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

By: Hannah Oreskovich

If there is one thing we want to do after this week, it’s roll to local shows and celebrate art and music. Here are our picks:

Today (Friday 11/11/16):

TAARKA with Caribou Mountain Collective at The Wildflower Pavilion in Lyons 7PM-10PM

TAARKA. Photo Credit: Anne Stavely.

TAARKA. Photo Credit: Anne Stavely.

Earlier this week, we brought you a sweet feature detailing TAARKA’s performance tonight. The Lyons-based bluegrass and gypsy jazz band play Planet Bluegrass’ WildFlower Pavilion, and Caribou Mountain Collective will open the evening. Bring your bluegrass lovin’ buds, treat yourself to a beer or coffee, and spend the start of your weekend listening to a slew of talent on this semi-outdoor stage. The weather alone at this point in November should compel you. Tickets here.

Listen to TAARKA’s Making Tracks Home:

Colfax Speed Queen’s Album Release Party at Lost Lake Lounge in Denver 9PM-Close

Colfax Speed Queen. Photo Credit: Matthew Novak

Colfax Speed Queen. Photo Credit: Matthew Novak

Denver’s Colfax Speed Queen are dropping their latest release today, an 11-track record titled Talk To Your Doctor. We had a chance to preview the record earlier this week, and man did we like what we heard! This one is guaranteed to pull at your rock’n’roll heartstrings, and after watching CSQ at The UMS just a few months ago, we guarantee their live show will too. Fort Collins’ Serpentfoot will open the night, followed by The Golden Apples of the Sun. CSQ’s release is dropping on Heavydose Records; make sure to get yourself a vinyl copy of this bad boy. You won’t regret it.

Check out Colfax Speed Queen’s Talk To Your Doctor:

Envy Alo at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Dance away the week tonight at a place we’re so happy didn’t close. Funk rock’s Envy Alo will be playing a free show at Conor’s, and have promised to groove you into oblivion (which may be exactly what you need right now). The trio also play The Fox November 30th opening for Jaden Carlson, so pick up some tickets while you’re there from the crew. Get to it!

Peep Envy Alo’s “When I Play”:

Coral Creek at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

Coral Creek.

Coral Creek.

Golden’s UllrGrass Festival is just a few months away, and tonight the music and beer fest is hosting a kickoff party for the event with Colorado’s Coral Creek at The Lazy Dog. The Americana/country and bluegrass jam band will sport their stringin’ sounds while you enjoy a brew and nab your discounted UllrGrass passes before they go on sale. Check out the full UllrGrass lineup here.

Listen to Coral Creek’s self-titled album:

Tomorrow (Saturday 11/12):

Silent Bear with Adam H. at The Gold Hill Inn in Boulder 7PM-Close

SILENT BEAR AND THE LATE PETE SEEGER. PHOTO CREDIT:   SKYHOOK ENTERTAINMENT

SILENT BEAR AND THE LATE PETE SEEGER. PHOTO CREDIT: SKYHOOK ENTERTAINMENT

With the future of the DAPL looking more terrifying than ever thanks to President-elect Donald Trump’s current 100 Day Plan, tomorrow night’s show with DAPL protestor and artist Silent Bear seems like a perfect way to spend your Saturday in solidarity. SB, who has spent his musical career working for and with Native Americans and other marginalized populations, plays The Gold Hill Inn tomorrow evening. Singer/songwriter Adam H. will open the night, which sure sounds like a powerful one.

Watch Silent Bear’s recent protest video against the DAPL below:

Oscar Ross with Ol’ Hickory & M. Florea at Syntax Physic Opera in Denver 9PM-Close

Oscar Ross.

Oscar Ross.

Denver’s Oscar Ross recently released his latest album, Get Along. Known for his work as the frontman in Denver stoner metal band Lords of Fuzz, Get Along takes you for a whole different kind of ride in Ross’ solo country-esque project. Golden’s rowdy outfit Ol’ Hickory will share the stage; Megan Fong’s latest project M. Florea will open the night. Tickets are only $7, so get yours and make sure to grab a copy of Get Along for yourself after the show!

Give Oscar Ross’ Get Along a listen:

Music always feels like the right thing to do, Colorado. See you at a show!

