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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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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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