The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See Valentine's Day Weekend

By: Hannah Oreskovich

We’ve got your weekend picks, so whether you’re spending it with that special someone or a hard glass of bourbon (we don’t judge), here are the shows to check out around town for Valentine's Day Weekend:

Today (Friday 02/12):

Asalott at Goorin Bros Hat Shop in Boulder 5PM-Close

Looking for that last minute VDay gift? Then this show is perfect for you! Goorin Bros. have an awesome hat selection that your mate is sure to dig. Come by and shop with Asalott’s wicked beats in the background, or bring your babe and make it a date! They’ll make your heart thump while you find the perfect Shalone. Drop on in and get down.

Watch Asalott’s recent Tiny Desk submission video:

Silent Bear Trio and Birthday Celebration at Tandoori Grill in Boulder 830PM-Close

Listen to Silent Bear and The Electric Band:

Abstract Solution at Taco Junky in Boulder 10PM-Close

Abstract Solution is a “rock and roll project that will funk you out with the best vibes, energy, and sound you’ve never heard”. They’re bringing that goodness to TJ’s tonight, so come groove over margs and guac. They promise to make all your dreams come true tonight, whatever those may be. Alright!

Learn more about Abstract Solution here.

Whiskey Autumn at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

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Whiskey Autumn will be singing to you and your boo behind the big brown door tonight. Come get baddd with this electric-pop and R&B trio - a sensual rendition of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You” has been promised. Things are going to get wild. Come check it out!

Watch Whiskey Autumn’s recent Tiny Desk submission video:

Tomorrow (Saturday 02/13):

February House Concert from The Birdhouse Concert Series featuring Weary Bones and Ben Hanna & The Knighthawks in Boulder 7PM-Close

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Longmont’s Weary Bones will be opening up this lovely evening at The Birdhouse with their “unique harmonies and beautifully odd guitar to bring their honest lyrics to life”. And then Ben Hanna & the Knighthawks will make you sweat. Seriously, you can’t sit still at a BH show. This is an awesome DIY concert, put on monthly by local artists themselves. Go hang in their living room, crack one open, and neck on the couch. It’s gonna be rad.

Watch Ben Hanna's Tiny Desk submission video:

The Next Day (Valentine’s Day- Sunday 02/14):

Valentine’s Concert with The Heartstring Hunters, Ben Rabb, & Shanna Hoar at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 8PM-Close

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New York folk artist Ben Rabb will be opening up this romantic evening over your heart-art latte as he ends his most recent tour, with special appearance by Shanna Hoar. Then Boulder acoustic indie-folk group The Heartstring Hunters will swoon you into the night at The Laughing Goat. Treat yoself.

Watch The Heartstring Hunters “Let’s Let Go”:

ANNNDDDD HEY-

Big thanks to all of those who bought tickets to the Homevibe Presents show with Ryan Montbleau at The Riverside this Sunday! The show sold out weeks in advance and we sponsored some press for the event so we appreciate those who checked out our feature and are ready to wine and dine their Valentine with Homevibe!

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Our recent partnership with Cafe Aion Music means we will also recap their upcoming weekend shows for the month of February in our Friday feature. This weekend’s lineup includes Ben Hanna and Whiskey Autumn; read more about both acts here. As you might have noticed, each of these artists actually play Friday and Saturday shows in Boulder this weekend, so feel free to fall in love with one and stalk them at both of their performances.

PS: This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Boulder’s Whiskey Autumn! The three piece recently released their single “07.04.07” with an accompanying music video that you can watch here! They’ve got two shows this weekend -one at The No Name Friday & one at Cafe Aion Saturday- so let them croon you and your honey live. Tune in Sunday to any of the Colorado Community Network Radio Stations here (95.3 or 95.5 Boulder) or stream Green Light to listen to WA’s “07.04.07” on Valentine’s Day!

See you lovers.

-Hannah

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An Update with Homevibe: Tall Heights Tonight + Ryan Montbleau for Valentine's Day

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Homevibe has a few shows on the horizon.

Last month, we had the pleasure of rocking out at three of Homevibe’s local shows- Willy Porter + Dave Tamkin, John Craigie + Reed Foehl, and the Homevibe for the Holidays Concert. As we settle into the new year, we’re excited to bring you info on some more of their gigs! Let us tell you a bit about what's coming up:

Tall Heights. Photo Credit: Jeff Fasano.

Tall Heights. Photo Credit: Jeff Fasano.