-Hannah

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Boulder's madelife Hosting #NoDAPL Event This Thursday With Art, Music, & More

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Recently, we brought you a video by Boulder’s Silent Bear featuring a song he wrote in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Shortly after its release, we heard about an event happening at Boulder’s madelife this Thursday, October 20th benefiting Sacred Stone Camp. Madelife, a local company focused on accelerating the careers of creatives, has joined forces with 350 Colorado for a live art and music event. The night will showcase the work of several local artists including Melanie Yazzie, Madeline Tonzi, Regan Rosburg, Rod Velarde, Taylor Elyse Compton, and more. There will be an art auction as well, and all proceeds will go toward providing Sacred Stone Camp with supplies for the upcoming winter.

Said madelife’s Gabrielle Haag, “I think a lot of the Native American communities right now are looking for a way to express how they’re feeling. There have been protests, like in Denver, but this will be a night of art, of music, of culture, of speakers.”

Music at Thursday’s event will include performances by Boulder’s Banshee Tree, Low Viscosity, and, of course, Silent Bear. There will be live painting and a raffle for special prizes as well.

Said Gabrielle, “Once we put the word out about what we were doing, a lot of local businesses jumped on board, including Conscious Coffee, Finkel & Garf, and Innisfree Poetry. They will be at the event and we will have cool things to give away!”

Speakers at the event will include individuals from Sacred Stone Camp, a member from the Four Winds Tribal Council who will discuss the legislative details of the pipeline, and Sky Roosevelt Morris of the American Indian Movement of Colorado.

“I would really encourage everybody to come out to this event. It’s gonna be wicked good! And even if you can’t make it to the event, you can donate on our website. It’s give what you can.” Gabrielle smiled.

Boulder's madelife.

Boulder's madelife.

Make sure to stop over to madelife’s #NoDAPL Art & Music Event this Thursday from 7-10PM! Whether you want to educate yourself more on this issue, celebrate the activism of local artists, or show (and give) your support to Sacred Stone Camp, Thursday’s event has it all. Get more details here, and get down to madelife on Pearl this week! Learn more about madelife here.

-Hannah

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Colorado's Silent Bear Protests Dakota Access Pipeline Through Activism & New Song

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Close to a year ago we profiled local singer/songwriter Silent Bear, who started playing music at local coffee shops in the 90s, and eventually found himself writing songs with Pete Seeger. Known for his activism within the Native American community (though he himself is not of Native descent), Silent Bear has spent much of his career playing shows to benefit Native causes. So when the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.7 billion 1172-mile oil pipeline stretching from North Dakota to Illinois, allegedly threatened the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s land (including areas significant to their culture and history), Silent Bear was quick to attend local protests in support of the tribe.

Silent Bear.

Silent Bear.

But things didn’t stop there. Silent Bear quickly learned that the man behind the pipeline, Kelcy Warren of Energy Transfer Partners, also happens to own Music Road Records. MRR recently produced a Woody Guthrie tribute album, which featured none other than SB’s late friend and musical companion Pete Seeger. It was at this point that Silent Bear felt he could remain silent no more, and began speaking out about the pipeline:

“As a musician and feeling human being, I was highly insulted that the same man that seemingly has no regard for the health of our environment and our most precious resource, the sacred water of life, would have the audacity to exploit the names of and champion the music of men who would find his actions repulsive, such as Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne and Woody Guthrie.”

Jackson Browne, who has since donated all of his proceeds of the album to the tribes opposing the pipeline, made an official statement against MRR and Kelcy Warren stating, “I do not play for oil interests. I do not play for companies who defile nature, or companies who attack demonstrators with trained attack dogs and pepper spray. The list of companies I have denied the use of my music is long. I certainly would not have allowed my songs to be recorded by a record company whose owner's other business does what Energy Transfer Partners is allegedly doing- threatening the water supply and the sacred sites of indigenous people.”

Silent Bear was also inspired to make a statement, which led him to write the lyrics of his latest protest song, “The Dakota Access Pipeline Dirty River Blues (Kelcy’s Pipeline)”, which he dedicates to “the beautiful water protectors out in North Dakota and Standing Rock”. It’s written to the tune of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” and was filmed by Black SunCinema.

Watch Silent Bear’s music video for “The Dakota Access Pipeline Dirty River Blues (Kelcy’s Pipeline)”:

SB's newest song has some powerful lyrics in it, and he's hoping it makes it's way to Warren's ears. But above all, Silent Bear most hopes that this song will inspire people locally and beyond to come together for the people of Standing Rock, and for the good of the environment.

