Teen Group Eighty Percent Human Cut Their Teeth On Familiar Radio Rock Covers

By: Pete Laffin

In terms of raw talent and potential, new Boulder pop-rock outfit Eighty Percent Human can go toe-to-toe with anyone on the Front Range. Comprised of siblings Carly and Coby Mandell, Jed Alpert, and Ty Schwarzer, these kids (and by kids I mean kids- two of them aren’t in high school yet) have begun cutting their teeth on familiar radio rock covers, but with unfamiliar energy and candor. For now, this is their calling card: infusing what is “played out” to the older set with a vibrancy only the recently familiar can generate. At their most recent gig at Jamestown Mercantile, they managed to make “Smells Like Teen Spirit” smell fresh with singer/keyboard player Carly howling Cobain’s lyrics about teenage alienation with authority and authenticity. You can feel that these kids feel it. It’s damn cool.

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And here’s the fun part. Front man Coby can write an original rock song that sticks to the ribs at his ripe young age. His maiden voyage into the craft didn’t just succeed in a generic sense; it won the eTown “Handmade Songs” competition in 2017. Other original work I’ve been privileged to hear shows similar promise.

That’s the word that defines them now. Their raw talent nearly ensures that they will bud into something special. But into what exactly? Brother Mandell’s songwriting will determine that. For now, though, you won’t want to miss these kids should they come to a venue close by. The coolest part of the storm is its gathering. And that’s just what Eighty Percent Human is up to: kicking up dust and howling through the trees.

-Pete

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

I Traded Bison Bone Some Mangoes For A Great Conversation & Some Heartfelt Tunes

By: Joliene Adams

I arrived with two mangoes and departed empty handed, heart full, reeking of campfire at the next morning’s unrelated 8AM professional meeting for my day job. I blame and thank two fifths of Denver’s cosmic country band Bison Bone: Brianna Straut (vocals, harmonica, tambourine) and Courtney Whitehead (vocals, guitar, songwriting). Both are singer-songwriters in their own right, currently on tour performing both as individuals but also as a stripped down Bison Bone duo. Brianna is also a member of Denver’s Americana folk group Tomahawk Fox, where she handles vocals and rhythm guitar.

Brianna & Courtney.

Brianna & Courtney.

They stopped off at Patterson Alley in Eugene to play the outdoor backyard alley house venue; the backyard that pulls a lot of shows and knows how to host food and drinks with fancy strung up lights and all. Denver’s own King Cardinal has also played here within the last year.

The Beer Pairing

Naturally, the first thing I wanted to know was: What kind of beer best pairs with your music? Brianna infectiously belly laughs, endearing her to anyone in earshot.

She explains: “That’s really funny. We talked about that on the way up here and about making a little flyer for all the shows, and saying with each song of mine, or his, or us together, which beer goes with it.”

Courtney chimes in that as for the band’s sound overall? “Probably some kind of sour.”

More laughter from Brianna, then from Courtney and myself reflexively as a doctor’s knee-hammer at just the right spot on the patella. That the two are sardonically earnest comes through in interview as much as it does in their lyrical content.

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Brianna swiftly recovers, reflecting on her own personal singers-songwriter musician sound: “Probably some kind of pale ale.” She specifies: “an Oskar Blues [pale ale but consumed] at a tasting room in Austin, Texas.” Brianna grew up in east Texas and last lived in Austin before her move to Denver. “So a little bit Texas, a little bit Colorado,” she explains. Courtney hails from Oklahoma.

Silence lingers in the air for a moment. “Yeah, sour.” he chimes. More laughter from all.

The Good, the Bad, & the Ass-Busting

It’s a fine line between surviving and surthriving in this world. Musicians often endure this reality acutely. Bless their darn hearts. Brianna and Courtney opened up about it.

Courtney first: “You know, whether you’re creating new music or rotating band members, people don’t realize [the hard work it takes]. They show up in their town and they’re ready to party.”

Yet Courtney and Brianna’s own appreciation for their encountered gains is as blatant as it is poignant.

“This tour has been really incredible and I think it’s always like such an amazing way to see how people respond to this travelling circus we have… The way that they like welcome you with open arms… the last place we were in we were staying at this girl’s house for two days. She hosted us for a night of music. We have some friends that live there that took us out, they bought us drinks, they spent a lot of money on merch… [and this girl] was just constantly leaving little notes out for us and it was just that kind of stuff is like what really helps move us on to the next place. Not only monetarily but just like…”

Courtney pipes in, “... soulfully.”

I sat there thinking, "They brought music and all I brought were two mangoes. At least I brought mangoes? At least I brought mangoes."

Brianna continues, “It keeps our spirits up because it’s really hard whenever you go back you’ve got, you know, we’ve got our bills to pay, we’ve got everything else… you know we have life and society telling us we are doing something that’s so bizarre. But it’s really nice to see what it ignites in people… it opens our eyes up to really great times of people just being really wonderful in a time that’s really hard to see the good in people.”

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Brianna and Courtney take their music and that appreciative attitude on the road. I can only hope they see that they themselves embody showing the good, being the uplifting and relatable in the tough times.

Songs like Courtney’s solo performance of Bison Bone’s "Walls,” which is about coming home for the first time after your dog’s died but is relatable in terms of other loss, may not be happy sunshine feel-good uplifting, but people need the real and relatable so hard sometimes and particularly in hard times all the more. We all need the keep-it-realers and these two are expert at it.

