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Dragondeer and Strange Americans
Sep
23
4:30 PM16:30

Dragondeer and Strange Americans

BONFILS BLOOD CENTER COLORADO CONCERT SERIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY 93.3 DENVER'S MODERN ROCK PRESENTS

DRAGONDEER
CO-HEADLINE WITH
STRANGE AMERICANS

Dragondeer is a psych-blues band from Denver, Colorado whose singular, reverb drenched take on old school blues and soul coupled with inspired improvisation has the band making fans in roots circles as well as indie clubs across Colorado and beyond.

Dragondeer recently recorded with producer Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, Anders Osborne) in California's storied Topanga Canyon and will be releasing music from those sessions throughout 2017.   

Dragondeer has shared the stage with Shakey Graves, Drive By Truckers, Futurebirds, The Entrance Band, The Bright Light Social Hour, Hot Buttered Rum,  Murder City Devils, Anders Osborne, Jerry Joseph, Sonny Landreth, J Roddy Walston, Linda Perhacs, Jarekus Singleton, Leon Russell, Steel Pulse, and Wovenhand + 

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, 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 an appearance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater.  

"Dragondeer is great for day drinking and fishing next to the swamp while gators sunbathe near you and your ex-boyfriend is blowing up your phone with angry texts you’re ignoring in between pulls of whiskey. It’s music for wandering down South Broadway in the summer, sticky with sweat, searching for the nearest party. Really, though, it’s bluesy and forceful, and you’ll wonder why you don’t have Dragondeer in heavy rotation after hearing Eric Halborg’s vocal chops." 
-Westword

"Dragondeer delve into some swampy blues and reverb-drenched psych folk. You don't want to miss Dragondeer's cosmic blues"
- Westword

"Nestled somewhere between the quicksilver psychedelia of the '60s and bone-thumpin' blues from Mississippi's yesteryear, these Colorado cats have crafted a sound that is equal parts cosmic and grooving"
- Break Thru Radio

"To close the festival, the psychedelic blues band Dragondeer from Denver. For them also the first time in Europe and what a discovery. They have completely their own style that alternates between symphonic rockblues and psychedelics. Fantastic!! They turn the music into sound pictures, atmospheric, catchy. Very, very original. Casey Sidwell, bassist plays and grooved as if his life depends on it, he sends his bass lines to the whole band. Singer Eric Halborg has a beautiful voice and plays particularly well on the harmonica. This instrument has an important role, but does not dominate. Cole Rudy gets the most strange sounds from his electric mandolin and lap steel, plaintive and sometimes screaming. Although they occur at the end and many festival goers are tired (the festival began at 14:00), they keep everyone who hears them there till the very end. One of the most surprising bands of the entire festival. Hats off !!  
- Netherlands based BluesMagazine review of the May 2015 performance at Germany's 24th Annual Grolsch Blues Festival

"This record has a great old-school feel!"
- David Gans  (Musician and 30 year host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Grateful Dead Hour and co-host of Sirius-XM's Grateful Dead Channel "Tales from the Golden Road")

"Modern-edged bluesmen a la Jack White and Black Keys, this Denver-based quartet aren't interested in retreading the past; they put their own psych-folk stamp on it. "Don't That Feel Good" is a folk-blues outing with cool percussion choices that sound like spoons, shells, and tin cans. A cover of "Messin' With the Kid" spreads some psych-rock wah-pedal sauce, gobs of lead-vocal reverb and a dizzying guitar solo for a song that'd suit a Guy Ritchie trailer. "Castaway," with its husky vocal, convincingly channels a midnight hobo-camp intimacy. An excellent addition to any festival right now, it'll be interesting to see how Dragondeer builds upon its alternative "shot 'n beer (with a hit o' acid)" vision."
- Music Connection Magazine

“Don’t That Feel Good” intoxicates with reverbs that transport the listener to a funky, psychedelic bayou wonderland. The five songs overflow with a remarkable storyteller’s ability to draw a listener in, completely enraptured by the momentum of an energetic blues style."
- Telluride Daily Planet

 

STRANGE AMERICANS

It’s the kind of music that the Carhartt-wearing, hard-working, industrial beer-drinking, regular Americans would listen to — the ones who could end up on an episode of TV’s Dirty Jobs. It’s a little raw, a bit loud, unapologetic and honest. It’s Americana rock and roll and it’s something that Denver’s Strange Americans are crafting with both brawn and finesse, like a hot rod mechanic bringing back an old barn find.

