Strangebyrds
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Strangebyrds

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From our home in the mountains of Rollinsville, CO—Byrd Nest Recording Studio—to County Kerry, Ireland—Mhic An Daill Studio—and back, Strangebyrds—Cari Minor & Ray Smith have put these songs together over the course of the last two years for our new album "Star Crossed Lovers."

From Cari's love of books and history comes a flurry of brand new ballads to Ray's contemporary, moving and rockin' songs of love, life and the beauty of the world around us. Songs about "Star Crossed Lovers" inspired by the 1913 book O Pioneers! by Willa Cather to "Willy", a song inspired by the over 1200 women who dressed as men and fought in the Civil War. "Willy" garnered a top ten songwriters award in both the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival New Song Competition and the 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival-Troubadour Song Competition.

Ray Smith's song "Back Roads" won an honorable mention at both of these events as well. "You Won't Leave My Heart" written by Smith is a tribute to our hero Tom Petty and to all the great musicians who have now passed on who influenced Ray as a young musician.

Minor has recently added the Irish Bouzouki to the Strangebyrds quiver and her love for her Irish heritage & Irish music and lore is evident in the writing of a true story "The Ghosts Of Duffy's Cut"—the tragic tale of 57 men who came from Donegal, Ireland in hopes of a new start in America only to come to a bitter and brutal end within weeks of their arrival. It was only fitting that it was first recorded in County Kerry, Ireland.

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The Common Thread Concert
Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30

The Common Thread Concert

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The Common Thread Concert is a night of music celebrating Longmont’s local music scene and YOU, The community that makes it possible. Part concert and part storytelling event, the evening will explore the connective power of music and how it is a common thread that unites us all. The show will feature Teresa Storch, Tim Ostdiek, and Antonio Lopez; all of whom will be performing with their bands. The Common Thread Concert is a presentation of Sound Bridge Music, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which was founded as a grassroots effort to use the power of music to make a positive difference in communities across the Front Range. Harnessing the talents of local musicians, Sound Bridge Music connects artists with opportunities to bring music to those in need of the unique comfort, empowerment, healing and sense of belonging that only music can provide.

More on the artists performing:

Antonio Lopez
Antonio Lopez has the "it" factor. There are those in the know, and those who don't know yet. His acoustic soul and modern folk sound garners comparison to artists such as Amos Lee and Paul Simon. A sixth generation Coloradan, Antonio was born and raised in Alamosa and now resides in Longmont. He has released three albums independently with plans to release a fourth in 2019 entitled Roots and Wings. Previous accolades include song of the year winner in The Southwest Independent Music Awards. Antonio has collaborated with artists such as folk luminaries Don Conoscenti and Daniel Valdez (Santana, Linda Ronstadt).

Teresa Storch
How does woman with a degree in Applied Physics become a nationally touring Singer/Songwriter? While studying engineering at the Colorado School of Mines she became obsessed with live music. One show at Red Rocks Amphitheater prompted her to admit aloud “I think I need to do that!” The voice in her head just wouldn’t let go. In 2001, after getting laid-off from a job, she began busking in the Boston Subways, finally allowing herself to follow that voice.


Since then, Teresa has become an international live performer of joyful strength and riveting, emotional power. Her soulful-Americana songwriting balances on the fence between folk and jazz, drawing comparisons to Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Shawn Colvin. Audience members say it’s like seeing Bonnie Raitt when she first started. She has recorded 3 studio and 2 live albums and toured nationally for 12 years, bringing her songs to theaters, clubs, coffeehouses, and living rooms. In 2009 she returned to Colorado after 10 years in the Boston music scene.


Her latest album “Come Clean“(2014) produced by Philip Parker and Jamie Mefford (Gregory Alan Isakov) has garnered international attention, being chosen for The Top Country/Americana Albums of 2015 by Martin Chilton of The Telegraph (UK). John Apice of No Depression Magazine states “Emmylou Harris would find a wealth of inspiration in these songs…” She was chosen a 2015 GrassyHill New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, selected as an Emerging Artist at the 2015 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and received Honorable Mention in the 2015 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriter’s Competition.

Tim Ostdiek
Tim Ostdiek is a playful, uplifting, and engaging singer, songwriter and performer. He writes feel-good, big-hearted folk with a drop of something funky. With hopeful and purposeful songs, Ostdiek doesn't shy from the deep and heavy. A tasteful and dynamic guitarist, Ostdiek often fits fingerpicking, strumming, and lead elements into one song. Whether in a concert hall, club, brewery, or living room, Ostdiek always reaches the hearts of his listeners and sends them out a little brighter than they came in.

His songwriting has garnered accolades such as finalist in the 2019 Telluride Troubadour and finalist in the 2019 Folks Fest Songwriter Showcase His song “Goodbye” was featured in the PBS show Roadtrip Nation. Ostdiek has opened for some of the nation's best singer/songwriters, such as Sarah Jarosz and Steve Norbert. and played several prominent Colorado venues such as Swallow Hill. Ostdiek is an important figure in the Longmont, CO, music scene, hosting a weekly open mic/jam and a monthly songwriting group.