Tall Heights with Special Guests Poet’s Row & Paul Kimbiris - This Friday 01/29

Homevibe is going to make you feel right at home once again this Friday at The Walnut Room in Denver. Headliner Tall Heights are a harmony-heavy indie duo from Boston who NPR has called both “intimate and arresting”. And they would know- members Tim Harrington (vocals/guitar) and Paul Wright (vocals/cello) did a live taping with NPR’s World Cafe and performed on NPR’s Mountain Stage program. Tall Heights also had chart success last year, hitting Billboard’s “Next Big Sound” and iTunes Apple Music “Best of 2015”. After dropping their EP Holding On, Holding Out in October of 2015, Tall Heights have been touring stateside. Their travels continue through April, and while they’ve got a few Colorado gigs, Friday’s show is the closest to Boulder/Denver, it has two awesome guests on board (which we’ll get to in just a sec), and it’s a Homevibe show! So you know it’s going to be cozy and downright awesome. Which brings us to the other acts on Friday’s lineup: Poet’s Row is a Denver-based folk four-piece and Paul Kimbiris is one of Boulder’s most noteworthy singer songwriters. You might remember our album review of his full-length release, Dark Side of Pearl, or the fact that he played in our Fall Showcase with his band BLVD. This Homevibe bill is bringing a lot of talent to the stage, and two local openers is an awesome thing to see! So get tickets for this Homevibe event while you still can- just click here.

PS: Tall Heights just premiered their music video for their song "Spirit Cold" yesterday on PASTE- watch that here

Ryan Montbleau.

Ryan Montbleau.

Valentine’s Dinner & Concert with Ryan Montbleau - Sunday 02/14

Looking to impress someone special for Valentine’s Day this year? Then Homevibe’s got you covered! They’ve got a three course dinner by Per La Gente (and champagne if you so choose) + a solo performance by Ryan Montbleau at The Riverside in Boulder. Touring since the early 2000s, as a both a solo act and with his band, Montbleau has most recently been on the road for his 2015 solo release, Growing Light. His current performance set has been called “bold and barrier breaking, organically blending rock, funk, soul, folk, and psychedelia to create a sonic kaleidoscope… The night will kick off at 5PM with dinner; show starts at 8PM. We’ll bring you more coverage as VDay approaches, but in the meantime, get your tickets for the dinner and a show right here.

Stay tuned for more events and updates from us! We hope to see you soon.

-Hannah

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On The Record with Zach & David: The Un- "Branding" of BANDITS

By: David Landry and Zach Dahmen

BANDITS rebrand and talk to us about their history and their horizon.

BANDITS.

BANDITS.

One night over whiskey and records, we came up with a cool idea: we wanted to sit down with musicians, listen to music, and just talk about how they got to where they are. For our first interview, we jumped on Boulder’s own BANDITS. John and Lulu Demitro walked into the Gingerbread house and the first thing they both said to us was: “Nice- Rubber Soul is on.” That’s when we knew it was going to be a good evening, with The White Stripes and The Greenhornes to follow.

So let’s just start with the fact that the BANDITS are opening for fucking HEART tonight- yes Barracuda at the Budweiser Events Center. But how did they get here?

The BANDITS are a Boulder band through and through. Though they don’t play here often due to Boulder’s lack of hard rock venues, their family started here, with their grandfather being one of the first Colorado University students to attend school for bass guitar. He even owned a music shop, located where The Riverside is today. So the Demitros grew up here and still love it. John embarked on his first band (Baseline) when he was 17 and started out on bass guitar. Baseline began as a four piece, fresh out of high school; a rock band playing 21+ shows for pennies and no tab because they ‘couldn’t’ drink. John has always been influenced by the heavy hitters of rock and roll, like Zeppelin and Sabbath. Trying to fill out the sound of the band, he looked to his sister Lulu to play keys. Lulu started playing piano as a toddler and taught herself how to read music by playing Beatles songs over and over. But with John being the older brother, it took some convincing for her to even come to a practice. Eventually, she joined the band.

Rock and Roll.

Rock and Roll.

Baseline played some gigs to empty basements but nothing too serious. Together, the group’s first gig under the moniker Branded Bandits was opening a show at The Fox Theatre for West Water Outlaws, and with guns blazing the Branded Bandits kept playing. When the guitar player left the band, John told Lulu, “You will have to learn bass and I am going to learn the guitar parts.” And so they did. Non-stop practicing made their shows go smoothly from there, but what really came from the change was that they liked their new three piece outfit. Compressing the band changed the sound, and all they wanted was a badass rock band.

