The Texas Two (bassist Chris Crepps and drummer Mike Bernal) in the stripped-down style of Johnny Cash’s earliest recordings. He followed this with El Rancho Azul, 14 fresh honky tonk originals about marriage, heartbreak and honkytonkin, which propelled Dale into the national spotlight with multiple appearances on late-night television and NPR.

Halden Wofford & The Hi Beams

With an unapologetic embrace of the twang, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams ride out from the cutting edge cowtown of Denver, Colorado. Rootsy and real, neither revivalist nor retro, the Hi*Beams' brand of country music is as boundless and electrifying as America itself. From Red Rocks to rodeos, the Fillmore Auditorium to the back of a flatbed truck, to Prairie Home Companion, Kate Wolf Festival, and performing arts centers, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams deliver an unforgettable and original night of American music.

On the band's 6th studio recording, Hard Core Broken Heart (Oct 25, 2018), there's something for every country fan on your block. It is also the first album to enlist outside producer, Bill Kirchen. Known the world over from his seminal work with Commander Cody in the '60s and '70s, his time recording and touring with the likes of Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Link Wray, and his current standing as an Austin guitar hero. The album also features special appearances by Mollie O'Brien singing and Bill on guitar.




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Kinky with iZCALLi
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Kinky with iZCALLi

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Kinky with iZCALLi

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Kinky

With over 16 years of career, Kinky has performed in Mexico, the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia. His albums have been released in Mexico, the United States, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina and Spain. In 2014 they presented their MTV Unplugged and in 2017 they released their album Nada Vale Más que tú.

He has participated in festivals such as Coachella, Bumbershoot, Austin City Limits, Central Park Summerstage, Outside Lands, Bang! Music Festival, Voodoo Festival, KCRW Fest, Rock Park, Personal Fest, Pa'l Norte and Corona Music Fest. He has been present on 6 occasions in the prestigious Vive Latino Festival.

Kinky has been a special guest of international artists such as The Flaming Lips, Cake, Modest Mouse, De La Soul, Shakira, The Lonely Boys, Beck, Norah Jones and Vasco Rossi. He has also performed on legendary American television shows such as David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson Show and MTV VMAs.

Among the many awards and nominations he has received in his career we can mention: Grammy © winner in the Musical Engineering category, 1 Grammy nomination © as Best Latin Rock Group, 10 Latin Grammy nominations, 6 MTV nominations Video Music Awards, 2 nominations to the Millennial Awards (MTVLA), 1 nomination to the MTV EMA.

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.




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Lyrics Born with Boss Eagle
Jul
27
6:00 PM18:00

Lyrics Born with Boss Eagle

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Lyrics Born with Boss Eagle

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Lyrics Born

Lyrics Born relocated to the United States from his birthplace of Toyko, Japan right around the time Hip Hop was exploding on the East Coast. 

From the moment he heard Sugar Hill Gang’s 1980 classic “Rapper’s Delight,” the Bay Area Hip Hop luminary knew he’d found his calling. 

Twenty-five years later, LB has obliterated the stereotypes of what an MC is “supposed to” look like and captured the hearts of countless fans who gravitate to his distinctive voice.  He’s now the only Asian-American MC to release 10 studios albums and the first to play major music festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza. 

From his Quannum Recordings debut with Latyrx,1997’s The Album, to 2003’s seminal solo album Later That Day, he’s consistently pushed the boundaries of his craft. His newest project, Quite A Life, is like the exclamation point on his milestone year. 

“Ten albums is a lot for any artist, let alone an indie artist who colored outside the lines, so to speak,” LB says. “I'm just appreciative there was always somehow a path for me, no matter how impossible it seemed — either on paper or in practice.”

As the first Asian-American to release a greatest hits compilation, he’s pumped out multiple smash singles across four official studio albums. From “Stop Complaining” to “Callin’ Out” and “I Like It, I Love It” and “I Changed My Mind,” his material has always retained a musically eclectic feel. 

The self-proclaimed “funkiest rapper alive” carries on his tradition of weaving funk and soul into classic, boom-bap Hip Hop on Quite A Life. Without the influence of icons like James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Zapp and Rogers, LB admits he wouldn’t be who he is today. Coupled with his love of rap pioneers such as KRS-One, Rakim and Snoop Dogg, LB’s music is the perfect Hip Hop and funk-flavored gumbo. 

For live shows, LB often recruits a full band to “keep it all the way funky” for his audience. Coupled with wife/singer Joyo Velarde’s powerful voice, the unrelenting energy of his performances electrify every crowd. 

Since establishing himself among the upper echelon of indie Hip Hop artists, LB has expanded his empire into film. This year, he has roles in Boots Riley’s critically acclaimed film Sorry To Bother You and the Netflix movie Always Be My Maybe starring comedian Ali Wong and Keanu Reeves. 

“I'm funny, or so I’m told [laughs],” LB says.“I absolutely love comedy and being ridiculous. These past couple films have been an incredible experience. I'm especially proud to be a part of films that challenge norms and it doesn't hurt to work with your friends either.

“I really love comedic acting. As an artist, it's like another color on my palette. I will be doing more advocating for the underserved in the arts as well, particular for Asian Americans and other people of color. The world needs the same diversity in the arts as we do in real life.”

As LB continues the next chapter, he jokes that he’s become that “old stubborn Japanese man” who says what he wants and he’s not planning on going anywhere. In fact, his goal over the next 25 years is to make another 10 albums and more films. Most notably, he wants to continue providing a platform for other Asian-Americans, a slice of the population that is consistently underrepresented in pop culture. 

When he looks back on the last 25 years, he has nothing but gratitude for his position in the Hip Hop space and life in general. 

“I'm just blessed and grateful to be alive and pursuing my passion after 25 years,” LB says. “That’s mind-blowing for me when I really think about it. All the obstacles I've faced and accolades I've received, I can only be thankful.”

Boss Eagle a.k.a. The Firebird

An unashamedly clean, undoubtedly relevant, undeniable storyteller. Originally from Harvey, IL, the Colorado-based Hip Hop artist is carving his path as a bonafide entertainer and entrepreneur.

His Billboard®-charting debut album, The Firebird Album, is a reflection of his journey from being ‘just a kid from Chicago’ to becoming a man forged at altitude in Colorado. The album is deep and reflective, but also fun and smart. Boss Eagle raps about his spirituality (The Vine, Firebird), fighting for your dreams (Dream) and overcoming hardships (Ivan Drago), but also uses his rhymes to pay homage to the forefather/mothers of hip hop (Rap Dance). His popular ode-to-the-oldschool, Hip-Hop-meets-Motown track, Baby, demonstrates Boss Eagle's awareness and appreciation of the singers/artists who paved the way for his genre and music to have a place today.

There's a sense of pride for his roots and a confident self-awareness about who he is today. Albeit not devoid of humor and charisma — strong character traits of the performer.

The self-described “Entre-tainer” is also the owner/founder of 8199 Entertainment, a multiplatform entertainment brand company, and an accomplished dancer/choreographer and film & commercial actor.

Boss Eagle is a dreamer and a doer. He aspires to encourage others to pursue their passion & purpose. And that, through his music, people might be inspired to experience the freedom to soar into their own destiny like an EAGLE!

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Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band with Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts and Tracksuit Wedding
Aug
1
6:00 PM18:00

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band with Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts and Tracksuit Wedding

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Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band with Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts and Tracksuit Wedding

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Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country has pieced together one of the most dedicated followings out there. This following is sure to eat up the band’s latest offering, Poor Until Payday, (the second on their own Family Owned Records label through hip Nashville indie Thirty Tigers) out October 5th, a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty.

With all the power of a freight train, the Big Damn Band is known for its live shows. Rev. Peyton delivers guitar pyrotechnics the old fashioned way — ten fingers, a 6 string and an amp cranked at full tilt. In the country blues style, he plays the bass with his thumb, while picking the lead with his fingers at the same time. When he lifts the guitar behind his head to play there’s nothing but skill and 16 gauge nickel strings to make the sounds coming out of the speakers.

Beside him on stage are just two other people. His wife, “Washboard” Breezy Peyton playing with all the nuance and percussive power of a New Orleans drum line, and keeping the train moving is Max Senteney on a lean drum kit including a 5 gallon maple syrup bucket. Together they play Peyton’s wildman country blues that’s as much ZZ Top as it is Bukka White.

Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts

Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts bring forth new energy to music fans who love the heroes and outlaws of old. Influenced by the songs and personalities of legends like Waylon and Willie, they drive their sound with blazing guitars and a rock n roll attitude.  The band pays respect to classic styles, but anyone can tell from their overdriven sound that they’re far from traditionalists. Recommended for lovers of both classic country and 70’s rock n roll. 

Recent highlights include direct support for Dwight Yoakam, Shooter Jennings, Blackberry Smoke, The Marshall Tucker Band, Shakey Graves, Junior Brown, Cody Canada & The Departed, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Sunny Sweeney and more. The band toured extensively in 2016 and 2017 in support of their sophomore album, “Up From The North.” Highlights of the touring included the 75th annual Sturgis Rally where Gilby Clarke, formerly of Guns n Roses, performed on stage with the band, and later at the Ogden Theatre in Denver where Billy Nershi of The String Cheese Incident performed with the band. They will be on the road throughout 2018, touring for their album, “Shovel Full of Coal.” 

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.”




