Dance Party with the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio
Jul
26
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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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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Billy Shaddox Band
Aug
25
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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Wood Belly and Masontown
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

Wood Belly and Masontown

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Wood Belly: 2018 Telluride Band Competition Winner

Bluegrass has become a mainstay in Colorado. The music of the mountains speaks to us and we can feel it in our souls. When a band like Wood Belly comes along to channel it, the clear blue skies are the limit. Led by a pair of prolific songwriters, their songs are carefully and collectively crafted to ring out with honesty and passion. Wood Belly blends traditional bluegrass with modern songwriting and whether you’re spinning around your partner or hanging on every word, the result is the same. You’re left smiling and wanting to hear more.
The band was born when Chris Weist (Mandolin) met Craig Patterson (Guitar) and Chris Zink (Dobro) at the Rockygrass Festival in 2015. Within a year they had teamed up with Aaron McCloskey(Banjo) and Taylor Shuck (Bass) and the music immediately fell into place.

Chris Zink | Dobro
Craig Patterson | Guitar
Chris Weist | Mandolin
Aaron McCloskey | Banjo
Taylor Shuck | Bass

Masontown

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

Country Christmas: Two Shows!

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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: This event features DANCING with limited seating available!

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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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The Honey Dewdrops with opening act Allie and Oliver
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

The Honey Dewdrops with opening act Allie and Oliver

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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.

Allie and Oliver are a folk duo based in the Front Range of Colorado. A native of upstate New York, Allie’s soaring voice and songwriting style draws inspiration from greats such as Joni Mitchell, Sara Bareilles, and Patti Smith. Oliver hails from Boulder CO, bringing his eclectic fiddle sound to the duo. Oliver’s exhilarating style draws inspiration from the rock, jazz, folk, and world music styles. Blending their talents, Allie and Oliver hone a sound that is harmonically tight, lyrically organic, and tucked cozily in the pocket of the groove.

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

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

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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
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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The Figments
Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

The Figments

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The Figments

The Figments incorporate an eclectic mix of styles into their inspired performances of music for dancing or listening. Whether grooving on an Old-time, Irish or French Canadian fiddle tune, trading daring improvisations on a gypsy jazz or swing number, or exploring the nuances of a graceful waltz or elegant English country dance tune, this trio of versatile musicians makes dynamic, spontaneous, and electrifying music.

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Harpeth Rising
Jul
6
7:30 PM19:30

Harpeth Rising

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Chamberfolk: Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. 

Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique. The three musicians each hold classical performance degrees from some of the most venerated schools in the world: Indiana University, Oberlin, Eastman School of Music. But their classical background is only one dimension of this trio’s powerful musical voice. Hailing from vastly different parts of North America, each member of Harpeth Rising brings different influences to the core sound.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Maria Di Meglio cello, was drawn to the music of her first generation Italian and Balkan roots, and grew up learning Eastern European folk songs alongside classical repertoire. She attended many classical programs throughout NYC, including LaGuardia High School (the “Fame” school), and Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Division.

Michelle Younger of Charlottesville, VA comes by her modern spin on old-time infused banjo authentically; her family has been in the United States for generations, and she is a direct descendent of Cole Younger, a member of the James-Younger Gang and the namesake of his very own banjo tune.

Jordana Greenberg, violin, grew up listening to the sounds of Stan Rogers, Leonard Cohen and Natalie McMaster in her native Canada before moving to Southern Indiana as a child. She studied classical violin by day through the pre-college program at Indiana University, and spent her nights learning the folk tunes and classic rocks songs that her family plays at the annual post-Passover jam session. 

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Bonnie & Taylor Sims and The Purple Hulls
Jul
2
7:30 PM19:30

Bonnie & Taylor Sims and The Purple Hulls

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Bonnie & Taylor Sims

Bonnie and Taylor Sims are a musical couple from Texas who now make their home in the Rocky Mountains. Bonnie Sims plays mandolin and carries on the musical tradition of her father, a life long Texas banjo playing legend and songwriter. Taylor Sims plays flat-top guitar and is an award-winning songwriter and recording artist from wide open spaces of West Texas. The two met while attending South Plains College in 2005, where they began their life of love and music. When they are not playing as a duo, they front a five piece country/rock band called Bonnie & the Clydes. With four critically acclaimed albums and multiple awards, they continue to write, perform, and produce real Americana music that is truly their own.