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Masontown
Sep
14
7:30 PM19:30

Masontown

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A new and enchanting sound has emerged from the hotbed of the Colorado roots music scene. Masontown, a young band with a concept as timeless as the Rocky Mountains, has alighted onto a bluegrass community that has already produced some of the best that the acoustic music world has to offer. But Colorado, and the wider world of modern music, hasn’t quite heard this yet.

A lauded fiddle champion and classical violinist. A veteran bluegrass mandolin player and composer. One of Colorado’s jazz guitar greats reborn as a flatpicking sensation. An upright bassist with roots running deep in the classical and jazz traditions. These are the individual elements that come together to create Masontown.

Masontown’s sound is a exciting take on the American acoustic tradition. At once fresh and familiar, the group unites the sounds of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and new acoustic music into a sonic melting pot that hearkens back to our deep musical traditions while remaining defiantly modern in conception. Echoes of the poignant exploration of the Matt Flinner Trio blend with the fierce drive of Bill Monroe and the plaintive song-craft of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West. It’s no surprise that the members of Masontown have shared the stage with many of these musical icons that their sound evokes.

The listening halls and dance floors of Colorado have already begun to hail the arrival of this new force in the acoustic music community. Masontown is a band on the move, driven to delight the ears, touch the hearts, and move the feet of generations of music lovers in Colorado and far beyond.      

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Kyle Donovan
Aug
9
7:30 PM19:30

Kyle Donovan

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The songs from Kyle Donovan's upcoming album have won the young songwriter critical acclaim at five major contests, showcases, and folk festivals across the nation. The storytelling troubadour has been crafting vivid vignettes, capturing moments from everyday life to tell honest tales of love, loss, family, and the passage of time. His upcoming album, Then and Nowis slated for release in the summer of 2019.

He calls the countryside near Boulder, CO home, where he doubles as a musician and a sound engineer, hosting a monthly live-performance podcast featuring independent musicians called The Songwriter Hour.  Kyle recently ran a successful Kickstarter campaign, where over two hundred friends and fans came together to support the release of the new album.  

Honors and Accolades:

  • Finalist at Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Competition in 2019

  • Semi-Finalist at Songwriter Serenade in 2019

  • Winner of Wildflower! Michael Terry People's Choice Award in 2018

  • Finalist at Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Troubadour Contest in 2018

  • Emerging Artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2018

"With an absolutely astounding vocal range, Kyle Donovan sounds like the long-lost love child of Carly Simon and Art Garfunkel. The acoustic instrumentation that supports him is lovely, but over and over Donovan's voice is what draws all of the attention, and for great reason. It's beautiful."
Brian F. Johnson  -  Marquee Magazine  

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Dance Party with the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio
Jul
25
7:30 PM19:30

Dance Party with the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio

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Carl Sonny Leyland was born & raised on the South Coast of England, growing up close to the city of Southampton. As a child he was drawn to the American music which he heard on LP records his father would play. It was here that he developed an appreciation for Dixieland jazz, the rock & roll of the 1950s & the country music of Jimmie Rodgers & Hank Williams.

Initially influenced by boogie woogie greats Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson & Meade 'Lux' Lewis, Leyland went on to fully explore the piano blues genre, becoming an authority on early & obscure styles such as those played by Cow Cow Davenport, Little Brother Montgomery, Montana Taylor & Speckled Red to name a few.

Whether playing solo or with his trio, Leyland's playing displays an infectious spontaneity, providing plenty of surprises for the listener.  

Marty Eggers (bass) composed his first rag, "Front St. Rag," in 1982. Influenced by New Orleans and San Francisco style bands that played around the Bay Area in the '70s and '80s. Organized the Front St. Wanderers in 1984 and was instrumental in formation of the Sacramento Ragtime Society. Currently he works with the Yerba Buena Stompers, Butch Thompson Trio, Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, Tichenor Family Trio, and as a soloist at Pier 23 in San Francisco. 

Jeff Hamilton (drums) is simply one of the best traditional jazz & swing drummers playing today. Inventive & hard swinging, Jeff is in high demand with many of the bands on the scene & we are thrilled to have him on board.

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The Honey Dewdrops
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

The Honey Dewdrops

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Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish are celebrating a decade of touring full time as The Honey Dewdrops, having played stages and festivals far and wide in North America and Europe.  With tight harmonies and an musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo,  mandolin and guitars, the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters:  the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation.

After leaving their home base of Virginia and living on the road for 2 years, Laura and Kagey now call Baltimore, Maryland home and it's where they wrote and recorded their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country, released May 2015.  Acoustic Guitar Magazine describes the set of songs as “a handcrafted sound centered on swarming harmonies and acoustic guitars that churn like a paddlewheel and shimmer like heat waves on the highway.”  And like their stage performance, these songs rock and reel, and then they console you when you come back down. 

The Honey Dewdrops have a busy year ahead of them with a winter tour in the U.K. and the release of their 5th full-length album, Anyone Can See, out March 1st.