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Levitt National Tour Presents: Flor de Toloache with Flamenco Denver
Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

Levitt National Tour Presents: Flor de Toloache with Flamenco Denver

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Flor de Toloache with Flamenco Denver

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Flor de Toloache

Latin Grammy® winning, New York Based all-female ensemble Flor de Toloache continue to win the hearts of both progressive and traditional mariachi music fans alike through their distinct artistic vision and sophisticated, enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments. Edgy, versatile and fresh, the group is led by co-band founders Mireya I. Ramos on violin and Shae Fiol on vihuela. Together, they have graced international stages from Chenai, India to Paris, France and have extensively toured the U.S. as supporting act for Dan Auerbach of “The Black Keys”’ new project “The Arcs", as well as Cafe Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia, and Natalia Lafourcade. 

"Dicen", the group's 2014 breakout single was highlighted by NPR Music's list of The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+. Their sophemore album, “Las Caras Lindas”, won the Latin Grammy in the Best Ranchero / Mariachi Album Category, making them the first all-female mariachi group to win in this category.

Face of the 2018's Kia Forte campaign celebrating diversity, entrepreneurship and female empowerment, the New York ensemble and beloved press-darlings recently dropped "Besos de Mezcal”, a fresh new collaboration with Camilo Lara, from The Mexican Institute of Sound (MIS). The track is the first advance single off their highly anticipated new album scheduled to be released in late May. Apart from the record, the band has also unveiled a slew of collaborations with the likes of No Te Va Gustar, Kansas City Rockers, Making Movies alongside salsa godfather Rubén Blades, and perhaps most notably with platinum-selling R&B artist Miguel.  

Flor de Toloache’s proven unique flavor and infectious sound will make you want to dance the night away to tropical places!!

Flamenco Denver

María Vázquez has been dancing flamenco her entire life, and has been teaching and performing since 1994. She has studied with some of the most well-known Spanish dance artists, including Caracolillo, José Galvan, Aida Gomez, Javier Latorre, Carmen Montiel and Manolo Marin. She received her degree in Spanish Dance from the Conservatory of Dance in Sevilla. She danced with the company Ciudad de Sevilla, touring Europe for two years. She continued performing with other flamenco groups in Sevilla until 2002 when she moved to Denver. She is the founder and executive director of Flamenco Denver, a non profit organization which mission is to promote flamenco dance as a living art form and a vital part of Hispanic heritage through classes, quality dance performances, and arts education programs that catalyze connections among young people and nurture the next generation of Spanish dance artists and educators.


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Reverend Horton Heat with The Delta Bombers and Lincoln Durham
Aug
4
5:00 PM17:00

Reverend Horton Heat with The Delta Bombers and Lincoln Durham

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Reverend Horton Heat

Loaded guns, space heaters, and big skies. Welcome to the lethal littered landscape of Jim Heath’s imagination. True to his high evangelical calling, Jim is a Revelator, both revealing & reinterpreting the country-blues-rock roots of American music. He’s a time-travelling space-cowboy on a endless interstellar musical tour, and we are all the richer & “psychobillier” for getting to tag along.

Seeing REVEREND HORTON HEAT live is a transformative experience. Flames come off the guitars. Heat singes your skin. There’s nothing like the primal tribal rock & roll transfiguration of a Reverend Horton Heat show. Jim becomes a slicked-back 1950′s rock & roll shaman channeling Screamin’ Jay Hawkins through Buddy Holly, while Jimbo incinerates the Stand-Up Bass. And then there are the “Heatettes”. Those foxy rockabilly chicks dressed in poodle-skirts and cowboy boots slamming the night away. It’s like being magically transported into a Teen Exploitation picture from the 1950′s that’s currently taking place in the future.

Listening to the REVEREND HORTON HEAT is tantamount to injecting pure musical nitrous into the hot-rod engine of your heart. The Reverend’s commandants are simple. And no band on this, or any other, planet rocks harder, drives faster, or lives truer than the Reverend Horton Heat. These “itinerant preachers” actually practice what they preach. They live their lives by the Gospel of Rock & Roll.

From the High-Octane Spaghetti-Western Wall of Sound in “Big Sky” — to the dark driving frenetic paranoia of “400 Bucks” – to the brain-melting Western Psychedelic Garage purity of “Psychobilly Freakout” — The Rev’s music is the perfect soundtrack to the Drive-In Movie of your life.

Jim Heath & Jimbo Wallace have chewed up more road than the Google Maps drivers. For twenty-five Psychobilly years, they have blazed an indelible, unforgettable, and meteoric trail across the globe with their unique blend of musical virtuosity, legendary showmanship, and mythic imagery.

“Okay it’s time for me to put this loaded gun down, jump in my Five-Oh Ford, and nurture my pig on the outskirts of Houston. I’ll be bringing my love whip. See y’all later.” -Carty Talkington Writer/Director

Rev your engines and catch the sermon on the road as it’s preached by everybody’s favorite Reverend. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the 11th studio album from REVEREND HORTON HEAT, boldly titled Rev, due out January 21st.

The Delta Bombers

The Delta Bombers have smashed stages all over the world for 10 years. Driven by a hybrid of 50’s rock and roll fused with swampy blues, country, and rockabilly. The hard touring band’s haunting but powerful voice Chris Moinichen keeps the sounds fresh and always from a new angle. Andrew Himmler on Guitar, Gregorio Garcia on Bass and Micah Malcolm on Drums sway the dynamic up and down all night long with one mission: make it interesting. The goal of the band has always been to build something people who wear gabardine, denim, or mohawks could enjoy together. Based on their tour and festival history they are doing just that. The Bombers have set foot in over 26 countries and toured every corner of the USA with bands like Reverend Horton Heat, The Blasters and the Legendary Shack Shakers. Supported by four studio albums and non-stop touring of the USA and Europe, what started as a teenage dream has now come to fruition as a worldwide rock and roll expedition. The Delta Bombers continue to strive for the fringed ends of roots music always looking toward the next song and the next show. A show that should be witnessed by anyone who considers themselves a fan of American roots music, the Bombers are playing at a venue near you!


Lincoln Durham

Armed with old bastardized mid-century guitars, hand-me-down fiddles and banjos, home-made contraptions with just enough tension on a string to be considered an instrument and any random percussive item he can get his hands or feet on, Lincoln Durham is a Southern-Gothic Psycho-Blues Revival-Punk One-Man-Band with a heavy amped edge, preaching the gospel of some new kind of depraved music. With driving guttural beats backboning various growling stringed instruments Lincoln gives birth to a sound that transcends genres with his dark, poetic and raw writing style telling tales that E.A. Poe would have been proud of. 

Lincoln’s musical odyssey began when his grandpa, Charlie, and dad, Ed, put a fiddle in his hands at age 4. He would grow into an accomplished fiddle player winning the Youth Fiddle Championship at age 10. Lincoln afterward followed the path so many musicians have, finding his vice in the seductive, siren-like callings of the electric guitar. Or, in Lincoln’s case, the acoustic slide guitar with gnarly pickups haphazardly screwed into it. 

Lincoln’s true biography is in his live show. The passion in his sweat drenched, electrifyingly mesmerizing one-man-band show draws you in to feel every scar and drop of blood in his painfully intimate lyrics. It takes something beautifully “off” to get on stage with just hands and feet for a band, driven by a howling voice, and morbidly preach a music that harkens back to the old blues masters, Son House and Fred McDowell, infused with the edge and angst of Punk and darkened from the bad influences of Tom Waits and Nick Cave.




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Slim Cessna's Auto Club with Lost Walks
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Slim Cessna's Auto Club with Lost Walks

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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.


Lost Walks

Lost Walk's album, “Wolf, Woman, Man”, tells the story of a couple that moves into a desolate mountain region and ultimately faces challenges from the elements, each other and a lone, injured wolf. The band's live performances enhance the story by including visual elements created by local artists, set design by Chucky Martinez and Pat Steeno and a team of four dancers. 

Band members include veteran Denver musicians: Andy Thomas (The Knew, Tin Horn Prayer, Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart); Jen GaNun (Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart); Dameon Merkl (Bad Luck City); Ryan Fiegl (Bret Sexton Quartet); David Thomas Bailey (Faceman) Kelly O’Dea (Bad Luck City, Tarantella); Chad Johnson (Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Munly and the Lupercalians, Tarantella)

Lost Walks Dancers are: Claire Steeno, Jessica Riggs, Karlyn Griswold, Page Cirillo.

Off the stage, Lost Walks hopes to create a sustainable process to raise money for organizations that advocate for wolves. This far, the band has worked with and raised funds for, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Lobos of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Wolf Project.


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Passafire with Of Good Nature
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Passafire with Of Good Nature

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Passafire with Of Good Nature

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Passafire

On Passafire’s sixth studio release, Longshot, the Savannah, GA based rock outfit gives a testimony to following dreams, inspired by people, places, and experiences Passafire has shared since forming as a band. The group’s four members continue chasing their passion despite being told many times that “Making it as a musician is a long-shot,” a piece of advice that inspired this album and its title. Longshot takes its listeners through a full spectrum of emotions, telling stories of heartbreak, new beginnings, overcoming personal struggles, finding truths, discovering new places, and getting older, all weaved into Passafire’s genre-defying mix of reggae, hard rock, hip hop, and anything else that turns the group on musically.

Passafire was formed in Savannah, GA, in 2003 by Ted Bowne and Nick Kubley, and have built a strong reputation within the U.S. reggae scene through relentless touring with fellow band members Mike DeGuzman and Will Kubley. Bowne doesn’t mind the grueling schedule and adds, “Touring is the best way to keep the buzz about the band going. What keeps it fun and exciting is the people we meet and places we get to see. We are in a new city every day so there’s always something to go see or do.” They continue to be a larger part of the U.S. reggae scene, even though musically they are often far apart from many of their peers in the genre, with a growing emphasis on alternative and progressive rock elements within their songs.