Silent Bear and the late Pete Seeger. Photo Credit:  Skyhook Entertainment

Silent Bear and the late Pete Seeger. Photo Credit: Skyhook Entertainment

You can see SB perform this song, along with many other original tunes, this Wednesday October 5th at the St. Julien Hotel, at a Bob Dylan Tribute event at Gold Hill Inn on Sunday October 9th, and at License No. 1  Friday October 21st. Follow Silent Bear’s continued activism here, and check out these resources to help the Standing Rock people with their cause: lakotaway.org, Standingrock.org, and sacredstonecamp.org.

For a man dubbed Silent, SB is spreading one powerful message.

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 01/08 & 01/09

By: Hannah Oreskovich

We’ve spent one whole glorious week in 2016 friends! And it sure has been a good one. But we’re ready for another weekend! Check out our six shows to see the next two nights:

Today (Friday, 01/08)

BANDITS, The Velveteers, Shark Fin Soup, & Bourgeois Girl at The Forge in Boulder 630PM-Close

BANDITS.

BANDITS.

If you haven’t already taken a spin with BANDITS new single “Kill Tonight” this week, you'd better right now kids! The Boulder rock trio dropped the track with a sweet Consequence of Sound feature Tuesday, but the song is now available for download everywhere, with their 7” set to drop in March. The BANDITS crew is headlining tonight’s gig at The Forge, and it’s one that can’t be missed! Sharing the stage: rock duo The Velveteers, indie four-piece Shark Fin Soup, and folk trio Bourgeois Girl. It’s an all-Boulder lineup and we’ll be snapping pics at the show, so come hang with us and all of these badass bands! See you there.

Watch BANDITS live performance of “Kill Tonight” on Second Story Garage here:

Silent Bear Electric Band at License No.1 in Boulder 9PM-Close

SILENT BEAR.

SILENT BEAR.

Not too long ago, we brought you a sweet sit-down with Boulder’s Silent Bear. And tonight, he’s playing with his Electric Band at License No. 1. Comprised of Audree Dillard (drums/vocals), Sam Fuqua (bass) and the Silent Bear himself (guitar, vocals), tonight’s show is sure to be a treat. So go sip a martini and listen to this goodness downtown!

Check out the Silent Bear Electric Band demo tracks below:

Brothers in Armistice at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Comprised of Neal Behrendt (keys/guitar), Kyle Bergen (drums), Mike Bruin (sax), and Robin Powers (bass/synth), Boulder’s Brothers in Armistice want to get down with you at The No Name tonight peeps. The four-piece funk fusion collective will be breaking beats behind the big brown door this evening, so go get warm with a good whiskey and listen to this crew knock it down! Learn more about the band on their FB page.

Tomorrow (Saturday, 01/09)

Intimate Evening featuring Blackalicious with Beak Nasty, Qbala, Jerney, and Indigenous Peoples at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins 5PM-Close

There’s a mad impressive lineup at Hodi’s tonight and things are going to get intimate. Oakland’s rap/hip hop duo Blackalicious is headlining tonight's show with performances by Boulder funk/hip hop group Beak Nasty, Fort Collins’ own hip hop artist Qbala, Denver’s hip hop artist Jerney (who you may remember we featured last year here), and Boulder’s hip hop/rock/jazz outfit Indigenous Peoples. It’s a pretty powerful night of Colorado musical forces joining under Blackalicious, and tickets are only $17 in advance. Get yours here! We’ll be covering press at this event, so come catch this show with us tomorrow night at Hodi’s!

Check out a few Blackalicious tracks:

Riley Ann One Woman Band & Emily Shreve at The Infinite Monkey Theorem in Denver 7PM-Close

RILEY ANN. PHOTO CREDIT: MARK DIERKER

RILEY ANN. PHOTO CREDIT: MARK DIERKER

These two songstresses will be holding things down over a few glasses of wine tomorrow night at The Infinite Monkey Theorem. Here’s why they’re a sweet show combo: Shreve’s haunting voice and piano prowess + Riley Ann’s energetic and impressively looped one-woman-band getup = a guarantee that you’ll be dazzled watching each of these performers live. The two will be making magic at the winery, so roll in and get a pour with these lovely ladies.

