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Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe 
February 13, 2016

www.halaqua.com This show is at B'nai Chaim
4716 South Coors Lane
Morrison, Colorado 80465

Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe play nouveau klezmer music -- an exuberant musical experience, rooted firmly in traditional Jewish modes and melodies and driven by contemporary rhythms and danceable grooves.

The versatile musicians who make up The Lost Tribe have a deep respect for their source material, from the evocative tunes of Eastern European Jews and Gypsies to the sinuous rhythms of the Middle East and Mediterranean. In the long-standing Jewish tradition of absorbing musical inspiration from surrounding cultures, The Lost Tribe steeps their songs in a broth spiced with rock, reggae, salsa, funk and blues influences, serving up an irresistible party vibe. The band includes Hal Aqua (vocals, guitars, octave mandolin, ukulele), AnnieAqua (violin), Ben Cohen (electric and acoustic bass, tuba), Shanti Hazan (drums and percussion), and Miriam Rosenblum (clarinet, recorders, button accordion).


Dakota Blonde

October 24, 2015

 
Doors open at 6:15p
Concert starts at 7p

SOLD OUT!

Dakota Blonde


Photo by MaryLynn Gillaspie

Well-known, local acoustic trio

THIS SHOW IS AT MINERS ALLEY PLAYHOUSE, 1224 Washington Avenue, Golden, CO  80401.  (map)

This vibrant acoustic "trio" is made up of Mary Huckins (yes, from South Dakota) whose sweet strong vocals are the linchpin holding the group together, the smooth steady guitar playing and cool harmonies of Don Pinnella (nope, not blonde) and the charming acoustic bass work and humor of Tony Raddell. Performing originals and covers that are a unique combination of folk, bluegrass, and country with a little Celtic tinge - the trio nails their tight harmonies. They are an unusual group - they met through their careers in music therapy, working with children and adolescents who are emotionally troubled. That special capacity for empathy could explain the titanium bond the band quickly makes with their audience. All three come from musical families, and their charm stems both from the music they play and from the family feeling they bring into any concert hall or venue. Their shows are very personal! You'll walk away feeling like you've always known them. Dakota Blonde has shared the stage with Nickel Creek, John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson, Pete Huttlinger, Tony Furtado, Jim Horn, John Sommers, Jim Salestrom, Firefall, Mollie O'Brien and the list goes on. They also played in festivals along with folks like Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, David Crosby, Lucy Kaplansky and Greg Brown. 

Mary Huckins' song "Somebody's Brother" received top honors in the 2001 Walnut Valley Festival songwriters showcase in Winfield, Kansas and her song "Dig Real Deep" recently received top honors in the Chris Austin Song Contest at MerleFest in Wilkboro, N.C. The group was again honored to make it into the final round of the Independent Record Label Awards this past year. They are certainly on their way up! 

 

Ellis Paul

www.ellispaul.com

THIS SHOW IS AT B'NAI CHAIM SYNAGOGUE, 4716 South Coors Lane, Morrison, CO 80465.  (map)

llis Paul’s songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston Music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.

July 25, 2015

Since emerging from the Boston music scene, Ellis Paul’s music has been consistently recognized and celebrated worldwide. His 16 releases and loyal, enthusiastic audiences reinforce this acclaim and have since cemented his place as one of America’s most talented songwriters. Ellis' songs have been featured on the soundtracks to documentaries, TV shows and big Hollywood films such as The Farrelly Brother’s ‘Hall Pass’, ‘Me, Myself & Irene’, and ‘Shallow Hal’. Ellis is a true American troubadour, performing over 150 tour dates a year, for over 20 years all around the world. He has shared the stage with some of the top names in the music world including: Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin, and multi-platinum band Sugarland, among others.


Dakota Blonde

April 25, 2015

Dakota Blonde

Well-known, local acoustic trio


Photo by MaryLynn Gillaspie

THIS SHOW IS AT B'NAI CHAIM SYNAGOGUE, 4716 South Coors Lane, Morrison, CO 80465.  (map)

This vibrant acoustic "trio" is made up of Mary Huckins (yes, from South Dakota) whose sweet strong vocals are the linchpin holding the group together, the smooth steady guitar playing and cool harmonies of Don Pinnella (nope, not blonde) and the charming acoustic bass work and humor of Tony Raddell. Performing originals and covers that are a unique combination of folk, bluegrass, and country with a little Celtic tinge - the trio nails their tight harmonies. They are an unusual group - they met through their careers in music therapy, working with children and adolescents who are emotionally troubled. That special capacity for empathy could explain the titanium bond the band quickly makes with their audience. All three come from musical families, and their charm stems both from the music they play and from the family feeling they bring into any concert hall or venue. Their shows are very personal! You'll walk away feeling like you've always known them. Dakota Blonde has shared the stage with Nickel Creek, John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson, Pete Huttlinger, Tony Furtado, Jim Horn, John Sommers, Jim Salestrom, Firefall, Mollie O'Brien and the list goes on. They also played in festivals along with folks like Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, David Crosby, Lucy Kaplansky and Greg Brown. 

Mary Huckins' song "Somebody's Brother" received top honors in the 2001 Walnut Valley Festival songwriters showcase in Winfield, Kansas and her song "Dig Real Deep" recently received top honors in the Chris Austin Song Contest at MerleFest in Wilkboro, N.C. The group was again honored to make it into the final round of the Independent Record Label Awards this past year. They are certainly on their way up! 

Rabbi Joe Black

April 11, 2015

THIS SHOW IS AT B'NAI CHAIM SYNAGOGUE, 4716 South Coors Lane, Morrison, CO 80465.  (map)

Joy in the experience of learning. That's a big part of Rabbi Joe Black's approach to contemporary Jewish music. With children, he is energetic, surprising, and dynamic. With adults, his superb musicianship, powerful songwriting and sense of spiritual awareness creates an opportunity for the head and the heart to come together.