Nine times out of ten, someone will appreciate your saying, “sometimes life gives you lemons and makes you eat them rinds and all” far more than “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” on a bad day. I’m not suggesting negative is good, but that real and raw, empathy and emotional insight matter a hell of a lot; Brianna and Courtney are capable of bringing that and it rings loud and true in what they do together and apart. They touch you right where your wounds are in a way that might hurt, but simultaneously cleanses and heals like castille soap on a newly scraped knuckle.

The Band Description

Bison Bone’s band description is that of  “a working class cosmic country band from Denver, CO.” Previously, Daniel Mescher of Colorado Public Radio (CPR) and Tom Murphy of Westword both asked Courtney what puts the “cosmic” in the “cosmic country.” Much of it comes down to the psychedelic influences of the 60s and 70s that blend with the country at the roots. I probed the “working class” element.

Courtney explains, “I would say that mostly when we talk about that [the working class element], obviously any band now can say that with regards to the way they work: loading their own shit, buying their own van, running around doing everything, that kind of do-it-your-own. Even if you are playing a thousand-person venue in any city, you know, you’re still doing a lot of that on your own. Creating your own art, creating your own merch… But when I describe it that way [as a working-class band], I’m mostly talking about it lyrically, and somewhat sonically. We write about the stories we know- where we come from, the people we know, and we come from a working-class background.”

The Road Test

Even when it isn’t raining everything is wet, always, in Oregon Octobers; dampness, cold from the inside to the brim of your bones. It lent itself to habitual bouts of guitar tuning this eve. But tuning guitars in different environments is ultimately the first step to tweaking perspective and being self–reflective for these two.

Brianna reflects, “You can only play so much in your hometown. But when you’re playing a different place each night [on the road], to a different crowd, you really get to test out and see new stuff.”

Courtney adds, “Yeah, I like to use the word road tested or lived in… it is different to drive somewhere, show up, load your stuff up, set up, and then you may play a song that you’ve played thousands of times before but it’s going to feel different in that place if it’s your first time being in that venue or geographical location.”

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The road, currently, is a way to help the pair try out new tunes. I naively assumed it was about promoting Bison Bone’s History of Falling album, out this past April. The 10-song, approximately 47-minute album is no longer the primary focus. It was initially recorded around a year ago but now, the band is learning from what it was and moving on towards what they want to be(come).

The Artistic Process

Bison Bone’s History of Falling was by and large a live, in-studio recording. Research tells me this is partly a function of preference, partly a function of time and expense. Research, listening, and an interview also tell me the band is highly process and discovery-oriented. They are at once intuitive, attentive, attuned, and insightful.

Courtney resonates, “[A] lot of it, you know, as any artist from any medium- a lot of what you’re doing is taking stuff and throwing it against the wall and seeing if it sticks and adjusting after that, you know.”

As for the storytelling that at least partly drew Courtney to country, it often first comes with a melody. If “it’s a happier melody,” you’re more liable to think of a happy story you know from real life, “but if it’s something sadder, like in a minor key, you’re probably going to write something mad or sad,” Courtney clarifies, the latter being much more of what Bison Bone naturally leans into. But again, Courtney pins down the whole statement by reflecting on the process, and how the melody “kind of does the job itself if you allow it to get out of the way.” It’s a touch and go of inception and discovery.

Note to self: throw the pizza against the wall and see what happens, but don’t stand in the path of the pizza’s trajectory. That’s where art comes from. End essay.

The Relationship Business And Next Big Thing

In an AXS interview “Get to Know a Denver Band” with Alli Andress, Courtney reflected on learning that “it’s not the music business, it’s the relationship business.” That’s a good chunk of what being on the road is about for these two. It’s about the relationship with the people and places they encounter, the relationship to their music, and the relationship between the two and the three back in Colorado.

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“Next we’ve got a lot of shows,” Brianna informs, adding, “We’re looking forward to getting a new album out and working on that with the band, coming back with what we’ve learned from tour.” As for the pair, “The biggest impact I’ve seen [on the road] is the way we communicate. Bring tired, being hungry, and working every day, and uncomfortable… that will strengthen us as two friends in our friendship and in our relationship professionally.”  

Courtney resonates, “You just learn so much [on the road] and you’re excited to put whatever you learned into practice.” He reflects that since History of Falling, Bison Bone had a great year that followed, playing a lot of great Colorado shows, festivals, and playing in New Mexico.

“Doors were opened and it’s allowed us to keep moving forward... I think that’s what we’re always excited about is when we do something new. When we come back to something a little more normal or routine, we’re going to come back and be way beyond the levels that we were at in most normal situations before. Just more professional, more sonically in tune, just better at all aspects of it; more efficient with all of it and getting a better ear and growing patience and figuring it out. It’s just all problem solving, you know.”

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As for what radio stations the band’s encountered on the road and recommends listening to? Podcasts. Particularly, Dan Savage Lovecast, Sword and Scale: A True Crime Podcast, The New Yorker podcast, and KCRW’s Left, Right, & Center podcast.

