BolderBeat Presenting Boulder Music Festival to Benefit RAICES

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BolderBeat is excited to announce that we are presenting a mini-festival to benefit RAICES this August. Featuring Colorado bands Augustus, Native Station, Ben Hanna Band, Whiskey Autumn, and The Beeves, along with Chicago’s ChinaRose, the full day of music is slated for Saturday, August 18th from 2PM-10PM at Boulder’s Twisted Pine Brewing.

Said festival organizer Jim Herlihy, “Separating children from their families is unconscionable and I wanted to do something about it. The long answer is that this is an event in a string of events that has left me feeling angry and helpless over the last couple years. I spend a lot of energy moving our music career forward and not enough time helping people in need. I genuinely love these bands that we got for this bill and I wanted to shine a light on this side of the Boulder scene and use it to help this cause. Bringing great musicians together to raise money for an urgent cause- I don't know if it gets much better than that.”

Tickets for day are just $6, and all proceeds from the Benevolence Benefit will be donated to RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, which is a non-profit serving immigrant children, families, and refugees in Central and South Texas. Come out for the cause and get event details here.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you details on each of the band’s on our lineup, so stay tuned!

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 04/01 & 04/02

By: Hannah Oreskovich

You know that spring has sprung when the Boulder County Farmers Market begins, and that deliciousness starts tomorrow peeps. We’ll be covering a lot of musical acts at the market throughout the season; get the details on our plan for that below! Make sure to stop by and say hi tomorrow morning, and spend the rest of your weekend at these local spots (there is so much new music being released- weeeeeeeeeee!):

Today (Friday 04/01):

Augustus at Twisted Pine Brewing Company in Boulder 7pm-Close

The rockin’ guys of Augustus will be playing their First Friday residency at Twisted Pine tonight, so come over and grab a tall boy with this crew. The trio have been working hard recording a ton of new music for you over the past month, and they’re rumored to drop a new music video sometime soon too. This is the perfect way to start your weekend. Get to it!

Listen to Augustus’ track “Iceberg”:

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Official Album Release with Aqueous & Booster at The Fox Theatre in Boulder 9PM-Close

Baltimore’s psychedelic funk outfit Pigeons Playing Ping Pong dropped their new album Pleasure today and they’re celebrating with you at The Fox tonight! New York’s groove-rock trio, Aqueous, will be joining these funky dudes, along with Boulder’s own funk/fusion/rocketfuel band Booster. Love when we’ve got a local act on the bill! This is going to be a wildly fun show with awesome new music, so get your tickets here before the show sells out!

For a taste of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, peep their live performance album below:

Open to the Hound EP Release Party at Syntax: Physic Opera in Denver 9PM-Close

Denver’s wilderness rock group Open to the Hound are dropping their new EP Way of the Critter tonight at Syntax: Physic Opera. We just brought you a feature on their new music video for the song “Liquid Lady”, and if this show is anything like it, it’s bound to be a trippy good time! Denver’s Tyto Alba will share the stage for a set, along with gutter glam band Blanket Empire. Tickets are only $7; get other details here.

Watch the “Liquid Lady” vid if you haven’t yet:

Technicolor Tone Factory Digital Album Release Party at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

Boulder’s improv/funk/jazz five-piece Technicolor Tone Factory are releasing their first full length album at their Lazy Dog show tonight! We’ve been told it’s “60 minutes of pure TTF goodness”, so that’s something to get excited about peeps. The group has promised to make you move at the show, so come get down and check out all of their new jams!

Listen to TTF’s track “Breakbeat”:

Hunter Stone at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Hunter Stone hits one of our most favorite digs, The No Name Bar, tonight. He told us to “be prepared for some new stuff, including mandolins and drum sets and harmonies over new originals.” Joshua Thomas has been announced as special guest. Sounds saweeeeet! More new music? We’re game. Head to this show!

Listen to Hunter Stone’s song “Pedestal”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 04/02):

Eric Dorr, Sawyer Bernath, and Ben Hanna at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 8PM-Close

Three talented gentleman are holding down the lovely Laughing Goat stage tomorrow night. Indie folk/rock artist Eric Dorr is currently working on an EP “layered with harmonies, electric guitar, and keyboards”, some of which you can expect to hear at the show. Sawyer Bernath, a Boulder singer/songwriter describes his writing as, “bleak, occasionally redemptive, and usually about memory, aimlessness, and/or girls.” Cool. And one of our faves, Ben Hanna, who is dropping an album soon, describes his sound as “punchy folk” and “kids songs for adults.” We guarantee you’ll love it. So get over to the good ‘ol LG and see these three live tomorrow night!