Rabbi Black is one of the most popular Jewish contemporary artists in the United States. He has been a featured performer at the Coalition for Alternatives in Jewish Education (CAJE) Conference as well as the Biennial Conventions of the Union for Reform Judaism. He has shared his music with hundreds of Jewish communities around the United States and Canada. He also has been featured in many acoustic music venues around the country. Rabbi Black has been honored as one of the “Top Ten Artists” in both the categories of “Jewish Children’s Music” and “Male, Adult Contemporary Jewish Music” by Moment Magazine and TARA Publications. His recordings have received accolades from sources as diverse as The New York Times,Haddasah Magazine, Parent’s Choice, The American Library Journal and Kids First: The Coalition for Quality Children’s Video. While living in Chicago, he hosted the Emmy award winning television program, The Magic Door on WBBM TV.


Dakota Blonde November 8, 2014

Dakota Blonde

Well-known, local acoustic trio


Photo by MaryLynn Gillaspie

This vibrant acoustic "trio" is made up of Mary Huckins (yes, from South Dakota) whose sweet strong vocals are the linchpin holding the group together, the smooth steady guitar playing and cool harmonies of Don Pinnella (nope, not blonde) and the charming acoustic bass work and humor of Tony Raddell. Performing originals and covers that are a unique combination of folk, bluegrass, and country with a little Celtic tinge - the trio nails their tight harmonies. They are an unusual group - they met through their careers in music therapy, working with children and adolescents who are emotionally troubled. That special capacity for empathy could explain the titanium bond the band quickly makes with their audience. All three come from musical families, and their charm stems both from the music they play and from the family feeling they bring into any concert hall or venue. Their shows are very personal! You'll walk away feeling like you've always known them. Dakota Blonde has shared the stage with Nickel Creek, John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson, Pete Huttlinger, Tony Furtado, Jim Horn, John Sommers, Jim Salestrom, Firefall, Mollie O'Brien and the list goes on. They also played in festivals along with folks like Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, David Crosby, Lucy Kaplansky and Greg Brown. 

Mary Huckins' song "Somebody's Brother" received top honors in the 2001 Walnut Valley Festival songwriters showcase in Winfield, Kansas and her song "Dig Real Deep" recently received top honors in the Chris Austin Song Contest at MerleFest in Wilkboro, N.C. The group was again honored to make it into the final round of the Independent Record Label Awards this past year. They are certainly on their way up! 


Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe 

October 18, 2014

 www.halaqua.com

This show is at B'nai Chaim
4716 South Coors Lane
Morrison, Colorado 80465

Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe play nouveau klezmer music -- an exuberant musical experience, rooted firmly in traditional Jewish modes and melodies and driven by contemporary rhythms and danceable grooves.

The versatile musicians who make up The Lost Tribe have a deep respect for their source material, from the evocative tunes of Eastern European Jews and Gypsies to the sinuous rhythms of the Middle East and Mediterranean. In the long-standing Jewish tradition of absorbing musical inspiration from surrounding cultures, The Lost Tribe steeps their songs in a broth spiced with rock, reggae, salsa, funk and blues influences, serving up an irresistible party vibe. The band includes Hal Aqua (vocals, guitars, octave mandolin, ukulele), AnnieAqua (violin), Ben Cohen (electric and acoustic bass, tuba), Shanti Hazan (drums and percussion), and Miriam Rosenblum (clarinet, recorders, button accordion).

Don Conoscenti 

August 23, 2014

The best stringed instrument musician you’ve ever seen with a voice to match

Once a die-hard rocker, Don Conoscenti (www.donconoscenti.com) is one of the most respected musicians and critically acclaimed songwriters in acoustic music. His live performances are a soulful fusion of styles blended from his experience playing rock, jazz, blues, folk, funk and country. But his primary love is the landscape of story telling and songwriting. His "one man band" sound is driven by an unusual rhythmic sense and a finger style approach to guitar arrangement which is set apart by the use of partial and multiple capos. 


www.donconoscenti.com 

The performances are never canned. There are no set lists. Expect to go on an improvisational musical journey of unexpected segues, humorous reflections, stories and songs. Songs about lovers, outcasts, healing, loss, mystery, spirit, murder and redemption.

Conoscenti commands an array of instruments: acoustic and electric 6 & 12 string guitar, steel guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, percussion, flute, recorder, mandolin, banjo and didgeridoo. Through his expert picking style and wildly imaginative uses of capos and open-tuning, Conoscenti gets sounds from his guitar that you just have to experience to believe.

See Don's Videos:

 

Dan Navarro

Friday, May 9, 2014

www.dannavarro.com

As a songwriter for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”) , The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Tempatations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more...

As a recording and touring artist with longtime partner, Eric Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro and since Eric’s retirement in 2009, as a solo singer-songwriter increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit...

As a singer and voice actor in major motion pictures, television series, commercials and recordings, including the smash hit The Lorax, plus Rock of Ages, Happy Feet (1 & 2), Rio (Oscar-nominated “Real In Rio”), Ice Age (2 & 3), Robots, The Mexican, The Emperor’s New Groove, Envy; television series Prison Break, Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show; recordings with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Susanna Hoffs and Jon Anderson of Yes; and commercials for Shakey’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Honda, El Pollo Loco, Nationwide and hundreds of others...

As an activist in Washington on intellectual property, performer and songwriter issues, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board on behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, AFTRA,NARAS, BMI , SoundExchange and the musicFIRST Coalition...

As a volunteer on the elected and appointed boards of such vaunted musician and performer organizations as SAG-AFTRA, Folk Alliance, The California Songwriters Association and the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, fighting the neuromuscular disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which tragically took Eric Lowen’s life in 2012...

In 2009, after 22 years and 12 albums with Lowen & Navarro, Dan released the spirited “Live at McCabe’s”, backed by his pals from Austin-based Stonehoney. His next album, “Shed My Skin”, is slated for release in early 2014.

