Wilson Harwood Returns to Colorado For Boulder-In-The-Round & More

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Last year, singer/songwriter Wilson Harwood made the move from Boulder to Nashville after the release of his EP Roll Away The Day. Since then, he’s worked on recording new music and continued touring the US with his solo work.

Wilson Harwood. 

Wilson Harwood. 

This week, Harwood returns to the Colorado music scene on a six show tour, with a stop in Boulder this Wednesday, March 1st for Boulder-In-The-Round at eTown Hall. He will share the stage with Hunter Stone, AJ Fullerton, and Michael Howard. This will be an extra special performance for Harwood at BITR’s new location, as he helped create the event (formerly hosted at Vapor Distillery) with Stone and Theresa Peterson back in 2015.

Said Harwood of the upcoming BITR show, “I’m excited to continue the tradition of performing original music where the focus is on the song without a backing band or stage production.”

Wilson will also be releasing a single on his Colorado run at his Longmont show March 8th at Still Cellars. The new track is called “Rose Petal” and Harwood is stoked to debut it live in his old stomping grounds of Colorado. It’s got a more bluesy vibe at the start than the tunes you may have heard on Harwood’s last record, but it keeps the easy-listening vibes that Harwood has previously been known for.

So make sure to catch this talented singer/songwriter over the next week Colorado! You can peep Harwood’s full tour schedule here, and stay tuned for more music from Wilson on his website.

-Hannah

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Boulder In-The-Round Moves to eTown

By: Claire Woodcock

If you’re in Boulder and find yourself in the music scene circle, you’ve probably already come across Boulder In-The-Round. What began as workshopping sessions for founders Hunter Stone and Theresa Peterson soon morphed into into a monthly concert series hosted by Vapor Distillery.

Boulder In-The-Round at its previous location, Vapor Distillery.

Boulder In-The-Round at its previous location, Vapor Distillery.

This year, Boulder In-The-Round has a new home. eTown Hall will host the concert series that features local artists the first Wednesday of every month. The program showcases four songwriters who take turns performing one song at a time, one after the other.

“We’re bringing a different group to eTown that doesn’t go there regularly,” says Stone, also a singer/songwriter in the community. “Our show has its own following of young music lovers and musicians that we’re going to be able to bring to this really cool venue.”

Hunter Stone.

Hunter Stone.

Boulder In-The-Round’s community presence will be amplified by eTown’s state of the art sound equipment engineered by sound technicians at eTown. Local singer/songwriters will set up in eTown’s cafe for an intimate listening room experience.

“If you enjoy this kind of thing, you’re entering a world where everybody there is interested in music too,” says Theresa Peterson, co-founder of Boulder In-The-Round, and a singer/songwriter herself.

Theresa Peterson.

Theresa Peterson.

eTown syndicates its programming nationally, which means the venue often brings in bigger artists. The folks behind Boulder In-The-Round are providing local artists with access and opportunity to state of the art equipment and a larger listening base.

“Having Boulder In-The-Round at eTown opens up the community to who’s coming through, who’s playing when; shows that should be on their radar,” says Stone. “It’s bridging the gap between local and national artists, giving us all a space to grow.”

eTown Cafe, the new home of BITR.

eTown Cafe, the new home of BITR.

Also moving to eTown are the live paintings that Boulder In-The-Round exhibited when they were at the Vapor. Visual artists begin with a blank canvas and the artists create to the beat of the songs. At the end of the night, artists are left with a tangible piece of art from the evening that is sometimes auctioned off to the crowd.

“Art shouldn’t be segregated. Adding that visual aspect to the auditory: seeing someone painting live and seeing what they’re creating in the moment it kind of regulates the growth of the show,” says Stone.  

Mike Tresemer painting at a Boulder In-The-Round.

Mike Tresemer painting at a Boulder In-The-Round.