In a sense, Strange Americans are rescuing something from the rust pile — straight-forward, no frills rock and roll, and a matching aesthetic that is heavy on songwriting and storytelling, but presented with reverb-drenched punch and passion — the way The Band or Crazy Horse would have done it.

Strange Americans have two full length records, Royal Battle (2012), and That Kind of Luster (2014), along with the 7″ Vinyl Places (2015).  Borrow You, Brother is the next full length album expected in the near future and recorded with Echo Lab engineer and producer Matt Pence (Centro-matic, Justin Townes Earle).

 

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Pandas & People with Chimney Choir
Sep
8
4:30 PM16:30

Pandas & People with Chimney Choir

 BONFILS BLOOD CENTER COLORADO CONCERT SERIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY 93.3 DENVER'S MODERN ROCK PRESENTS

PANDAS & PEOPLE
WITH CO-HEADLINER
CHIMNEY CHOIR

Pandas & People may call Colorado home, but the music transcends geological borders. Since the band’s inception, founding member Joshua Scheer has carried the torch, attracting the attention of famed artists, diehard fans, and national radio, all in a matter of a couple years. With a unique sound blending traditional folk and hook laden songwriting, P&P’s recorded material continues to become more eclectic with each release. 

Their latest single, “Find You,” showcases a new venture into the alternative rock realm, crafting an earnest and personal blend of sound, with gripping melodies, moving lyrics and edgy rhythms sections, or as 9 News in Denver describes it, “music that actually makes you smile….and dance with your iPhone as if you’re starring in an Apple commercial”. Currently working with Warner/Chappell producer and songwriter, Zac Maloy, the excitement is building for their debut album release set for the fall of 2017. 

The group’s blend of indie pop and folk bridges the subtle gap between energy and introspection, with lyrics that are warm, uplifting and joyful, yet personal and insightful. Pandas & People debuted in late 2013 with their single “On My Way”, and went on to play shows frequently, including opening for well-known acts like Twenty One Pilots, The Doobie Brothers, The Oh Hellos and more. The band also received several accolades, including being named “Best New Artist” by the The Colorado Sound, “Best Folk Band in Colorado” by Westword Magazine in 2016 and have placed in the top 3 for 93.3 KTCL’s renowned competition “Hometown for the Holidays” in two of the past three years. With singles “On My Way” and “Find You” hitting the top 10 in the Denver Metro Shazam charts, they’ve also found their way to regular airplay from iHeart Radio stations in both Colorado and New Jersey.

The live band is accompanied by Conrad Marshall, Tucker Ewing, Dave Brown and Adam Haag, bringing an energetic and moving live performance to the stage, urging their audience to experience “the moments in between”. As a whole, the band continues to thrive not only in the Colorado music scene, but all over the country, with fans latching on to that unique energetic folk music with a twist.

 

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. Chimney Choir has earned several consecutive nominations for Westword's 'Best Avante-Pop' band, and was awarded Best CD Release Show (Westword) for their four-part thematic album release of the critically acclaimed (compass) album in the summer of 2013. In collaboration with Denver's cutting edge ballet company, Wonderbound, they created the full-length ballet 'BOOMTOWN', which debuted in April 2015 to rave reviews and several encore performances. They are currently recording the (dream) album, funded by crowdsource fundraising and a grant from Colorado Creative Industries, set to be released in the spring of 2016. The album deepens Chimney Choir's ever-evolving remix-collage technique, combining acoustic and electronic instrumentation, sampling, and evocative vocal and string arrangements with theatrical songwriting, intricate percussion and ambient drones.