Watch Riley Ann’s video for “What Are They Doing in Heaven Today":

The Pamlico Sound at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

THE PAMLICO SOUND GETTIN' TRIPPY. PHOTO CREDIT: DEREK MILES

THE PAMLICO SOUND GETTIN' TRIPPY. PHOTO CREDIT: DEREK MILES

We dropped a feature on The Pamlico Sound just a couple of days ago, which you can peep right here. It was one of our craziest chats to date, and tonight’s performance at the LD sounds like it will be equally insane. Making for a strong return in 2016, TPS has promised tonight’s show will include funk baptisms, amazing antics by Pastor Will B aka The Reverend Every Ready and more. It’s going to be a fantastic party of funk and you’d better make your way there Boulder!

Watch a live performance of The Pamlico Sound at The Fox Theatre:

PS: This week, our Sunday feature with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Boulder rock group GingerSlap! We’ll bring you a full rundown on them Monday, but in the meantime, tune in to 95.5 in Boulder, or stream it live to hear their song “Stay the Same” Sunday night between 9-10PM!

Cool options in several Colorado spots for the weekend? We can dig. See you around Beaters.

-Hannah

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An interview with Boulder's Silent Bear: A powerful musician; a powerful spirit.

By: Hannah Oreskovich

From his work with Pete Seeger to his new protest songs, Silent Bear isn't so silent.

My first impression of Silent Bear was that his name fit him well: towering above me in his over-six-foot-tall frame, he was soft-spoken with kind eyes as he sat down across from me with a cup of coffee at The Laughing Goat. His ponytail touched the back of his jacket as he moved toward my tape recorder and clinked his cup against its saucer.

“So I started in open mics here [in Boulder],” he tells me, “and it was a lot different back then.”

I ask him when “back then” was, and Silent Bear tells me he moved to Boulder in 1993 when he drove his sister out to CU and ended up sticking around. And the difference?

“If you walked into a coffeehouse back then, it was before the digital age. So there were a bunch of people sitting around tables and they’d actually be talking to one another. They might not even know each other. But there would be artists drawing up posters for musicians, like, ‘Hey you got a gig Wednesday? Here’s some artwork for it.’ There would be people spreading the word about their gigs for the week, and there would be groups of us in philosophical conversation. And it’s different now. The world is so much bigger in some ways, but it’s a lot smaller in others. I miss that sometimes.”

I glance around. Save for the one soul actually reading a book by himself in the corner, every other person in the place (and it’s packed) is in front of a screen. As I ponder commenting on this, he beckons to me with a smile, “But certain things are the same- there are some artists who are still around and there’s still a great scene here.”

Silent Bear is one such scene staple himself. After becoming a Boulder transplant in the 90s, SB started out playing local open mic nights and worked his way up to co-hosting one at the late Penny Lane Coffeehouse with Chuck Nehring. Together, the two would tape the nights live to cassette, and the recordings were then played on KGNU. Silent Bear met a lot of local artists this way and started practicing his material in front of crowds, but after a few years in the scene, he had the itch to jump back to his origins in New York. There, he found himself inspired by the jazz club scene.

Silent Bear. Photo Credit:   Dancer Productions

Silent Bear. Photo Credit: Dancer Productions

“There was a real collective there- there were the jazz elders- the legends- and the up and comers. And I dabbled in jazz playing but my roots are more in folk and blues. There were ‘Big Band Mondays’ with 16-piece bands- there was a lot happening.”

Silent Bear connected with percussionist Kahlil Kwame Bell to record his first album, and although they were signed to a label, it was a jazz label. So when it came to booking shows and getting real distribution, things didn’t quite pan out. Their sound just wasn’t a fit for the jazz clubs Silent Bear was so inspired by. But he kept on.

Eventually, Silent Bear’s musical journey brought him back to the B in 2004. He found other artists to play with, and also kept doing a lot of solo work. One of his biggest music moments happened in 2012 when he played a benefit concert with Pete Seeger and the two became friends. Wanting to record and release some new material around that time, Silent Bear approached Seeger about working together. And soon after, he found himself in Seeger’s living room.

“Pete played banjo on a track- we recorded a couple of songs together in his living room in New York. My last album The Green Lion- it’s great because it’s a real honor that [Seeger’s] on there, but there are also a lot of local artists on there too.”

