Catch Funk Quintet Tula's Album Release Show at Globe Hall This Friday (07/28)

By: Jura Daubenspeck

As the end of July approaches and energies are high, you may be wondering, “Where oh where will I get my funk fix tonight?!” Fear not though, as Colorado’s funky quintet Tula has just what you need. The band will be set up at Globe Hall this Friday, July 28th, to celebrate their album release titled, Follow The Beast Inside.

Follow The Beast Inside is the band’s first ever full-length studio album and was recorded at Scanhope Sound with producer/engineer Joshua Fairman, who is known for his work with Analog Son, Sunsquabi, The Motet, and The New Mastersounds.

Fronted by the talented Brian Duggan (guitar/vocals), Tula is comprised of Josh Gendal (guitar), Jon Ham (bass), Jeremy Smith (saxophone), and Logan Firth (drums). Pulling together influences such as Umphrey’s McGee, Phish, Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Metallica, their music stays exciting, ever-changing, and oh so groovy.

Tula.

Tula.

Friday’s release show will also feature opening act KingFriday the 13th, as well as DJ Hug and Frank Asaurus. Tula will perform the entirety of the album Follow The Beast Inside from beginning to end, for a performance that will be nothing less than dazzling.

Tickets for Tula’s Follow The Beast Inside album release show are $5 and can be purchased here. The show starts at 9PM (doors 8PM) and is open to music-lovers 21+.

Listen to Tula's latest tracks:

Check out more details for the event here, and connect with Tula on Facebook and Twitter. Upon release, Follow The Beast Inside will be available on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and everywhere that music is sold or streamed.

-Jura

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

Get Involved: Mountain Music Collective Founder Maggie Melvin Talks Shop

By: Jura Daubenspeck  

“I live for the moments when I'm surrounded by people collaborating and what everyone is creating sounds good... really good.” -Maggie Melvin

Colorado’s local music and arts scene just keeps getting cooler and cooler, folks. It continues to stand out as a community that is enthusiastic and collaborative as ever. What’s so incredible about it is not just the artists creating music in the scene, but also the people helping build the community to help those artists get their creativity out there. One of those people is Maggie Melvin, founder of Mountain Music Collective.

A Chicago native, but a Colorado inhabitant for the last six years, Maggie launched the company Mountain Music Collective in January 2017 and has big plans for it. It’s a music management, production, and event curation company that strives to showcase and blend talent from a variety of genres. I met Maggie a few weeks ago, and felt so inspired by her vision that I knew I had to help get the word out about the amazing work she’s doing. Here’s a bit of what she and I talked about.

Maggie currently runs MMC by herself, but is also involved in a number of personal project with other like-minded souls from the local scene: “Last summer, I found myself sitting outside, surrounded by a variety of friends talented in photography, music, production, etc. They all work so hard- I wondered what it would be like if I started a company that brought all these people together and organized their collaboration.” Thus, Mountain Music Collective was born.

On Saturday, May 27th, the first-ever Mountain Music Collective presents Community Collaborations, Volume 1 was held at Carbon Cafe & Bar. “We brought in DJs, two guitarists, a saxophone player, and created some raw infusion of sound. It sounded so good, some of it is still playing in my head over a week later. It’s really cool because the guys are still collaborating on what else to create, and the DJs and musicians didn’t know each other before I introduced everybody.”

I can personally attest to how awesome the Community Collaborations, Vol. 1 event was- the blend of funk, electronic, hip-hop, and rap kept the vibes strong and the bar bumping.

Jeremy Smith & Brian Duggan at Carbon Cafe & Bar.

Jeremy Smith & Brian Duggan at Carbon Cafe & Bar.

Aside from running Mountain Music Collective, Maggie also manages progressive funk rock band Tula. The band has been an integral part of the MMC vision, including showcasing their dynamic sound in the first Community Collaborations event.

Tula.

Tula.

“Brian Duggan from Tula has been amazing. Not only has working with and managing their band been a great learning experience, but Brian is seasoned in the industry and has provided me a lot of guidance in the various decisions I’ve had to make so I’m not learning everything from my own mistakes.” Other shout-outs for the development of MMC go to Tula’s sax man Jeremy Smith, DJs Alex Hug, Frank Asaurus, and Mark Igl.

Tula. Jeff Warnock

Tula. Jeff Warnock

Mountain Music Collective’s vision is simple: “Build a flourishing company that brings people together, creates new sound, and brings in a new slice of expectation in the Denver music scene.” With a “limitations undefined” mindset, MMC wants to give voice to hard-working artists of all styles and work to build hype and create more diversity.