“The thing about rock and roll [is] there are no rules, you can do anything you want.” -John

Andrew Oakley.

Andrew Oakley.

Finding new influences like Queens of the Stone Age, The Kills, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club showed Bandits that they really didn’t need a lot to sound heavy. Working on finding their own sound made drummers come and go, but finding current drummer Andrew Oakley (formerly of West Water Outlaws) was a sign that they were moving in the direction they wanted. They felt more at home with Andrew on the kit. They were trimming off the extra and creating BANDITS.

“[Andrew] is a pocket drummer and we needed that; he’s all about the song and the collective.” said John.

Added Lulu, “With Andrew we were falling into our sound.”

The unbranded BANDITS quickly started working on new songs and hopped on the road. A touring rock and roll band in their early 20’s brings debauchery, and they have stories to tell. They stayed on the road as much as possible and then jumped into the studio to record. For the first time ever, they got to record like their idols. They taped and pressed a 7-inch.

“It was the first time we got to see how recording a tape worked.” they told us.

BANDITS Bring It.

BANDITS Bring It.

Which brings us to now, with BANDITS opening up the Heart show tonight. BANDITS were contacted a few months back about the show, but didn’t hear much until two weeks ago when they got a call that said, “You’re in.”

“They are the female Led Zeppelin, such a unique, powerful, and original sound,” Lulu smiled, “Two leading ladies: one plays guitar and they write their own tunes. [When it comes to our set] we are going to do what we are going to do and have a good time doing it.”

Spoken like a true rock and roll band. If you are seeing Heart tonight, make sure you get to the show early to see this fantastic three piece. Or you can catch them around Colorado- they play the Snake River Saloon this Saturday. Keep up with their performances here.

Listen to a Bandits track here:

-David and Zach on the record

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A Thank You From BolderBeat

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Thanks to you, The Fall Showcase was a major success. 

Ben Hanna and The Knighthawks at The Fall Showcase.

Ben Hanna and The Knighthawks at The Fall Showcase.

Hey Boulder! Thank you so much for your support of The Fall Showcase last Friday! We had 100 people check out the event - and almost all promotion for the show was done just through our site and social media. So you rock! Special thanks to The Riverside for working with us. We also had a great time with Rocky and Skylar from Green Light Radio- and we’ve had a number of you reach out to let us know you tuned in to one of the CRN networks. Thank you!

BLVD at The Fall Showcase

BLVD at The Fall Showcase

Six months ago, I had a hunger to promote the local music scene and all of you great people making art within it. I started this site and approached my friends to work on features with me and they said yes! A huge thank you to David Landry, Zach Dahman, Pete Laffin, Alex Cutter, and Greg Laut. Their strong teamwork made TFS possible and they keep our website alive and kickin’ with all of their great contributions!

We’re excited to bring your more events and are already working on the next one :)

Whiskey Autumn at The Fall Showcase.

Whiskey Autumn at The Fall Showcase.

If you’re an artist interested in having us promote or host a show with you, please reach out to us at bolderbeat@gmail.com. We’d love to hear your ideas.

Check out more event photos from The Fall Showcase here.

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-Hannah

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It's Here: The Fall Showcase Tonight at The Riverside!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Come party with us tonight. 

The day is here! It’s time for The Fall Showcase, Boulder! While we’re not bringing you a Weekend Six this week, we’ve got more details on our event tonight to share with you, so readddd on:

The Fall Showcase   headliners Whiskey Autumn. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

The Fall Showcase headliners Whiskey Autumn. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

LINEUP

Have you checked out our exclusive interviews with each of the bands on the lineup? Read about Whiskey Autumn, BLVD, and Ben Hanna and the Knighthawks meow.

TIME AND $$

The show starts at 8PM & ends at midnight. It’s $5 and all proceeds go to the bands and the sound guy! We want to recognize local talent, so you’ll be supporting them with your admission.

The Fox King.

The Fox King.

GIANT BOLDERBEAT MERCH TABLE

Remember when we brought you Boulder artist Michael Maloney aka Ohh Mika the Fox King? Well he will be at the show tonight selling his art and talking to you about his different pieces! He’ll even be signing original prints. So stop by our giant BolderBeat merch table, say hi, and check out all of the interesting art he’s been working on!

We will be giving away buttons, stickers, and free band merch! So come get yoself some.

Buttons for you.

Buttons for you.