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The Mother Hips with Grant Farm
Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

The Mother Hips with Grant Farm

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The Mother Hips

Twenty-five years into a celebrated career is an unlikely time to switch things up, but The Mother Hips have never been ones to follow convention. For their brilliant and exhilarating new release, ‘Chorus,’ the California stalwarts turned their recording process on its head, laying down elaborate studio demos to serve as a detailed roadmap for the album a full year before official recording sessions began. It was a step that offered both the time and the space to fully realize their music like never before, and the result is the most refined and cohesive album in The Mother Hips’catalog, one that marks the beginning of what promises to be their most creative and prolific chapter yet.

“We never did a lot of pre-production on our previous records,” says drummer John Hofer. “We had a system where we’d start recording and lock in the arrangements as we went, which was a fun way to work because you never knew how the songs were going to turn out.”

That spontaneity has always suited The Mother Hips, a band whose lofty reputation was built on the back of their spellbinding live shows, but by pushing themselves to work in a completely new way on ‘Chorus,’ they unlocked a slew of artistic rewards.

“Starting with these really fleshed out studio demos was exciting because it meant we could listen back months later with fresh ears,” says singer/guitarist/songwriter Tim Bluhm. “We could realize that a song might be more effective if we played it a little faster or sang it a little higher. It was like having a second chance to get everything just right.”

Bluhm co-founded The Mother Hips along with fellow guitarist/singer/songwriter Greg Loiacono while both were studying at Chico State in the early 90’s. Performing at frat parties quickly gave way to club shows, regional touring, and national buzz, and before they’d graduated from school, the band was signed to Rick Rubin’s American Recordings on the strength of their debut album, ‘Back To The Grotto.’ Over the ensuing two-and-a-half decades, they would go on to release eight more studio albums as they cemented their status as architects of a new breed of California rock and roll, one equally informed by the breezy harmonies of the Beach Boys, the funky roots of The Band, the psychedelic Americana of the Grateful Dead, and the soulful twang of The Byrds. Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “one of the Bay Area’s most beloved live outfits,” their headline and festival performances became the stuff of legend and helped them earn dates with everyone from Johnny Cash and Wilco to Lucinda Williams and The Black Crowes. Rolling Stone called the band “divinely inspired,” while Pitchfork praised their “rootsy mix of 70’s rock and power pop,” and The New Yorker lauded their ability to “sing it sweet and play it dirty.”

It’s been five years since the band’s last studio release of new material, though, and it’s been a tumultuous time on multiple fronts to say the least. Members grappled with immense changes in their personal lives and pursued a variety of outside and solo projects. Bluhm nearly died in a speed flying accident when he slammed into a pile of felled trees at roughly 35 miles-per-hour, and his path to healing was an arduous and daunting one. For the band, the ability to revisit the songs they’d been writing and demoing during such turbulent times with the distance and perspective that comes from a year of personal growth and recovery proved to be invaluable.

“When we actually started recording these songs for the album, there was this whole new level of energy and inspiration and excitement to it,” reflects Loiacono. “There was such a positive vibe in the studio, and the emotions and the performances we captured were so much more fully realized because of it.”

The band is quick to credit part of that excitement to their new partnership with Blue Rose Music, whose support enabled the band to team up with acclaimed producer Karl Derfler (Tom Waits, Roky Erickson) and enter the studio in Oakland without the traditional time and budgetary constraints that might have inhibited the free flow of creativity or the exploratory spirit that defines the album.

“When you feel like you’re believed in, it’s amazing what you can do,” reflects Bluhm. “Blue Rose made us feel like what we were creating really mattered, and that feeling alone just doubles the energy available for any creative endeavor.”

The effect is clear from the opening moments of ‘Chorus,’ a richly melodic album that finds the Hips embracing their rock and roll roots with a renewed sense of vitality. They channel Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis on “Didn’t Pay The Bill,” tap into 70’s cosmic country on the soaring “It’s Alright,” and take a blistering turn into riff rock with “Hi Note Hitters.”“Clean Me Up,” meanwhile, calls to mind the rich harmonies ofalt-country contemporaries The Jayhawks, and the driving “I Went Down Hard” (a rare co-write between Bluhm and Loiacono) addresses Bluhm’s brush with mortality head-on through lyrics written and demoed from a hospital bed.

“At that point, I’d been pretty much confined to a hospital bed for four months,” says Bluhm, who often pulls his lyrical inspiration from dreams rather than his waking life. “Writing about the mindset and the events that led to the physical state I was in made a lot of sense to me.”

The band also made another obvious—though no less revelatory—decision by inviting their old friend Jackie Greene, once dubbed “the Prince of Americana” by the New York Times, to play bass on the record.

“I was familiar with Jackie’s bass playing and I always thought he had a great feel,”says Hofer, “but I turned out even happier than I thought I’d be in the end. Jackie approached the bass on this album like a songwriter rather than a bass player, and I was always so impressed with the choices he made. He really played to the songs.”

Greene is but one star in the wider universe of The Mother Hips, and cultivating an inclusive community of music lovers and fellow artists has always been central to their ethos. From the Hipnic—their intimate music festival held annually in Big Sur—to Hipsmas—their annual holiday series in San Francisco—the band has long prided themselves on carving out their own self-sustained, DIY ecosystem for touring, recording, and releasing music, and they’ve worked hard to foster meaningful relationships both with and amongst their extremely dedicated fanbase. That sense of community is, in fact, where the album’s title came from.

“We were thinking about the Greek chorus, and how they were sort of the interpreters, the collective consciousness of the play,” says Loiacono. “That led to thinking about the wider Mother Hips world and all the fans who are such an important part of everything we do. For us, ‘Chorus’ means that there’s more to The Mother Hips than just the musicians and the lead singers. There’s this whole other side to the band that’s made up of everybody who’s part of this journey with us.”

Twenty-five years on, the journey continues with more joy and meaning and depth for the band and their fans than ever before. The Mother Hips may have turned their recording process upside down on ‘Chorus,’ but some things will never change.


Grant Farm

Boulder, Colorado-based Cosmic Americana band Grant Farm has entertained a growing fan base on the nation’s club and festival scene since its founding in 2009 by vocalist and National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Tyler Grant.  

Built on the fundamentals of love, family, and music, the band is a sure bet for fans of high-energy, authentic artists as diverse as Sturgill Simpson, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Phish. Comprised of zany, creative and highly musical comrades, Grant Farm members include Grant (aka “The Champ”), Adrian “Ace” Engfer (bass and vocals), Sean “Magic” Macaulay(drums) and Kevin “Money” McHugh (keyboards and vocals).
 
Daniel Mescher of Colorado Public Radio dubbed Grant Farm “some of the ablest musicians not only in the state of Colorado, but in the nation.” Members’ prior experience includes playing with groups like The Emmitt-Nershi Band, Donovan Frankenreiter and Hot Soup. Collectively, they had also shared stages with notable artists Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Tony Rice, Keller Williams, Jon Oates and the like and with notable groups The String Cheese Incident, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band and The Infamous Stringdusters.

The band’s latest release, Kiss the Ground (Summer 2016), represents its first full-length concept album and its third album of original music. Speaking to the struggles we all face as working people, Kiss the Ground sends a positive message while acknowledging real hardship in a society that expects far too much. “We think of this as our ode to the working people,” says Grant, whose song, “Get in Line,” discusses the high price we pay for things we want in life. Kiss the Ground explores real and mythological connections to the human struggle and pays homage to the "Working Class Hero," an archetype famously described by John Lennon.

Previous Grant Farm albums include a 2012 self-titled debut and a 2014 follow up, Plowin' Time, which reached #2 on JamBand Radio Charts and charted on Americana Radio. In 2014, the band also released the Meeting on the Mountain EP, an inspired collaboration with the group Fruition.

The band has also created the acclaimed Meeting on the Mountain LIVE, a collaborative, live webcast concert experience featuring Grant Farm as the house band and Tyler Grant as host. To date, episodes have featured Dave Bruzza of Greensky Bluegrass, Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident, Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth, The Dead Winter Carpenters and other guests.

Like a “traveling Gypsy family,” Grant Farm enjoys their life of touring, writing and adventuring together as they share their music up and down the North American roots music line.




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Eilen Jewell
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Eilen Jewell

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Eilen Jewell

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Eilen Jewell

Eilen Jewell laughs when told her label’s president called her a musicologist. But she confirms she and her husband and bandmate, drummer Jason Beek, have a passion for studying American music.

“We really love to uncover the past. It’s almost like digging for buried treasure,” she says. “For me, that’s where music is at. I like all kinds of music as long as there’s the word ‘early’ in front of it.” For her new album, Down Hearted Blues, released Sept. 22, 2017 on Signature Sounds, she and Beek unearthed 12 vintage gems written or made famous by an array of artists both renowned and obscure, from Willie Dixon and Memphis Minnie to Charles Sheffield and Betty James. Then, like expert stonecutters, they chiseled them into exciting new shapes and forms, honoring history while breathing new life into each discovery.

Known for what allmusic.com describes as a “country-flavored and blues-infused version of contemporary folk (which also can include healthy doses of rockabilly and surf),” Jewell’s discography includes several albums of original material and one of Loretta Lynn covers. Jewell has also recorded two albums with her eight-piece gospel-group side project the Sacred Shakers. But this latest effort, which she and Beek co-produced, with engineering by pianist/banjo player Steve Fulton and Pat Storey, is her first collection of blues — despite the fact that she credits the genre for igniting her musical curiosity in the first place.

That’s because, even though she’s dreamed of recording a blues album since discovering Howlin’ Wolf as a Boise, Idaho, teen, Jewell had to convince herself she could — and should.