He is the father of a 17-year-old son and a known abuser of acoustic guitars.

 

Rebecca Folsom and Wendy Woo May 10, 2014

Rebecca Folsom

www.rebeccafolsom.com

One of Denver’s favorite songwriter/musicians with an incredibly sultry voice

The light in her eyes must be what Rebecca Folsom is talking about when she says, “The untamed light is what lays hidden beneath all those layers of domesticated ‘sit and stay’ conditioning.” She laughs, and then adds, “Those are the layers I want to peel back, to reveal the Shine!”

It’s been written of Rebecca that her sound is sultry, but she might change that word and make it “soultry”. Performing for thousands at Red Rocks and before a packed house of 6,000 in Nashville sparked faith in her dreams, and forced her to admit that she was transcending her previously held self-conceptions. Her career path in music has been organic, growing from performances at local clubs and coffeehouses, to raising the bar during her international tour, playing on BBC in Northern Ireland..

Her songs invite us to reflect on life’s choices and dance with them. Whether she sings a cappella or with a full band is not the point for Rebecca. A true professional, she likes to shake things up to fit the situation, and to keep herself fresh. The important thing is that she wants us to care about the brilliance of this life. She wants us to remove whatever dulls us, to climb out of our inhibitions and, as she says, “Let’s be too much!”

Wendy Woo

www.wendywoo.com

Well-known local singer/songwriter

Wendy Woo's energetic personality, musical skills, and spirited songwriting have made her a media and fan favorite and have taken her to venues across the country including the Fox Theater and Red Rocks in Colorado, the Bitter End and the Living Room in New York, the Hotel Cafe in Los Angles, the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Sweetwater in Mill Valley, and Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia.

Wendy has released eight CDs, displaying a wide variety of styles. Angels in the Crowd (1997) is a collection of mellow jazz and folk-inspired ballads. Wide Awake and Dreaming (1999) is a full band production with funk and jazz rhythms. Ecolalia (2000) features Woo’s songs and acoustic guitar interwoven with her father’s poetry. Gonna Wear Red (2002) is a tightly produced series of rock tunes with touches of funk, blues, and folk. Walking the Skyline (2004) has songs in three genres: intimate solo acoustic; expansive upbeat pop/folk; and full band funk. Angels Laughing (2005) is a live solo acoustic album. Luxury (2007) is a mix of power pop, arena rock, and even some electronica influences. Saving Grace (2009) is an album of acoustic duets with Roch Hoch.

Wendy is s five-time winner of Westword’s Best Singer/Songwriter and is now in their Hall of Fame) and has been named best Boulder musician by The Boulder Weekly, best singer/songwriter by The Boulder Daily Camera, and best local artist by the Colorado Daily. As winner of the Colorado Lilith Fair Talent Search, she shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan and The Indigo Girls.

Rocky Mountain Jewgrass Purim Concert March 15, 2014

THIS SHOW IS AT B'NAI CHAIM SYNAGOGUE, 4716 South Coors Lane, Morrison, CO 80465. Tickets $15/18

www.rockymountainjewgrass.com  

Rocky Mountain JewgrassTM blends traditional bluegrass-style playing with Jewish themes and roots music. Saul Rosenthal (guitar), Gail deVore (fiddle), Eric Roberts (bass) and Ben Cohen (banjo, mandolin and whatever else is needed) bring a little picklin’ and grinnin’ and a high lonesome kvetch to their performances.

 

Moors & McCumber

Saturday, January 25, 2014

THIS SHOW IS AT B'NAI CHAIM SYNAGOGUE, 4716 South Coors Lane, Morrison, CO 80465.

Moors & McCumber, based in Superior, WI and Gold Hill, CO respectfully, discovered that their music is more than the sum of the parts. Embracing a bigger sound than most duos, they switch up instruments on almost every song (playing guitar, mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo, Irish bouzouki, piano, harmonica, cello, weissenborn, ukulele, and more!), creating catchy melodies that are big, bright and electrifying to watch live!

The new Moors & McCumber release, Against The Grain, weaves fine storytelling with an infectious, melodic mix that reflects many influences; a little blues, some bluegrass, a little smokey hills, and a skosh of celtic. Recorded in Middletown Springs, Vermont, at Southview Arts, the album highlights James Moors’ and Kort McCumber’s instrumental virtuosity. Other than a few guest musicians, the album features all parts played and sung by Moors & McCumber, giving a clear picture of what their live shows are like. Featuring almost all originals, highlights include “Love & War,” “I Used To Run Around,” “Feeling in Your Belly,” and their cover of “Martyr’s Lounge,” paying tribute to one of their songwriting heroes Ellis Paul..

Grubstake

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Music from a Denver folk legend


 

Denver’s favorite folkies come to Acoustic Alley for the second time. Friends Harry Tuft, Jack Stanesco and Steve Abbott are well known in the Colorado folk scene—Harry practically invented folk in Denver founding both the Denver Folklore Center and Swallow Hill Music Association. Grubstake started playing guitars and singing traditional and contemporary songs, but as time went on, the music itinerary changed. Jack Stanesco founded and recorded a number of chanties from the island of St. Vincent, where he and Steve Abbott were in the Peace Corps together. Steve Abbott’s Chicago roots brought blues as a natural addition to the group. Harry Tuft always loved ballads and enjoyed adding harmony to songs. So, it seems that between the three of them, they’ve been able to blend their interests and abilities to bring a variety of material to their audiences. Over the years, each member has added an instrument to enhance the dynamics. Jack added the banjo, Steve the mandolin and Harry the bass. This has allowed them to add more range and depth to their repertoire. It now includes traditional ballads and old-time tunes, as well as contemporary songs from writers such as Bob Dylan, Greg Brown, John McCutcheon, and Ian Tyson. Originally named This Band Is Starving, their albums include What You Do With What You Got and Warts and All.