Boulder In-The-Round’s first night at eTown is tomorrow, January 4 at 7PM in the eTown cafe. On the bill are singer/songwriters Dechen Hawk, Megan Burtt, Monica Marie and Dusty Stray. Live paintings will be produced by local artists Mick Tresemer and Ellen Moershel

Check out a live video performance from a previous Boulder In-The-Round:

“It’s all original music,” says Peterson. “There’s a lot of collaboration that happens too on the spot. A lot of times we’ll have people that just met or have only met a couple times before just playing on each other’s songs all night.”

“The idea of that being recognized by an outside source and [eTown] giving us a chance to brow our show into a different space, that could potentially help us grow a lot,” says Stone. “It feels really good to have that kind of validation. Theresa and I started this with the mentality that if you build it, it will come.”

And Boulder In-The-Round is well on its way. More on this month’s lineup herekeep up with BITR on their Facebook.

-Claire

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Antonio Lopez Just Dropped New Music- Listen to "Cloud 9000: Vol.2: The Alamosa EP"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Antonio Lopez's newest EP will put you in one easy-listening mood.

Antonio Lopez.

Antonio Lopez.

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.

-Hannah

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Hit Up Boulder-in-the-Round's 1st Anniversary Showcase Tonight!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

BITR has been at it for a year and it's time to celebrate. 

Vapor Distillery. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Vapor Distillery. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

On the first Wednesday of every month, you can hear some sweet sounds behind the garage door of Vapor Distillery. And who’s been bringin’ them to yah? Boulder-in-the-Round! And while tonight is the first Wednesday of the month, it also happens to be just a little bit more than that for BITR: It’s their 1st Anniversary Showcase!

We caught up with BITR’s organizers this week to ask them about hitting the one-year mark of their monthly tradition. Said Hunter Stone, “We are both so excited to be celebrating the anniversary show. We’ve had so much support from the community in the past year. We’re thankful to have met and hosted so many great musicians and fostered connections between artists and fans, while helping build a creative culture for songwriting in our community.” Added Theresa Peterson, “I’ve watched [Boulder-in-the-Round] connect people to each other and to local, original music. It’s been awesome to watch that community grow. We can’t wait to celebrate and to see what year two has in store!”

So who’s playing tonight’s anniversary party?

All four acts this evening happen to be Boulder based: folk/pop mountain dulcimer player Eric Elliott, soul/jazz guitarist, pianist, and vocalist Dechen Hawk, rock/blues guitarist and vocalist Hunter Stone, and folk guitarist, vocalist, and one part of Monocle’s Bill Huston.

The style of any Boulder-in-the-Round event is to have four badass musicians lined up on stage who then take turns playing songs. Sometimes they’ll jam together; sometimes they roll solo. Either way, they’re always so talented that you don’t really care what they’re doing- you just wanna listen. Wanting a lil taste of each artist? Lucky for you, we’ve put together a playlist for your eyes and ears here:

Eric Elliott:

Dechen Hawk:

Hunter Stone:

Bill Huston with Monocle:

Go celebrate Boulder’s awesome music community at Boulder-in-the-Round’s 1st Anniversary Showcase tonight! See you there.

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six VIDEO EDITION: Six Shows to See 11/20, 11/21, & 11/22

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Weekend! Weekend! Let’s go to these shows:

Today (Friday, 11/20)

Paul Kimbiris and The Dark Side of Pearl Concert at the Chautauqua Community House 7PM-9PM

Joined by the talents of cellist Philip Parker, percussionist Leor Manelis, keyboardist Danny Rankin, and vocalist Beth Preston, tonight is one of Paul Kimbiris’ last shows of the season. Kimbiris and these powerful players will be performing a number of songs off of his album, “The Dark Side of Pearl.” Though it’s a bit softer than what you saw with Kimbiris' project BLVD at TFS, it sure sounds like the cozy type of night we want to be a part of. There are only a few tickets left, so get yours here. PS: Say hi to Paul’s mom, and wear a nice shirt.