“I’ve always had this sense of self-doubt about it,” she admits. “Like, who am I to sing the blues? I’m a white girl from Idaho. I don’t know if I have a right to do that.” But she also remembers an old friend’s advice: “Everyone has the right to do what they love in this world, regardless of who they are and what background they come from.”

Finally, she tired of waging her internal battle and decided to let the “do what you love” side win. It was a wise choice — particularly because she’s hardly appropriating or imitating anyone’s style; on the contrary, Jewell makes each song her own, while paying homage to her beloved inspirations. It also should be noted that American blues music, like its country of origin, is a melting pot of influences, and that all music evolves from what came before — and that, by recording these songs, she’s helping to strengthen the legacy of those who created and popularized them.

Some of them she heard while listening to her husband’s Radio Boise show, Spoonful. The pair also cite John Funke’s Backwoods, on Cambridge’s WMBR-FM, as a source of discovery. In fact, the couple’s mutual attraction to musical obscurities led directly to their relationship. A friend who knew of their common interest made the introduction, correctly guessing they’d hit it off.

That happened in Boston, where Jewell lived for nine years after leaving Boise to attend college in Santa Fe, New Mexico, then migrating to Los Angeles and finally, to the East Coast. Jumping into Boston’s roots-music scene, she began hunting for a guitarist. Beek pointed her to Jerry Miller, a bona-fide Boston legend known for his versatility. They’ve been playing together ever since; she chose some Down Hearted Blues tracks, such as “Crazy Mixed Up World,” a Dixon tune recorded by Little Walter, and Albert Washington’s “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” to showcase Miller.

On the latter, his notes bend around her supple, dramatic minor-key vocals, which slide in after a punchy sax and bass intro. Jewell, who titled a previous album Queen of the Minor Key, says its “scary, creepy” tone fit right in with so many songs they’ve done, it already felt like an old friend the first time she heard it. That horn, by the way, comes courtesy of Curtis Stigers, a fellow Boisean who had several soul hits before segueing into jazz. A fan who pumps her music through the PA before his own shows, he also sits in with her band when they’re both in town. (Jewell and Beek moved to Boise in 2012 to be closer to her family and start their own.)

“He played with us at a local festival and we loved what he did so much we asked him, very spur of the moment, to come to the studio and record with us. He literally dropped what he was doing and said, ‘I’ll be there in 15 minutes,’” she recalls, marveling about how he created a horn section with overdubs — chartless, on songs he’d never heard.

He’s also on “You Know My Love,” another Dixon tune popularized by Otis Rush. Jewell’s torchy rendition emphasizes its spooky message: “You think you’re gonna get on with your life, but there’s this thing between us that will never die; it’s always gonna come back and haunt you.

Laughing, she says, “I can definitely attest to that being a real thing in life.”

Other picks, such as Dixon’s “You’ll Be Mine,” have a more personal connection. She came to it through Howlin’ Wolf, whom she found while rooting through her dad’s garage-stashed album collection. The minute she heard him, she says, “I knew what I was supposed to be listening to.”

By then, she had absorbed the classics — Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Doors — and noticed her favorite rockers had something in common: they were influenced by early blues artists. Down the rabbit hole she went, finding Bessie Smith, represented here via the Lovie Austin and Alberta Hunter-penned title tune Smith turned into a hit, then Memphis Minnie (“Nothing in Rambling”) and “Big” Maybelle Smith (“Don’t Leave Poor Me”).

“I’m always drawn toward anything that women accomplish in the musical world, especially of previous eras,” Jewell says. “It was amazing that women could do anything back then, when it was so frowned upon.”

Jewell, who also plays guitar and Hammond organ on these tracks, claims she’d be happy singing nothing but Big Maybelle songs — if they weren’t such a heavy vocal workout. On the propulsive “Don’t Leave Poor Me” she practically dares her voice to leap up high and swoop down low before stepping aside for the pulsating guitar-and-percussion bridge.

Her easy glide from note to note on the back-porch picker “Nothing in Rambling” contrasts with that style — and with lyrics expressing the difficulties of life on the road (a life that now includes daughter Mavis, already a world traveler at age 3) — further highlighting the smooth/raw dichotomy inherent not only to this album, but the genre itself.

While Jewell doesn’t exhibit whiskey-scratched vocal tendencies, she can certainly make a gutbucket lose some splinters — or beguile with silky sexiness. It’s as if she’s doing a one-woman play, slipping into a different persona with each song — a feat that becomes even more impressive when she reveals these tracks were recorded in only two days, live, and that Miller and upright bass player Shawn Supra hadn’t even heard some of them beforehand. That’s how spontaneous it actually was. They just happened to book some studio time during a free day in Boise, and had so much fun playing these songs they decided to make an album.

“It really felt serendipitous, like what was supposed to happen was happening,” Jewell says. “I finally gave myself permission to do what I wanted to do, and the universe supported me.”


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Celso Piña with Pato Machete
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

Celso Piña with Pato Machete

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Celso Piña with Pato Machete

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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.

Pato Machete

Patricio Chapa Elizalde, aka "Pato Machete" was born on October 6, 1975 in Monterrey, Nuevo León. The musical talent becomes evident as a child, with a natural inclination towards rhythm and percussion. The process of learning instruments takes him to drums, the guitar, and the flute. In the fertile and unbridled music scene Regiomontana of the 90's was unveiled, collaborating with artists such as Gil Cerezo (current vocalist of Kinky) and Tony Hernández of El Gran Silencio. In this pulsating environment of creativity, discover the most lethal weapon in your musical arsenal: Your voice. Together with Fermín IV and Toy Selectah, they launch the HipHop group that set the tone and gave sound to a movement that came to transcend the city, to be played in neighborhoods around Latin America, and then the world: Control Machete. With Control Machete he recorded 3 albums: Mucho Barato (1997), Artillería Pesada Presenta (1999) and Uno, Dos: Bandera (2003). An aggressive, organic sound with relevant and direct lyrics accompanied a sonic onslaught that quickly cemented itself as a reference to Hispanic urban culture. Control Machete allows Pato to develop his technique, printing a sound that does not seek to compare or emulate other scenes or participants, but is a true reflection of a place, a moment and millions of people. In 2008 he meets with the legendary producer of Jason Roberts, and releases his first solo album titled "Contrabanda" which includes a comic to "Señor Matanza", original of Mano Negra accompanied by the Rebel of the Accordion: Celso Piña, as well as the "Encuentros" theme in collaboration with Chetes, by Zurdok. In 2011 he released the single "Soy", part of his second solo album "33" and enlisted with the Mexican artist collective Happy-Fi, and released the video "Plata o Plomo" with Eugenia León, "Alma" used for a well-known campaign of the Mexican Soccer Team, as well as "Gota a Gota" doing a new dumbbell account with Gil Cerezo, friend and participant of Pasto, the band prior to Control Machete, with whom Pato began to be known, in the independent scene of Monterrey. He has shared the stage with international artists such as David Bowie, Eminem, Kanye West, 50 Cent, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, The Fabulous Cadillacs, Molotov, All Your Dead, Bersuit Vergarabat, Phobia, Maldita Vecindad, Illya Kuriaky and the Valderramas, La Mala Rodriguez, Violadores del Verso, Delinquent Habits and Caifanes, among many others. He has also collaborated in recordings with Buena Vista Social Club, Café Tacuba, ANIMAL, Sussie 4, Natalia Lafourcade, Anita Tijoux, Supernafamacho, Hector Guerra, Ely Guerra, Ghost Group, Kid Frost, HR, Rococo Pantheon and Jumbo, to name a few. . With a frenetic live show that has traveled around the world, and with collaborations with essential artists from Monterrey such as Celso Piña, El Gran Silencio, Inspector, Quiero Club y Niña, how "Rio Loco" in Toulouse France, "Vacilón Festival" in Santiago de Chile and "Zafarrancho 5.0" in Managua, Nicaragua, only in this last year, Pato Machete has stood up as an unstoppable force in the relevant musical scene. Currently working on his third album as a soloist, after joining the label of La Tuna Records, along with old friends, collaborators, writers, composers, producers and programmers, such as Carlos Arredondo, Ramón "Monz" Gómez, Alejandro Zea, Ezekiel and Jason Roberts, which will be edited in the month of May 2015. Starting the new tour, along with its CONTRABANDA around the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina.

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Backyard Party with Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Slim Wednesday
Aug
17
5:00 PM17:00

Backyard Party with Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Slim Wednesday

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Fowler’s Home Team and Rhett Tree’s Present:

Backyard Party with Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Slim Wednesday

Featuring Performances by Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Slim Wednesday, and Big Chief Juan Pardo

What started in 2011 as a true “backyard” party for local real estate broker, David Fowler, Backyard Party has evolved into one of Denver’s most exciting free summer concerts. As part of Levitt Pavilion's free concert series, Backyard Party 2019 brings the music of New Orleans to Denver with legendary Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Slim Wednesday featuring JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic, and special guest, Mardi Gras Indian, Big Chief Juan Pardo.  Proceeds from sponsorship's benefit Denver-based Youth On Record.

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Celebrating over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.

Slim Wednesday

Mix Jojo Hermann from Widespread Panic with The Dynamites and what do you get? Slim Wednesday, the day after Fat Tuesday—Southern Psych-Soul. Slim Wednesday creates a sound that keeps listeners dancing all night. The band focuses on the sound of New Orleans that was pioneered by artists like Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and The Funky Meters, all of which were a huge part of JoJo's musical background. John “JoJo” Hermann is known for his lead vocals on many New Orleans style jazz and blues covers and originals along with gospel-style organ playing. In capturing the quintessential sound of New Orleans, The Slim Wednesday Band will be sure to provide a night of dancing, partying, and great entertainment.