Dan Navarro

Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013

THIS SHOW IS AT B'NAI CHAIM SYNAGOGUE, 4716 South Coors Lane, Morrison, CO 80465.

As a songwriter for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”) , The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Tempatations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more...

As a recording and touring artist with longtime partner, Eric Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro and since Eric’s retirement in 2009, as a solo singer-songwriter increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit...

As a singer and voice actor in major motion pictures, television series, commercials and recordings, including the smash hit The Lorax, plus Rock of Ages, Happy Feet (1 & 2), Rio (Oscar-nominated “Real In Rio”), Ice Age (2 & 3), Robots, The Mexican, The Emperor’s New Groove, Envy; television series Prison Break, Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show; recordings with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Susanna Hoffs and Jon Anderson of Yes; and commercials for Shakey’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Honda, El Pollo Loco, Nationwide and hundreds of others...

As an activist in Washington on intellectual property, performer and songwriter issues, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board on behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, AFTRA,NARAS, BMI , SoundExchange and the musicFIRST Coalition...

As a volunteer on the elected and appointed boards of such vaunted musician and performer organizations as SAG-AFTRA, Folk Alliance, The California Songwriters Association and the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, fighting the neuromuscular disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which tragically took Eric Lowen’s life in 2012...

In 2009, after 22 years and 12 albums with Lowen & Navarro, Dan released the spirited “Live at McCabe’s”, backed by his pals from Austin-based Stonehoney. His next album, “Shed My Skin”, is slated for release in early 2014.

He is the father of a 17-year-old son and a known abuser of acoustic guitars.


Rocky Mountain Jewgrass November 2, 2013

www.rockymountainjewgrass.com  

Rocky Mountain JewgrassTM blends traditional bluegrass-style playing with Jewish themes and roots music. Saul Rosenthal (guitar), Gail deVore (fiddle), Eric Roberts (bass) and Ben Cohen (banjo, mandolin and whatever else is needed) bring a little picklin’ and grinnin’ and a high lonesome kvetch to their performances.

 
Dakota Blonde
 
Friday, November 1, 2013
Doors open at 6:45p
Concert starts at 7:30p

 
SOLD OUT!

Dakota Blonde


Photo by MaryLynn Gillaspie

Well-known, local acoustic trio

This vibrant acoustic "trio" is made up of Mary Huckins (yes, from South Dakota) whose sweet strong vocals are the linchpin holding the group together, the smooth steady guitar playing and cool harmonies of Don Pinnella (nope, not blonde) and the charming acoustic bass work and humor of Tony Raddell. Performing originals and covers that are a unique combination of folk, bluegrass, and country with a little Celtic tinge - the trio nails their tight harmonies. They are an unusual group - they met through their careers in music therapy, working with children and adolescents who are emotionally troubled. That special capacity for empathy could explain the titanium bond the band quickly makes with their audience. All three come from musical families, and their charm stems both from the music they play and from the family feeling they bring into any concert hall or venue. Their shows are very personal! You'll walk away feeling like you've always known them. Dakota Blonde has shared the stage with Nickel Creek, John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson, Pete Huttlinger, Tony Furtado, Jim Horn, John Sommers, Jim Salestrom, Firefall, Mollie O'Brien and the list goes on. They also played in festivals along with folks like Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, David Crosby, Lucy Kaplansky and Greg Brown. 

Mary Huckins' song "Somebody's Brother" received top honors in the 2001 Walnut Valley Festival songwriters showcase in Winfield, Kansas and her song "Dig Real Deep" recently received top honors in the Chris Austin Song Contest at MerleFest in Wilkboro, N.C. The group was again honored to make it into the final round of the Independent Record Label Awards this past year. They are certainly on their way up! 

Ellis Paul

July 20, 2013

Doors open at 6:45p
Concert starts at 7:30p

 

www.ellispaul.com  

Ellis Paul’s songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston Music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.

Since emerging from the Boston music scene, Ellis Paul’s music has been consistently recognized and celebrated worldwide. His 16 releases and loyal, enthusiastic audiences reinforce this acclaim and have since cemented his place as one of America’s most talented songwriters. Ellis' songs have been featured on the soundtracks to documentaries, TV shows and big Hollywood films such as The Farrelly Brother’s ‘Hall Pass’, ‘Me, Myself & Irene’, and ‘Shallow Hal’. Ellis is a true American troubadour, performing over 150 tour dates a year, for over 20 years all around the world. He has shared the stage with some of the top names in the music world including: Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin, and multi-platinum band Sugarland, among others.
 


Southern Exposure

May 31, 2013

Doors open at 6:45p
Concert starts at 7:30p

Tickets:  
$13 in advance
$16 day of show

www.myspace.com/soex

Modern and traditional bluegrass

“If the Banjo were any good, the Beatles would have used it”. This quote came from a well-respected record producer in the 1970’s. Somewhat confused but inspired by these words, Southern Exposure emerged in 1981 and has never looked back. 

With one hand in contemporary bluegrass and the other reeling out some traditional tunes, Southern Exposure can both draw on the past and bring you to the present with a wide array of music put into the bluegrass idiom. Old favorites like “Uncle Pen”, and “Rocky Top”, mixed in with newer gems like “City Of New Orleans”, and ”Carolina In The Pines”, some old fiddle and banjo tunes with a new twist and even a little western swing and Cajun music. 

Sprinkle in a good dose of comedy on stage and you will see why they have cut a trail to concert halls and festivals all over the Rocky Mt. Region. Over the years, Southern Exposure has played major events such as The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rocky Grass, and The Black Hills Festival in South Dakota. They have appeared at noteworthy venues around Colorado such as The Arvada CO Center, The Paramount Theatre, The Boulder CO Theatre, Gerald Ford Amphitheatre in Vail, The Greeley Stampede, and are the annual band for The Denver CO Post Train to Cheyenne Frontier Days. Major events include The National Hockey League all-star week in Denver CO, Taste of Colorado, First Night Colorado, a performance at The Air Force Academy, and The KYGO Fourth of July show. 