Watch Paul performing for CPR OpenAir here:

Ben Hanna & the Knighthawks, Whiskey Autumn, & Hunter Stone at Shine Gathering Place 730pm-Close

Get ready for Ben Hanna to electrify an entire room once again kids! We were crazy for Hanna’s performance at TFS and we can’t wait to see what he’s got up his sleeve tonight. The show is only $5 and Whiskey Autumn and Hunter Stone will be opening things up, making for an overall tasty lineup. Word on the street is Whiskey Autumn is dropping a new single soon; yum. Anddd we caught up with Stone earlier this week before his rehearsal for tonight’s show so we can tell you, it’s gonna be a good one. Leggo.

Watch a Ben Hanna original right hurr:

Funky Friday at The Armoury featuring Vance Romanca, Amoramora, & Booster 8PM-Close

Vance Romance. 

Vance Romance. 

Head on down to the Larimer part of town tonight in the D and catch this funky fresh lineup at The Armoury. Rumor has it that tonight is Vance Romance’s last show for awhile, so catch it while you can. Plussss Boulder bands Amoramora and Booster will be kickin’ thangs off! The place is gonna be straight groovin’. Peep the set times here and head out.

Already ready to funk? Peep Booster’s “Slinky” vid here:

Augustus at Gold Hill Inn 9PM-Close

Augustus.

Augustus.

Augustus is making their Gold Hill Inn debut tonight and it's gonna be a party!! It's only $7 at the door and the Boulder rock trio is even setting up rides for fans and friends on their FB event page here. Head for the hills with these boys- the mountain views + their rockin' tunes will be well worth it.

Watch an Augustus video here:

Tomorrow (Saturday, 11/21)

KUNC Presents: Yawpers Album Release Party at the Hi-Dive 8PM-Close

Now that looks like rock'n'roll. Photo Credit:  Kirsten Cohen

Now that looks like rock'n'roll. Photo Credit: Kirsten Cohen

The only way you’re lucky enough to check out this one is if you already bought your tix friends because it’s SOLD OUT. Which isn’t totally surprising since Boulder--->Denver--->Bloodshot Records band The Yawpers are hanging out at home for the release of their newest album “American Man.” They’ve got quite a badass tour schedule, which you can peep here. So here’s to hoping you’re one of the lucky few shotgunning beers with these good ol’ American boys tonight.

And whether you’re headed to the show or not, watch The Yawpers “Doing it Right”:

The Next Day (Sunday, 11/22)

The Lovebirds and Theresa Peterson at Vapor Distillery 7PM-9PM

Lady projects + Vapored libations= All good things.” That’s what’s up with Sunday’s gig at Vapor Distillery. San Diego duo Veronica May & Lindsay White are The Lovebirds and they’re going to be bringing some “folk that pops” to you Boulder. Local staple and Boulder-in-the-Round creator Theresa Peterson will be opening the show. So go check out all three of these lovely ladies! It’s going to be a great end to the weekend.

Check out The Lovebirds “UNI” here:

So many killer shows. See you out there Boulder!

-Hannah

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Emily Shreve: EP Release "Bliss and Gravity"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Emily Shreve's new EP will haunt you in a good way. 

Denver-based artist Emily Shreve.

Denver-based artist Emily Shreve.

The first time we saw Emily Shreve was at the June Boulder-in-the-Round. Her haunting vocals captivated us during her performance, so when we heard she was releasing her new EP, Bliss and Gravity, we wanted to catch up with this Denver-based singer-songwriter. Recently, we had that chance! We chatted with Shreve about her use of dream-like qualities in her sound, why the best parts of recording always happen after midnight, and about what’s next for this intellipop and avant-garde influenced artist.

Bliss and Gravity feels like a dream sequence painted for your audience in the form of stirring vocals, flowing piano pieces, whispery lyrics, and ambient sounds. Talk to us about what inspires you to inject this dream-like quality into your music.