 

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My Body Sings Electric and Chemistry Club
Aug
18
4:30 PM16:30

My Body Sings Electric and Chemistry Club

BONFILS BLOOD CENTER COLORADO CONCERT SERIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY 93.3 DENVER'S MODERN ROCK PRESENTS

MY BODY SINGS ELECTRIC
CO-HEADLINE WITH
CHEMISTRY CLUB

My Body Sings Electric’s music resonates with a sense of playfulness and lust for life. When you meet them in person, it’s easy to see why. Call their music indie. Call it pop. Call it what you will. But when you connect with the music from this band of love-able misfits, you’ll feel as if you just met your five new best friends.

Pop-sensibility can be a taboo in the indie world, but MBSE does not leave you wanting more. With introspective lyrics, danceable rhythms intricate instrumental work and dynamic
live shows, they’ve crafted a fresh, energetic take on indie, pop and alternative rock.

 

CHEMISTRY CLUB

Chemistry Club is a Colorado-native sci-fi/electropop band with work including music, video games, and comics. Formed in 2012, the band has worked to bring pop music and nerd culture together in a blend of synthesizers, guitar, and SCIENCE.

Their first single, "Bend to Colors", earned them a Top Ten spot in KTCL's Hometown for the Holidays and was hailed by The Knife Fight as “so undeniably catchy that it is almost impossible not to play at full volume.” Their 2014 and 2015 releases, “Miranda” and “Cleanup Crew", also scored awards from KTCL and a spot at Big Gig 2014. They have been nominated three times by the Westword Music Awards, including a 2015 win in the Dance Pop category. Chemistry Club has appeared three times at Comic Con and has played alongside Twenty One Pilots, Neon Trees, Panic at the Disco, and Walk the Moon.

Their newest project, Copia, is a science fiction story told across four concept albums, beginning with "Copia: The Electric Hush", released in December 2014. This year, with the help of Colorado artist Patch Silver, Chemistry Club is expanding the Copia universe with a comic book series. The first two issues, "Copia: Landfall" and "Copia: The Undertow", are available now. New albums and comics in the Copia series will be available soon at www.chemistryclubmusic.com.

Members: Jeff Wiencrot, Dylan Camacho, Micah Daby, Jake Euler

 

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The Haunted Windchimes and Edison
Aug
17
4:30 PM16:30

The Haunted Windchimes and Edison

BONFILS BLOOD CENTER COLORADO CONCERT SERIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY 93.3 DENVER'S MODERN ROCK PRESENTS

THE HAUNTED WINDCHIMES
CO-HEADLINE WITH
EDISON

The Haunted Windchimes sound draws from traditional folk and American roots music. The songs have a vintage quality, as if they might have been written yesterday or 75 years ago. Grounded in honeyed harmonies and spirited pickin’, it lies in a nowhere land between distinct styles: It’s not quite bluegrass or blues or country. Still, there are elements of all those in songs that paint pictures of empty train stations and nights of passing a jug of moonshine around. It’s the vocal harmonies that really set them apart, a three-headed juggernaut of Desirae Garcia (ukulele), Chela Lujan (banjo) and Inaiah Lujan (guitar). “When their voices blend, it is nothing short of beautiful,” writes Bill Reed of The Colorado Springs Gazette. The sound is often moody and melancholy, but it is always deeply affecting. That sound is embroidered by the instrumental mastery of Mike Clark (harmonica, guitar and mandolin).

On the group’s 2006 debut EP “Verse/Visa”, The Haunted Windchimes presented what Denver Post journalist, Eryc Eyl, called “a beautiful chamber pop sound.” However, with 2010’s “Honey Moonshine,” the band “perfected an old-timey hoedown sound, executed with passion and precision.” May 2011, the band released “Live at the Western Jubilee,” a celebration of its career so far. Recorded in December 2010 at the Western Jubilee Warehouse, a legendary Colorado Springs venue, the record’s 13 tracks capture the five musicians in peak form in front of an appreciative audience. Their latest album, Out With the Crow, awarded album of the year by The Colorado Springs Independent in 2012, reflects “a barrel-aged maturation that punctuates their moonshine roots. The album and the band’s public performances make clear that The Haunted Windchimes aim to rekindle the flames of Americana music for generations to come,” writes Angus Edward (No Depression).