The Purple Hulls

You could easily say these two musicians were born to make music together. Identical twins Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark of The Purple Hulls were raised on a working family farm in the deep piney woods of East Texas, but that didn’t stop the Texans from finding their way to the hills of Tennessee, specifically, Music City, where they began touring with various country artists and writing songs for Nashville’s largest publishing company, Sony Tree. 


The Purple Hulls are now blazing the trail as a dynamic sister duo, showcasing their unique sibling harmonies while ripping the strings off any instrument they can get their hands on. If you’re looking for authentic acoustic driven music delivered at its best, your search is over.

 

 

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The Highland Soles Trio
Nov
13
to Mar 13

The Highland Soles Trio

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Ed, Lilly & Neil Pearlman
Scottish & Cape Breton fiddles, piano, mandolin, and traditional dance with flavors of jazz, Latin & pipe-band rhythms

Enjoy a concert followed by Ceilidh (party) Dances: quick demonstrations of easy, fun, high energy Scottish Dances. Includes traditional Ceilidh-style snacks.

The Highland Soles Trio, based in Boston and Maine, presents powerful music and dance from a family trio immersed in the traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton.  

Drawing on 35 years of working with some of the top Scottish and Cape Breton artists of our time, Ed Pearlman has toured the US, Canada and Scotland and has often collaborated with his wife, dancer Laura Scott, who taught Neil and Lilly to dance.  He has performed and taught at Blazin Fiddles music camp in Scotland, Maine Fiddle Camp, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp and many more.  Ed directed the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club for 18 years (1981-99) and for the past 18 years has been the music columnist for Scottish Life magazine in addition to pursuing all his performing and teaching.

Neil is a professional touring musician, in great demand for his astonishing creativity on the piano, blending Scottish with Latin, jazz, and funk, throughout North America, Scotland and Galicia.  He is the piano teacher/performer at Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp, plays a mean mandolin and is a great Cape Breton stepdancer.

Lilly’s stellar fiddling is often heard on tour with Neil in the bands Alba’s Edge and Party of 3.  She has taught at Ashokan and Maine Fiddle Camp, plays piano and dances.

Together they represent the flow of tradition from one generation to the next, playing music that speaks to us all.

About Ed:  "Pearlman is one of the finest exponents of Scottish-style fiddling we have in North America." (Earle Hitchener, music columnist and critic for the Wall Street Journal and Irish Voice)

About Neil:  “A tremendous pianist”  (BBC Radio Scotland)

"Watching Neil's hands on the piano is like watching two spiders on crack."  (Jerry Holland)

 

More info at www.highlandsoles.com/trio

CD info at www.paddledoo.com

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Ta-da!
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Ta-da!

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Come enjoy a lively musical comedy show, followed by a dance lesson and open dancing with a deejay.

Song and dance numbers include:

• I’d Rather Go to a Chick Flick than Dance
• Airport Security Line Ballet
• You’re Never Too Old to Dance
• Church Ladies’ Hip-Hop
• and more!

Ta-Da is brought to you by Scattershot Entertainment, the creator of the popular Lipstick! and Moonlighting Teachers shows

Guest appearances by Watch Your Step!
The Watch Your Step! dance troupe brings early twentieth century social dances to life, authentically recreating dances from America’s past with costumes, music and historical information. 

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Story in Music & Music in Story
Aug
7
7:30 PM19:30

Story in Music & Music in Story

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Jacqueline Schwab, pianist, & Susan Marie Frontczak, storyteller, in Concert

An evening of American Heartsong: Narrative Melodies meld with Stories of Music & Dance – from New York City’s Nola to a South Carolina sea island spiritual – from an Appalachian fiddler’s triumph, to the foibles of high society’s Waltz protocol – from gentle Stephen Foster nostalgia to Robert Service’s harsh reality of a gold mining camp and the piano that solved the mystery – join us for a journey through American memory.