Big Chief Juan Pardo

Big Chief Juan Pardo and the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians is an electrifying display of a culture that dates back over two hundred years in New Orleans. Chief Juan’s soulful voice brings any audience to feel like they are in the jazz filled streets of New Orleans. This percussion-heavy tribal music infused by the funk styles of the Meter’s, Willie T, and the Neville Brothers can only be performed by those who are chosen. The Chief and his Golden Comanche’s have studied the traditions of those before them and now are the keepers of the flame. Juan not only performs the music of this tradition but also writes and produces music that has become staples among tribes in New Orleans. Chief Juan has recorded and performed with many bands such as Galactic, 101 Runners, and Rhythm Conspiracy. He has graced the stage with names like Pattie Labell, Cryil Neville, Anders Osborne, Trombone Shorty, and Doctor John, to name a few. Chief Juan and the Comanche travel the world to bring the tribal and funk sound of New Orleans Culture to people everywhere.

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The Brothers Comatose with Jalan Crossland
Aug
18
5:00 PM17:00

The Brothers Comatose with Jalan Crossland

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The Brothers Comatose with Jalan Crossland


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The Brothers Comatose

Whether traveling to gigs on horseback or by tour bus, Americana mavens The Brothers Comatose forge their own path with raucous West Coast renderings of traditional bluegrass, country and rock ‘n’ roll music. The five-piece string band is anything but a traditional acoustic outfit with their fierce musicianship and rowdy, rock concert-like shows.

The Brothers Comatose is comprised of brothers Ben Morrison (guitar, vocals) and Alex Morrison (banjo, vocals), Scott Padden (bass, vocals), Philip Brezina (violin), and Greg Fleischut (mandolin). When they’re not headlining The Fillmore for a sold-out show or appearing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the band is out on the road performing across America, Canada, Australia, and hosting their very own music festival, Comatopia, in the Sierra foothills.

April of this year is finding the band touring Latvia and Lithuania as cultural ambassadors for American Music Abroad, which is run by the US State Department with the goal of sending American artists all over the world as a cultural exchange program. The band toured China in 2018 under the same program.

The remainder of 2019 will see the Brothers Comatose hitting the studio to record on their fifth studio album to be released on AntiFragile Records.


Jalan Crossland

Jalan Crossland is an “endemic Wyoming treasure” (Rita Basom- Wyoming Arts Council). He is widely acclaimed by audiences, critics, and his musical peers as being a premier acoustic guitarist, as well as banjo player, singer-songwriter, and engaging showman. Along with dozens of regional contest awards, his extraordinary guitar work earned him National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship honors in ’97 and the State Flatpick Championship title of his home state in 1999. In recognition for his contribution to the arts in Wyoming, he was bestowed with the Governor’s Arts Award in 2013.

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Special Guests with CITRA
Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Special Guests with CITRA

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CITRA

Hailing from Denver, CO... High-energy, guitar-driven grit-rock weaving its way through soulful, heartfelt melodies. Bright. Fast. Fun. Loud. CITRA.

CITRA tore into the Denver music scene in January, 2016 with their debut EP - Ocean. The EP promised a bright future for the band, released only three months after their meeting. The album rockets off with the opening track "Settle Down", and weaves it's way through an eclectic mix of melodic, at times harrowing, non-stop rock, highlighted by the band's pleadingly powerful title track, "Ocean". Armed with a care-free style the band aims to inject a bit of fun into the EDM and folk-rock dominated Denver music scene.

Following the release of their debut EP, Ocean, CITRA returned to the studio in the summer of 2016 to begin recording the follow-up single, "Air" accompanied by the B-side titled "My My Mind". Released in January of 2017, the single looked to build on the momentum the band had built over their first year together. Contrasting in style, the songs continue to illustrate that CITRA will be a hard act to paint into a stylistic corner, the two tracks representing vastly different wings of the ever-clouded indie rock genre.




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Fiesta CO Dance Company with Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Fiesta CO Dance Company with Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra

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Fiesta Colorado Dance Company

Fiesta Colorado Dance Company is the premier Hispanic Dance Company in Colorado. It has presented the highest quality performances of Mexican Folkloric, Flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance shown in Colorado for over 30 years. The Founder and Artistic Director is Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero.

Fiesta Colorado Dance Company is a non-profit organization with a mission to present and preserve the Hispanic dance arts. Since its inception, every performance with its magnetic energy and vivacious choreography has been a demonstration of how these dances embody the richest artistic manifestations of culture and tradition.

Fiesta Colorado Dance Company is the proud recipient of the 2006 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the highest award given to an arts organization in the City of Denver.

Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero was also a recipient as an individual of Mayor’s Award For Excellence in the Arts in 1997 for her contributions to the Hispanic arts in Denver.

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.




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Zion I with Kind Dub
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

Zion I with Kind Dub

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Zion I

Since the release of the debut album, Mind Over Matter in 2000, Zion I has risen up the ranks of independent hip-hop to solidify their standing as one of the most prolific conscious rap groups of the past 2 decades. Boasting a catalog that consists of over two-dozen albums, EPs, mixtapes and  collaborations, Zion I (currently consisting solely of MC/producer Zumbi) continues to create inspired music influenced by social & political woes, personal challenges & triumphs as well as family, spirituality and a raw perspective on the world at large.

Cited by A.V. Club as “remarkable”, Zumbi continues to showcase his talents as a unique, diverse and skilled MC while maintaining his place as one of the most recognizable voices in Hip-Hop. The 2016 release, The Labyrinth was cited by PopMatters as “a timely new album of politically engaged hip-hop”. Fueled by his own personal losses as well as the current political and social climate of the world-at-large, Zumbi has created a record that, as the Huffington Post put it; “is as heartfelt as it is badass”.

Being one of the most energetic and engaging live acts out there, Zion I continues to bring the music to the masses at festivals, events and venues across the planet. With a sound and style that bends musical genres, Zion I is able to perform alongside a diverse range of artists ranging from rap, rock and reggae to jam band and EDM.

With the latest release of Ritual Mystik, Zion I continues to make music that while left-of-center is still relevant, fresh and exciting as ever. As Okayplayer put it; “At the end of the day, Zion I’s strength lies in the same areas where many artists falter – evolving without abandoning tried and tested methods.”

Kind Dub


Established in late 2013, Kind Dub brings a unique voice to the Colorado underground music scene. Through a relentless work ethic, and undeniable dedication to making impactful music accompanied by powerful live performances, Kind Dub encompasses much more than music. Kind Dub always goes the extra mile to assist fellow artists with their creative agency in Fort Collins, helping two independent Colorado labels win music video awards in 2018. Kind Dub enjoys their live performances most to connect with new audiences, playing more than 20 festivals and closing in on 200 live shows, including almost two dozen out-of-state venues spanning from New York to California. They self-produce a one-of-a-kind sound combined with thought-provoking lyrics, which keeps the crowd groovin’ & moving towards a better tomorrow. Kind Dub has earned stages with some of their favorite national touring artists including People Under The Stairs, Hieroglyphics, Chali 2na, Living Legends, Zion-I, Grouch & Eligh, Pharoahe Monch, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Immortal Technique, Nappy Roots, Rhymesayers, Masta Ace and many more. Kind Dub plans to pursue new festivals, explore untapped markets, and see more cross-country touring in 2019. Kind Dub is honored to have performed 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, The Black Sheep and more. Kind Dub is set to release a variety of new music and videos in 2019! Check out KD’s newest singles on all streaming platforms and visit their website for all the latest videos, merch and news. 

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Wild Rivers with The Copper Children
Aug
29
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Rivers with The Copper Children

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Wild Rivers with The Copper Children

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Wild Rivers

Wild Rivers immerse their folk-pop originals into the warm musical styles of the artists that influenced them. With over 16 million streams on Spotify, the four-piece band effortlessly blends exquisite harmonies, beautiful songwriting, and a captivating stage presence, while their vibe fits equally well in listening rooms and symphony halls.

The Copper Children

We are here to curate an adventure inward and calibrate a celebration of all that is great.  With a soulful, rhythmic melody softly sweeping you to the dance floor, resistance is futile.

The Copper Children is a folk band from Denver blending original soul and psychedelic rock into a moving performance. Like a roller coaster, their “Psychedelic Gospel” experience leaves audiences feeling transported to the rail-yards of freedom.  Over the past three years the band has performed for audiences at Summer Camp, Northwest String Summit, Arise Music Festival, and several national tours around the United States. Driven by rhythm, and vibration, the band formed in July of 2015 and released their first album as a group in June 2016, What We Are. Their third upcoming album Speaking in Spirits will be a strong followup to their growing online presence and continued listener support. 

The Copper Children are alive and well, and steaming rainbow clouds in a town near you!

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Dessa with MONAKR
Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

Dessa with MONAKR

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Dessa with MONAKR

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Dessa

Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and a top-200 entry on the Billboard charts for her album Parts of Speech. She contributed to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape; her track, “Congratulations,” notched over 5 million streams. Dessa’s third full-length album Chime (Doomtree Records) was listed by NPR as one of 2018’s most anticipated albums. As a writer, she’s been published by The New York Times Magazine, broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, published two literary collections of her own, and is set to release her first hardcover collection, My Own Devices, in the fall of 2018. She’s been covered by Pitchfork, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal amongst others. The LA Times says Dessa “sounds like no one else.” The Utne Reader calls her a “one-woman powerhouse.” On the stage and on the page, her style is defined by a ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor.

MONAKR

A passing conversation in a studio. Whispers among friends at a show. The notion of musicians working together on a project is often suggested yet seldom realized. Chicago’s M O N A K R was born from such a notion in the grey of Winter 2014. It is a collaboration featuring Saam Hagshenas and Jonathan Marks of Hey Champ, two time Grammy-nominated vocalist Matthew Santos, and Dan Brunelle of Gemini Club.