Acoustic Eidolon

June 1, 2013

Doors open at 6:45p
Concert starts at 7:30p

Tickets:  
$17 in advance
20 day of show

www.acousticeidolon.com

Contemporary instrumental combining world-class cello and the world’s greatest “double-necked ‘guitjo’” player

Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada. 

With seven CDs and 1 DVD to their credit, these masterful artists continue to captivate audiences throughout the world with their signature "new acoustic" sound and boundless possibilities in blending Celtic, Folk, World & Latin music influences, something that Dirty Linen magazine praises as “a sumptuous musical feast.” They are described by the Swallow Hill Music Association as "an evening of brilliant instrumentality," and Georgia's Good Life magazine enthuses, “Acoustic Eidolon offers concert-goers a chance to absorb some of the most powerful and intriguing music on the scene today."

Their original sound is created by the mixing of their diverse musical backgrounds and their unusual instrumentation including the one-of-a-kind double neck guitjo, an instrument of Joe’s own design praised by USA Today as a “beautiful harp-like sounding instrument ... like nothing they've ever heard before.” The double-neck guitjo has 14 strings and Joe has developed his own style and technique, playing both necks simultaneously. Classically-trained cellist Hannah Alkire studied with G. Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet and is recognized internationally for her stunning tone and emotional, impeccable playing and for taking the cello places it's never been before. 

The two joined their personal lives after forming their musical alliance and were married in 2001. The result is a coupling of intricate and passionate music with genuine and engaging stories.

Venues in Europe have included Saint Paul’s Cathedral and The Royal National Theatre in London, the Spandau Theatre in Berlin Germany, the Guitars For Hope Festival in France. While in Australia they enjoyed a variety of venues from small folk clubs to the prestigious Mackay Theater in Mackay Australia. In the US, Acoustic Eidolon has recently performed at venues such as The Kennedy Center, the prestigious Florida State University arts festival "Seven Days of Opening Nights," Chicago Cultural Center, International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville TN, the Volcano Theater, Volcano National Park, HI, Scottish Rite Auditorium in Cambridge, OH, the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre in Denver for the Colorado Performing Arts, the Frederick Brown Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA, Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Vancouver Island Music Festival. They are featured on the nationally-syndicated radio programs “WoodSong’s Old Time Radio Hour,” “Echoes” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”


Pete Wernick and Flexigrass

April 12, 2013

Doors open at 6:45p
Concert starts at 7:30p

drbanjo.com/bands-flexigrass.php
 

   
 
Pete Wernick & FLEXIGRASS is a supercharged blend of bluegrass with classic jazz and "Dr. Banjo" originals. The all-star group blazes new trails everywhere they play, as young vibraphone master Greg Harris and hot clarinetist Bill Pontarelli trade licks with Wernick and the band's tight arrangements provide many surprises. Joan Wernick's sparkling vocals range from soulful bluegrass to stylish jazz and Kris Ditson (drums) and Roger Johns (bass) provide a strong pulse that doesn't overpower, but pops and sizzles!

Surprising traditionalists is nothing new to bluegrass Grammy-nominated Wernick. The Hot Rize banjoist and 15-year president of the International Bluegrass Music Association is "among the most creative and just plain fun musicians in (blue, new, jazz) grass" according to Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.


Rocky Mountain Jewgrass

December 11, 2011

Doors open at 6:00p
Concert starts at 6:30p

 $15 day of show - by phone (303-588-1389) or at the door
 
 
www.rockymountainjewgrass.com
 
Rocky Mountain JewgrassTM blends traditional bluegrass-style playing with Jewish themes and roots music. Saul Rosenthal (guitar), Gail deVore (fiddle), Eric Roberts (bass) and Ben Cohen (banjo, mandolin and whatever else is needed) bring a little picklin’ and grinnin’ and a high lonesome kvetch to their performances.
 

Wednesday November 30, 2011

www.acousticeidolon.com

Contemporary instrumental combining world-class cello and the world’s greatest “double-necked ‘guitjo’” player

FRIENDS ACROSS THE OCEAN TOUR
Acoustic Eidolon with special guest, Celtic Harpist Thomas Loefke.
AE is excited to be returning to Acoustic Alley for a very special Holiday concert! Joining AE this year will be Celtic Harpist Thomas Loefke from Berlin, Germany. AE & Thomas have toured Europe together for the past 9 years and their new collaborative CD, “Friends Across The Ocean,” is the result. The concert will feature music from this recording as well as a few tunes from AE’s two Holiday releases. AE is looking forward to sharing Thomas once again with their American audiences. Visit www.acousticeidolon.com for more info.

Thomas Loefke has won international awards for his Celtic harp artistry and has released multiple CDs. He tours Europe with his group, Norland Wind, which includes band members such the Duggan brothers (from the Irish group “Clannad”) and Maire Breatnach, the original fiddler from “Riverdance.“

Venues in Europe have included Saint Paul’s Cathedral and The Royal National Theatre in London, the Spandau Theatre in Berlin Germany, the Guitars For Hope Festival in France. While in Australia they enjoyed a variety of venues from small folk clubs to the prestigious Mackay Theater in Mackay Australia. In the US, Acoustic Eidolon has recently performed at venues such as The Kennedy Center, the prestigious Florida State University arts festival "Seven Days of Opening Nights," Chicago Cultural Center, International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville TN, the Volcano Theater, Volcano National Park, HI, Scottish Rite Auditorium in Cambridge, OH, the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre in Denver for the Colorado Performing Arts, the Frederick Brown Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA, Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Vancouver Island Music Festival. They are featured on the nationally-syndicated radio programs “WoodSong’s Old Time Radio Hour,” “Echoes” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” 


 
Bob Haworth and the String Alongs
Sunday, November 6th, 2011

 

Bob Haworth has spent most of the past 40 years recording and touring the world with two of the top selling folk music groups of all time. Bob joined The Brothers Four in 1970, filling the shoes of original member, Mike Kirkland. Then in 1985, he was invited to step into the tenor role in the iconic folk group, The Kingston Trio.