Jacqueline Schwab (http://www.jacquelineschwab.com) plays “gorgeously spare piano” (The Boston Globe) yet “sounds as if she has an orchestra at her fingertips” (Sing Out). Weaving improvised folk, classical, and dance sounds into her musical storytelling, she has performed on over a dozen of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary sound tracks (Grammy-winning Civil War, Baseball, Mark Twain, Lewis and Clark, The National Parks). She has performed at President Clinton’s White House, and accompanied Scottish singer Jean Redpath on A Prairie Home Companion and the David Letterman show. She lives on Cape Cod.

Susan Marie Frontczak’s (http://www.storysmith.com) storytelling career has grown out of her love of literature and history. “We were spellbound by the virtuosity of her voice and gesture, intellectual challenge and emotional involvement.” –Dr. Bowles, Theater Chair, CU Denver. Susan Marie’s work has taken her to thirty-nine of the United States, Canada, and Europe. Her Storysmith® motto: “Give me a place to stand, and I will take you somewhere else.”

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Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe
May
23
7:30 PM19:30

Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe

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Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe play klezmer fusion music—an exuberant musical experience, rooted firmly in traditional Jewish modes and melodies and driven by contemporary rhythms and danceable grooves.

The versatile musicians who make up The Lost Tribe have a deep respect for their source material, from the evocative tunes of Eastern European Jews and Gypsies to the sinuous rhythms of the Middle East and Mediterranean. In the long-standing Jewish tradition of absorbing musical inspiration from surrounding cultures, The Lost Tribe steeps their songs in a broth spiced with rock, reggae, salsa, funk and blues influences, serving up an irresistible party vibe. The band includes Hal Aqua (vocals, guitars, octave mandolin, ukulele), Annie Aqua (violin), Ben Cohen (electric and acoustic bass, tuba), Shanti Hazan (drums and percussion), and Miriam Rosenblum (clarinet, recorders, button accordion).

Dancing encouraged!

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SOLD OUT! Country Christmas with Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams and Bonnie and the Clydes
Dec
12
7:30 PM19:30

SOLD OUT! Country Christmas with Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams and Bonnie and the Clydes

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Nothing says Christmas like country music! For the 4th 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 is a fiery six piece country band exploding on to the Colorado Front Range scene. Fronted by Bonnie Sims, one of Colorado’s best up and coming singer/songwriters, and backed by a unit of musicians with more than 80 years of combined musical experience, this band is shaping a new sound of Colorado Country.

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The Highland Soles Trio
Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

The Highland Soles Trio

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Ed, Lilly & Neil Pearlman
Scottish & Cape Breton fiddles, piano, mandolin, and traditional dance with flavors of jazz, Latin & pipe-band rhythms

Enjoy a concert followed by Ceilidh (party) Dances: quick demonstrations of easy, fun, high energy Scottish Dances. Includes traditional Ceilidh-style snacks.

The Highland Soles Trio, based in Boston and Maine, presents powerful music and dance from a family trio immersed in the traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton.  

Drawing on 35 years of working with some of the top Scottish and Cape Breton artists of our time, Ed Pearlman has toured the US, Canada and Scotland and has often collaborated with his wife, dancer Laura Scott, who taught Neil and Lilly to dance.  He has performed and taught at Blazin Fiddles music camp in Scotland, Maine Fiddle Camp, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp and many more.  Ed directed the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club for 18 years (1981-99) and for the past 18 years has been the music columnist for Scottish Life magazine in addition to pursuing all his performing and teaching.

Neil is a professional touring musician, in great demand for his astonishing creativity on the piano, blending Scottish with Latin, jazz, and funk, throughout North America, Scotland and Galicia.  He is the piano teacher/performer at Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp, plays a mean mandolin and is a great Cape Breton stepdancer.

