Antonio Lopez's newest EP will put you in one easy-listening mood.
Local singer/songwriter Antonio Lopez dropped the second volume in his Cloud 9000 project yesterday, titled Cloud 9000: Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP. Lopez dropped his first EP in this eventual trio series back in 2011, which you may remember as Cloud 9000: Vol.1: The Minneapolis EP. For Lopez, each chapter (or EP) in the project is the chance to work in and reflect on a place that has inspired this Colorado songsmith.
So it was no surprise that for the recording of Cloud 9000: Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP, Lopez made his way back to his hometown of Alamosa, where he worked on the EP with the musical mentors of his youth. Said Lopez, “Growing up in that type of rural environment was invigorating as a boy seeking adventure and also as a young musician. Sure, there wasn’t [a] ton of live music happening every night of the week, but that just left me more time to hang out in my bedroom jamming along to Red Hot Chili Pepper records.”
Listen to Cloud 9000: Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP:
But the songs on this EP don't just reflect on Lopez’s childhood; they’re also inspired by his time at Adams State University, where he double majored in guitar performance and music composition. His time at university is what Lopez describes as a “pivotal point in my musical evolution.” Said Lopez, “After each lesson with my composition professor Matthew Schildt, I felt like a kid who [had] just received a new box of Legos. I’d go home and try and build something cool utilizing what I [had] just learned.” It made sense then that Schildt, along with musicians Don Richmond, Don Conoscenti and James W. Doyle, were the core team of musical mentors that Lopez worked with on his newest EP.
This week, Lopez will actually have two chances for you to celebrate his release with him. The first is at Tuft Theatre at Swallow Hill this Saturday at 8PM. Boulder-in-the-Round creator and singer/songwriter Theresa Peterson will open the show. The second party will be held at Still Cellars next Thursday at 7PM. For that show, Wilson Harwood (who just released new material himeself), will share the stage as opening act.
When asked about the inspiration behind Cloud 9000: Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP, Lopez told us, “This collection of songs is my farewell to the past. While I have cherished memories from those days, there are also some I'd rather not mention. This EP brings closure to that chapter of my life.”
So make sure to celebrate beginnings and endings with this talented local artist this weekend and next week! More information on both shows can be found here.
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