The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 09/16, 09/17, & 09/18

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Fall is in the air and it tastes good. So will these shows, we promise:

Today (Friday 09/16):

Dylan Mathews at Still Cellars in Longmont 630PM-Close

Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Dylan Mathews will help you ride into the weekend tonight at Still Cellars. With a mix of spoken word, live-looping, guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, ukulele, and viola playing, Mathews will be bringing a sweet mix of sounds to his set. Playing covers and original tunes, Mathews sounds like a perfect way to start the weekend right. Go check him out tonight! Bonus: If you happen to miss this set, you can see Mathews tomorrow night at The No Name Bar at 10PM.

Learn more about Mathews here.

Jus’ Sayin’ at Conor O’Neill’s in Boulder 10PM-Close

Neo-soul outfit Jus’ Sayin’ are playing a hometown show tonight at Conor’s in Boulder. The band released their first EP this summer, which we brought to your ears here. They've been playing shows around the state since, so catch ‘em in town while you can! Let frontman Dechen Hawk croon to you over a brew at this Irish pub and get your groove on. You won’t be disappointed.

Listen to Jus’ Sayin’s addicting “Drug of Choice”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 09/17):

Colorado Crush Party at Larimer Lounge in Denver 8PM-Close

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There’s something a little different going down at the Larimer tomorrow that we think is worth bringing your way: The Crush, a festival on a mission to celebrate art, especially in urban environments, is throwing a party at the Lounge to celebrate The RiNo Art District. In their attempt to “establish a new definition of what art can mean in Denver”, The Crush gathers individuals together “to celebrate art, urban beautification, creativity, and culture”. So go do it with ‘em! There will be art and parties all over the RiNo district and you can check out a ton of featured local artists and their work here.

Grab more event details here.

Josh Moorehead & The Guestlist with Evan Holm & The Restless Ones and Bark Wilson at Syntax Physic Opera in Denver 9PM-Close

Josh Moorehead & The Guestlist.

Josh Moorehead & The Guestlist.

Denver’s Syntax is hard not to love. Tonight, there are three sweet local acts on the all-Denver lineup that you should definitely go lend an ear to. Bark Wilson, a four-piece rock’n’roll project, will open the evening, followed by folk/soul outfit Evan Holm & The Restless Ones. Holm will be dropping new tunes soon, and we’ll bring those your way, but head to his show tonight for a live preview! Finally, Josh Moorehead & The Guestlist, a five-piece western swing act we’ve seen several times and really dig, will close the night out in an outrageous, bluesy buckin’ party. They will be playing a set of almost entirely new tunes, so this is your chance to hear what they’ve been up to this year before they drop it for the masses! Roll down!

Check out JMATG’s “Free From It All”:

All Weekend (09/16-09/18):

Downtown Boulder Fall Fest in Boulder- Various Sets and Times

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Autumn is almost here! And this weekend, Boulder is celebrating its favorite golden season with a giant downtown festival. There will be a beer garden, and all your favorite Pearl spots will be open for tasty food. As for music, this fest only books tribute bands, ranging from the styles of The Police to Steely Dan to Santana to Matchbox Twenty (here's to hoping these last two join forces for "Smoothe"). Hit this list for the full music lineup. Get outside while you still can!

More event details in this link.

Telluride Blues & Brews Fest in Telluride- Various Sets and Times

Telluride is arguably the most poppin’ spot around for Colorado music festivals. This summer alone, we’ve covered a number of fests there, and we’ve always had a rockin’ time. This weekend, the annual Blues & Brews Fest is taking over the mountain town, and headliners include Joe Walsh, Gary Clark Jr., and The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band. There are a number of local artists too, including Jamestown Revival and A.J. Fullerton. The event is almost sold out, but you can still nab 3-day passes here.

More event details in this link.

See you out Colorado!

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 05/17, 05/18, & 05/19

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s been a bit since we’ve dropped a six! Hope you missed us Colorado- here are our weekend picks:

Today (Friday 06/17):

Dechen Hawk’s Jus’ Sayin’ CD Release Show at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 8PM-Close

Dechen Hawk.

Dechen Hawk.

Dechen Hawk’s project Jus’ Sayin’ is droppin’ new music tonight at the LG. Just yesterday, we brought you a sweet feature on Jus’ Sayin’s new self-titled release, which you should definitely peep before you roll over to this show. Performances by Colin Robison, Andrew Sturtz, Jarrad S.Menard, Katie Farmer, Mirco Altenbach, and Ben Rubin await your ears. Bonus: Tonight is Hawk’s birthday, so come celebrate with him and get rowdy! See you there.

Listen to Jus’ Sayin’s new single, “Drug of Choice”:

Evergreen and Boulder Sound Lab at Owsley’s Golden Road in Boulder 8PM-Close

Evergreen has landed Colorado.

Evergreen has landed Colorado.

Wisconsin’s fusion/jam rock outfit Evergreen will be making their way through Boulder as part of their summer tour tonight at Owsley’s. The four-piece describe themselves as “blending psychedelic rock, jazz, funk, country, and folk into a soulful and unpredictable groove”. Boulder Sound Lab will be sharing the stage with their “transcendental brain massage therapy” sounds. It’s gonna be a wild time, so come get down!