Check out the event for videos of each performer. 

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BONUS: Every week starting meowww we’ll update you in The Six on who is playing the BCFM on Saturday through a new partnership we formed! Whiskey Autumn’s in the AM tomorrow. Maybe you’ll stop by after a productive morning bike ride, or maybe you’ll just be hungover scarfing down falafels. We don’t judge. We just hope to see you there.

And last but not least...

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This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Denver’s Open to the Hound in honor of their new music video and EP release for Way of the Critter! Tune in to any of the Colorado Community Network Radio Stations here (95.3 or 95.5 Boulder) or stream Green Light between 9-10PM to catch their song “Liquid Lady” on Rocky Flats’ show!

All of these new sounds have me drooling. Tasty-

See you soon Beaters.

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 11/13 & 11/14

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Heyo Boulder! Another weekend of great music is upon us. Check out our picks! We’ve even included some shows outside of the Boulder bubble for your adventuring pleasure:

Today (Friday, 11/13)

Augustus and Union Driftwood at the Park House in Denver 8PM-Close

The Augustus boys have been on a bit of a journey this week. Denim vests and wood-cutting saws have consumed much of their time, but tonight they’ll be trading in their mountain tools for strings and mics when they play the Park House. And Denver’s rock-funk outfit Union Driftwood will be joining the Augustus trio with their own set, making for an extra sweet listening time. Go get yo sip on.

Bandits, The Outfit, and Slow Caves at the Hi-Dive in Denver 830PM-Close

Formerly the Branded Bandits, the Bandits have undergone more than just a name change as of late. According to member Lulu Demitro, Denver's Bandits have switched up their sound as well: “I would say it’s more contemporary and a little bit darker and heavier, but still melodic.” They’re bringing this new sound to their gig at the Hi-Dive tonight, and they’ve got some sweet friends on board. Denver’s rock’n’roll four-piece The Outfit will be warming up the stage after Fort Collins’ shredderific Slow Caves opens the show. This is gonna be a good one kids.

Von Disco at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

“Progressive jazz fused with hip-hop” is how Boulder’s Von Disco describe themselves. They’ve put on many a slick show at the Laughing Goat and I’m sure their set tonight will be sure to set things off behind the big brown door of The No Name. Beats, strings, and booze. Let’s go!

Tomorrow (Saturday, 11/14)

Miles Wide at The Twisted Pine in Boulder 7PM-Close

Denver-based Miles Wide will be trekking up to Boulder tomorrow for a Twisted Pine show. And while Kyle Donovan of Miles Wide happens to be one of our kickass contributors, he’s also a DIY musician who has toured played shows internationally. Lend him an ear over some pretzels and beer. He won’t disappoint.

The Next Day (Sunday, 11/15)

Jeremy Mohney at The Mercury Cafe in Denver 8PM-Close

Combining swing and jazz elements, Boulder’s Jeremy Mohney will be releasing a new album, “Smile a While” at Sunday’s Mercury show. Though winter seems to be moving in across the mountains, Mohney’s sure to keep you warm with his original hot jazz tunes. Go pick up his new CD (which will also have a digital release) and swing around. It’s gonna be a good time!

Kaia Kena, Many Mountains, Emily Shreve, and Hannah Samano at The Lost Lake in Denver 830PM-Close

Dripping in amazing vocals. That’s how I picture this show on Sunday at The Lost Lake. Centennial’s Kaia Kena will be performing new music as headliner at Sunday’s show and is sharing the stage with duo Many Mountains, Denver’s powerful singer/songwriter Emily Shreve (who we featured on her last release here), and acoustic folk artist Hannah Samano, who will have Grim & DarlingsJessa Raskin performing with her. Damn. Sounds like a lot of talent on one stage Boulder. Make the drive.

You can stick in the B. Or you can hop to the D. See you at a show!