“Don’t listen to music!” Courtney fervently quipped when asked about radio stations. This time, the laughter was sufficient to garner glances from the gathering crowd at the stage. Really, it was Courtney’s way of saying we all need a break to produce our best when your passion is otherwise your every waking moment. Heed the intelligence.

Thank you Brianna and Courtney for your hard work and stout hearts. Everyone in Colorado check out Brianna at The Jamestown Mercantile this Friday, October 20th at 6PM. She masterfully blends crooning and lullaby, tinged with grace, humor, and aplomb. I can’t say enough about these guys and how much you’ll enjoy them live no matter what mood you are or aren’t in, or your feelings towards and preconceived notions about country generally.

Keep up with Bison Bone here.

-Joliene

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

Colorado Halloween 2017: Your Guide To All The Best Halloween Shows Happening This Month

By: Mirna Tufekcic

‘Tis the season of witches and warlocks, zombies and monsters, and some kick-ass parties honoring All Hallow’s Eve. If you’re anything like us, you’ve already started gearing up for the most fun weekend of the year- the one that celebrates the weird with music, costumes, and more music. Colorado music lovers, we’re here to tear you apart with choices of all the celebrations taking place around the state for this year’s Halloween weekend.

Boulder

Papadosio.

Papadosio.

Thursday 10/26: The Boulder Theater presents the unmistakeable: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient- Denver’s Rocky Horror Shadowcast will perform along with the film. Whether you’re a seasoned attendee or a virgin to this interactive movie and theatre performance, it’s sure to make a great start to a funky weekend. The key word for this event is interactive.  Expect to touch or be touched.  

Friday & Saturday 10/27-10/28: Halloween weekend at The Boulder Theater will host a two-night “Rave from the Grave” party with Papadosio and friends. Papadosio plans to pay tribute to some of the 90s and early 2000s electronic artists that influenced their path as a band. To pop the cherry of this event, Boulder’s own Dynohunter will take guests on a journey through deep, grounding house tunes, just to lift you up through organic electro peaks and valleys you can rave about all over the dance floor. Saturday night, the party will start with Bass Physics, a one man show put together by Denver’s esteemed Arja Adair guaranteed to provide positive tunes while mixing up acoustic guitar and electronic sounds. Two-day passes are already sold out for this weekend, but click here to buy a one day ticket before they’re all gone. This event is likely to sell out soon.

Sunday 10/29: The Fox Theatre is hosting Sinful Sunday Halloween Party with Midnight North and All Chiefs. This ought to be an upbeat, dancey, bodies-grinding-all-night kind of show as Midnight North brings their soul, country, rock’n’roll, and All Chiefs their indie beeps, boops, and digital sprinkles to make any body groove. The show is free to industry folks; if you’re not one of those get your hands on some tickets here.

Tuesday 10/31: Snakehips make their return to Fox Theatre for Halloween, where we expect to see lots of fun costumes groovin' to their bass drops. Tickets here.

Denver

Marilyn Manson.

Marilyn Manson.

Saturday 10/07: The Mile High City has big things on the agenda throughout October in almost every music venue. The spirit of the season starts with thousands of living dead wannabes at Denver’s Zombie Crawl, and the city will no doubt be bustling with dark spirits from then through the end of October.

Thursday 10/19: Marilyn Manson will bring his tour to the Fillmore Auditorium, as long as he’s healed up from his recent stage injury. While not a Halloween weekend event, it’s close enough, especially since he’s known for having the most disturbing Instagram account around. Enjoy. UPDATE: This show is rescheduled for 01/20/18 - details here

Friday 10/20: The Gasoline Lollipops are bringing you one scary hoedown at Denver's Lost Lake tonight. Hosted by 105.5 The Colorado Sound, Grayson County Burn Band and Whipperpool will join Colorado's favorite alt-country outfit on good 'ol Colfax for an eerie time. 

Friday 10/27: Lost Lake Lounge is throwing their Terrified Halloween party with Modern Suspects, a “popternative trio,” Optycnerd, an electo-indie-pop beats duo that bring the heat to the dance floor, and Vynyl, an electronic hip-hop pop duo. This one’s set for a full house of Denver-based musicians and beat-makers bound to terrify you into dancing the night away.

Friday 10/27: Syntax Physic Opera will host an early event starting at 7PM called Hell Toupee, A Lounge Night in Hell, which is a comedy and variety show. Then starting at 9PM, you can check out Lillian’s album release party.

Friday & Saturday 10/27-10/28: The Oriental Theater will have a weekend packed full of halloween celebrations. Friday night is the Third Annual Monster Ball with Alice in Chains and KISS tribute bands. Need I say more? Saturday night is reserved for a costume contest event called MORTIFIED, an international storytelling event where adults share their most embarrassing and hilarious childhood artifacts in front of total strangers. Dare I say terrifying?

Optycnerd.

Optycnerd.

Saturday 10/28: Bar Standard/Milk Bar will host a Colorado HELLoween Ball with TR/ST. It's the biggest event of the year from promoters Ritual Noize. TR/ST is considered a popular goth/industrial/dark electronic artist and HELLoween is a party for just such fans, so it should be a hell of a time if you’re into that scene. According to Ritual Noize, “HELLoween has always been about mixing club culture, the Halloween tradition and live musical performances with a horror theme attached.” This year the decor will be Psycho-themed; hurray for Hitchcock fans!