Listen to Evergreen’s High Noon Saloon album:

Tomorrow (Saturday 06/18):

The Pamlico Sound’s Funkstravaganza at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver 8PM-Close

The Pamlico Sound. Hamhock. Envy Alo. Gumbo le Funque. And Low Down Brass Band. All of these glorious funk forces are joining hands tomorrow in the name of danceability at Denver’s Cervantes’.  Earlier this week, we brought you an in-depth interview with Envy Alo, a band that’s reached notable success in less than a year. Lend an eye to that, and your ears to this show! Pastor Will B will make yah dance all night.

Listen to The Pamlico Sound’s “Let’s Funk” live performance:

Jaden Carlson Band at The Pub on Pearl in Denver 930PM-Close

Jaden Carlson.

Jaden Carlson.

It’s been five years since The Pub on Pearl featured music, but tonight, they’re bringing it back! And they’re making their music comeback with one of Colorado’s fastest-rising stars, Jaden Carlson. We first featured 15-year-old Carlson back in February when she headlined Boulder’s Lazy Dog for her very own birthday bash with friends from some of Colorado’s most well-known bands. Since then, the guitar-playing prodigy’s journey has only continued, so catch her while you can! Best part? It’s free!

Listen to Jaden Carlson’s original “Essium”:

All Weekend:

Denver Pridefest at Civic Center Park in Denver 10AM-6PM

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Musicians, artists, friends: Last Sunday’s tragedy in Orlando is still rippling through our brains. And that’s why we can’t think of a better way to spend our weekend than with our LGBTQ community at Denver’s Pridefest. There will be 250 vendors, several music stages, food trucks, and more. It’s your chance to stand up, be heard, be you, and cast fear aside for pride. Let’s do it crew.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, CO - Various Stages & Times

Bluegrass & Views.

Bluegrass & Views.

We sure love festival season! This weekend is the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and some tickets and camping are still available for purchase. Though the fest started last night with a few performances, today is when the gates and camping actually open. Acts on the bill of note include Ryan Adams, The Oh Hellos, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringdusters, Emmylou Harris, and the Telluride House Band. We will have some coverage for you from the fest next week, so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading CO.

-Hannah

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EP Review: Dechen Hawk's Jus' Sayin's Self-Titled Debut Release

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Dechen Hawk's new project Jus' Sayin' is definitely worth saying something about.

Local Boulder artist Dechen Hawk may be best known for his solo work around the Front Range, where he has played for years after studying at Naropa University under Bill Douglas, Art Lande, and Janet Feder. Hawk has released six solo albums, and has been a part of numerous singer/songwriter outfits and projects throughout Colorado. He’s shared the stage with acts including Martin Sexton, Leon Russell, Big Gigantic, and Analog Sun, to name a few. Recently, however, Hawk has a new project: Jus’ Sayin’. The neo-soul, funk/jazz five-piece is comprised of a number of local heavy-hitters, with Hawk (vocals/keys), Mirco Altenbach (sax/synth), Colin Robison (guitar/vocals), Eric Imbrosciano (drums), and Ben Rubin (bass).

Jus' Sayin'.

Jus' Sayin'.

After several successful live performances, Hawk decided to head to Alcheh & Hunt in Boulder, CO to record Jus’ Sayin’s debut EP. The self titled, five-track release features the talents of a slightly different lineup than the live-performance group. Daniel Alcheh (strings/piano/EFX/synth), Eliot Hunt (drums/keys/synth/mellotron), Kip Kuepper (bass), and Robbie Nevil (guitar) all play on the EP, with Hawk (vocals/guitar/keys/synth) as the common denominator between Jus’ Sayin’s live performances and recorded work.

Dechen Hawk.

Dechen Hawk.

Jus’ Sayin’s debut single from the new release is “Drug of Choice”, a very catchy track with sprinkled staccato beats, smooth vocals, and poppy synth sounds. It’s a perfect example of what happens when Hawks’ skillful songwriting comes together with his tenor voice, seasoned professionalism, and pop sensibilities. It’s upbeat with a great hook. “Drug of Choice” is the must-hear song of this release, and the perfect track to add to your favorite summer playlist.

Listen to “Drug of Choice” for yourself here:

“Lost in Line” is the next tune on Jus’ Sayin’, and showcases Hawk’s soulful influences with tasty sax bits. It’s got a great percussive intro, and is the perfect lead-in to the EP’s next track, “Tenderly”. “Tenderly” starts with funky synth sounds dripping in 90s R&B throwback nostalgia. It’s got a great groove and almost feels like a sultry, soulful lullaby.

“Beautifully Back” is the ballad of the EP. It’s a bit slow, but tastefully composed by Daniel Alcheh. There’s an elegance to this one, with strings performed by the Beijing Chamber Ensemble that were actually recorded in China. James Mihaley garners lyrical credit on this tune.

The EP closes with “What You Won’t Do For Love”, which begins with Hawk’s crooning vocals. This track feels a bit more stripped-down than the others, but still keeps your attention.

Overall, Jus’ Sayin’ is a polished release that showcases Hawk's credibility as an accomplished musician and songwriter.

Jus' Sayin' live.

Jus' Sayin' live.

Jus’ Sayin’ is available for purchase digitally, but will also be available in physical form this Friday, June 17th, at The Laughing Goat, where the band will perform the EP live and celebrate Hawk’s birthday! The show starts at 8PM- be there and grab your own copy of Jus’ Sayin’. Check out the Facebook event and keep up with Jus’ Sayin on Facebook.

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured. Special credit to Zach Dahmen for his work on this feature.