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 10/02, 10/03, & 10/04

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s fall! It’s October! And it’s the weekend! Here are our six picks:

Today (Friday, 10/02)

VoodooJulia at Powder Keg Brewing Company 7PM-9PM

Local singer-songwriter Valerie Bhat’s got a band and their name is VoodooJulia. They describe themselves as a “four-piece rock-funk-blues band” with a mix of female fronted covers (Fiona Apple, Amy Winehouse) and a slew of “west Texas driven originals by Valerie.” Make the quick trip to Niwot to check them out over a brew tonight!

The augustus boys.

The augustus boys.

Augustus featuring Pete Laffin at Twisted Pine Brewing 7PM-Close

Local three-piece Augustus will be rocking the Twisted Pine house tonight with an awesome intro set by Boulder singer-songwriter Pete Laffin. Hit their show after your work day for a pretzel plate + a saison, and let these boys spin you into the weekend. It’s gonna be a great time so come out!

ramaya soskin.

ramaya soskin.

Ramaya and The Troubadours featuring David Sheingold at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse 8PM-Close

Tonight’s LG performance has been dubbed as “Ramaya [Soskin] joined by a rotating cast of fellow songwriters and local favorites at our beloved monthly haunt.” Soskin always puts on an engaging performance, and we’re pumped to see that David Sheingold’s talents will be shaking the stage tonight with the group. This should be a bumpin’ set, so go get your caffeine (or booze) fix and listen!

First Funk Friday at Bohemian Biergarten 1030PM-Close

It’s the first Friday of the month! And that means it’s Funk Friday at Bohemian Biergarten. DJ Shiny Shoes will be opening the night with “some electronic funk flavor” before main act Whiskey Autumn takes the BB stage. The WA boys told us they wanna get down witcha, so go funk out with them!

Tomorrow (Saturday, 10/03)

Saturday Soiree at Studio 700 6PM-???

Afrofunk folktronica outfit Mbanza is rumored to be here, and so is Boulder-based Villain Baritone. Local singer-songwriter Hunter Stone is one of the hosts of this event, and that’s pretty much all I know. Jamming, smiling, dancing, and a generally awesome DIY vibe are bound to be here tomorrow night. Be adventurous and go check out this surprise soiree!

The Next Day (Sunday, 10/04)

Holly & Ken Road Show at Harmony Music House

Ken Stringfellow (formerly of R.E.M., The Posies, and the re-formed Big Star) recently made a country concept album with Texas singer Holly Munoz. Stringfellow describes it as, “going deep into the back story of the n’er do well couple from Doesn’t It Remind You of Something… picking up where Willie Nelson left off with his Red Headed Stranger…mashing that up in the French countryside…and lassoing in YOU to help, cowpoke.” Together the duo are performing said album in what they call The Holly & Ken Road Show, and they’ve got a special Boulder performance at The Harmony House. Tickets are $20- buy them here.

Happy fall!! Enjoy the weekend Boulder!

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 08/07 & 08/08

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Hey friends! We’ve been a bit absent on the scene this week working on some cool upcoming features, but you know we’re all about weekend shows, so here’s where to be the next two nights:

Today (Friday 08/07):

Augustus at Twisted Pine Brewing Co. 7PM-Close

We’ve got a piece hitting the site next week courtesy of Pete Laffin on these boys and their new EP Into Frames! Go peep this show, listen to their new tunes, and check back with us Monday to read Pete’s latest on Augustus!

Bateria Alegria at The Pearl Street Mall 730PM

The Colorado Brazil Fest is bringing some awesome Samba percussion to the Mall this evening. There will be music and dance performances by Boulder Samba School’s Bateria Alegria and Samba Colorado right in front of the Courthouse. Their drums will get your heart beating so stop by!

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at The Fox Outdoor Stage 9PM-????

Rateliff has been a Denver-based singer-songwriter for many moons now. But recently, he has picked up mad steam with his group The Night Sweats (peep their performance on Jimmy Fallon this week here, for which they got a standing ovation). They have an amazing folk/rock/R&B thing happening, and believe us when we say that NR & The Night Sweats are one of the biggest bands to be watching out for right now. We have a feeling they are going to jet off into some serious fame here soon. Tonight’s performance is free. Come hang with the cool kids. 

NR dancing with Fallon.

NR dancing with Fallon.

The War on Drugs at The Fox Theatre 830PM-Close

Though they aren’t local, this is going to be an amazing Fox show. These Philly boys will be heartland-rocking you deep into the night, and though the show is a bit pricey, you won’t be disappointed. Start with Rateliff and end with Granduciel? Yes please.