Saturday 10/28: Halloween Hootenanny at The Bluebird Theater will feature Denver DJ Wesley Wayne and a costume competition that can score you year passes to some of Denver’s most beloved venues. Click on the Hootenanny link above for details and if you plan to attend, you’d better come in your best costume yet.

Saturday 10/28: Gothic Theatre is throwing Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery party with Deer Tick and special guest Chris Crofton, who will open up the event with, hopefully, a very funny set before things get groovy and ghosts begin to apparate. Deer Tick hails from Providence, Rhode Island with a rebellious take on alternative, folk, rock’n’roll, and country vibes.

Saturday 10/28: Larimer Lounge is hosting their Halloween Edition of Dance Yourself Clean with DJs inspired by the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Grimes, Blood Orange, and more. Shake off the sugar with this one.

Estes Park

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Saturday 10/21: The Shining Ball at the Concert Hall of the famous Stanley Hotel will have yet another yearly Halloween staple with Denver’s beloved Gasoline Lollipops. We imagine the band will truly bring the spirit of Halloween to life, with growls from frontman Clay Rose and howls from the audience over the band’s poignant lyrics and dark, stompy tunes.

Saturday 10/28: The legendary Masquerade Ball at the Stanley Hotel will conclude the Halloween events at the haunted property with live music by Jonny Mogambo backed by a full band.

Fort Collins

Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Friday 10/13: Mishawaka Amphitheatre will host a Rocky Horror Picture Show screening all its own with a troupe of actors, games, and trivia. There will also be a costume contest and drink specials. Practice your time warp now.

Friday 10/27: Hodi’s Half Note is getting metal with Skinned, A Flood Foretold, Inficier, and Voracious Souls. Headbang until witching hour.

Greeley

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Friday 10/27: Sweaty soul outfit The Burroughs are headlining Moxi Theatre’s 4th Annual Halloween Extravanganza, and chill wave beach band Slow Caves are opening. No word on if the bands are dressing up yet, but fingers crossed.

Sunday 10/29: The Moxi is also throwing a purely metal Halloween show this weekend with Bash, Skinned, Last Word, Infinited Conscious, and Cyber Zodiac. Go get weird.

Jamestown

The Alcapones.

The Alcapones.

Saturday 10/28: If it’s in your interest to get away from all the debauchery and chaos of city life during Halloween, then the quaint town of James has something for you. They are hosting The Alcapones at the good ‘ol Merc. A ska/reggae band with a mountain flare, The Alcapones will definitely bring the house down and set this mountain roof on fire.    

And finally, for those of you wanting to see and hear live music without all of the Halloween hype, here’s what’s good:

Friday 10/27: Tonight at the Hi-Dive in Denver is Jocko Homo, an event to pay tribute to 90s and 2000s alternative rock bands like Incubus, Weezer, and Modest Mouse, with cover bands honoring all three respectively. Sidenote: Actual Incubus and Weezer play Red Rocks this month.

The Infamous Stringdusters.

The Infamous Stringdusters.

Friday & Saturday 10/27-10/28: Denver’s The Ogden Theatre will host two nights of The Infamous Stringdusters this weekend. Party down.

Saturday 10/28: Red Rocks Amphitheatre will be abuzz with Russ, an American hip-hop singer/songwriter, recording artist, and producer.

Tuesday 10/31: Dream pop four-piece Alvvays  are ringing in actual Halloween night at Denver's Bluebird Theater with Jay Som.

Tuesday 10/31: Denver's own Itchy-O play Summit Music Hall on Halloween, which is fitting for this avant-garde and experimental marching band. The show is sponsored by Meow Wolf, so expect to get weird. 

See you out there somewhere Halloweenies.

-Mirna

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

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 04/22 & 04/23

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Less snow. More shows. Here’s to the weekend!

Today (Friday 04/22):

Billy Shaddox Band at Vindication Brewing in Boulder 530PM-Close

Billy shaddox.

Billy shaddox.

We love easing our way into the weekend. And tonight you can do just that with Billy Shaddox and his band at Vindication! A Boulder transplant by way of California, Shaddox has been playing shows around the Front Range for awhile now. Last summer, he released the LP I Melt, I Howl, produced and engineered by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Langhorne Slim). We will actually be dropping an exclusive feature on Shaddox soon, so that’s all we’ll say for now! Start your Friday early and get to this show!

Check out Shaddox’s track “Let You Go”:

Midnight Strange at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

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When the strange play the bar things get… more than strange. You never know what this indie country outfit will do when they hit the stage! But they always bring a hollerin’, dancin’ party, so you best make your way on over to the bar with no name. It’s gonna be a grand ‘ol time, yah hear?

Listen to The Midnight Strange’s live performance of “Ed Sentcha”:

Punch Drunk Munkey Funk with Boulder Sound Lab at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

Punch Drunk Munkey Funk.

Punch Drunk Munkey Funk.

Fort Collin’s PDMF are making their way to the B for a super funky set tonight with Boulder’s “transcendental brain massage therapy” five-piece, BSL. There will be jazz, there will be funk, there will be disco, there will be mambo, and there will be a party. That’s a guarantee. So head over and check out this crazy time!