“I enjoy the enthusiasm of the Denver music scene. It isn’t the most diverse, but everyone in it is hyped on their own sound or the sound of the city. So many people have something to offer may it be their vocals, instrumental talents, light show skills, production vision, etc. The community that I get to be apart of inspires me most about creating my own company. I want to help everyone I meet.”

So there you have it. Whether you’re a musician, producer, curator, or a curious creative collaboration-seeker, drop Maggie at Mountain Music Collective a line at mountainmusiccollective@gmail.com and get creating!

Be sure to follow Mountain Music Collective on Facebook, and stay tuned for the next Community Collaborations event in July (as well as other exciting community projects).

-Jura

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

The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 07/15 & 07/16

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Brews, burgers, and bands- this weekend’s got it all folks:

Today (Friday 07/15):

Foxfeather at The Gold Hill Inn in Boulder 830PM-Close

The classy folks of Foxfeather.

The classy folks of Foxfeather.

Boulder’s folk five-piece Foxfeather will be helping you dance your way into the weekend tonight at The Gold Hill Inn. Most recently, the group has been hard at work in the studio recording their first full-length album after the success of their most recent Kickstarter campaign. So make sure to drop on over to The Inn tonight- you just might hear some of their new tunes!

Listen to Foxfeather’s original “Math Problems”:

SleepWalker, The Swifts, & Wild Love Tigress at Boulder House in Boulder 9PM-Close

SleepWalker.

SleepWalker.

Boulder House is hosting “a night of rock, punk, and funk” this evening with Denver acts SleepWalker, The Swifts, and Wild Love Tigress. For a venue that used to only consist of college kids doing the DJ and drinks thing (the spot is formerly Absinthe House), Boulder House is really trying to make a name as a local mid-level venue. So go check out what they’ve got goin’ tonight! The show is $5 at the door; 21+ only.

Listen to SleepWalker’s “Lady in the Sky”:

The Red Petals at Pizza Bar 66 in Lyons 930-PM-Close

The Red Petals.

The Red Petals.

It’s been a minute since we’ve caught a Red Petals set, so tonight's the night folks. The Colorado blues rock trio will be playing over pizza, so come grab a slice and hear ‘em at it! With influences like John Mayer Trio and White Denim, these dudes are bound to break your heart over a Pizza Bar beer. Get outta town and check ‘em out!

Peep The Red Petals’ cover of “Come On In My Kitchen”:

Tula’s EP Release Party at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

13198619_10154374076409384_735097893789401669_o.jpg

Tula, the “Colorado funk quartet with Chicago roots”, is throwing their EP Release Party at The Lazy Dog tonight. The funk and jam rock band will be celebrating and performing their latest release, Follow The Beast Inside, and this show is free! So roll over and trip the funk fantastic. PS: If you’re seeing The String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks tonight, here’s your perfect after-party spot!

Listen to Tula’s single from their newest EP, “Bus Stop Booty”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 07/16):

Park Burger Presents The Denver Deluxe with The Original Wailers, Hip Abduction, & More at Park Burger RiNO in Denver 12PM-8PM

Park Burger is shutting down Walnut Street tomorrow in Denver for a beer garden, burger station, and good tunes. And Denver Deluxe is on board the shebang, in support of Denver Urban Gardens, a nonprofit dedicated to creating neighborhood community gardens. Bands on the bill include The Original Wailers, The Hip Abduction, Rob Drabkin, Musketeer Gripweed, Jonathan Boogie Long, Technicolor Tone Factory, and Atomga. $30 gets you entry, a burger, and two beers. Support local sustainability and check out this event!

More details here.

One Flew West, The Longest Day of the Year, & Whiskey Autumn at The Fox Theatre in Boulder

Whiskey Autumn.

Whiskey Autumn.

Blending the sounds of rock and roll with folk and pop”, Denver’s One Flew West will headline The Fox tomorrow night. Boulder’s alt-rock Americana outfit The Longest Day of the Year will share the stage, and it’s rumored this may be the band’s last performance for 2016. Plus Boulder pop rock trio Whiskey Autumn will open the evening with a killer set that will be their last around these parts for awhile, as the group is hitting the road for the third time this summer on tour. We love all local lineups, so come hang out! Tickets are $11 if you message Whiskey Autumn today; otherwise they’re $14-$16 here.

Watch One Flew West's new music video for their cover of "Come Together":

Stoked to see you out Colorado!

-Hannah

Follow Hannah on twitter and instagram.

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