 

EDISON

 EDISON - singer/guitarist Sarah Slaton, multi-instrumentalist, Dustin Morris, and Grammy-nominated guitarist, Maxwell Hughes (formerly of The Lumineers) - is an indie rock trio from Colorado which has quickly emerged as a musical force. Although they've only been a band since late 2014, they've already built a substantial national fan base thanks to their high-energy live shows and tireless touring efforts. In addition to countless club gigs, they've earned attention at such music industry conferences as SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon and Folk Alliance International. "We've been on the road nonstop for over a year", Slaton notes. "We didn't have a lot of releases out there so we decided to hit the road and meet as many people as we could and foster those relationships." That strategy worked, winning the band a devoted national audience as well as support slots with the likes of Iron & Wine, Langhorne Slim and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats. Edison released their debut LP "Familiar Spirit" (09-16-16) after signing with Rhyme & Reason Records. 

"Though it’s a proper studio release, the nine-track effort in a way captures exactly what the band’s been doing the last 12 months: bringing music to life." - Consequence of Sound

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The Reminders Co-Headline with Fed Rez
Aug
5
4:30 PM16:30

The Reminders Co-Headline with Fed Rez

COLORADO CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY BONFILS BLOOD CENTER BROUGHT TO YOU BY CHANNEL 93.3 DENVER'S MODERN ROCK

THE REMINDERS
CO-HEADLINE WITH
FED REZ

The Reminders are a rare and remarkable musical duo seamlessly blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. The group consists of Brussels-born emcee Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/ vocalist Aja Black, a collective creative force that’s hard to beat. Big Samir weaves intricate rhythmic patterns with a bilingual French/English flow, displaying his street-smart credibility in both his lyrics and cool demeanor. This is beautifully complimented by Aja Black's confident delivery, diverse cadences, and unique vocal stylings. The two have an undeniable magical chemistry as they share more than lyrical abilities and stages; the couple shares a partnership in both music and life as Samir and Aja have been married for almost a decade.

Releasing their debut album 'Recollect' in 2008 and their latest “Born Champions” in 2012, the Reminders have been recognized and applauded for their work internationally through concerts, tours, music awards, TV and radio appearances, and their incredible and dedicated fan base. Having shared the stage with artists such as Les Nubians, Snoop Dogg, Fishbone, Barrington Levy, Nas, Mos Def, Big Boi, KRS-One, Rakim, K'Naan, and others, the Reminders have established a firm place in today's ever-evolving music scene, garnering international acclaim while paving a path all their own. Beyond performances and appearances, the duo is constantly and actively engaged with community organizations, schools, and universities delivering workshops, talks, and specially catered performances.

More than a shade of the same color that we see time and time again, The Reminders transcend the bounds of what is expected. Their stage presence and high energy shows leave crowds in awe the world over, allowing the duo to uplift and entertain all at once. Their unique mashup of razor sharp rhymes; raw, soulful vocals; and reggae-tinged hip hop beats form the perfect backdrop for their relevant and inspiring themes, leaving a lasting impression on listeners with audiences always wanting more. The Reminders take their hip hop foundation and move it beyond genre, time, and space to create a global musical experience that is classic and speaks to all those willing to participate.

 

FED REZ

Fed Rez is an Alternative Hip-Hop group that draws its thematic inspiration from the economically elite that influence world affairs via political allegiances, affluent lineages, media control, and the desire for world domination.  By humorously imitating the greedy actions of these individuals, Fed Rez implicitly maintains the socially-conscious spirit of true hip-hop without coming off as cliche or preachy.  With influences that range from Public Enemy and Big Daddy Kane to contemporaries such as Run the Jewels and Odd Future, Fed Rez combines superior live performances and lyricism with production that is curtailed to the modern audience.