Don’t forget to signup for our monthly newsletter at the giant BolderBeat merch table! Doing so gets you a free sticker and a chance to keep up with all of Boulder’s local talent- you’ll have a shot at free tickets to shows, exclusive content from bands, and the opportunity to win lots of cool thangs.

Stickermania. Come get yours.  PHOTO CREDIT:    HANNAH ORESKOVICH

Stickermania. Come get yours. PHOTO CREDIT: HANNAH ORESKOVICH

All bands will be at the merch table following their sets for a meet and greet. Want a signed EP? Now’s your chance! Get to it.

Look it's The Riverside!

Look it's The Riverside!

VENUE

Do you know where The Riverside is? Did you know it’s surrounded by FREE PARKING?

We thought so, but let us just remind you that:

The Riverside is at the corner of Broadway & Arapahoe (1724 Broadway)

PARKING: THERE IS FREE PARKING IN THE LOT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE RIVERSIDE (NEXT TO COLONEL MUSTARD'S LAST STAND). THERE IS FREE PARKING ON 13th BEHIND THE RIVERSIDE WHERE BOULDER'S FARMERS MARKET POPS UP ON SATURDAYS (NEAR THE PARK). THERE IS FREE GARAGE PARKING ON PEARL JUST A FEW BLOCKS FROM THE RIVERSIDE. THAT’S A LOT OF FREE PARKING!

STREAMING DA SHOW

Big thanks to our official sponsor, Colorado Community Radio Network (CRN). They’ll be streaming the event live on Green Light Radio, which you can check out here! Plus listen up for live interviews with the bands!

PS:

You do not have to be 21 for this show; everyone will be ID’d at the door.

PPS:

Are you in a local band? Or are you a local musician? Interested in participating in something like The Fall Showcase? Stop by tonight to support local music and tell us! We’d love to work with you and plans for another show are already in the works!

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Can’t wait to see you tonight Boulder. 

-Hannah

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Band of Brothers: A Sit-Down with Whiskey Autumn

By: Pete Laffin

Whiskey Autumn are all about their art.

WA. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

WA. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

I had the great pleasure of sitting down last week with Whiskey Autumn, a band I enjoy and admire, for an in-depth chat. They're headlining The Fall Showcase tomorrow night. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did:

I’ve been a fan of Whiskey Autumn for awhile. What I’ve always been impressed by since the first time I saw you guys is that the aesthetic you present isn’t based on a current “in” trend. Often, newly-formed bands put their finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing: “I know, let’s start a new-grass band with a Fleet Foxes twist!” Rather, you guys settled into an aesthetic that’s very much not “in,” namely first-wave British Invasion. That’s what it looks like, what it sounds like; from your originals, to your covers, to the way David and Greg knock their heads around in your music video like a couple of Beatles bobble-head dolls. It’s very bold to go against the grain, but it’s even bolder to pick something so far from the norm. How did the three of you individually contribute toward defining this aesthetic?

Greg: That’s an interesting question. I guess it wasn’t a conscious decision to go toward or against a trend. We were all big Beatles fans. We all had the vinyl. It was the way we first bonded.

David: Greg already had Whiskey Autumn going before we met. Then we found Matty, and it was just one of those things: What do we all listen to? What do you we like? Because that’s going to be the fun stuff to cover. Being a band in Boulder, we have to play three-hour sets.

Matty: We’re not a jam band.

Thank god.

Greg: One of the first covers we honed in on was “Wouldn’t it Be Nice” by The Beach Boys.

Matty: Which is not an easy song. If you have the balls to play any Beach Boys song to begin with, that one isn’t high on the list. You need multiple strong vocalists.

Greg: And from a songwriting perspective, it’s incredible how quick the movements come in that song. It’s almost a classical piece in that way. We were really drawn to that. And especially on our first EP, we wanted to play some doo-wop.

Laffin with the Whiskey Autumn boys. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Laffin with the Whiskey Autumn boys. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

That’s the other direction you guys go: Motown. And while the subgenres aren’t the same, they happened within the same few years.

Matty: The one thing we all could definitely agree on was the music we would listen to when we were hanging out, which was Hard Day’s Night or Pet Sounds or Rubber Soul. For all of us, that era shines above everything else.

That’s really strange. That’s a very specific subset of music for three players to run with in this day and age. It must be daunting to think you are attempting to repave a way that has already passed. Your originals reflect this era, too. In light of this, what does success look like to you guys? A week from today? A month? A year? What are the expectations for pushing something no one knows they are looking for?

Greg: The success is making the art.

Matty: Great songs speak for themselves, regardless of the genre.

Couldn’t agree more with that.

