LEVITT PAVILION DENVER FREE CONCERT SERIES
Slim Cessna's Auto Club with Lost Walks and Dave McKendry Presented by Indie 102.3 FM
VIP Upgrades Available
Your $30 donation gets you:
Access to our seated VIP Patio
2 complimentary drinks
Early entry at 5:30pm
Premium stage viewing
All Ages | General Admission Lawn
Doors at 6:00 PM | Show at 6:30 PM
This event is Rain or Shine
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 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.
In May 2016 Dave left his home of Belfast, Northern Ireland to travel around Europe on a bicycle and finally give up on childish dreams of ever being a professional musician.
Some months, many kilometres, one lost bike and one new guitar later he was passing through Vienna when he was stopped in his tracks by a love of the city and a rather beautiful girl who took him in off the street he had been busking on.
Within a year Dave played at Schottenfest, DonauInselFest and StadtFestWien, toured twice through Germany, Austria and Switzerland, co-wrote an original piece for the University of Vienna to be used in their Human Rights Masters Program and even appeared on television, all while writing two albums (to be released in 2018) and collaborating with multiple other artsits. He celebrated one year in the city with a VSC* performance at the sold out Volkstheater, for TEDx Vienna.
From intimate house shows to festival stages and every street in between, Dave is right back where he’s happiest: dreaming.
*VSC stands for the Vienna Songwriting Circle, of which Dave is a proud member and owes much in the way of gratitude and experience.