I’ve always been one to use dreams as my inspiration and I love them because they can be weird and impossible, and they can make no sense while simultaneously making perfect sense. I like music that is transportive and takes you out of your normal mindset. Not that normal life is so bad, but it’s important to take your brain to other places. I think that is what good art does, and what a good musician does. They create a moment in time that everyone is a part of; they captivate you and pull you in and take you somewhere you haven’t been before, or haven’t been in awhile. I want to keep going further into dreaminess and go to some different abstract places.

Shreve in the Studio.

Shreve in the Studio.

Bliss and Gravity definitely accomplishes those affects! Speaking of- your howling vocals on “Falling Down” seem to do just that to this listener- to push us deeper into your story; your sound. What was the process like recording this particular track in the studio?

“Falling Down” and “A Temporary Bliss” were actually intended to be instrumental pieces, but I decided to add vocals the day I recorded the piano for those tracks. The vocals were the only part that weren’t technically recorded in the Differential Productions studio. Michael Zucker and I finished a session late, and I was still in music mode, so I used the studio at my dad’s house just down the street to play around with some layers. I was just experimenting, but I ended up writing and recording the vocal part that night and getting it right the first time. I stayed up until 3 am layering everything, and then I found a wav file of a rainstorm on the computer I was using. It just worked so well sonically when I added it, and it fit poetically with the whole concept of the album. Sometimes the best things happen after midnight when you have a microphone.

It sounds like you really got experimental with it, which is awesome. We read in your Colorado Music Buzz interview that you are looking for venues other than noisy bars to perform in, due to your music’s haunting and intimate aspects. Has finding such venues been a challenge for you in the Denver music scene? Where are some of your favorite spots to perform?

I’m not sure I have a favorite yet. I love places where people go to actually listen to music and you don’t have to compete with normal bar noise. Syntax Physic Opera and Mercury Cafe are great spots. There are also places that normally host heavier bands, but that I really like playing, like Lost Lake Lounge or Seventh Circle. I really enjoy nonconventional, intimate settings like house concerts. I once played a backyard speakeasy too, where I got to perform outside, which doesn’t happen often since I am married to my Kurzweil. Anywhere that already has a piano gets major points from me too.

Album Art for  Bliss and Gravity .

Album Art for Bliss and Gravity.

Tell us about one of your very first intellipop influences.

Ahhhh the genre game. I love it so. I’m not sure that I fit into intellipop as it’s often defined, but I like and use the idea of intellipop because I write pop song structures, I use abstract lyrics, and I’m not afraid to change time signatures or use a polyrhythm every once in a while to make a song really creepy (like “Insanity”). I love music that is simple and well written (Andrew Bird, Tori Amos), and I also really love progressive “out there” avant-garde music (Bjork, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum or anything Carla Kihlstedt is on).

Sweet! So beyond your upcoming EP release party for Bliss and Gravity at Mercury Cafe on August 28th, what’s next? Any other big performances on the horizon? A tour? A music video?

I will be doing a music video with the very talented writer/director Olivia Carmel. We actually met where I work and it seemed a little serendipitous that she already had an idea for a video for one of the songs from Bliss and Gravity. We’ll be exploring the visual interpretation of some of the lyrics on one of the tracks. I’ll be booking lots of shows locally for the coming months, and I’m rearranging my life to set myself up to tour by next year. In the meantime, I am really excited to be an introvert this winter and dive into composing another album.

That’s our chat Beat kids! Now go get dreamy with Emily Shreve’s music here, and don’t forget to hit up her EP release party next week. Event details are right here. And you can get info for pre-ordering Bliss and Dreams if you click me.

-Hannah

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Boulder-in-the-Round Event Showcases Local Singer/Songwriters

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Boulder-in-the-Round is bringing the local singer/songwriter community together the first Wednesday of every month.

