Edison Opens String of Hometown Shows with Boulder Fox Theatre Performance

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Last Friday, Denver’s own Edison made their way back to Colorado after almost a year on the road.

Sarah Slaton.

Sarah Slaton.

“We drove through the night to be here!” frontwoman Sarah Slaton remarked to cheers from the crowd.

The folk trio, who had a solid following for their opening set at Boulder’s Fox Theatre, are dropping their newest album, Familiar Spirit, this Friday. Released on Rhyme & Reason Records, Familiar Spirit is the band’s first LP (their four-song EP Ghosts came out last year).

Dustin Morris.

Dustin Morris.

Friday’s show was a freak folk dream. The band played crowd favorites like “San Jose” (from Ghosts) and a few new tracks from Familiar Spirit, including their already released single, “Civil War”. With multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Dustin Morris and guitarist/vocalist Maxwell Hughes (formerly of The Lumineers) behind her, Sarah Slaton showcased her strong and sweeping vocals throughout the trio’s set. She commanded the stage, stomping to the edge and jetting her hair into the crowd as she twisted the mic cord from one side of the stage to the other like an electric snake. The audience sang along with Slaton on several tunes, including their new track, “Water”, which seemed to particularly captivate the crowd’s attention. Morris, who at one point played a trumpet with one hand and a drum with the other, was an impressive stage presence. Whether he was playing delicate percussion or booming beats, he threw his body into every note. Hughes was also an impactful folkie force, strumming out the band’s melody lines with grace.

Edison.

Edison.

Edison played a seven-song set, and were followed by glam folk/desert disco duo Kolars. New York City’s Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds then closed out the night, with a foot-stomping, swampy, blues-dancin’ good time.

Lauren Brown of Kolars.

Lauren Brown of Kolars.

If you missed Edison at the Fox, Colorado, you’re still in luck. The band has a Larimer Lounge show tomorrow evening opening for Jared & The Mill. Tickets are only $12.50 in advance; get ‘em here and catch Edison before they roll out of town for the rest of the year on their West Coast tour leg. And stay tuned for Familiar Spirit’s release this Friday! Keep up Edison on their Facebook.

-Hannah

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