Tomorrow (Saturday 08/08):

Foxfeather at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse 8PM-Close

Boulder folk outfit Foxfeather will be jamming at the LG tomorrow, and you should be too. Let this female-fronted band croon to you over a tasty latte! Emily Scott Robinson will also be performing at this event.

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Sumilan at The Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill 10PM-Close

These progressive rock/trance dance dudes are going to be jumping around the stage at The Lazy Dog tomorrow night and they have a sound worth checking out! They’re from Athens, Georgia and are finishing up their summer tour. Listen to them here before the show. 

Sumi boys.

Sumi boys.

Get to it Boulder. Happy weekend.

-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 Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 07/17 & 07/18

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s Friday! It’s Friday! Spend this weekend listening to sounds you love. Here are the bands you should see the next few days:

Tonight (Friday 07/17):

Ben Hanna & The Knighthawks at Vindication 530PM-9PM

Stop by Vindication Brewing after work tonight & check these guys out! Ben Hanna has been described as “quirky”, “pretty damn funny” and “poignant”. He will get your weekend started off right. Rumor has it Hanna is working on a new album with the Knighthawks now, so maybe you’ll get a sneak peak at some of his new tracks at this performance!

Dechen Hawk, Colin Robinson, and Danit at The Laughing Goat 8PM-Close

These three singer/songwriters are bringing some sweet sounds to the Goat tonight. You can read about each of them here. Stop by for a coffee (or a beer) and let these guys croon you into the beginning of your music-filled weekend.

Hunter Stone at Blue Skies Winery 7PM-9PM

We’ve got love for Hunter Stone. He’s a talented Boulder singer/songwriter with a gritty, bluesy sound. You can read more about him on our site here. If you’re in Fort Collins or you’re just in the mood for some great wine, hit up this show!

Hunter Stone

Hunter Stone

Whiskey Autumn at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

The Whiskey Autumn boys haven’t played The No Name Bar in a bit, but they’re back to make you dance all night! They recently made headlines on our site with the release of their new video for “My Dear Miss Claire”, which you can watch here. Head over to one of our favorite spots and hear them jam this track live!

Tomorrow (Saturday 07/18):

Augustus at Twisted Pine Brewing Co. 2PM-7PM

It’s the 20th Anniversary of Twisted Pine Brewing tomorrow & they’re celebrating with Boulder band Augustus! Augustus just released their killer new EP Into Frames this week, which you can stream for free here. Roll over to this show for some day drinking, and to hear the guys perform some of their new songs live!

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

Foxfeather are bringing their sultry sounds to Conor’s tomorrow night! The atmosphere at Conor’s is always fun and Foxfeather's folky sounds will get you moving! Roll down to Pearl and see their show!

So there's our weekend six Boulder! Hit up a show! Hope to see you out!

-Hannah

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Miles Wide: Kyle Donovan Is a Self-Made, DIY Musician with Boulder Roots

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Kyle Donovan is touring miles and miles as Miles Wide.

Those of the Boulder music scene may hear some familiar sounds around town this week. Just over a year ago, Kyle Donovan and his band Miles Wide were playing gigs around Boulder before Kyle decided to quit his day job, move home to Rochester, NY, and embark on a coast to coast solo tour under the same project name. In that time, Kyle has played over 100 shows.

If you’re looking for an idea of his sound, it’s this: Kyle’s raw, velvety vocal range carries you alongside his strumming melodies and honest lyrics. His intonations are so clear, you feel like he’s in your living room. And if you’ve seen his introspective, folky performances live, you wish he really were.

Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Kyle & chat about his do-it-yourself lifestyle, why he left his 9-5, and what his average day is like on tour.

Quitting your day job and setting out on a national tour is a huge commitment. How did you decide to embark on this adventure?

Well I’m really fortunate in that I have supportive friends and family. A big part of it for me is there are a lot of people in my life who have believed in me and my music. I graduated school [at CU] with a degree in philosophy and political science. I got a day job in my field working for a non-profit, which was great, but I just wasn’t really happy. And my friends let me know that they could tell I wasn’t happy. Two of them said to me, ‘Listen- if there is anyone I know who can make music their full-time job, it’s you!’ And my parents said the same thing.