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The Fremonts AND Foxfeather
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

The Fremonts AND Foxfeather

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The Fremonts

Born in New York City and raised in Boulder, Colorado, The Fremonts weave Midwestern ghost stories into restless Americana music. Stephanie Dodd (originally from Fremont, Nebraska - vocals/keyboard/xylophone/accordion) and Justin Badger (originally from Fremont, California - vocals/guitar/kick drum) lace their sound with bluegrass, country, blues, folk and indie pop influences. By blending Dodd’s lyrical voice and Badger’s turbulent style, they take on a range of topics from sprawling tales of escape and ambition to quiet disenchantment with traditional roles in American family life. In their three years of creating music together, The Fremonts have unearthed fresh authenticity in their writing and performances through dedicated practice and community building.

“'How do we get to the light, to the beauty and calm we see on the horizon? How do we tame the chaos of our hearts?'  The Fremonts’ answer is to work your ass off to make your own place, and that’s exactly what they have done. They stake a claim, and they’re not giving it up."

-Libby EmmonsSpill Magazine

"The Fremonts are a Boulder-based band that know how to combine pretty and gruff in all the best ways. Dodd (vocals/keyboard/xylophone) has a gentle, soothing voice that guides you along their lyrical stories. And Badger (vocals/guitar/suitcase kick drum) brings in strong, turbulent tones. It’s a perfect fit."

-Hannah Oreskovich, bolderbeat.com

Foxfeather

Foxfeather achieves sonic bliss via their new track titled ‘Come And Get Me’…this future classic [is] a captivating mix of old school soul and modern alt-rock tinge in an #indie scene all too familiar with the bland” (Jammerzine)

“Carly Ricks Smith has a spectacular voice which lies somewhere between the folky soprano of a young Joni Mitchell and the jazz-heavy range of Lake Street Dive’s Rachel Price. It’s powerful as well as delicate” (Marquee Magazine).

"time warping...it's an emotional ride into the forest of folk with low-hanging country branches slapping you in the face without apology... its got a good thing going" (Rooster Magazine).

“…it’s sexy. It’s original. These women have crafted something very special and instantly likeable on this album” (Andy Eppler, The Prairie Scholars).

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300 Days
May
10
7:30 PM19:30

300 Days

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Yes, there will be dancing!

300 Days exploded onto the Front Range bluegrass scene in 2016 with their fiery, original tunes, handcrafted by a trio of veteran musicians. The powerful, take no prisoners vocals and gravity defying fiddle playing of Melissa McGinley (StereoFidelics), finely honed songwriting by mandolinist and guitarist Nick Dunbar (Mountain Standard Time) and tight rhythms of jazz-trained Dave “Pump” Solzberg (Fox Street All Stars) on upright bass have been electrifying audiences across Colorado.

For being such a young group, 300 Days boasts the instrumental prowess, vocal harmonies and host of original material of a well seasoned band. This Boulder-based ensemble combines their background in bluegrass, folk, rock, jazz and Americana into a sound they call “prograss” that will knock you off your chair and keep your toes tapping.

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Moors & McCumber: Saint Patrick's Day Concerts, Two Shows!
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Moors & McCumber: Saint Patrick's Day Concerts, Two Shows!

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When they met by chance ten years ago, James Moors and Kort McCumber felt like the universe was throwing them together for a reason. Like Simon & Garfunkel or Crosby, Stills and Nash, they deliver haunting songs about love and life with dazzling instrumentals and transcendent harmonies. Their fifth CD, Live at the Blue Rock, captures the magic of their live shows. As Grammy award-winning producer Lloyd Maines says, “These guys should be playing every major festival in the country. They bring it all to the stage and deliver in a big way.”

To listen to Moors and McCumber please visit: www.moorsandmccumber.com or www.youtube.com/moorsandmccumber

"For me personally one of the most pleasant surprises of the past weeks, the American duo Moors & McCumber. I know from personal experience the magic of finding that perfect musical partner. James and Kort complete each other...they fill in each others blanks and that makes for really really great music.
— Gary Louris, The Jayhawks

"Any time that these guys book a gig near you, make an effort to get there. You won't be disappointed."
— James Killen, Houston Music Review

 

 

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Country Christmas: Two Shows!
Dec
16
3:30 PM15:30

Country Christmas: Two Shows!

Tickets! Matinee plus evening—both bands play both shows!

Nothing says Christmas like country music! For the 8th year in a row, Colorado's most acclaimed honky-tonkers team up to celebrate the yule in style. The holidays are all about family, eating and drinking and you can be sure that country music has a lot to say on these subjects. Join Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams and Bonnie and Clydes for a distinctly down home take on Christmas. 

One of Colorado's most popular and enduring acts, the Hi*Beams celebrated ten years together in 2010. Rootsy but not revivalist, the Hi*Beams' rollicking stage act features rocked-up Texas honky tonk and western swing, equal parts original and classic.

Bonnie & the Clydes has been making waves on the Colorado and national music scene since 2010. Spearheaded by Bonnie Sims, Bonnie & the Clydes features strong songwriting, dynamic three part harmonies, and rippin' electric guitar solos, as well as Bonnie Sims' powerful and unique vocal style.

Note: BOTH BANDS ARE PLAYING BOTH SHOWS! This event features DANCING with limited seating available!