Hagshenas had approached Santos for years about lending his voice to a Hey Champ production, but the timing and music was never right until 2014, when Hagshenas wrote "Diamond" after losing his uncle to cancer. Santos added his vocal flair to the track, and the result led the two to decide this project should live beyond a single song.

Drummer and co-producer Marks was then tapped to lend his talents to the group. Finally they approached Brunelle, who’s band Gemini Club had shared remixes and stages with Hey Champ for years. A lineup complete, the band born of whispers came to light.




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Authority Zero with No Bueno!
Aug
31
6:00 PM18:00

Authority Zero with No Bueno!

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Authority Zero

Since ’94 Authority Zero has brought their unique blend of anthemic melodic-punk, ska, and reggae tone to the masses.  A lot has changed in their 20 plus years since the band’s inception but they have always found a way to persist and thrive in todays ever-changing music landscape. “It’s been a long and adventurous trek”, says Jason Devore (singer/songwriter). The band was formed in Mesa, Arizona by a group of high school friends with ample ambition but no lofty expectations of what the project could become.  With the release of their debut album, A Passage in Time (2002, Lava Records), the band’s career gained momentum and they quickly found themselves on the road, touring extensively with acts such as Pennywise, Sum 41, Flogging Molly, H20, and many more. Over the past ten years Authority Zero has gained international acclaim, spending time on the European festival circuit as well as stints in Australia, Russia, Japan. They have released a total of six full length studio albums, many holding spots on Billboard’s Chart and their music has been featured in numerous video games, tv shows, and movie soundtracks. The band’s many successes have been accompanied by a few bumps in the road including a slew of line-up changes, music industry letdowns, as well as having their van, trailer and equipment stolen while on tour in Texas. The secret to their longevity is simple; keep it pure and believe in your music.

Now, 24 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. In June of 2018, the guys got back to work at legendary Fort Collins studio, The Blasting Room (Rise Against, Descendents, NOFX) to record their seventh full length album, Persona Non Grata with producer and iconic punk drummer, Bill Stevenson (Black Flag/Descendents/ALL). “The writing process for recording our new album (Persona Non Grata) was simply awesome. The music and lyrical content came together so organically in such a short amount of time given that our last record, Broadcasting To The Nations, only came out a year ago. Mike, Dan, Chris, and I put our hearts into this one and we are all extremely proud of the work we were able to do as a collective. The music and sound are classic Authority Zero but with a slightly revised approach. For the the fans as well as ourselves we strive to give each record its own individual character and life.” Said DeVore.

The new album, Persona Non Grata will be Authority Zero’s first self-released studio album and will be available on December 7, 2018. There will be an album release show on December 8th at the Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona. The release of Persona Non Grata will be followed by an early spring European Tour in 2019 and a summer headlining tour of the United States.


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.


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Grupo Fantasma
Sep
1
5:00 PM17:00

Grupo Fantasma

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Grupo Fantasma

Grupo Fantasma has been praised as one of the most important independent acts in the Latin genre and has continually defied expectations to create one of the most unique musical voices to come out of the United States in the 21st century. In 2011, they garnered further acclaim by winning a Grammy (their second such nomination) for their self–produced release El Existential on Nat Geo Music which the Wall Street Journal called “Latin music both new and traditional...vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification.”

The band’s incendiary live show, declared by NPR as “seamless whenever and wherever they’re on stage” has brought the band to major festivals and venues internationally including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, North Sea Jazz Festival (Curacao and Rotterdam) and Lowlands in the Netherlands, Kennedy Center, London’s O2 Arena, Montreal Jazz Festival, WOMEX, WOMAD, Tempo Latino (France) as well as two tours to Kuwait and Iraq to entertain US troops and a recent tour in Pakistan and Qatar. Their diverse spectrum of devoted fans speaks to the ensemble’s universal appeal beyond just Latin or world music.

In addition, they have served as the backing band for and collaborated on several occasions with the late, great, legendary Prince (ALMA Awards on ABC, Golden Globes, CBS Super Bowl Bash, 21 Nights in London), Fania All–Stars pianist Larry Harlow, Sheila–E, GZA of Wu–Tang Clan, Maceo Parker, Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets, Ruben Ramos, GZA of the Wu–Tang Clan, cult–hero Daniel Johnston, indie rock standouts Spoon, Los Lobos and many others. In 2015 and 2016 they continued to tour the globe with club and festival dates in support of their latest studio release, Problemas (Blue Corn Music); their 6th full–length album produced by Multi–Grammy award winner Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and released in late 2015. Additionally, they have appeared on the nationally syndicated PBS show Austin City Limits 3 times (2016, 2014, 2007). Their music has also appeared in films and movies including Breaking Bad (AMC), Weeds (Showtime), Frankie & Gracie (Netflix), Law & Order (NBC) as well as the John Sayles’ film Casa de los Babies among others.

The nine-piece collective formed in 2000 in Austin, Texas and consists of Jose Galeano (timbales, vocals), Kino Esparza (vocals, hand percussion), Beto Martinez (guitar), Greg Gonzalez (bass), John Speice (drums), Matthew “Sweet Lou” Holmes (congas), Gilbert Elorreaga (trumpet), Josh Levy (baritone saxophone) and Mark “Speedy” Gonzales (trombone).





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Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

Native American Arts Celebration with special guests Redbone

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Redbone

Pat Vegas has continued to write music over the years. Some tunes had been recorded since 1980, with Lolly of course, but also with Tony bellamy for some songs. Finally in 2005 Pat puts this work out on a new CD called One World. It was released in 2005 by a small independent record company. It was reedited in 2009 and retitled as Peace Pipe. At the same period Pat Vegas recreates the band with new musicians. They tour mainly in the west of the United States since.

Redbone was inducted into the Native American Music Association Hall of Fame in 2008, as well as the New York Smithsonian in 2013.

They were also honored with vein painted on the largest mural in the US in Fresno CA. On August 30, 2014 Pat Vegas was honored with the Lifetime Achievement "Legend" Award from the "West Coast American Indian Music Awards."

On December 25, 2009, Tony Bellamy died from liver failure at a hospital in his hometown of Las Vegas, and less than three months later, Lolly Vegas succumbed to lung cancer at his family home in Reseda, California on March 4, 2010.

So all hope to see the original band play together again was lost forever. But Redbone's music continues to fill our hearts and minds and Pat continues to work with his new band. Peacepipe shows that the spirit and soul is still there and that we can hope he and his new musicians will continue to offer us great music and new songs.

In 2014, "Come And Get Your Love" experienced a resurgence in popularity when it was featured in the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy, as one of the songs on a mixtape made for the protagonist, Peter Quill. It was also included on the film's soundtrack album, which reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart.





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Face Vocal Band
Sep
8
5:00 PM17:00

Face Vocal Band

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Face Vocal Band

Face Vocal Band is an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado who have been captivating audiences for over a decade with their infectious energy punctuated by an endearing love of performance. “Blending modern popular tunes with complex harmonies, brilliant beat-box rhythms and superb singing...Face take their audience on a musical journey and it’s fantastic fun.” (FringeReview.co.uk)

Performing over 100 shows per year around the world, the band has also competed on the hit NBC series “The Sing-Off,” headlined at Edinburgh, Scotland’s prestigious Festival Fringe, and has opened for legendary performers such as Jon Bon Jovi, Barenaked Ladies, Jay Leno, The Wailers, 38 Special, Manhattan Transfer, Rick Springfield, and Culture Club & Boy George. Back home in Colorado, Face continues to be voted “Best Local Band/Musician” by numerous publications and audience awards (2017 Boulder Weekly, 2016 Denver A-List, 2015 Yellow Scene Magazine), and regularly performs for packed audiences in iconic venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Paramount Theatre, Swallow Hill, Boulder Theater, Soiled Dove Underground, and the Denver Bronco’s Mile High Stadium.

Critics and fans world-wide describe Face as “a true American heartland sound.” (Recorded A Cappella Review Board) “[Face] communicates with a directness and warmth – perhaps America at its best.” (Norbbottens Kuriren) “Soulful singing stands out above the crowd.” (FringeReview.co.uk)


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Low Cut Connie
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Low Cut Connie

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Low Cut Connie

Since Low Cut Connie's debut record Get Out the Lotion (NPR’s Fresh Air Top 10 albums of 2011), they’ve firmly established their reputation as one of the most exciting live shows in the US, with Greg Kot (Sound Opinions / Chicago Tribune) exclaiming they are “the essence of what rock n roll should be” and the New York Times stating “The group’s live show is a strange phenomenon.”

Adam Weiner's $100 junker piano, named Shondra, is the backbone of their boogie strain of rock n roll. Recently adding longtime Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings member Saundra Williams, the result is what Rolling Stone describes as "a mix of Seventies Stones (but dirtier), the New York Dolls (but tighter) and Jerry Lee Lewis (but Westerberg-ier)...with an extra sense of bare-knuckled grit and sonic thwump.”

On their 5th studio album Dirty Pictures (Part 2), released via Contender Records, the band urges all current and former youths: Feel your feelings. Feel sadness, feel love, feel wildness. Give your feelings away to others and maybe it will lift us up. It’s this musical and emotional literacy that sets the band apart, with their world-weary but life-affirming attitude that inspires their cult following and notable cheerleaders such as Barack Obama, Sir Elton John, Howard Stern.

