LEVITT PAVILION DENVER FREE CONCERT SERIES
Queen City Country & Western Showcase
Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels
Grayson County Burn Ban
High Plains Honky
Jennifer Jane Niceley
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 2:00 PM | Show at 3:00 PM
This event is Rain or Shine
For more information about the artist, please visit: https://qccandw.bandcamp.com
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.
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.
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.