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Two Duos: Beth Wilberger & Ali Grayson with By The Lee
Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

Two Duos: Beth Wilberger & Ali Grayson with By The Lee

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Ali Grayson & Beth Wilberger sing soulful tunes with tight harmonies; incorporating tasteful guitar, violin, and viola into their originals and covers. 

By The Lee is a duo born of the Colorado based band, The Railsplitters.
Inspired by touring the world together, Lauren Stovall and Peter Sharpe have been cultivating new music together over the past five years. They are excited to announce their new project.

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Tish Hinojosa
Sep
8
7:30 PM19:30

Tish Hinojosa

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“I’m gonna find me a new song to sing,” declares Tish Hinojosa on the title track of her new album, West, the first since 2013’s After the Fair.  Since returning to Austin, TX, from a nearly decade-long sojourn in Germany five years ago, Hinojosa has had to heal, both emotionally and physically from a shattered marriage and a pair of serious surgeries. That rebirth comes through in this classic country-flavored collection, co-produced by longtime collaborators Marvin Dykhuis and Chip Dolan at Fire Station Studios in San Marcos, TX.

“Music flows through cracks and scars,” she sings on a tribute to “My Good Guitar,” which tells the story of how Tish repaired a prized acoustic guitar, handmade by noted luthier John Dillon, which she purchased back in 1992.  “Though we are weathered, we’ve both pulled through,” read the song’s lyrics, artfully comparing artist and instrument.

“She sat broken in my closet for the last seven years,” explains Tish.  “I couldn’t face looking at her.  I decided to buy some wood clamps and gorilla glue at Home Depot, and repair it, just like I’d seen on the DIY Network. We’ve both been through a lot, and now we’re back in action.”

Both guitar and owner sound as good as new and vibrant as ever, given the evidence on West, its title song inspired by an epiphany experienced by Tish during a road trip through Tucson, AZ, where she viewed a dazzling sunset followed by the rumbles of an incoming thunderstorm.

“This album is definitely about renewal,” she says. “Getting back on my feet, regaining my health, and creativity.”

“The journey hasn’t always been easy,” she says. “These are our life’s adventures. Sometimes we hit it good; sometimes we hit it bad.

On West, Tish Hinojosa has turned that pain to pleasure with music which allows those scars to gradually fade away.

"Simply put, Hinojosa is a first class songwriter"
- CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 

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Billy Shaddox Band with openers The Fremonts
Aug
25
7:30 PM19:30

Billy Shaddox Band with openers The Fremonts

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Billy Shaddox Band

Billy Shaddox is blessed with the ability to blend the western dualities of coastal dreamer and high mountain drifter into his deep, easy flowing songs.  This is modern American folk music  with pop sensibilities.  

Rooted in stories of love and fortune lost, perspective and enlightenment gained, Shaddox captures the mystique of the West with indelible lyrical imagery and sharply original musicality: the displaced modern man weary of coping with vanishing ideals, the present-minded realist, the uncontrollable jealousy of the downtrodden miner, and the bright-eyed morning traveler setting out to make his mark on the world.

The Billy Shaddox Band features Oliver Jacobson on fiddle, Gilbran Chong on drums, and Chad Mathis on bass.

"From the moment the title track of Billy Shaddox's I Melt, I Howl kicks in to open this album, you get that twinge of excitement that this is going to be good. A breezy, warm track that immediately turns your head – a mix of pop melody, clean guitars, crisp production and immensely pleasing vocals.  This Colorado native has the ability of melding both pure roots-y Americana and a skilled manner in pop writing.  Which makes an automatic win for me."
— Rob Ross, PopDose

The Fremonts

Born in New York City and raised in Boulder, Colorado, The Fremonts weave Midwestern ghost stories into restless Americana music. Stephanie Dodd (originally from Fremont, Nebraska - vocals/keyboard/xylophone/accordion) and Justin Badger (originally from Fremont, California - vocals/guitar/kick drum) lace their sound with bluegrass, country, blues, folk and indie pop influences. By blending Dodd’s lyrical voice and Badger’s turbulent style, they take on a range of topics from sprawling tales of escape and ambition to quiet disenchantment with traditional roles in American family life. In their three years of creating music together, The Fremonts have unearthed fresh authenticity in their writing and performances through dedicated practice and community building.

 

 

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Zoe and Cloyd
Aug
2
7:30 PM19:30

Zoe and Cloyd

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Hailing from opposite ends of the Appalachian mountains, husband-and-wife duo Zoe & Cloyd is renowned fiddler and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein and award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist John Cloyd Miller. Their show is as diverse as their upbringing. Coming from a line of klezmer and jazz musicians, Natalya trained classically in her home state of Massachusetts while John, a twelfth generation North Carolinian, is the grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler, Jim Shumate. Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June and long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC music scene, the couple shifted to their duet project after the birth of their daughter in 2015.