Lilly’s stellar fiddling is often heard on tour with Neil in the bands Alba’s Edge and Party of 3.  She has taught at Ashokan and Maine Fiddle Camp, plays piano and dances.

Together they represent the flow of tradition from one generation to the next, playing music that speaks to us all.

About Ed:  "Pearlman is one of the finest exponents of Scottish-style fiddling we have in North America." (Earle Hitchener, music columnist and critic for the Wall Street Journal and Irish Voice)

About Neil:  “A tremendous pianist”  (BBC Radio Scotland)

"Watching Neil's hands on the piano is like watching two spiders on crack."  (Jerry Holland)

 

More info at www.highlandsoles.com/trio

CD info at www.paddledoo.com

 

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Aug
21
7:30 PM19:30

The Folkaltones

Carla Sciaky, Hal Aqua, Miriam Rosenblum

After an SRO-packed-house reunion concert at Behind the Ogden in April, the Folkaltones (www.folkaltones.com) decided to give another concert, and this time they will not wait five years to do it! Hal (vocals, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin), Miriam (clarinet, button accordion, recorder and whistles), and Carla (vocals, guitar, violin, concertina) will serve up their tasty blend of originals, covers from Richard Thompson to Lowen and Navarro to the Beatles, and Irish ballads and dance tunes. 

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE FOLKALTONES

“From the opening notes I was drawn in, captivated and truly entertained throughout the entire performance.... Every arrangement worked and the diversity of songs and instruments added to the sets...”

—Doug Gertner, Deadhead

“I was really transported by your music – a fabulous variety of voice, instrument, and genre. It was truly soul nourishment.”

—Vicki Hindes, singer in Stella Nova, women’s a cappella ensemble

“The Folkaltones CD is a work of grace, beauty and soul, I love it. Carla, Hal and Miriam have found an elegant and incredibly appealing blend. This is very fine music making from treasured veterans of Colorado's acoustic music scene.”

—Sheldon Sands, musician and concert producer

“Your evening was magical and enchanting. I've had several calls today from people who were so pleased with the performance. You really touch your audience.”

—Judy Beggs, concert producer and Executive Director, Friends of Gueoul

“Miss Sciaky’s guileless soprano registered superbly.”

—The New York Times

“Such tenderness and precision is a rarity and very enjoyable.”

—WNMC, Traverse City, MI

“Your driving spirit and beautiful combination of instruments is a great gift.”

—Keith Arnold, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado

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Katie Glassman
May
30
7:30 PM19:30

Katie Glassman

Katie Glassman and Snapshot marry the soul of old-time Western music with contemporary songwriting and musicianship. With the release of their second album, Dream a Little Dream, in 2014, they are quickly becoming Colorado’s premier purveyors of original and vintage Western swing music.

Nationally renowned as a player and teacher, Katie is a two-time national fiddle champion. Snapshot is the perfect vehicle for her formidable fiddle chops and stylish singing and songwriting.

Dream a Little Dream is a true collaboration; the sound of a band in full swing, featuring five original songs and a handful of chestnuts from the vintage American songbook. Recorded live in the studio, this is timeless music with a modern sensibility.

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The April Verch Band
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

The April Verch Band

We are so pleased to host April Verch, internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. The story of how Verch came to be a brilliant interpreter of tradition is just as striking as the results. Practically from birth she was immersed in folk music and dance from her native Ottawa Valley, a melting pot of Franco-Celtic flavors brought by the hard-working loggers who settled the area. Ferried to dance-filled old-time gatherings and country & western jamborees by her music-loving parents, she followed her older sister into step dancing at age 3, and picked up the fiddle at age 6. By the time Verch graduated high school, she’d won the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and released a pair of albums, followed by a year at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music and a win at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition, which made her the first woman ever to take both of her country’s two top contests. From there she dove into a full-time music career.

The April Verch Band—rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, who has a Masters in jazz improv from the New England Conservatory—is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit, not to mention one that’s not soon forgotten when they depart the stage. It doesn’t hurt that the thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing—and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns—at once.

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