Listen to Punch Drunk Munkey Funk’s “Montuna”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 04/23):

The Farmer Sisters at Jamestown Mercantile Co. Cafe in Jamestown 7PM-Close

The Farmer Sisters.

The Farmer Sisters.

If The Beach Boys taught us anything, it’s that siblings can harmonize like no one else. And Jamestown’s got some of those sweet harmonies happening tomorrow night thanks to The Farmer Sisters. With their voices, an acoustic guitar, and their playful stage presence, the duo will have you hushed and captivated in no time. And c’mon the Merc is the best, so make your way up the mountain tomorrow!

Watch The Farmer Sisters live performance of “No Apologies” for Front Range Explorer:

Cycles with Terrapin Flyer featuring Melvin Seals at Quixote’s True Blue in Denver 9PM-Close

Cycles.

Cycles.


Terrapin Flyer, one of the country’s most prominent Grateful Dead tribute bands, is taking the stage at Quixote’s tonight. The group has actually had several GD/Jerry Garcia Band members as part of their collective at various times, and tonight Melvin Seals is one such player. He’ll be joining the jammin’ band for a night of psychedelic transportation. And speaking of psychedelic, Denver’s psych/rock trio Cycles will be sharing the room on the side stage. It’s going to be an awesome mashup of sounds tomorrow night, so make your way to the True Blue.

Watch Cycles debut music video for their song “Soulf*ckah”:


Both Nights (04/22 & 04/23):

FoCoMX: Fort Collins Music Experiment Festival in Fort Collins


The annual FoCoMX fest is this weekend, and showcases talent mostly from Fort Collins, with a few other Colorado bands sprinkled in. With shows packed into more than 25 venues over the course of two days, there will be something for just about everyone! You can view the full lineup here and get your wristbands at this link. Maybe if you’re lucky, Slowcaves will let you crash on their couch after their set...

BCFM

Boulder County Farmers Market is every Saturday from 10AM-2PM. We’re working closely with BCFM to promote the music at the market, and this week, acoustic act Left Hand Market Boys will be playing near your favorite vegetables. Stop by to hear their strings and songs and grab some local treats from one of the many delicious vendors near the band!

GREEN LIGHT RADIO

This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Boulder’s Billy Shaddox. The talented singer/songwriter just sat down for an interview at David’s Desk, so we’ll be dropping that for you soon. Hopefully you’re planning to catch his show at Vindication this weekend (see above)! Make sure to tune in to any of the Colorado Community Network Radio Stations here (95.3 or 95.5 Boulder) or stream Green Light Sunday night between 9-10PM to catch Shaddox’s track “I Melt, I Howl”.

See you in the sun!

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured.

The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 12/11, 12/12, & 12/13

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Snow or not, we’re hittin’ shows this weekend! Here’s where you should trek to franz:

Today (Friday, 12/11)

The Haunted Windchimes at Chautauqua Community House 730PM-Close

The Haunted Windchimes. 

The Haunted Windchimes. 

We always love a cozy show at Chautauqua Community House and tonight The Haunted Windchimes are playing. They’re a folk/roots four-piece from Pueblo, CO signed to Blank Tape Records who have been touring the state quite a bit this year. They’ve played A Pairie Home Companion and OpenAir CPR

Haunting is an accurate inclusion. Listen to their track "Make It Rain" here:

Samsonic at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

The No Name.

The No Name.

Samsonic is one part Miles Wide and one part we’re not sure what else! But we always love a good No Name performance. There’s nothing like sipping whiskey in a warm, wooden room with all of your best friends and great tunes. Go check ‘em out.

Tomorrow (Saturday, 12/12)

BolderBeat Presents: The 9th Annual Homevibe for the Holidays Concert at The Walnut Room 630PM-Close

John Craigie. Taylor Carson. Augustus. Danielle Ate The Sandwich. We’ve brought you holiday tidbits with these performers every day this week. And tomorrow is finally the night! We are ecstatic to be hosting a show with Homevibe Presents and can’t wait to see all of you in your best ski-themed clothes! Come eat pizza with us, escape the cold, and listen to some amazing tunes. Tickets still available here. See you soon.

Get stoked with a John Craigie vid from "The Day Off Sessions":

Whiskey Autumn at Jamestown Mercantile Co. 8PM-Close

Whiskey Autumn. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Whiskey Autumn. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Jamestown’s even prettier in the snow. So join the WA boys for dinner and a show at The Merc this evening. They just dropped a new single this week (see below) and rumor is they’ll be playing it tonight for your listening pleasure, harmonies and all. We’ll be bringing you more info on them next week when their new music video drops. So stay tuned! And in the meantime, go catch these boys tonight.

Listen to their latest single 07.04.07 here:

XMas Sweater Soiree with Ben Hanna & the Knighthawks and Hunter Stone and the Getaway at Studio 700 930PM-Close

You're our idol too Ben Hanna.

You're our idol too Ben Hanna.

We recently checked out Studio 700 for a feature we’ll be bringing you in January, and we gotta say, it’s a pretty dang sweet spot. Formerly an insulated recording room, the guys at Studio 700 have worked hard to turn the place into an awesome performance space with cool lighting and great sound. Tonight, for only $5, you can check it out and wear your best Christmas sweater while Ben Hanna and Hunter Stone croon your ears off with their bands. Go go go!

Watch Ben Hanna’s latest music video here.