Rolling Stone recently included Dirty Pictures (Part 2) on their list of the 50 Best Albums of 2018 so far. In his four-star review, David Fricke called the record "a stand-alone triumph of missionary zeal." In a First Listen feature, NPR Music said, "Across five albums of piano-driven rock and soul, Low Cut Connie has proven masterfully fluent in the foundational languages of Western pop, living at the crossroads where the church house meets the roadhouse, or where the Dew Drop Inn meets CBGB... The blood that pumps through the Philadelphia band's work comes from a place that's fresh, original, and truly pledged to rock and roll." With more than 120 shows per year, including stops at festivals like Bonnaroo, Bottle Rock, Rock The Garden, Pickathon, Newport Folk Festival and more, this little act from Philly continues to dig in their corner of the sandbox. Low Cut Connie light a fire at every show and with every record. Dirty Pictures (part 2) reminds all of us, all the little people, to keep our fires lit at any cost.

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Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears with Robbie Peoples
Sep
15
5:00 PM17:00

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears with Robbie Peoples

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LEVITT PAVILION DENVER FREE CONCERT SERIES

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears with Robbie Peoples

VIP Upgrades Available

Your $30 donation gets you:

  • Access to our seated VIP Patio

  • 2 complimentary drinks

  • Early entry at 4:30pm

  • Premium stage viewing

All Ages | General Admission Lawn

Doors at 5:00 PM | Show at 6:00 PM

This event is Rain or Shine

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

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

While working at a pawn shop in Austin, Joe Lewis first picked up the guitar. Shortly thereafter, Joe Lewis immersed himself in the local Red River blues/garage scene, recording and performing with Austin luminaries such as the Weary Boys and Walter Daniels. Upon the release of the 2005 Brian Salvi produced Black Joe Lewis and The Cold Breeze EP with standout track "Bitch I Love You" featuring Matt Hubbard on Rhodes electric piano and the 2007 album Black Joe Lewis, both released on Italian label Shake Yo Ass Records, the band gained critical national acclaim and toured as openers for Spoon and Okkervil River in 2007.

The band signed to Lost Highway Records in 2008. Following the signing and performances at 2008's Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Music Festival, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears released a four-song EP on January 27, 2009.

Their debut album Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! was released on March 17, 2009. It was produced by Spoon's drummer Jim Eno. Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears have performed at music festivals including BonnarooCoachella Valley Music and Arts FestivalBumbershootOutside Lands Music and Arts FestivalSasquatch! Music FestivalWakarusa Music and Camping FestivalMusikfestLatitude Festival, and Splendour in the Grass. The band has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonLate Show with David LettermanAustin City Limits, and Later... with Jools Holland.

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears were featured in Echotone, a 2010 documentary about the Austin, Texas music scene. On August 25, 2013, Joe Lewis stated on NPR that he was trying to shed the 'Honeybears' portion of the band's name, and had never intended for it to continue for so long.

In 2017, his latest album, Backlash, debuted at number 3 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart


Robbie Peoples

Robby Peoples embarked on his musical career at the age of 19. Playing harmonica, guitar, and writing songs on his back porch in his college town of Oxford, Mississippi - Robby became a self-taught natural. Cutting his teeth in Jackson, his music career began with far ranging appearances in the rich local music scene. 

Since then, Robby has relocated to Colorado where he’s found a unique niche as a Southern, soulful, and almost dirty at times artist. With the relocation to Denver, he has been fortunate enough to play with many heavy hitters in the rock and roll and blues genres; including Sam Holt, Polytoxic, an opening slot for Leon Russel, and guest appearances in a Thanksgiving Day Eve performance of The Last Waltz in which he has consistently became a fan favorite. He has also joined forces with The Congress over the years for both East Coast and West Coast tours as well as locally here in Colorado. He is currently working on a new record with Ben Walligoskie, James Dunn, Kramer Kelling, and Scott Rouch. 

Robby continuously evolves his live performance, always producing a solid rock experience. Compared to the style of Muddy Waters with the energy and showmanship of Joe Cocker, his performances are raw and energy packed. He exudes a “fighting the good fight” outlook to keep Southern rock and roll alive with his energetic, lyrical, and aggressively edgy performances which continue to draw people back to his music. 


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Support Levitt Pavilion on Colorado Gives Day
Dec
4
5:00 PM17:00

Support Levitt Pavilion on Colorado Gives Day

Join us at Illegal Pete's Colfax on Tuesday, December 4th for Colorado Gives Day. 

Illegal Pete's have partnered with some of their favorite, local non-profits to help them raise money in the final stretch of their Colorado Gives Day campaign. 

Illegal Pete's will help our non-profit raise money in two ways:

1. Illegal Pete's will give 50 percent of sales from 5pm to 11pm

2. Levitt Pavilion Denver will be accepting live donations and will be giving the person donating a ticket good for either a Tito's cocktail or a draft beer from our brewery partners, Great Divide Brewing Co. who are donating a keg for the fundraiser.

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Carbon Leaf 25th Anniversary Tour + Andy Thomas' Dust Heart
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

Carbon Leaf 25th Anniversary Tour + Andy Thomas' Dust Heart

LEVITT PAVILION DENVER - FREE CONCERT SERIES

Carbon Leaf + Andy Thomas' Dust Heart

Food Trucks: Barbed Wire Reef, LaRue Bayou, The Cravings Truck

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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.comhttps://andythomasdustheart.bandcamp.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.

Andy Thomas' Dust Heart

Intense literary Americana murder balladry from the former Tin Horn Prayer front man turned wisened storytelling, troubadour. Dust Heart is a broody meditation that has taken Andy across the seas and around the world but still forever locked in his own head.

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Lao Tizer Quartet + Space Orphan
Sep
23
4:00 PM16:00

Lao Tizer Quartet + Space Orphan

LEVITT PAVILION DENVER - FREE CONCERT SERIES

Lao Tizer Quartet + Space Orphan

Food Trucks: Barbed Wire Reef, Zaney Pop Kettle Corn

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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.

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Authority Zero + In The Whale + No Bueno!
Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

Authority Zero + In The Whale + No Bueno!

LEVITT PAVILION DENVER - FREE CONCERT SERIES

Authority Zero + In The Whale + No Bueno!

Food Trucks: Barbed Wire Reef, LaRue Bayou, Peaceful Creations, Tilford's Wood Fired Pizza

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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: http://authorityzero.com, https://www.inthewhalesucks.com,  http://www.nobuenoband.com

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.”

In The Whale

“Dirty, fun and caked in garage grime, the songs are unconcerned with trends.”-Bob Gendron, Chicago Tribune

Celebrating their seven year anniversary in 2018, Denver heavy rock duo, In The Whale have been turning heads and accumulating a mass of die hard fans and followers thanks to a relentless tour schedule and a go-for-the- throat live performance.

Artists and festival promoters have caught notice, with the band playing Riot Fest, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Afro Punk, as well as shows with the likes of Jane’s Addiction, Descendents, The Offspring, Gogol Bordello, and many more.

Catch In The Whale on tour this summer.

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.

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Colorado Symphony: Celebrating Bernstein's 100th Anniversary
Sep
9
5:00 PM17:00

Colorado Symphony: Celebrating Bernstein's 100th Anniversary

LEVITT PAVILION DENVER - FREE CONCERT SERIES

Colorado Symphony: Celebrating Bernstein's 100th Anniversary

Food Trucks: Barbed Wire Reef, LaRue Bayou, Farm to Truck, Tilford's Wood Fired Pizza

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All Ages | General Admission Lawn
Doors at 5:00 PM | Show at 6:00 PM
This event is Rain or Shine.

For more information about the artist, please visit: http://coloradosymphony.org

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.

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The Verve Pipe + The Hollow + CITRA - Presented by Bonfils Blood Center
Sep
8
6:00 PM18:00

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

LEVITT PAVILION DENVER - FREE CONCERT SERIES
Presented by Bonfils Blood Center


The Verve Pipe + The Hollow + CITRA

Food Trucks: LaRue Bayou, Tilford's Wood Fired Pizza, RagBag Bistro

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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: http://www.thevervepipe.com, http://thehollow.com, http://citraband.com

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”.

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Kitten + The Midnight Club
Sep
1
6:00 PM18:00

Kitten + The Midnight Club

LEVITT PAVILION DENVER - FREE CONCERT SERIES

Kitten + The Midnight Club

Food Trucks: LaRue Bayou, Wanderlust Market

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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: http://www.kittentheband.com

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 Midnight Club

Originating from Denver in late 2015, high school students Owen Coleman, Harry Springer, Miles Bragg, and Sean McCarthy formed the Alt-Pop-Rock band - The Midnight Club.

Influenced by their heroes of 1970s rock'n'roll, The Midnight Clubflaunt powerful melodic lead vocals, soaring guitars,

and an edgy retro style tailored for the 21st century. Early on, The Midnight Club quickly grabbed their hometown's ears bywinning the coveted opening slot for Denver's Alternative Rock Radio station, KTCL93.3's Big Gig 2016. Additionally, the band went on to headline packages with fellow Denver bands at The MOVIULUB SCREAM Gothic Theater, Marquis Theater, Summit Music Hall, and most recently Sold Out their headline shows at the popular clubs, Lost Lake Lounge and Larimer Lounge.

Behind their local success, the band took to the studio to write and record their debut single "Close Your Eyes" mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Walk

"Scream" The Moon), which debuted at #6 on the Alterative Specialty Radio chart (FMOB Sub FCC Clean Modern)! The Midnight Club are gearing up to release their second single, "Scream," on Available March 9, 2018 March 9th, which was recorded and produced in Los Angeles with former Rooney member, Taylor Locke (Cullen Omori, Geographer, Bloodboy).

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Inspector + Roka Hueka - Presented by FirstBank in association with Telemundo
Aug
31
6:00 PM18:00

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

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Presented by FirstBank in association with Telemundo


Inspector + Roka Hueka

Food Trucks: Barbed Wire Reef, Beef King, LaRue Bayou, Peaceful Creations

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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.