Matty: Whether you’re reaching for one aesthetic or another, if the melody is strong and the lyrics are strong, it’s timeless. You can still listen to “Be My Baby” and it sounds just as fresh and magical as it did the first time you heard it when The Ronnettes put it out. In the studio, we just want our songs to be the best they can be.

So is that success to you guys? Making the best song you can make? Does moving up in the industry have anything to do with it?

Greg: I find the joy in the creating. That’s when I feel like we’re doing the real shit. It’s also a beautiful thing not having to answer to anybody, which we don’t right now, outside of budget constraints. The art is what lives on. Live shows are super important, but creating the records is where it’s really at. That’s what will live on.

Matty: The band has grown from a bedroom-folk thing to more of a rock band, and I come from a hip-hop background playing with DJs. We are always trying to build on what we know. It’s like advancing in math, always trying to solve more complicated riddles.

Behind the scenes of Whiskey Autumn's newest music video. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Behind the scenes of Whiskey Autumn's newest music video. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Having played here for a few years, what do you make of the Boulder scene?

David: The Boulder scene is different than the one I grew up in.

Where did you grow up?

David: Dallas. Downtown there were fifteen venues with three or four band bills and everyone supported and watched each other. If you played the nine o’clock slot, you would go over to another bar to support another band that had the midnight slot. Here it’s like, damn, we have to play three hours and be on every fucking song the whole night. Where I came from you got forty-five minute slots where you played the best songs you could in that time. Being here is like being a glorified bar band where you are in the background a lot and noise cancelling.

Do you think that’s because of a shortage of acts here?

Matty: It’s a shortage of venues.

David: That’s why we are working with other artists and BolderBeat trying to create a mid-level venue over at The Riverside.

Greg: You have The Fox or The Boulder Theater, but you have to build up a lot before you can get there.

Right, you have to be invited into the kingdom. Moving on: nostalgia and sentiment. Two very unhip things you also make hip.

Greg: Why thank you.

Everything you play, especially the songs you write, seem to be reaching back in time. Not just the aesthetic, but the lyrics, the mood of the sound.

Greg: I’m always trying to draw on things that happen to me, to think of them in scenes and tell a story. I’m trying to make a song out of the picture in my head that I see of the past. After you have had some time to think about things, you can understand them better. You put them through a different filter. You write a song about it and really understand what happened.

Band of Brothers. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Band of Brothers. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

In order to live together and be in a band together, you guys must get along pretty well.

Matty: There are times we want to punch each other in the face.

David: It’s gotten to brotherhood.

Matty: We have this family dynamic. We aren’t competing. We are a family and we want to do what is good for the family name.

David: Exactly. These guys are my brothers. I want them to be honest with me. Letting them down is worse than hurting yourself.

Matty: This has definitely been something different for me. It’s been very exciting. I was asked if I could fill in at first, which makes you more present. Count to four, count to six; whichever time signature we’re playing in. Stay in the pocket, keep it simple. I went into this thinking I was just filling in, which I love, even if it’s in a scene I’m not really into. It’s going to bring something new out of me. You just make a choice that it will be fun. And here we are nearly three years later, a repertoire of ninety songs we can play together, always having new musical ideas to bounce off one another. I could not have envisioned this is what it would become.

Check out the Whiskey Autumn trio this Friday at The Riverside where they are headlining The Fall Showcase. More details here.

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-Pete

All photos per Hannah OreskovichThis interview was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat. 

BLVD: The 90s Rock'n'Roll You Know You've Been Missing.

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Paul Kimbiris has a new project and we dig it. 

BLVD. Four letters, three guys. And their first show under the new name is happening this Friday at The Fall Showcase. So who are they?

Well, we’ve brought you info on Paul Kimbiris before. You might remember him headlining the Fox back in May with backing band The Paper Stars. Or maybe you saw him at Augustus’ CD Release show at The Lazy Dog in June, where again, he was referenced as a solo artist with a backing band. Well guess what kids. Paul’s got a new gig in this town. And he wants you to know it’s “a little less sad bastard and a little more punk rock”. F*ck yes.

BLVD is composed of Leor Manelis (drums), Danny Rankin (bass), and Kimbiris (guitar, vocals). When I met up with Paul to learn a little more about his new project, he told me he’s played with these guys forever. They were with him for the Fox show last May. And practicing for that is actually where BLVD kind of kicked off.