Were it not for the giant black letters above the corner garage entrance tugging at your curiosity from the otherwise industrial-looking parking lot, you might miss the Vapor Distillery in East Boulder. When you enter, there are a couple of red, oversized booths to the right, a few tables down the center, and black and red seats along an L-shaped bar to the left. Gin, an arrosta coffee liqueur, and a pumpkin cordial are just some of the delights you browse on the menu to sip before the show begins. You’re there for Vapor’s Boulder-in-the-Round event.

Vapor Distillery. Photo Credit:  Hannah Oreskovich

Vapor Distillery. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

The Boulder-in-the-Round is a monthly gathering put on by Boulder musicians Theresa Peterson, Hunter Stone, and Wilson Harwood. For each BITR, this trio invites four local musicians to play. The artists sit in a row near the garage entrance of Vapor and play original songs, one after the other. When they get to the fourth person, it goes back to the first artist and another round begins. The format is a refreshing break from the traditional open-mics around town, and Theresa credits the "round" idea to Hunter, though she is the force driving the monthly production.

“It’s something he picked up back East!” she smiles. “Originally we were playing at Hunter’s house and were inviting people over monthly and then things with the venue sort of fell into place. We’ve been having these since December. It’s great! It’s an excuse for me to gush to local musicians and be like ‘I love what you’re doing but I also have something to offer you!’” 

Tonight, you’re watching Emily Shreve, Eric Elliott, Antonio Lopez& actually Theresa, who hasn’t played in a round since they started this event.

Ready in the Round. (Emily, Eric, Theresa, & Antonio) Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Ready in the Round. (Emily, Eric, Theresa, & Antonio) Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Emily: This girl has some power in her pipes. She’s up first in the round and is on piano with a commanding presence. Her melodies are dreamy behind her low-toned, sultry vocals. She’s from Denver and is self-described as intellipop, a genre categorized by ‘pop structures and lyrical smarts’ represented in bands like Alt-J and Django Django. She builds crescendo swells on the keys that lead you into her musing lyrics and just when they sound the most forceful, she lets them fall faintly into a soft silence. Awesome.

Eric: Eric’s next & is switching things up with his Appalachian dulcimer. I dig this. Eric is more folky, cradled in the mountain roots of his instrument. He powerfully plucks away, holding the dulcimer as if it’s an extension of himself. It’s entertaining enough just to watch him play, but on top of this, you realize his choruses are Americana-catchy when you have a moment to stop watching his fingers. Lucky for you, he’s Boulder based so the chances of catching a live show are in your favor.

Shreve on keys. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Shreve on keys. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Theresa: Theresa (also Boulder based) is third in the round on guitar. Her voice is clear, bright, and flows through the air with a gentle but persuasive pull. One of the most powerful moments of the night is when Theresa plays her waltzy “Sing Me to Sleep”. Slowly, the bar mellows into a hush and is eventually silent halfway through the piece, intently focused on her drowsy, whirling lullaby-like sound. It’s beautiful. Watching everyone remain quietly present in her playing is a testament to her talent.

Antonio: Antonio resides in Longmont, CO and wraps up each round for these Front Range artists. He calls himself a “small town, big soul songwriter” and this rings true most in his song “Cloud 9000”. It's a song that you would listen to on a Sunday morning drive through Sunshine Canyon, or at dusk on a summer night cracking beers with friends around a campfire. His lyrics find home in the simple life of small town living (he’s even got a track titled “Simple Life”) backed by soft guitar strumming for an overall easy-listening energy.

Speed. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Speed. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

After seven or eight rounds, the night winds down and you finish your gin. You chat with Theresa, Hunter, and Wilson, who are great hosts and make you feel welcomed and a part of their event (and who by the way have a gig coming up together where awesome harmonies and Stone on a ukulele have been promised). You walk out of the garage and down the ramp to you car until next month, when a new set of artists will bring you into their individual music worlds one after the other, again and again. Boulder-in-the-Round.

Keep an eye out for the next Boulder-in-the-Round here.

-Hannah

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