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The Brevet + One Flew West - Presented by Bonfils Blood Center
Aug
26
4:00 PM16:00

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

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The Brevet + One Flew West

Food Trucks: Barbed Wire Reef, Little India, Illegal Pete's

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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: https://www.thebrevet.com, http://oneflewwest.com

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. 

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Rooney + Mating Ritual
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Rooney + Mating Ritual

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Rooney + Mating Ritual

Food Trucks: Peaceful Creations, Wanderlust Market, Illegal Pete's

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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.

Mating Ritual

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.

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Ripe + The Other Black
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Ripe + The Other Black

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Ripe + The Other Black

Food Trucks: LaRue Bayou, Wanderlust Market

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For more information about the artist, please visit: http://ripetheband.com

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...

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Levitt National Tour Presents: Paul Thorn & Blind Boys of Alabama
Aug
19
5:00 PM17:00

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!

Food Trucks: Hecho Colorado, Barbed Wire Reef, Beef King

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

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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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Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express + John Statz
Aug
18
6:00 PM18:00

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express + John Statz

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Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express + John Statz

Food Trucks: Barbed Wire Reef, Peaceful Creations, Wanderlust Market
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For more information about the artist, please visit: http://chuckprophet.com, http://johnstatz.com

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.

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Esmé Patterson + The Still Tide
Aug
17
6:00 PM18:00

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.

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The Unlikely Candidates + My Body Sings Electric - Presented by Bonfils Blood Center
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

The Unlikely Candidates + My Body Sings Electric - Presented by Bonfils Blood Center

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The Unlikely Candidates + My Body Sings Electric

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For more information about the artist, please visit: http://theunlikelycandidates.comhttp://mybodysingselectric.com

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.

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John Fullbright + Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir + The Talbott Brothers
Aug
12
4:00 PM16:00

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

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

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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://www.johnfullbrightmusic.com

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.

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Rebirth Brass Band + Slim Wednesday (feat. JoJo of Widespread Panic)
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

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

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

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Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra + Shiners Club Jazz Band + Fiesta Colorado - Presented by Telemundo
Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

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

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Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra + Shiners Club Jazz Band + Fiesta Colorado

Presented by Telemundo

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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.mariachisoldemitierra.net

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.

Fiesta Colorado Dance Company

For more than 40 years Fiesta Colorado has presented the highest quality of artistic performance featuring Mexican, Spanish and Flamenco dance programs in Colorado and the Southwest. A nonprofit organization, Fiesta Colorado’s mission is dedicated to preserving the Hispanic arts of the Southwest.

With a repertoire that includes original choreographies for the International Mariachi Festivals, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, The Chili Harvest Festival, Theatre in the Park, the Colorado State Fair, Cinco de Mayo celebrations and numerous cultural programs and professional events throughout Colorado, Fiesta Colorado’s dance productions have showcased some of Colorado’s finest and most talented professional musicians and dancers.

As a staple in the cultural dance scene in the Denver metro area, Fiesta Colorado was founded in 1972 by Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero and her family. In the group’s 40-year history, thousands have been touched by Fiesta Colorado – either as a dancer, musician, lifetime artist, student or spectator. Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero and Fiesta Colorado have received numerous awards for their artistic and cultural contributions to the fabric of the vibrant Colorado community. Colorado Business Magazine recognized Fiesta Colorado as a Top 50 minority-owned business in 2014. In 1997 & 2006, Jeanette and Fiesta Colorado were awarded the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for their service to the community and for excellence in the preservation of the Hispanic arts.

Jeanette was awarded with a prestigious Trailblazer Award by the Latinas First Foundation in 2017 and has been recognized as an Outstanding Woman of Jefferson County and as “Living Legend of Dance in Colorado.” She was featured as one of Colorado’s People in 1995 by the Rocky Mountain News.

Learn more at FiestaColorado.org.

Sharing the stage with Fiesta Colorado is Baile Caliente, a Denver-based, talented dance troupe directed by Tamara Vigil.

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Katie Herzig + William Wild
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Katie Herzig + William Wild

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Katie Herzig + William Wild

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

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.

William Wild

William Wild is the moniker of 26-year-old Knoxville, TN-based singer-songwriter, Garrett Sale.

For William Wild’s recent singles "Wound Up" & “Who Do You Love” (Sony Music Masterworks), he blends traditional songwriting with modern, adventurous production aesthetics, and plush nostalgic pop sensibilities. The songs were written entirely in green rooms and rest stops in the United States while on tour with indie folk trio, Joseph. He also recently toured with Nick Mulvey.

On his recent EP, Steady Now, William Wild gained an impressive following amassing over 12 million streams on Spotify. A producer/engineer by day, his music is featured in a number of films/commercials including the closing credits in the 2017 critically acclaimed film “Wind River.” 

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HONEYHONEY + Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs + Dead Horses
Aug
5
4:00 PM16:00

HONEYHONEY + Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs + Dead Horses

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HONEYHONEY + Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs + Dead Horses

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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://honeyhoneyband.comhttp://mattrouch.comhttp://www.deadhorses.net

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.

Dead Horses

At fifteen, Dead Horses frontwoman Sarah Vos’ world turned upside down. Raised in a strict, fundamentalist home, Vos lost everything when she and her family were expelled from the rural Wisconsin church where her father had long served as pastor. What happened next is the story of Dead Horses’ stunning new album, ‘My Mother the Moon,' a record full of trauma and triumph, despair and hope, pain and resilience.

Blending elements of traditional roots with contemporary indie folk, the album is both familiar and unexpected, unflinchingly honest in its portrayal of modern American life, yet optimistic in its unshakable faith in brighter days to come. Earthy and organic, Vos’ songs often reveal themselves to be exercises in empathy and outreach; she writes not only to find meaning in the struggles she’s endured, but also to embrace kindred souls on their own personal journeys of self-discovery. As much as the album is a reckoning with the past and everything she witnessed growing up (mental illness, poverty, addiction, and violence), it’s also an effort to shape the future, to build a community based around art and love and beauty and acceptance, a community to replace the one she was so brusquely robbed of as a child.

‘My Mother the Moon’ is Dead Horses’ third album, which Rolling Stone has already called "a beautifully uncluttered collection of songs that lives somewhere between the church, the field, the back porch and the library." The album follows hot on the heels of their acclaimed 2016 release, ‘Cartoon Moon," a record that prompted the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to declare Dead Horses a Band To Watch and earned them honors for "Best Album," "Best Americana/Bluegrass Artist," and "Best Female Vocalist" at the 2017 WAMI Awards. American Songwriter called Vos “a compelling vocalist…who carries every tune with her husky, deeply emotional tone that feels lived in and real,” while No Depression hailed her songwriting as “beautiful and fresh.” With a fleshed out touring lineup, the group logged countless miles, sharing bills along the way with Trampled by Turtles, Mandolin Orange, Rhiannon Giddens and Elephant Revival in addition to making festival appearances from Bristol Rhythm and Roots to WinterWonderGrass.

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Rainbow Militia + Lady Gang + Retrofette
Aug
3
6:00 PM18:00

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.

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King Cardinal + Thunder and Rain + Bison Bone
Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

King Cardinal + Thunder and Rain + Bison Bone

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King Cardinal + Thunder and Rain + Bison Bone

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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.

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THE INAUGURAL REGGAE ON THE GRASS - Presented by Westword, Colorado Harvest Company, Bloodpressah and KGNU Community Radio
Jul
29
4:00 PM16:00

THE INAUGURAL REGGAE ON THE GRASS - Presented by Westword, Colorado Harvest Company, Bloodpressah and KGNU Community Radio

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THE INAUGURAL REGGAE ON THE GRASS - Presented by Westword, Colorado Harvest Company, Bloodpressah and KGNU Community Radio

Reggae On The Grass  will provide attendants with a multicultural collection of Reggae music, Live Reggae Bands, Dj's , vendors and cuisine. The festival is intended to produce a family-friendly atmosphere oriented toward celebrating the Reggae Music in our community. We are proud to present an exciting line-up of 24 different Reggae All-Stars Including: Rasta Stevie, BloodPreshah, The Denver Vintage Reggae Society, and many more artists & top-ranking Reggae DJS  and Live Reggae Bands all from Colorado.

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Doors at 4:00 PM | Show at 5:00 PM
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Food Trucks: Hecho Colorado, LaRue Bayou, RagBag Bistro, Peaceful Creations, Illegal Pete's

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.

Koral Delatierra of Niceness

Koral Delatierra is a California born / Colorado grown singer/songwriter, organic farmer, permaculture designer, artist, activist and coach. In 2014 she began her journey as frontwoman for what is now the 9 piece reggae band, NICENESS, hailing from Telluride, CO! Having released their debut album "Sunshine" in 2017, Niceness is currently working on their second album due out in early 2019. Inspired by the likes of recording artist and civil rights activist Nina Simone, the dynamic and soulful gospel prodigy Etta James and of course the roots revolutionary Robert Nesta Marley, the band's sound integrates elements of soul, funk, latin and hip-hop while Koral's lyrics reflect the life she's created, weaving together her purpose and passion while embodying a message focused on love, personal responsibility, interdependence, and sustainability. Art in action!

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.

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The Alternate Routes + Dawn and Hawkes
Jul
28
6:00 PM18:00

The Alternate Routes + Dawn and Hawkes

LEVITT PAVILION DENVER - FREE CONCERT SERIES

The Alternate Routes + Dawn and Hawkes

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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: http://thealternateroutes.comwww.dawnandhawkes.com/

Food Trucks: LaRue Bayou, Peaceful Creations, Illegal Pete's

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. 

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