“We were practicing for the Fox show and- you know we were practicing pretty stuff- melodies, a waltz. And just joking around, I played one of my old songs and [the guys] were like ‘Hey what else do you have like that? That’s the best song I’ve heard you play.’ I mean I wrote these songs like late 90s. I’d put them to bed. But when you play songs with really good musicians- you can play two chords and it can be fucking awesome. And so that’s what we’re playing. These old songs I wrote and we’re rock and roll, you know?”

I told him I didn’t- BLVD hasn't put anything out yet (though they will be this winter). And they haven’t exactly performed live yet with their new material and under the name BLVD. So Kimbiris explained the sound to me like this:

“70% of what BLVD plays are songs I wrote late 90s- so they’re influenced by things happening then. The Pixies; British rock bands like Blur. You’ll hear it; you’ll hear it. Like right around the time OK Computer came out- I mean that record was huge for me as I’m sure it was for a lot of people. Minor keys, delayed pedals, that atmospheric sound. That’s what we’re doing with these songs. And no acoustic- this is all electric. But these are songs from another life.”

And what other life are they from?

“Well they sound like they’re about a guy who was living in Philly. Because that’s what I was doing at the time and they’re all about my experiences.”

And is the name somehow from that other life too? Why BLVD?

“Back in Philly, there’s this street called Roosevelt Boulevard. It’s where we used to buy drugs and it’s, you know, ‘one of the most dangerous streets in America.’ Bad traffic, pushers, everything. And I used to hang out there. So I felt like it fit this. And I liked the name- it looks good on a t-shirt or a hat.”

I laugh. So what is BLVD most looking forward to about playing The Fall Showcase?

“I’m looking forward to playing louder and to an audience that’s a little bit younger than me. And for the folks that are coming to see Whiskey Autumn and Ben Hanna [and the Knighthawks]. Ben was one of the first people I met when I moved to Boulder and we lived together. I met him at a Conor’s open mic.”

Boulder’s crazy that way.

“You know, I had no plans to play music here when I first got here. I came from Austin and met some folks like Philip Parker and Gregory Alan Isakov and they heard me a couple times. And they said to me, ‘You’re good. But you should try harder.’ And sometimes, that’s all people need to hear.”

Definitely- and those are pretty awesome people to hear that from. So what’s next for BLVD?

“We’re playing Chautauqua on November 20th but that’s going to be a very sit-down and like bring your mom. Like my mom will be there. And wear a nice shirt. We’ll be doing things different for that- we’ll have a cello, more strings, an organ. We can’t rock there- it’s a hundred year old building. And then I want to put something out. Something we record live maybe and do overdubbing on. My last solo record took a year; I want this next one out quick. Like a month. And then in January or February we’re going to be doing an OpenAir session. And from there- play a lot in Denver; we’ll play a lot in Boulder too. But Boulder’s venues are pretty limited.”

They are indeed. Which is one reason The Fall Showcase is happening.

“Yeah it’s gonna be a great show. The middle slot’s the best slot and that’s where we are so it’s gonna be great.”

Though they're just revving up their 90s engine, something tells me BLVD’s going to be taking off pretty quickly. So come see their first show together as BLVD this Friday at The Riverside for The Fall Showcase!

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-Hannah

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Ben Hanna Wants to Surf with You at The Fall Showcase This Friday.

By: Zach Dahmen

Behind the scenes of Ben Hanna.

Boulder-based musician Ben Hanna.

Boulder-based musician Ben Hanna.

It’s a cold and wet fall evening as I wait for BolderBeat’s Fall Showcase opener at a coffee shop on Pearl Street’s west end. I take a few more sips of coffee and in walks a mop of black curls with a five o’clock shadow. Ben Hanna sits down across from me and instantly, his deep voice becomes the prominent sound over a bustling coffeehouse. With little prompting Ben starts telling me his story, with little to no filter; much like his music. He has these basset hound eyes which, as he starts to tell me how he fell in love with music, draw me into his twenty minute answer.

Hanna grew up outside of Detroit, Michigan. As he describes it, the suburbs are more akin to Orange County, California than the inner city. Instead of the hard knocks attributed to growing up in Detroit, Hanna was afforded an adolescence steeped in whatever music he could get his hands on. The earliest parts of his musical journey had him taking huge pit stops with The Violent Femmes, Ryan Adams, Radiohead, and Nirvana, the latter being a big enough influence that he’s actually wearing one of their shirts under his bulky cardigan tonight. Starting with simple bar chords and punk rock at the age of 15, Hanna progressed into taking lessons and giving serious thought to being a musician: “I wanted to be a player. I had a vision of me sitting in as a session musician down the road.”