The Next Day (Sunday, 12/13)

Sister Speak with Riley Ann and Emily Shreve at The Walnut Room 8PM-Close

Sister Speak. Photo Credit: Jill Dedman

Sister Speak. Photo Credit: Jill Dedman

San Diego’s Sister Speak is led by musician and vocalist Sherri-Anne and backed by various instrumentalists. This is their last show before they head to British Columbia for the rest of the month. So go check them out! Boulder’s own one-woman-band Riley Ann will be opening for SS and Denver’s Emily Shreve is also making a set appearance. Sounds like it’s gonna be a powerful show! Roll to it.

Watch Sister Speak cover Nirvana here:

That’s all we’ve got for you! See you out!

-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 This Holiday Weekend (11/27 & 11/28)

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s a holiday weekend and there are some shows to explore as sweet as the pumpkin pie you nommed yesterday. Check ‘em out:

Today (Friday, 11/27)

Wildwood Roots at The Jamestown Mercantile Cafe Co. 6PM-Close

It’s hard to think of a better way to spend your holiday weekend than with the awesome regulars of the Merc. And tonight the Wildwood Roots will be providing “acoustic nectar for your ears.” The duo will be laying down some swooning originals and a few covers that are sure to make everyone headed to this mountain town dance the night away. The snowy drive is always worth it. Make the trek. And peep a track here:

Asalott with Gypsee at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

Asalott. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Asalott. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Asalott is bringing their Middle Eastern beat trance back to The No Name tonight and it’s gonna be a rad time. Their combination of Forrest Lotterhos on hammered dulcimer, Matty Schelling on his Octpad and Cody Hart on cajon is hypnotizing. Plus Gypsee is in town aka Boulder musician turned world traveler Will Buck. He’s been recording new tracks at The Crucible Recording Studio all week, so if you’re lucky, maybe he’ll lay one down for you tonight. Word on the street is he’s going to be jammin’ some flamenco-style guitar playing. Head out. And watch Asalott live here:

Tomorrow (Saturday, 11/14)

Ben Gallagher, Ben Hanna, & Brian Esau at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse 8PM-Close

Ben Gallagher.

Ben Gallagher.

We’re dubbing this one the three Bs. Ben Gallagher is a Boulder-based singer/songwriter who “writes from the gut. . . and plays from the heart.” He’s been involved in a number of local projects over the years, but tonight he’s playing you some of his solo work. He’s self-produced two full albums, which you can listen to here. Oh Ben Hanna, how we love him so. We’ve brought you quite a bit of info on him lately, and you can read more here. Let him smirk his way into your cold heart tonight. And finally there’s, Brian Esau, a talented musician who will be playing you lots of original songs on guitar, sitar, and banjo. Check out his work (some of it with Ben Gallagher) here. And stream Ben Gallagher's album Heart Shaped Rocks here:

The Casino Effect at The Dark Horse 930PM-Close

We said it before and we’ll say it again: The Dark Horse somehow always has acts we’ve never heard of, can rarely find much info on, and somehow, the bands are unusually awesome to watch live. Here’s to hoping The Casino Effect are one such band, as we can’t find a single thing about them to share. So go get weird! Experiment! And report back to us…

Tallgrass at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub 10PM-Close

The gentleman of tallgrass.

The gentleman of tallgrass.

What have you been missing this holiday weekend? The stomping-ground sounds of Tallgrass, Fort Collins’ dirty soul trio. They claim to be “raised by wolves, taught by squirrels, and enemy of the owl.” How’s that for you Boulder? Sounds like it will be a great time, and this is the band’s only Boulder show before they set off on a Colorado tour. So go get at ‘em! And check out their video for "So Blind" here: 

Both Nights (11/27 & 11/28)

Leftover Salmon at The Boulder Theater 830PM-Close

Leftover Salmon.

Leftover Salmon.

Formed in Boulder in 1989, Leftover Salmon have become a Colorado staple, especially in the world of bluegrass. Their rootsy sounds have kept even the coldest Colorado mountain towns warm on blizzardy nights over the years. And this weekend, they’re returning to Boulder to celebrate 25 years in the slamgrass game with all of you. They have an extensive tour planned over the next few months, which you can peep here. But we recommend catching them while you can this weekend- get your tickets in advance here. Watch a live Leftover Salmon performance:

There are our picks for your Thanksgiving Weekend Boulder! Go work off your feast and hop to 'em!

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 10/16 & 10/17

By: Hannah Oreskovich

TGIF! Time to catch some shows:

Today (Friday, 10/16)

All Chiefs.

All Chiefs.

All Chiefs at Vindication Brewing 6PM-Close

Boulder-based All Chiefs call themselves an “indie/dance/rock/pop explosion Xtreme!!!” and tonight they’ll get you on your feet at Vindication. They’ve played to a sold out Fox crowd before and you can check out some of their older music here. Stop by after work and then go power nap for our other Friday picks.

Augustus.

Augustus.

Augustus at Johnny’s Cigar Bar 9PM-Close

Is it a cigar bar? Is it a martini bar? Answer that question for yourself tonight when you join Boulder’s Augustus for a rockin’ set at Johnny’s. These boys have been playing all over Colorado as of late, so catch them for a local set over a beer tonight to start the weekend off right. And if you still haven’t checked out their latest EP Into Frames (where have you been?) stream it here.