With deep roots in American music, Zoe & Cloyd released their second full-length album, Eyes Brand New, in April 2017. Highlighting their emotive songwriting and signature harmonies, this new recording finds the duo returning to a full band sound with Kevin Kehrberg on bass, and special appearances from Will Straughan of Red June on dobro and Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers on banjo. Eyes Brand New showcases the breadth of their collective musical spirit, seamlessly combining original folk, country, old-time and bluegrass with sincerity and zeal. Zoe & Cloyd’s debut recording, Equinox (2015), also met with high acclaim and the pair have continued to gain momentum with performances at festivals and events all across the country. Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine agrees, proclaiming Zoe & Cloyd as “a musical collaboration that demands to be heard.”

1st Place Winners of the 2015 FreshGrass Duo Contest

Eyes Brand New named one of the “Outstanding Roots Music Releases of 2017″ by No Depression Magazine

“Favorite Musical Picks of 2017″ - Lisa Snedeker, Huffington Post

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Sound Bridge Singer/Songwriter Showcase
Jun
9
7:30 PM19:30

Sound Bridge Singer/Songwriter Showcase

Info and tickets: http://soundbridgemusic.org/trial-workshops/singer-songwriter-showcase

We are proud to partner with Sound Bridge Music in their mission to support and promote local musicians. Sound Bridge presents the First Annual Sound Bridge Music Songwriter’s Showcase. Come join us for a relaxed evening of amazing local music featuring Scott RamsaurTheresa Peterson and Hunter Stone.  You will enjoy a sampling of the music that has put the Front Range on the map as one of the hottest evolving music scenes in the country, but also enjoy the opportunity to meet and mingle with other music lovers. 

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Songwriting Workshop with Moors & McCumber
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Songwriting Workshop with Moors & McCumber

Registration & tickets: http://soundbridgemusic.org/trial-workshops/songwriting-moors-mccumber

About The Workshop
Kort and James will share details on their songwriting process including co-writing, lyric writing, developing melody, working out arrangements and determining instrumentation. Participants are encouraged to bring an instrument and share a song they would like Kort and James to critique. The night will conclude with an opportunity to sing and/or play along with James & Kort from three of their well known songs from their Blue Rock  or Aisling songbooks.

About Moors & McCumber
When they met by chance ten years ago, James Moors and Kort McCumber felt like the universe was throwing them together for a reason. Like Simon & Garfunkel or Crosby, Stills and Nash, they deliver haunting songs about love and life with dazzling instrumentals and transcendent harmonies. Their fifth CD, Live at the Blue Rock, captures the magic of their live shows. As Grammy award-winning producer Lloyd Maines says, “These guys should be playing every major festival in the country. They bring it all to the stage and deliver in a big way ."

Links
www.moorsandmccumber.com
You Take Me Somewhere: https://youtu.be/cxsKt6y1a7Y
Take Me Away: https://youtu.be/PUrYOS1Q4zg
My Heart is Open: https://youtu.be/lTctSySdMQI
Leaving For Cobh: https://youtu.be/UtL0MngOFHA

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Bonnie & the Clydes with Clandestine Amigo
May
26
7:30 PM19:30

Bonnie & the Clydes with Clandestine Amigo

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Bonnie & the Clydes

Bonnie & the Clydes are one of the foremost Front Range bands, pioneering their unique sound of Rocky Mountain Country Soul. Fronted by the fiery Bonnie Sims, this band has been making waves with powerful and memorable live performances for the past seven years. 

Bonnie & the Clydes were awarded 'Best Country Band' in 2013 & 2014 in Denver Westword's Yearly 'Best Of' poll. Their latest album, DEAR SOMEBODY, was also awarded PEOPLE'S CHOICE and BEST COUNTRY ALBUM for the 2016 Colorado Playlist.

Clandestine Amigo

Jessica Eppler creates a mix of darkly poetic, R&B inspired rock. Backed by Mr. Fancy Pants, Michael Wooten on drums and Kyle Donovan's effortless guitar skills, Clandestine Amigo brings a smooth and seductive sound to the stage. 

NOTE: DANCING WITH LIMITED SEATING!

 

 

 

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Katie Glassman and Snapshot: Dancing + Potluck
May
6
4:00 PM16:00

Katie Glassman and Snapshot: Dancing + Potluck

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Summer season kickoff: come at 4 for a potluck; music starts around 5. Bring a dish or drink to share, including grillables. This event features DANCING with limited seating available.

Katie Glassman and Snapshot effortlessly marry the drive of early American swing with contemporary songwriting and breathtaking musicianship.   

Their 2014 release, Dream a Little Dream, spent more than four months at #1 on the Roots Music Western Swing DJ charts, and hit #9 on the Folk DJ chart.

Katie is a powerful and expressive songwriter, fiddler and vocalist. Her songs explore modern emotional landscapes with sensitivity and wit while providing the band a platform to showcase their instrumental virtuosity.     

Already a two-time national champion, in 2014, she won several of the country’s major fiddle contests, including Walnut Valley, in Winfield, Kansas, Rockygrass, in Lyons, Colorado, and the Colorado State Fiddle Championship in Denver.  

Her outstanding band features Eric Moon’s jazzy but retro piano and accordion, Charlie Mertens’ slapping and thumping bass and Greg Schochet’s 1940s guitar stylings. They are the perfect match for Katie’s formidable fiddle chops and stylish singing and songwriting. 