Tea Time.

Tea Time.

After high school, Hanna moved to Colorado for college. He tells me this part of his life was framed by the music of Townes Van Zandt, whom he lends credit to as a catalyst for finding his voice as a songwriter. An even more noticeable influence in his music is Lou Reed (watch Ben Hanna’s “High Society Scene” as a perfect example). And Ben does credit Lou for helping him find direction. He tells me, “Lou Reed and Bob Dylan, they didn’t have these panty-dropping singing voices, but they were getting the point across in a really effective and powerful way. And so I realized that is kind of the voice I have.”

More recently, Ben’s musical efforts have been shaped with difficult times and personal hardship. The end of a relationship left him unable to write a song for months. That struggle lead him to a different way of approaching music: Being present in each moment.

“It’s being cultivated even when I’m asleep or just observing things, and there is this thought that I am absorbing it like a musical sponge.”

The Street Light Type.

The Street Light Type.

Ben keeps a notebook of lyrics on his phone that he calls “my emotional well.” He shows it to me- there are lyrics, sayings, and musings- a collection that takes more than a few finger strokes to move through. As I glance through it, Hanna tells me he’s got somewhat of a “different sound” overall, especially within Boulder. Unfiltered but focused is what comes to mind as Ben describes his musical life; much like our interview.

That “different” quality was exactly what drew BolderBeat to ask Hanna to open The Fall Showcase. With Ben Hanna & The Knighthawks, Hanna’s sound is a fleshed out, full rock and roll experience, fitting nicely into the night’s lineup of Blvd. and Whiskey Autumn.

“I look at it as a wonderful opportunity to just kinda go surfing; play with the energy of the space and share a stage with different bands because we are all in subtle ways influencing each other. It’s going to be a really nice blend of sounds. People are in for a treat.” Hanna said of the upcoming show.

Sandboxin'.

Sandboxin'.

Beyond his Fall Showcase performance this Friday, Ben will be playing more live shows with the Knighthawks around the Front Range and beyond. Lately though his focus has been continued work on his new record. He’s been in the studio with Robbie Stiefel and Todd Adleman at The Mountain House Recording Studio in Nederland. Ben, admittedly ambitiously, tells me the new record is “a mix between Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker and The Violent Femmes self-titled.”

Come see the ambitious, unfiltered Ben Hanna & The Knighthawks THIS FRIDAY at The Fall Showcase. And let’s surf.

-Zach

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Interviewer Zach Dahmen.

Interviewer Zach Dahmen.

CRN is Sponsoring The Fall Showcase & You Can Win FREE Stuff From Them!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Local radio is jumping on board The Fall Showcase.

Hey hey Boulder! We are super excited to announce today that the Colorado Community Radio Network (CRN) is sponsoring The Fall Showcase! CRN consists of Boulder Free Radio (95.3 FM), Green Light Radio Boulder (95.5 FM), KNed Nederland (93.1 FM), and Way High Radio Ward (90.5 FM). Tune in to any of these stations for your chance to win a package of TWO FREE TICKETS into the event + FREE MERCH from all three bands on our showcase when you hear this:

All four stations will be doing a few drops, so listen in! We will also be live-streaming this event on the radio (and online!) per CRN- details on that to come soon. Anddddddd Whiskey Autumn, Blvd., and Ben Hanna & The Knighthawks will be doing exclusive interviews with these stations! Those will hit the radio waves and the interwebs as well.

So don’t miss it kids- The Fall Showcase is November 6th at The Riverside.

More details here. And our FB event info here.

Now go dial in to one of the CRN stations! Or stream one here.

Support local radio; support local music.

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-Hannah

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The Fall Showcase: Everything You Need to Know

By: Hannah Oreskovich

We are throwing one sweet show for you Boulder. 

Our Polaroid Poster was created by   David Landry   with the help of   Zach Dahmen   and GREG LAUT. Colorado Community Radio Network is our official sponsor!

Our Polaroid Poster was created by David Landry with the help of Zach Dahmen and GREG LAUT. Colorado Community Radio Network is our official sponsor!

It’s official Boulder- we’ve been up and running for six awesome months. To all of our readers, musicians, followers, friends, artists, fans, and Colorado music lovers: thank you! We are proud and excited to announce that we are hosting our first official event, The Fall Showcase. Here’s what you need to know:

Specifics: Friday, November 6th from 8PM-Midnight

Where to Roll: The Riverside, at the corner of Broadway & Arapahoe

the riverside looks like this. it's next to conoco and across from colonel mustard's last stand: 1724 Broadway 

the riverside looks like this. it's next to conoco and across from colonel mustard's last stand: 1724 Broadway 

The Lineup*: Whiskey Autumn, Paul Kimbiris' BLVD, & Ben Hanna and the Knighthawks

*We will be posting interviews and tons of exclusive content on these bands over the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out!