And that’s the thing about Silent Bear- he’s got the sort of spirit that welcomes you into his work whether you’re a music legend or an amateur.

Silent Bear performing with Pete Seeger. Photo Credit:   Skyhook Entertainment

Silent Bear performing with Pete Seeger. Photo Credit: Skyhook Entertainment

As Silent Bear and I continue to chat, I ask him about his name.

“You know a lot of people think the name is Native American but it’s not. I do a lot of work with Native Peoples- I’ve been honored to be a part of  of their traditional ceremonies, I’ve played benefit shows for Native causes, and I have been close with a lot of people in the community. They are my spiritual brothers and sisters and friends, but my blood ancestors are Russian and Polish. I’ve thought to myself, ‘There are bears in Russia as well as here in North America.’ But the way I actually got the name ‘Silent Bear’ was on a roadtrip when my sister Debra and I were just making up names for each other. She came up with Silent Bear and it kind of fit and stuck, you know? The bear is the guardian of the dream and the subconscious. The Big Dream. I like that. And it’s a strong image. I can be quiet, but when I get on stage, people are sometimes surprised by me; by my voice, by my performance; by the paradox. So you have the quiet nature of my character up front with the power and intensity of the bear behind it.”

I tell him I like that. And then I wonder aloud, “From Penny Lane, to your jazz days, to recording with Pete Seeger. . . what’s next for you at this point?”

“Well, we released The Green Lion album last year, but I’ve already got a lot of new material I want to record now and so I’m looking for avenues for that.” he smiled. “And I’m doing a lot of work with what I call my ‘Electric Band,’ my three piece. We’re a little louder, you know, a little different energy than what I do myself.”

Album Artwork for  The Green Lion .

Album Artwork for The Green Lion.

Silent Bear is also hosting an open-mic night at Sancho’s Boulder Arrow on Monday nights, which is ironically where he played his first Boulder gig back when it was Branden’s Cafe. I comment on how that seems to bring things full-circle for SB’s Boulder career, and Silent Bear laughs in agreement.

“I want to create a musical community there; an artist’s community. Kinda back to the Penny Lane days, where people come and support one another and get inspired. There might be someone playing a song that you like and you go home and write one because you get inspired. Or you might meet somebody, like I met Kahlil at the jazz clubs, and they might be your musical soulmate. Maybe you get together and form a band. Maybe you’re looking to record and somebody will come and say, ‘Oh yeah I got a studio and I’m looking to take on some projects, you know.’ The possibilities are endless.”

Listening to someone with so much experience, I agree with him that they are. Silent Bear is more than just a well-known musician in the local scene, he’s someone who has watched it transform over 20+ years. I tell him this as he hands me a copy of The Green Lion

He softly smiles.

“I want you to have this.” he says.

And that’s just like Silent Bear: Humble, but talented. Kind, but determined. Giving, but quiet. Strong on stage, but soft-spoken in conversation. A powerful spirit. A powerful musician.

Listen to Silent Bear here.

And check out Sancho’s Open Mic Mondays with Silent Bear here.

Watch the artistic video for the track “The Green Lion” below:

-Hannah

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Sancho's Boulder Arrow is Starting an Open Mic Night

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Another open mic night to add to your list!

Rooftop views. Photo Credit:   Sancho's Boulder Arrow

Rooftop views. Photo Credit: Sancho's Boulder Arrow

Hey Boulder- remember that time we featured an article on local Open Mic Nights? Well we’d like to throw another one into the mix! Starting tonight, every Monday at Sancho’s Boulder Arrow will be Open Mic Night. Sign-up is at 7PM, the show starts at 730PM, and slots are 15 minutes each. Almost all of the musicians we’ve interviewed have had some experience in local Open Mic Nights- they’re an awesome way to network with other musicians and people who dig music in general. So get out there! Performers get half off all well drinks and draft beers, so that’s incentive enough to have a jammin’ Monday evening.

AND most importantly, your host for tonight’s Open Mic is Boulder’s Silent Bear! We’ll be bringing you a feature on his work soon, so stay tuned.

Silent Bear. Photo Credit:   Joshua Elioseff of Dancer Productions

Silent Bear. Photo Credit: Joshua Elioseff of Dancer Productions

Head to Sancho’s tonight Boulder! Let's get weird. Happy Music Monday!

-Hannah

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