Policulture.

Policulture.

Policulture at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub 10PM-Close

There will be some sweet reggae creeping out of Conor’s tonight. Boulder’s own six-piece Policulture, who dub themselves “Original Mountain Reggae,” will be tappin’ root rhythms for you while you throw one back on Conor’s dance floor. They’ve got bass, they’ve got horns, and they’ve shared the stage with some pretty big reggae acts. So go jam with ‘em.

Tomorrow (Saturday, 10/17)

Asalott. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Asalott. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Asalott at the Jamestown Mercantile Co. 8PM-Close

We love love the Middle Eastern beats of Asalott and you know how many times we’ve begged you to make the drive to the Merc. It’s the best. And so is this trio. They’ll put you into a dancing trance while you sip on some Cliffhouse Kombucha on-tap. Make the short drive, burst out of the Boulder bubble, and go lend your ears to Forrest Lotterhos’ awesome dulcimer playing. It’s a show you shouldn’t miss.

Kyle Donovan aka Miles Wide.

Kyle Donovan aka Miles Wide.

Miles Wide at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

Miles Wide is a Denver-based singer/songwriter (Kyle Donovan) who has toured the US non-stop for more than a year. He’s set his roots in Colorado for the moment, so he’s been playing all over the state. Donovan’s music just makes you smile. As he said about tomorrow’s show, “it’s going to be a night full of friendship, beer, and rock and roll.” Donovan is actually also working on an upcoming feature for our site, so stay tuned! In the meantime, go hang with him behind the big brown door tomorrow evening.

Both Nights (Friday, 10/16 & Saturday 10/17)

Beats Antique Creature Carnival at the Boulder Theater 9PM-Close

By demand, experimental world fusion and electronic trio Beats Antique are headlining two shows at the Boulder Theater this weekend. Known for their wild blend of instrumentation and visually stunning performances, this show sounds totally worth it for only $32. On this particular tour, their focus of the Creature Carnival is “a journey. . .dynamic, psychedelic, and participatory.” It sounds like their shows are going to be insanely entertaining, and if you want to hit up both nights, you can do so for only $55. The picture above tells you every reason why you should go check out one of their shows.

See yah ‘round Beaters.

PS: CHECK BACK HERE FOR MUSIC MONDAY- WE HAVE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE FALL SHOWCASE THAT WE CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE!

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 09/25 & 09/26

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s the weekend! Get out and jam with these bands:

Today (Friday, 09/25)

An illustration of Ben Hanna.

An illustration of Ben Hanna.

Ben Hanna Band at Still Cellars 630PM-Close

Rumor has it that Ben Hanna has been working on a followup album to his 2013 debut “We Were All Like Whatever” with local producer Robbie Stiefel. We’re hoping to hear some of those new tracks at this show! So come grab a brew and hang out!

Community Music Night at eTown Hall 7PM-9PM

What cooler way to support Boulder’s music community than to head to eTown for a night of “every-day folk: scientists, educators, engineers and more” playing music? It’s a bunch of Boulderites with a passion for “full band soul, folk/bluegrass, pop, classical, and even on-the-spot comedic originals.” It’s only $10 so check it out!

Grupo Chegando Lá at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse 8PM-Close

Last week, we mentioned Sambadende’s awesome show at the St. Julien. Tonight, some of the members of that group will be bringing samba sounds to The Laughing Goat under the name Grupo Chegando Lá. It’s definitely a show worth checking out, so go boogie!

Tomorrow (Saturday, 09/26)

Whiskey Autumn AT THE MERC. Photo credit   per the author.

Whiskey Autumn AT THE MERC. Photo credit per the author.

Whiskey Autumn at The Merc 8PM-Close

Pardon me for my selfish ways, but TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY! And I’ll be spending it at one of my all-time favorite Colorado joints, The Merc, with one of my all-time favorite Boulder bands, Whiskey Autumn! I’ll be snapping photos, dancing on tables with Matteo, and generally having an awesome night, so come join us all!

The Growlers at The Fox Theatre 830PM-Close

“Take five SoCal guys, mix in some surf, stone, and psychedelic, and throw them in a haunted mansion in West Ho Chi Minster and with a little luck, you might get a band like The Growlers.” Sounds like a good time to me! Check it out for less than $25 at the Fox tomorrow night.

PDMF.

PDMF.

Punch Drunk Munkey Funk at Conor O’Neill’s 10PM-Close

Punch Drunk Munkey Funk are making the drive from Fort Collins to dance with us tomorrow night at Conor’s. They’re a five piece who blend “funk, jazz, hip hop, R&B, rock, & soul.” Sounds like they got a jam for just about everyone, so go groove with these cool cats.

See you around! Xoxo

-Hannah

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Colorado Open Mic Nights: Supporting Local Talent

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Catch an open-mic at any of these spots.