From festivals and sold out concerts to the stage atTEDx, this is a band in full swing. Katie Glassman and Snapshot play timeless music with a modern sensibility.

 

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Vocal Technique with Carolyn Hunter
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Vocal Technique with Carolyn Hunter

Tried and true tips, tricks, hacks, and vocal exercises for every singer to build strength, range, and freedom.

Registration & tickets: http://soundbridgemusic.org/trial-workshops/vocal-technique-workshop-with-carolyn-hunter

Workshop Description:

"I am not the teacher who knows the best way or the only way to grow as a singer. I have simply created my own 'religious vocal practice' compiled of my favorite a-ha moments, exercises, vocal health and maintenance techniques, warm-ups, and warm-downs from over the years that have helped me in various career paths as a vocalist. This workshop is designed to pass those on to anyone who wants to be a stronger, more confident singer."

Carolyn Hunter, lead singer of the Boulder-based band The Heartstring Hunters has been taking voice lessons since the age of 12 studying with various coaches all over Northern Virginia as well as with the world renowned Kim Wood Sandusky in Nashville. She continued her vocal education at UCLA, School of Theater, Film and Television, completing her B.A. in musical theater in 2009 studying voice with Jeremy Mann, Linda Kerns and Mary Jo Duprey. She has received many songwriting awards for her music as solo artist Carolyn Nicely, her FL based band The FAM Band, and was recently nominated for best Folk Band with The Heartstring Hunters by Denver Westword Magazine. She has sung all over the world including a once in a lifetime performance with Chinese opera singer Julia Zhu at the Shanghai Concert Hall for pianist Lang Lang's New Year's Eve Concert in 2012. In another light, as an audio book narrator, she has worked for Audible.com narrating 6 books, including "Finding Faith" by best-selling author Jon Guenther. She lives with her husband, their two dogs, and their brand new kitten, in Coal Creek Canyon where they are building a recording studio and soaking in the sunshine.

LINKS:

www.theheartstringhunters.com
www.reverbnation.com/theheartstringhunters
https://www.acx.com/narrator?ie=UTF8&p=ADBWSAV7SJGHM- Audio Book Narrator profile

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Country Christmas
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

Country Christmas

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Nothing says Christmas like country music! For the 7th year in a row, Colorado's most acclaimed honky-tonkers team up to celebrate the yule in style. The holidays are all about family, eating and drinking and you can be sure that country music has a lot to say on these subjects. Join Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams and Bonnie and Clydes for a distinctly down home take on Christmas. 

One of Colorado's most popular and enduring acts, the Hi*Beams celebrated ten years together in 2010. Rootsy but not revivalist, the Hi*Beams' rollicking stage act features rocked-up Texas honky tonk and western swing, equal parts original and classic.

Bonnie & the Clydes has been making waves on the Colorado and national music scene since 2010. Spearheaded by Bonnie Sims, Bonnie & the Clydes features strong songwriting, dynamic three part harmonies, and rippin' electric guitar solos, as well as Bonnie Sims' powerful and unique vocal style.

Note: This event features DANCING with limited seating available!

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The Honey Dewdrops
Sep
8
7:30 PM19:30

The Honey Dewdrops

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In the summer of 2014, after a long stretch of living on the road, performing and writing across the U.S., Americana songwriters and Virginia natives Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, collectively known as The Honey Dewdrops, decided to settle down in Baltimore, MD. "Touring is like collecting images of landscapes, sounds of voices, contents of stories, moods of places and environments," says Wortman. "All of that can be useful. It tells you something about human nature, about how the world works, little by little.” And so the couple took their experiences on the road, and dug in to write and record their fourth album, TANGLED COUNTRY, in their new home. It’s a beautiful and engaging take on modern American roots music and the first album of theirs entirely written, arranged, and recorded in one place; a testament to the power of home.

The songs, all original compositions by Wortman & Parrish, tell stories that engage and resonate in a delicately creative way, blurring the line between narrative and prose. Wortman tells a story about a machine shop across the street from their house when they first moved to Baltimore. "Constant noise from power tools and what sounded like metal hammers banging out the shapes of giant steel swords, and with the regular hum of the city and traffic moving up and down the street, this took some getting used to." But then they noticed the times, sometimes lasting only seconds, sometimes hours, "where everything came to a stop, slowed down, quieted, like everything was paused." This became the basis for Tangled Country's closing tune and only instrumental track, "Remington," as they tried to capture the feeling of "playing tunes together on the porch in those hushed moments in between” when the world seemed to have come to rest.

 

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Square Dance!
Aug
27
2:00 PM14:00

Square Dance!

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Colorado Old Time Fiddlers’ Association (COTFA) hosts an old time square dance and fund raiser featuring live fiddle music by COTFA members. Caller Chris Kermiet will teach easy dances for all ages.

Fiddlers: bring your fiddles! For a list of fiddle tunes contact Katie Glassman.

This year: silent auction!

Children under 5 free.