I was also playing in Boulder [at that time], and it’s a tight knit scene here. When I started going to open mics at Johnny’s Cigar Bar, I met Pete Laffin and he really encouraged me to go for it. The community here was receptive and warm- it took me in as a friend of the scene.

So this drive I have to play 100 shows in a year and to kick so much ass- the drive is because I want to prove them all right. I want everyone to feel like they were right to have confidence in me.

That has to be huge to have that kind of support system as a solo artist. I know you mentioned being big on the do-it-yourself philosophy when it comes to your music. Tell me more about that.

So as far as being do-it-yourself, I started reading a bunch of independent music blogs [of artists] who were kind of out there doing things [on their own]. Once I quit my day job, everything became about my music. I designed my website, album art, and all of my social media. I do my own press; my own booking. A big part of me is that I’m self-made. I taught myself to play guitar, I started writing all of my own music two years ago, and I’ve booked this entire tour myself.

Kyle & Sam Sherman at a recent   Laughing Goat   performance. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Kyle & Sam Sherman at a recent Laughing Goat performance. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

That’s amazing! What were you seeking to find when you set out on tour?

I wanted to see the country and what cities jumped out for me - the really, really big cities are no fun [to play]. Nobody pays attention to you; no one cares. They just want background noise. I love playing in little cities; small towns. If there is one thing that this tour has taught me, it’s that the kindness of strangers is limitless. I’ve met people from all over the world who happen to be in the right place at the right time and they want to share what they have [with me].  I’ve tapped into a community of generous and giving people.

That’s so interesting. So when you’re on tour, what’s your average day like?

I typically spend 2-3 days in a place. If it’s a travel day, I wake up, check my email, get on the road, eat a Clif Bar, and drive to the next city. When I get there, I hit a cafe, get on a computer, and make sure I’m up to date on all the press for the next city I’m going to, and that I have somewhere to stay. I spend hours in coffee shops; they’re my new favorite places. And then I go to the show that night.

Croonin'. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Croonin'. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Awesome! So what are your plans for the rest of the summer?

Boulder is my last leg of the tour. I have a show coming up at the Twisted Pine on the 27th. And then when I get back to Rochester, I want to record 10 new songs I’ve written while traveling. I want to put out a new album, and then I intend to keep touring and meeting new people and seeing more of the country.

Cool- we can’t wait to hear it Kyle. Check out Miles Wide here. And to listen to my personal favorite Miles Wide song, click here.

-Hannah

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Tight, Toned, & Sensual: An Interview with Boulder's Root Rock Trio Augustus

By: Hannah Oreskovich and Zach Dahmen

Augustus is making some great Americana noise in the scene.

In honor of their upcoming Fox Theatre show, we sat down with Augustus recently over some tasty Twisted Pine brews and talked drunken jam sessions, songwriting in the Boulder music scene, and what's next on deck for this Boulder band.

So tell us how the three of you got started playing together.

Jesse: We got together through drunkenness and jam sessions.

Jim: Haha yeah- actually we met at a Whiskey Autumn show.

Colin: Yeah Pete Laffin introduced us. I was doing a bunch of open mics around town like at the Catacombs and Conor’s and I’d seen [Jim].

Jim: Jesse and I used to be in a different band awhile back too.

Jesse: Yeah and so once we were all introduced I was like, ‘Hey you play stuff? Then come to my jam session.’ I was hosting jam sessions once a week and so we got together and started playing.

Colin: At the time, I was hosting The Lab at Amante and eventually the guys started coming in and we would do one song live. I was bringing in a bunch of artists [for it] and playing with some of them. And I remember one of the first times I played a show to no one- like it was my girlfriend and Becky and that was it. But then these guys started coming and we learned more songs [together] and more people started showing up.

And here I have to interject. First- because I remember attending an Augustus lab session that was so crowded at Amante that it was hard to even get inside, let alone order a latte. So these guys are being modest about the eventual success they built there. And second- because as Augustus is telling me about their formation, Hunter Stone has commandeered the previously ended open-mic night and his bleeding vocals are bringing us an awesome version of “Dont Let Me Down” that is worth mentioning. But I digress.

Colin on strings. Photo Credit:   Levi Bechtel    

Colin on strings. Photo Credit: Levi Bechtel
 

So where did the name Augustus come from?