Over the years he has recorded nearly two dozen albums with both of these groups and racked up enough frequent flyer miles to go to the moon.

Bob Haworth has spent most of the past 40 years recording and touring the world with two of the top selling folk music groups of all time. Bob joined The Brothers Four in 1970, filling the shoes of original member, Mike Kirkland. Then in 1985, he was invited to step into the tenor role in the iconic folk group, The Kingston Trio. Over the years he has recorded nearly two dozen albums with both of these groups and racked up enough frequent flyer miles to go to the moon.

The String Alongs are Denver bluegrass stalwart, Hereford Percy and multi-instrumentalist, Ernie Martinez. For decades, Hereford has anchored the group, Southern Exposure with his rock-solid banjo picking. As a long-time folk-music aficionado, Hereford also plays guitar and adds his mellow baritone voice to the mix.

Ernie can be seen and heard regularly providing his hot licks to the sounds of many of the Front Range’s top bands. His virtuosity on mandolin, dobro, banjo, guitar, drums and more keep him in constant demand. In addition, Ernie’s irresistible sense of humor brings a spontaneous element of fun to the show.

Bob Haworth and the String Alongs revive the boisterous acoustic sounds that dominated the airwaves in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Recreating many of big hits of The Kingston Trio and The Brothers Four, the group takes audiences on a trip down memory lane. Interspersed between these nostalgic gems are Bob’s original tunes, which run the gamut from hilarious gut-busting observations on life to more poignant inspections of the human condition. The result is an evening of pure entertainment.


Grubstake

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Doors open at 6:45p
Concert starts at 7:30p

$13 in advance
$16 day of show - by phone (303-588-1389) or at the door

 

Music from a Denver folk legend

Denver’s favorite folkies come to Acoustic Alley for the second time. Friends Harry Tuft, Jack Stanesco and Steve Abbott are well known in the Colorado folk scene—Harry practically invented folk in Denver founding both the Denver Folklore Center and Swallow Hill Music Association. Grubstake started playing guitars and singing traditional and contemporary songs, but as time went on, the music itinerary changed. Jack Stanesco founded and recorded a number of chanties from the island of St. Vincent, where he and Steve Abbott were in the Peace Corps together. Steve Abbott’s Chicago roots brought blues as a natural addition to the group. Harry Tuft always loved ballads and enjoyed adding harmony to songs. So, it seems that between the three of them, they’ve been able to blend their interests and abilities to bring a variety of material to their audiences. Over the years, each member has added an instrument to enhance the dynamics. Jack added the banjo, Steve the mandolin and Harry the bass. This has allowed them to add more range and depth to their repertoire. It now includes traditional ballads and old-time tunes, as well as contemporary songs from writers such as Bob Dylan, Greg Brown, John McCutcheon, and Ian Tyson. Originally named This Band Is Starving, their albums include What You Do With What You Got and Warts and All.


The Nadas Kids Show

Saturday Morning,
November 5th, 2011

Doors open at 9:30am
Concert starts at 10am

$10 in advance
$12 day of show - by phone (303-588-1389) or at the door

Join us for the Colorado premier of The Nadas’ kids show. Well-known alt-country rockers The Nadas will join us for a special concerts just for kids (think 4-10 year olds, but all kids will enjoy). They’ve just released their first-ever kids CD, ”Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailed” and they’re sure to mix in a song or two for the parents as well. A great morning out for the family!


Wendy Woo
     with special guest Jeff Brinkman

Friday November 4th, 2011

Doors open at 6:45p
Concert starts at 7:30p

$12 in advance
$15 day of show - by phone (303-588-1389) or at the door

www.wendywoo.com

Well-known local singer/songwriter

Wendy Woo's energetic personality, musical skills, and spirited songwriting have made her a media and fan favorite and have taken her to venues across the country including the Fox Theater and Red Rocks in Colorado, the Bitter End and the Living Room in New York, the Hotel Cafe in Los Angles, the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Sweetwater in Mill Valley, and Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia.


Wendy Woo

 
Jeff Brinkman

Wendy has released eight CDs, displaying a wide variety of styles. Angels in the Crowd (1997) is a collection of mellow jazz and folk-inspired ballads. Wide Awake and Dreaming (1999) is a full band production with funk and jazz rhythms. Ecolalia (2000) features Woo’s songs and acoustic guitar interwoven with her father’s poetry. Gonna Wear Red (2002) is a tightly produced series of rock tunes with touches of funk, blues, and folk. Walking the Skyline (2004) has songs in three genres: intimate solo acoustic; expansive upbeat pop/folk; and full band funk. Angels Laughing (2005) is a live solo acoustic album. Luxury (2007) is a mix of power pop, arena rock, and even some electronica influences. Saving Grace (2009) is an album of acoustic duets with Roch Hoch.

Wendy is s five-time winner of Westword’s Best Singer/Songwriter and is now in their Hall of Fame) and has been named best Boulder musician by The Boulder Weekly, best singer/songwriter by The Boulder Daily Camera, and best local artist by the Colorado Daily. As winner of the Colorado Lilith Fair Talent Search, she shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan and The Indigo Girls.

For Jeff Brinkman, writing a good song is like filling a pool with his emotions and inviting others to jump in. At age 7, he started learning guitar. After losing his mother to cancer when he was 10, he wrote a letter to her, which turned into his first song. Since then, Jeff has been sharing his experiences through writing and playing music.

