By: Pete Laffin
The single best part of booking a new venue in town (especially one with the enviable setting Cafe Aion provides (fireplace burning, house lights low, and hardwood floors made for dancing), is that I get to come watch acts I love. Much like at our music opening last weekend, which featured Paul Kimbiris and the Dark Side of Pearl and Foxfeather, this weekend’s acts are ones of which I truly consider myself a fan.
Friday night at 10, the enigmatic songsmith Ben Hanna will begin performing his unique blend of acoustic folk-rock. Hanna is known locally as a performer whose thoughtful songs will challenge you as much as they will make you hoot-and-holler along. While his songs have a rough edge both musically and lyrically, his utterly authentic performances render his music listener-friendly. “With a sort of gravely, half-speaking, half-singing vocal style, Ben Hanna has easily drawn comparisons to Lou Reed,” writes Marquee.
On Saturday at 10, the night most folks will be out celebrating Valentine’s Day, couples looking for just the right vibe should come dance and sing-a-long with Boulder staple Whiskey Autumn. The indie-pop rock trio with an early 60s Motown flavor will have you swooning to a bevy of originals and covers. Their early EPs have received a great deal of acclaim, and their track “07.04.07” was recently featured on the nationally syndicated Dave Leonard's UNLEASHED. Want the perfect way to end a romantic day with your special someone? Look no further.