COTFA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of promoting, preserving and educating the public on the tradition of old-time fiddling. COTFA sponsors and organizes the Colorado Fiddle Championships (CFC), which will be held January 6 & 7, 2018 at the National Western Stock Show. Proceeds from this fund raiser will go towards the CFC operational expenses.  

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Billy Shaddox Band
Aug
5
7:30 PM19:30

Billy Shaddox Band

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Billy Shaddox is blessed with the ability to blend the western dualities of coastal dreamer and high mountain drifter into his deep, easy flowing songs.  This is modern American folk music  with pop sensibilities.  

Rooted in stories of love and fortune lost, perspective and enlightenment gained, Shaddox captures the mystique of the West with indelible lyrical imagery and sharply original musicality: the displaced modern man weary of coping with vanishing ideals, the present-minded realist, the uncontrollable jealousy of the downtrodden miner, and the bright-eyed morning traveler setting out to make his mark on the world.

The Billy Shaddox Band features Oliver Jacobson on fiddle, Gilbran Chong on drums, and Chad Mathis on bass.

"From the moment the title track of Billy Shaddox's I Melt, I Howl kicks in to open this album, you get that twinge of excitement that this is going to be good. A breezy, warm track that immediately turns your head – a mix of pop melody, clean guitars, crisp production and immensely pleasing vocals.  This Colorado native has the ability of melding both pure roots-y Americana and a skilled manner in pop writing.  Which makes an automatic win for me."
— Rob Ross, PopDose

 

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Dance Party with the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio
Jul
27
7:30 PM19:30

Dance Party with the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio

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Carl Sonny Leyland was born & raised on the South Coast of England, growing up close to the city of Southampton. As a child he was drawn to the American music which he heard on LP records his father would play. It was here that he developed an appreciation for Dixieland jazz, the rock & roll of the 1950s & the country music of Jimmie Rodgers & Hank Williams.

Initially influenced by boogie woogie greats Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson & Meade 'Lux' Lewis, Leyland went on to fully explore the piano blues genre, becoming an authority on early & obscure styles such as those played by Cow Cow Davenport, Little Brother Montgomery, Montana Taylor & Speckled Red to name a few.

Whether playing solo or with his trio, Leyland's playing displays an infectious spontaneity, providing plenty of surprises for the listener.  

Marty Eggers (bass) composed his first rag, "Front St. Rag," in 1982. Influenced by New Orleans and San Francisco style bands that played around the Bay Area in the '70s and '80s. Organized the Front St. Wanderers in 1984 and was instrumental in formation of the Sacramento Ragtime Society. Currently he works with the Yerba Buena Stompers, Butch Thompson Trio, Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, Tichenor Family Trio, and as a soloist at Pier 23 in San Francisco. 

Jeff Hamilton (drums) is simply one of the best traditional jazz & swing drummers playing today. Inventive & hard swinging, Jeff is in high demand with many of the bands on the scene & we are thrilled to have him on board.

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Susan Marie Frontczak Presents Clara Barton
Jul
9
2:00 PM14:00

Susan Marie Frontczak Presents Clara Barton

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Storysmith Susan Marie Frontczak takes us back to the late 1880s. Miss Clara Barton is well known as a public speaker describing the contributions that led to her being dubbed "the Angel of the Battlefield" during the Civil War. She defines her role as filling the gap "between the bullet and the hospital." But she is also ready to describe her activities after the war: First establishing and running an "Office for Missing Soldiers"—creating the first of what we now call a "Missing in Action" list; Later serving under the International Red Cross and eventually founding the American Red Cross—an undertaking that demanded educating the public, lobbying with Congress, and working with the press—all from the disadvantage-point of being a woman in a society that assigned very little power to her gender.

Hear Clara's tribute to those who serve in our armed forces—soldier, veteran, and their families. Find out how she worked her way through government red tape both to care for the wounded on the battlefield and years later to convince the United States government to bring the Red Cross to America. Her fortitude under fire and tenacious dedication to the cause of humanity stand as a role model for all time.

Storysmith® Susan Marie Frontczak is in her twenty-third year as a full-time storyteller and sixteenth as a living history presenter, having given over 700 presentations as Marie Curie, Mary Shelley, Eleanor Roosevelt, Clara Barton, and Irene Castle across 38 of the United States and nine countries abroad.  Susan Marie is also dedicated to helping others bring history to life.  She has been coaching storytellers for twenty-six years, Young Chautauquans for fourteen, and adults Chautauquans for nine.  She authored handbooks published by Colorado Humanities in 2008, to help Young Chautauquans discover how fun and engaging history can be.  When bringing history to life, Susan Marie lives up to her motto, "Give me a place to stand, and I will take you somewhere else."