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Slim Cessna's Auto Club with Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams & Andy Thomas' Dust Heart
Jul
20
4:00 PM16:00

Slim Cessna's Auto Club with Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams & Andy Thomas' Dust Heart

BONFILS BLOOD CENTER COLORADO CONCERT SERIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY 93.3 DENVER'S MODERN ROCK PRESENTS

SLIM CESSNA'S AUTO CLUB
with
HALDEN WOFFORD & the HI*BEAMS
and
ANDY THOMAS' DUST HEART

Levitt Pavilion Denver officially opens its doors on Thursday July 20, 2017. The festivities begin at 6pm and include the official ribbon cutting ceremony of Denver's next great concert venue. Pack your dancing shoes and a blanket for this special night under the stars. 

The Commandments According to SCAC biography In September 2016, Slim Cessna's Auto Club is releasing its new album The Commandments According to SCAC. It has been twenty-four years since Slim Cessna parted ways with The Denver Gentlemen, that grand progenitor of the peculiar strain of Gothic Americana unique to the Mile High City, to form Slim Cessna's Auto Club with a group of talented peers. 

Many bands with a long and successful run  like that would stick close to its roots.  But rather than res  on well-earned laurels, the Auto Club challenged itself to break with well-worn modes of operating for the new record. 

Wallace Stenger may have captured the spirit of the west in his 1971 novel Angle of Repose. Jim Thompson surely exposed the lurid underbelly of the Western experience.  Cormac McCarthy definitely evoked the conflicted, tortured spirit of small town life on the frontier.  William  Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor informed all of them with a humor and soulfulness. It is that literary tradition that imbues the harrowing and celebratory sound and riveting stories of Slim Cessna's Auto Club. And for a full twenty years it was largely in that realm of art that the Auto Club reveled and garnered a loyal cult following well beyond the boundaries of The Queen City of the Plains.

But no band can be satisfied with treading the same territory that it helped to define forever.The Commandments According to SCAC, will be the first full length album of  original material released on the Auto Club's own imprint, SCACUNINCORPORATED. 

The title evokes the themes of cosmic punishment and redemption that have served the band's songwriting engine so well in the past. But this set of songs sounds more hopeful and expansive, a quality that was always there but this time out the brighter sides of the songwriting are emphasized. Hints of this saw early full-flown expression on 2008's Cipher and Unentitled from 2011. 

With The  Commandments,  however,  the  Auto  Club  seems  to  step  forward  into  the  promise  of  its  own possibilities. It remains capable of the heady darkness and celebratory intensity with which it made its name. 

Now that charmingly dusky and spare sound breathes with a color and delicacy of feeling that perhaps sat in the  background  in  times  past.  Maybe  it's  partly  due  to  the  greater  creative  contributions from longtime collaborator Rebecca Vera and The Peeleror the inclusion of upright bass player Ian O'Dougherty. But the  core  of  the  band's  songwriting and sound is anchored firmly in the vision of Slim, Munly Munly and Lord Dwight Pentacost. 

Whatever the true source of this transformation, The Commandments According to SCAC sounds like a band marshalling its creative inspiration to mark out a new chapter of its existence. When you get to see the Auto Club tour following the album's release, you'll get to see an already mighty band reinvigorated by this new spirit as well as by the fire that has long burned in its collective belly

 

HALDEN WOFFORD & the HI*BEAMS  

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.

Equal parts Hank Williams and Johnny Depp, front man Halden Wofford pours forth a potent mix of rocked-up honky tonk, western swing, Dylanesque originals and spaghetti western epics. There is no creative limit to the songwriter, illustrator, author, storyteller and singer. But Halden has met his match in the Hi*Beams. Each outrageous tale he spins is met by the whine and wail of the steel guitar, the furious double-neck electric guitar and mandolin, and the relentless thump of the upright bass and drums.

From Red Rocks to rodeos, the Fillmore Auditorium to the back of a flatbed truck, Prairie Home Companion to performing arts centers, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams deliver an unforgettable and original night of American music.

 

ANDY THOMAS' DUST HEART

"Intense literary Americana murder balladry from the former Tin Horn Prayer front man turned wisened storytelling,troubadour. The “Reckless Abandonment” EP is a broody meditation that has taken Andy across the seas including joining the Flogging Molly Salty Dog Cruise."

 

*Doors open at 5pm festivities start at 6pm.  Please check our Rules and Regulations page to see what you can bring with you and what you should leave at home. 

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