Jesse: We liked Augustus because it’s a Roman, imperial, one-word name. I also liked Brutus and the Backstabbers though. I mean mostly we came up with a lot of awesome metal-sounding band names.

Jim: Yeah like Signwolf.

Signwolf?

Colin: I told them I would not be in the band if we went by Signwolf.

[All three laugh]

Jim: We were Tusk for a month and realized there’s a three-piece from the UK operating under that name.

Jesse: Yeah and a Fleetwood Mac album and a movie.

Colin: Yeah which is funny because a few have popped up after us.

Multiple Augustus’? Augusti?

Jesse: Yeah but now we’re safe! Augustus is trademarked!

Jesse bowing us away. Photo Credit:   Levi Bechtel    

Jesse bowing us away. Photo Credit: Levi Bechtel
 

Nice. So tell us about your writing process.

Jesse: Well it starts with Colin coming in with song ideas. Sometimes fully baked; sometimed half-baked… And definitely the arrangement process is a longer process that evolves over time. Like if we’re adding different bridges or interludes or instrumental parts... that kind of stuff blooms over six months or a year as opposed to thinking of [it] as a creation or performance process. The arrangement and decoration and filling out happens over time. [A] song that sits with us that we thought we were happy with, we will actually revisit or something else will pop out and a bunch of new things will happen and we will be even happier with it.

So you guys mentioned that you met at a Whiskey Autumn show; you connected through Amante. Can you speak to the Boulder scene in music and what that’s been like for you?

Colin: Four years ago, there was a scene here. I would go around and watch bands like Hot Soup or Dechen and those groups are definitely still doing it… but we are amongst this group of folks like Whiskey Autumn or Foxfeather who are kind of the underbelly of the Boulder scene and have started to grab a little more attention. And I think the real affirmation [of this attention] for me was the most recent [Whiskey Autumn] CD release show; seeing how many people walked through the door [for all of us]. You know- [the reason] we all ever went to that Whiskey Autumn show at Johnny’s was because for years I had played there to zero f*cking people and suddenly [Whiskey Autumn] was playing there and it was a 180 degree turn. [They were] bringing in people to check out something different than what other groups were doing. And I think [it’s because] the scene we’re in has taken its roots in songwriting. That’s what I came here to do. I wanted to write good songs and I wanted to be around people who do that and there is a lot of evidence of people writing great songs here. And that’s what breeds a scene that people will give attention to: great songwriting and original music.

Lean with it. Photo Credit:   Augustus    

Lean with it. Photo Credit: Augustus
 

I could definitely see that. So what can we expect from your set at the Fox this week?

Jim: It’s a short set, so we have the ability to make it tight and concise and kind of give a nice splattering of what we have to offer.

Jesse: But just don’t call it a splattering to anyone else

Jim: We’re gonna call it a splattering to everyone.

Jesse: It’s gonna have acoustic and electric and a real tight splattering for everyone. We’re gonna make concise statements with the solos and put the songs end to end and stack as much material as we can get into people’s ears in that amount of time.

Jim recently at Mad House. Photo Credit:   Augustus    

Jim recently at Mad House. Photo Credit: Augustus
 

Awesome! So after this show, what’s next for Augustus?

Jim: Well we’re heading to the studio again- Mad House Studio in Leadville. It’s where we recorded our last EP. Before we tracked the whole thing live with minimal overdubbing and we’re hoping to do kind of the same thing this time.

Colin: Yeah we are super stoked to be doing another album. We have all the songs, so it’s great to be getting them out there. It’s great to get them done and out of the way so there is room for more songwriting.

Jesse: Last time we did 2 days; 30 hours in the studio. We woke up, drank coffee, got in and did 16 or 20 hours, and then we drank heavily and went to sleep and did the same thing again. This one is gonna be tight, toned, and sensual. What’s not to like?

And what about the rest of the summer?

Jim: We have shows once a month in Estes Park, once a month here [at Twisted Pine], and a few cool gigs in places we haven’t played before. A lot of Front Range stuff and we’re talking about doing a long weekend in Durango/Grand Junction, which is in the works. We’d love to conquer Denver. If you’re reading this UMS, we would love to be a part of your delightful festival. Denver’s an elusive place, but we definitely want to play more there.

So there you have it. Get tight, toned, and sensual with Augustus this Saturday at the Fox, opening for Paul Kimbiris and The Paper Stars.

-Hannah & Zach

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