The late night bar scene was a dark and narrow road during Jeff's early years as a struggling musician. He almost threw in the towel looking for a fresh start, but instead found inspiration in sobriety.

Jeff and his team now offer their music to causes that move and shake the spirit, motivating people to make a difference. Their most recent album, “To The Bones,” is a fusion of loss, love, insight and hope. It's music where others can find a piece of themselves


 
Dakota Blonde
Friday, October 28th & Saturday, October 29th 2011

Photo by MaryLynn Gillaspie

Dakota Blonde

Well-known, local acoustic trio

This vibrant acoustic "trio" is made up of Mary Huckins (yes, from South Dakota) whose sweet strong vocals are the linchpin holding the group together, the smooth steady guitar playing and cool harmonies of Don Pinnella (nope, not blonde) and the charming acoustic bass work and humor of Tony Raddell. Performing originals and covers that are a unique combination of folk, bluegrass, and country with a little Celtic tinge - the trio nails their tight harmonies. They are an unusual group - they met through their careers in music therapy, working with children and adolescents who are emotionally troubled. That special capacity for empathy could explain the titanium bond the band quickly makes with their audience. All three come from musical families, and their charm stems both from the music they play and from the family feeling they bring into any concert hall or venue. Their shows are very personal! You'll walk away feeling like you've always known them. Dakota Blonde has shared the stage with Nickel Creek, John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson, Pete Huttlinger, Tony Furtado, Jim Horn, John Sommers, Jim Salestrom, Firefall, Mollie O'Brien and the list goes on. They also played in festivals along with folks like Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, David Crosby, Lucy Kaplansky and Greg Brown. 

Mary Huckins' song "Somebody's Brother" received top honors in the 2001 Walnut Valley Festival songwriters showcase in Winfield, Kansas and her song "Dig Real Deep" recently received top honors in the Chris Austin Song Contest at MerleFest in Wilkboro, N.C. The group was again honored to make it into the final round of the Independent Record Label Awards this past year. They are certainly on their way up! 

Wendy Woo

Saturday April 30th, 2011

www.wendywoo.com

 

Well-known local singer/songwriter

Her energetic personality, musical skills, and spirited songwriting have made her a media and fan favorite and have taken her to venues across the country including the Fox Theater and Red Rocks in Colorado, the Bitter End and the Living Room in New York, the Hotel Cafe in Los Angles, the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Sweetwater in Mill Valley, and Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia.

Wendy has released eight CDs, displaying a wide variety of styles. Angels in the Crowd (1997) is a collection of mellow jazz and folk-inspired ballads. Wide Awake and Dreaming (1999) is a full band production with funk and jazz rhythms. Ecolalia (2000) features Woo’s songs and acoustic guitar interwoven with her father’s poetry. Gonna Wear Red (2002) is a tightly produced series of rock tunes with touches of funk, blues, and folk. Walking the Skyline (2004) has songs in three genres: intimate solo acoustic; expansive upbeat pop/folk; and full band funk. Angels Laughing (2005) is a live solo acoustic album. Luxury (2007) is a mix of power pop, arena rock, and even some electronica influences. Saving Grace (2009) is an album of acoustic duets with Roch Hoch.

Wendy is s five-time winner of Westword’s Best Singer/Songwriter and is now in their Hall of Fame) and has been named best Boulder musician by The Boulder Weekly, best singer/songwriter by The Boulder Daily Camera, and best local artist by the Colorado Daily. As winner of the Colorado Lilith Fair Talent Search, she shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan and The Indigo Girls.


Loose Cannon Bluegrass

Friday, April 29th, 2011

www.loosecannonbluegrass.com


Born out of the vibrant Colorado bluegrass scene, what started as a few jam sessions has turned into a five-member ensemble that offers something unique for bluegrass aficionados. Each member brings special talents, experiences and interests to the band that makes Loose Cannon Bluegrass stand out. Four band members are songwriters resulting in two-thirds of the songs on its debut CD being original tunes. All band members sing both lead and harmony vocals which are employed to create a wide variety of looks and sounds. The band also feels at home with traditional bluegrass standards and instrumental barn-burners.

As a result, Loose Cannon Bluegrass played to a sold out venue at Swallow Hill in Denver for its CD release concert in 2010 and it is gaining a reputation, a fan base and respect in the Colorado bluegrass community.

 
Dakota Blonde
Saturday, April 16, 2011

Dakota Blonde

Well-known, local acoustic trio

Different Location:
B’nai Chaim congregation
4716 South Coors Lane
Morrison  Map


Photo by MaryLynn Gillaspie

This vibrant acoustic "trio" is made up of Mary Huckins (yes, from South Dakota) whose sweet strong vocals are the linchpin holding the group together, the smooth steady guitar playing and cool harmonies of Don Pinnella (nope, not blonde) and the charming acoustic bass work and humor of Tony Raddell. Performing originals and covers that are a unique combination of folk, bluegrass, and country with a little Celtic tinge - the trio nails their tight harmonies. They are an unusual group - they met through their careers in music therapy, working with children and adolescents who are emotionally troubled. That special capacity for empathy could explain the titanium bond the band quickly makes with their audience. All three come from musical families, and their charm stems both from the music they play and from the family feeling they bring into any concert hall or venue. Their shows are very personal! You'll walk away feeling like you've always known them. Dakota Blonde has shared the stage with Nickel Creek, John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson, Pete Huttlinger, Tony Furtado, Jim Horn, John Sommers, Jim Salestrom, Firefall, Mollie O'Brien and the list goes on. They also played in festivals along with folks like Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, David Crosby, Lucy Kaplansky and Greg Brown. 

Mary Huckins' song "Somebody's Brother" received top honors in the 2001 Walnut Valley Festival songwriters showcase in Winfield, Kansas and her song "Dig Real Deep" recently received top honors in the Chris Austin Song Contest at MerleFest in Wilkboro, N.C. The group was again honored to make it into the final round of the Independent Record Label Awards this past year. They are certainly on their way up! 