The debut of Clara occurred at High Plains Chautauqua August 2014.
"Frontczak has remained an audience favorite during her five appearances at High Plains Chautauqua. Her performances are always thought provoking, educational, and engaging. In 2014, she developed Clara Barton for our Civil War theme. Her portrayal demonstrates thorough scholarship and emotional depth—Frontczak completely inhabits her character."
— Gina Huett, Colorado Humanities

"The Clara Barton presentation was the fourth visit to the Gallo Center by Susan Marie Frontczak. First there was Madame Curie, then Eleanor Roosevelt — The Great Depression, and then Eleanor Roosevelt — the War Years. All were superb. This year, we brought Ms. Frontczak back as Clara Barton and she charmed our audiences again. Our local school district sent all 6th graders to see the Arts Education presentation. The adults who attended the public performance enjoyed the show as much as the students. Ms. Frontczak is a pro!
— Lynn Dickerson, CEO, Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto CA

 

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The Western Flyers
May
6
7:30 PM19:30

The Western Flyers

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The Western Flyers are one of the most exciting new bands to glide onto the music scene in years. Their music is a distinctive cross section of the Great American Songbook: authentic Western swing, hot jazz and swing standards, cowboy songs and electrifying old-time fiddle tunes.  Internationally renowned guitar master Joey McKenzie drives the train with his powerful rhythm, while reigning National Swing Fiddle champion Katie Glassman and world-class upright bassist Gavin Kelso add fuel to the fire. A blending of tradition and innovation, The Western Flyers are a singular musical experience; a fresh take on a venerable American art form performed by three virtuosos of the genre. With international tours under their belt and debut album reaching #1 on the FAR / American roots charts, they are a band in full swing. 

I love The Western Flyers. They are a fearlessly dedicated band that swings hard. Joey, Katie and Gavin, in the words of Handsome Harry, “Lay it down where it stays down till they leave town”. Their music makes me smile. When I listen to them play I know that I am in the presence of modern masters in motion.
— Marty Stuart

Every once in a while a new musical group comes along that absolutely blows your ears back. It’s been a long time since I have seen a group as exciting as The Western Flyers. While the trio is new, the musicians are seasoned pros, combining the incredible rhythm guitar playing of Joey McKenzie with the flaming fiddle of Katie Glassman and the upright bass of Gavin Kelso. With all members sharing vocal duties, they deliver everything from western swing and jazz to cowboy and country with an infectious energy and virtuosity that will leave you knowing you have just seen and heard the best of the “real deal.
— Charlie Seeman, Executive Director Emeritus, Western Folklife Center

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Evie Ladin & Keith Terry: Concert
Apr
2
3:00 PM15:00

Evie Ladin & Keith Terry: Concert

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banjo•box•bass•body music
neo-trad kinetic folk

Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, Oakland, California-based Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance. Ladin sings and plays infectious clawhammer banjo, while Terry is a master percussionist. It was Appalachian string band music pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with an orchestra’s worth of rhythm. — Music City Roots, Nashville

A prolific singer-songwriter, percussive dancer and square dance caller, the polyrhythmic heat of Evie’s clawhammer banjo has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. She can write, she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with wit – a sharp intelligence.  –Grant Alden, No Depression

Trained as a jazz drummer, Keith Terry brings tonal percussion to stand-up bass, is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, the founder of the International Body Music Festival, and a collaborator with a host of inventive performers from Bobby McFerrin, Tex Williams and Robin Williams, to Turtle Island Quartet, Charles “Honi” Coles and Bill Irwin. Mr. Terry in action is like visiting an anatomical carnival, where hands, feet, fingers, engage in a musical ballet. – Wall Street Journal

Evie & Keith perform for all ages, and are skilled educators, often offering workshops and in-school activities while touring, from elementary through professional level training on a host of topics.  In 2016 they celebrate the release of the CD Jump the Fire with the Evie Ladin Band, a tight trio whose 2012 eponymous release won Americana Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards. They are also in creative development with a theatrical, international collaboration, premiering in Paris, 2016:  BODY MUSIC see music/hear dance.

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Keith Terry: Body Music Workshop
Apr
2
1:00 PM13:00

Keith Terry: Body Music Workshop

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Using the oldest instrument on the planet—the human body—we clap, slap, snap, step and vocalize our way through some very fun and funky, original and traditional rhythmic music. BODY MUSIC is an effective way of internalizing rhythmic work, which enhances the development of time, timing, phrasing, listening skills, independence, coordination and ensemble awareness.  It is a useful tool for musicians, dancers and movers of all kinds, actors, DJs and film editors—anyone interested in deepening their rhythmic skills. Wear comfortable clothing and clean sneakers or jazz shoes. No previous experience necessary.  (www.crosspulse.com)

Keith Terry is a percussionist/rhythm dancer whose work encompasses a number of allied performance disciplines — music, dance, theater, performance art — which he brings together to create an artistic vision that defies easy categorization. As a self-defined "Body Musician," Keith uses the oldest musical instrument in the world — the human body (his own) — as the basis for exploring, blending and bending traditional and contemporary rhythmic, percussive and movement possibilities. 

Using any surface for its rhythmic possibilities, Keith Terry "claps his hands, rubs his palms, finger-pops, stamps his feet, brushes his soles, slaps his butt and belly, pops his cheek, whomps his chest, skips and slides, sings and babbles and coughs, building his music out of a surprisingly varied register of sounds and clever rhythmic variations." — Village Voice

"...a crossing of cultures, a blurring of boundaries at its most sensitive, most humanistic, and most magical." — National Public Radio 

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