Today we’re talking Open Mic Nights- they’re a cool part of the Colorado music scene for a few reasons. If you’re just a casual listener, they can be a great place to grab a drink with more than just the radio in the background. If you’re a musician, they’re an awesome way to connect with other artists and industry professionals in your area. And if you’re like us and you’re always on the lookout for new talent, Open Mic Nights are a sweet spot to try and find up-and-coming musicians. A ton of the artists we’ve interviewed have had their start in Open Mic Nights; many have even gone on to host them at various venues. Most digs have a reserved weeknight for these shows, so depending on when you’re looking to find an Open Mic Night, here’s where to go:

Sundays:

Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon in Fort Collins 9PM

Mondays:

Johnny’s Cigar Bar in Boulder 8PM

Jamestown Mercantile Co. Cafe in Jamestown 6PM - Hosted by Jovan

Bootstrap Brewing Company in Niwot 6PM

Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Tap Room in Longmont 6PM - Hosted by The Prairie Scholars

Mulligan’s Pub in Fort Collins 7PM

Tuesdays:

Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Boulder - Hosted by Danny Shafer

Twisted Pine Brewing Co. in Boulder 6PM - Hosted by Jim Herlihy of Augustus

Syntax Physic Opera in Denver 830PM

The Pioneer Inn in Nederland 9PM

Wednesdays:

The Swing Station in Laporte 7PM

The Mercury Cafe in Denver 9PM

Thursdays:

Vindication Brewing in Boulder 530PM - Hosted by Foxfeather

Swallow Hill Music Cafe in Denver 7PM

The Dickens Tavern in Longmont 7PM

Mishawaka’s Spokesbuzz Lounge in Bellvue 8PM - They give you free beer for playing!

That’s our list. Support local talent and check out an Open Mic Night near you.

-Hannah

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The Jamestown Mercantile Is An Awesome Music Mountain Spot

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Jamestown's Merc is not to be missed.

Climbing into the snowy mountains Saturday night, it was hard to tell where the earth ended and the sky began. Everything was covered in a thick white mist. After leaving rainy Boulder behind, fat flakes fell as our altitude increased. On the winding canyon road to Jamestown, we could see where parts of the mountain washed away during the 2013 flood; where a bridge fell. It’s been well over a year since the flood, but the work needed to bring this canyon back to life is evident. Guardrails are missing in what feel like necessary parts of the route and some of the neon orange road signs make me wonder if it’s safe to continue on. But we do. And it’s well worth it.

Jamestown is a tiny mountain community of a few hundred people. The houses dot along the roadway into town and amongst the cliffs above. It’s quiet when we step onto Main Street. It’s snowing pretty hard. The smell of burning firewood covers us and the warm lights of the Jamestown Mercantile Co. Cafe beckon us inside. The Merc, as it’s affectionately known, has a general-store-home-cooked-meal feel from the moment you walk in. The floors and furniture are wooden; the interior is painted red and cream. There is awesome artwork everywhere, lamps with fringe adorn the ceiling, and various low-colored lights lend groovy vibes. In the corner near the big front window, the band sets up to play. Families trickle in and out for the dinner rush; a tasty veggie pesto lasagna special tonight. Children run back and forth between the tables. Everyone knows each other here and I love that about these smaller mountain towns.

the big window beckons. Photo:   Hannah Oreskovich

the big window beckons. Photo: Hannah Oreskovich

Joe behind the bar serves me Julien’s Cliffhouse Kombucha on tap. It’s made in a pink and turquoise house on the cliff across the street and it’s amazing. If every bar had this kombucha on tap, I’d never drink a beer. Sipping in the corner, I notice the fringe-lamp lights dim around 8:00pm and the three-piece band I rode up with begins their set. The acoustics are good- The Merc has a PA and the length of the room allows for a solid sound.

The band starts with a few slow songs and then moves into some dancy, rockin’ beats. One of the locals, Matteo, asks me to dance. I noticed Matteo earlier because during the slow songs, he was stretching and contorting himself into yoga poses on the empty dance floor preparing for what I guess is now our time to bust a move. Soon we’re stomping around on the hardwood floor and collecting other people to dance with us. There are gray-haired couples twirling each other and everyone is smiling and approachable. Local or not, you feel welcomed here.

a local we made friends with. Polaroid:   David Landry

a local we made friends with. Polaroid: David Landry

Back near the bar, I meet regular Pat Brophy and ask him about this place. He tells me bands either fall in love with The Merc or they never come back. There is no in between. He says The Merc is “eclectic” and that the culture of Jamestown, although changed from his first days in the 60s, is still different than anywhere else he’s been. He tells me of afterparties up the hill that dwindle into morning and that there is no better place to stare at the stars than Jamestown.

“But don’t write too much!” he says. “We want to keep this place a bit of a secret. It’s where we have to go around here.”

the merc monkey. Polaroid:   Hannah Oreskovich

the merc monkey. Polaroid: Hannah Oreskovich

As the band's set comes to a close (there’s a 10 o’clock curfew on Saturdays), people wander over to the tip jar before making their way to the door. The crowd here is so appreciative of the groups who make the canyon drive to play and the band seems equally grateful to escape their regular Boulder gigs for a taste of this place.

Eventually, we load the gear up for the descent back into Boulder. Matteo waves goodbye; an older couple smiles holding hands as they walk home. The snow has stopped and the white blanket of mist is gone. I gaze upward. Above the pink cliffhouse, the stars look like banded agates glimmering against the granite backdrop of the clear night sky. It makes me pause and stare.

Pat was right.

Though in its recovery, Jamestown still needs donations and volunteers for flood relief. Please help their lovely community here.

-Hannah

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