Cost: Only $5 -You’re helping us pay the bands, the sound guy, and the event costs. We’re not taking a profit. Plus there will be merch giveaways, free stickers, and the chance to win a ton of awesome prizes!-

Other happenings: Booze, Dancing, Polaroid Snapping, Pete Laffin as Emcee, Free Stuff, & Live Streaming and Interviews with Colorado Community Radio Network (CRN)!

Our official sponsor for this event is CRN- tune in to one of their stations here over the next week and listen for this:

You do not have to be 21 for this show; everyone will be ID’d at the door.

this is the riverside on a map guys.

this is the riverside on a map guys.

PARKING: THERE IS FREE PARKING IN THE LOT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE RIVERSIDE (NEXT TO COLONEL MUSTARD'S). THERE IS FREE PARKING ON 13th BEHIND THE RIVERSIDE WHERE BOULDER'S FARMERS MARKET POPS UP ON SATURDAYS (NEAR THE PARK). THERE IS FREE GARAGE PARKING ON PEARL JUST A FEW BLOCKS FROM THE RIVERSIDE. 

This is going to be one for the books! We can’t wait to share it with you, Boulder.

Keep up with The Fall Showcase:

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See you at the show!

-Hannah

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Conor O'Neill's: The Closest Thing Boulder Has to a Mid-Level Music Venue

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Boulder doesn't have a real mid-level venue and it's a problem.

Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub and Restaurant, or “Conor’s” as it is more affectionately known, is a venue we’ve mentioned before. They have music every night of the week, their open mic night on Tuesdays is notable for hosting up-and-coming artists, and the talented Danny Shafer books the entertainment for the venue.

An Irish Pub is somehow one of Boulder's best music venues. Photo Credit:   Westword  .

An Irish Pub is somehow one of Boulder's best music venues. Photo Credit: Westword.

At first glance, Conor’s looks a little like your average college joint. There’s a big front room with booths and chairs, a bar wraps around the right corner, and the stage is in the back. And let’s be honest, the stage is small. With a lack of mid-level music venues in Boulder, if we’re ranking stages, The Lazy DogThe Biergarten and even The Riverside probably place ahead of Conor’s. Conor’s also stacks all of their floor furniture behind the performing band to make room for a dance floor, which makes it a bit cramped, even for something like a three-piece. And bands have to run their own sound. But Conor’s still holds a special place in Boulder’s music scene, and this is why:

As mentioned, Boulder lacks mid-level music venues. Oh how we crave a Larimer Lounge, a Hi-Dive, or a Cervantes. Alas, we have none (investors, please approach). Boulder bands start in coffee shops or small bars, advance to a place the size of Conor’s, and then go on to play the worshiped Fox or Boulder Theater. This is the Boulder ladder; this is often the standard progression for a band in the Boulder music scene. Thus Conor’s is, in some respects, all that we have to hope for when we pray for a mid-level club. And this makes Conor’s a pretty great stepping stone for local talent.

Local Band Whiskey Autumn at Conor's. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Local Band Whiskey Autumn at Conor's. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Conor’s has a winning combination with Danny Shafer's skilled ear approving shows, a fun atmosphere, and the fact that it is (almost) always really busy. The drinks are decent, the place attracts a lot of college kids + a twenty-something crowd interested in music, and because the stage room has no real seating during shows, people become more engaged with the performers. You have to stand (like you would at a rock club), you have to watch, you want to dance, and usually you do. It’s always a party; it’s always a good time. Even on slower nights, I’ve never walked out of Conor’s wishing I’d gone somewhere else.

Dr. Dog's Secret Show at CO. Photo Credit:   Daily Camera

Dr. Dog's Secret Show at CO. Photo Credit: Daily Camera

Conor’s support and showcase of local music is our best shot of pushing performers into bigger Boulder venues, or into legitimate mid-sized Denver spots. Seriously- go catch a Conor’s show. You are guaranteed a good time, you’re supporting local music, you make it possible for Conor’s to support said local music, and your presence at a Conor’s show is living proof of what Boulder needs: mid-level music venues. So rock club entrepreneurs, where you at?

-Hannah

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