Acoustic Eidolon

Friday March 4, 2011

www.acousticeidolon.com

Contemporary instrumental combining world-class cello and the world’s greatest “double-necked ‘guitjo’” player

 

Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada. 

With seven CDs and 1 DVD to their credit, these masterful artists continue to captivate audiences throughout the world with their signature "new acoustic" sound and boundless possibilities in blending Celtic, Folk, World & Latin music influences, something that Dirty Linen magazine praises as “a sumptuous musical feast.” They are described by the Swallow Hill Music Association as "an evening of brilliant instrumentality," and Georgia's Good Life magazine enthuses, “Acoustic Eidolon offers concert-goers a chance to absorb some of the most powerful and intriguing music on the scene today."

Their original sound is created by the mixing of their diverse musical backgrounds and their unusual instrumentation including the one-of-a-kind double neck guitjo, an instrument of Joe’s own design praised by USA Today as a “beautiful harp-like sounding instrument ... like nothing they've ever heard before.” The double-neck guitjo has 14 strings and Joe has developed his own style and technique, playing both necks simultaneously. Classically-trained cellist Hannah Alkire studied with G. Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet and is recognized internationally for her stunning tone and emotional, impeccable playing and for taking the cello places it's never been before. 

The two joined their personal lives after forming their musical alliance and were married in 2001. The result is a coupling of intricate and passionate music with genuine and engaging stories.

Venues in Europe have included Saint Paul’s Cathedral and The Royal National Theatre in London, the Spandau Theatre in Berlin Germany, the Guitars For Hope Festival in France. While in Australia they enjoyed a variety of venues from small folk clubs to the prestigious Mackay Theater in Mackay Australia. In the US, Acoustic Eidolon has recently performed at venues such as The Kennedy Center, the prestigious Florida State University arts festival "Seven Days of Opening Nights," Chicago Cultural Center, International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville TN, the Volcano Theater, Volcano National Park, HI, Scottish Rite Auditorium in Cambridge, OH, the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre in Denver for the Colorado Performing Arts, the Frederick Brown Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA, Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Vancouver Island Music Festival. They are featured on the nationally-syndicated radio programs “WoodSong’s Old Time Radio Hour,” “Echoes” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Waymores

A delicious blend of contemporary folk, retro pop and old school country by three of the best performing songwriters in the world!

Grammy Award winner DON HENRY co-wrote Kathy Mattea’s hit “Where’ve You Been,” which reached #10 on the country chart. Don’s songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Patti Page, Conway Twitty, and dozens of other great artists... but they shine brightest when sung by the artist who wrote them. Long appreciated as one of Nashville's finest singer-songwriters, Don is revered by fans, critics and peers alike for being one of the most inspiring, entertaining and funny(!) artists you are ever likely to see and hear.

Whether in her own hands or those of hit artists like Martina McBride or Lee Ann Womack, SALLY BARRIS’s music makes an indelible impression. And while her writing credits mightily impress—her songs have been covered by Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban, John Michael Montgomery, Kathy Mattea and many others—fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and high mountain soprano.

TOM KIMMEL's business card facetiously reads Overnight Success, but the truth is far from it. After graduating college he worked as a short order cook, bus boy, taxi driver, chef, shipping clerk, lab technician, janitor, waiter, bartender and window washer on his way to establishing himself as an award winning songwriter (Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Randy Travis and a host of others) and critically acclaimed performing artist (seven albums).



Grubstake

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Music from a Denver folk legend

Denver’s favorite folkies come to Acoustic Alley for the first time. Friends Harry Tuft, Jack Stanesco and Steve Abbott are well known in the Colorado folk scene—Harry practically invented folk in Denver founding both the Denver Folklore Center and Swallow Hill Music Association. Grubstake started playing guitars and singing traditional and contemporary songs, but as time went on, the music itinerary changed. Jack Stanesco founded and recorded a number of chanties from the island of St. Vincent, where he and Steve Abbott were in the Peace Corps together. Steve Abbott’s Chicago roots brought blues as a natural addition to the group. Harry Tuft always loved ballads and enjoyed adding harmony to songs. So, it seems that between the three of them, they’ve been able to blend their interests and abilities to bring a variety of material to their audiences. Over the years, each member has added an instrument to enhance the dynamics. Jack added the banjo, Steve the mandolin and Harry the bass. This has allowed them to add more range and depth to their repertoire. It now includes traditional ballads and old-time tunes, as well as contemporary songs from writers such as Bob Dylan, Greg Brown, John McCutcheon, and Ian Tyson. Originally named This Band Is Starving, their albums include What You Do With What You Got and Warts and All.


 Dakota Blonde

Friday, October 29, 2010

Dakota Blonde

Well-known, local acoustic trio

Joining us for a record 5th time!


Photo by MaryLynn Gillaspie

This vibrant acoustic "trio" is made up of Mary Huckins (yes, from South Dakota) whose sweet strong vocals are the linchpin holding the group together, the smooth steady guitar playing and cool harmonies of Don Pinnella (nope, not blonde) and the charming acoustic bass work and humor of Tony Raddell. Performing originals and covers that are a unique combination of folk, bluegrass, and country with a little Celtic tinge - the trio nails their tight harmonies. They are an unusual group - they met through their careers in music therapy, working with children and adolescents who are emotionally troubled. That special capacity for empathy could explain the titanium bond the band quickly makes with their audience. All three come from musical families, and their charm stems both from the music they play and from the family feeling they bring into any concert hall or venue. Their shows are very personal! You'll walk away feeling like you've always known them. Dakota Blonde has shared the stage with Nickel Creek, John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson, Pete Huttlinger, Tony Furtado, Jim Horn, John Sommers, Jim Salestrom, Firefall, Mollie O'Brien and the list goes on. They also played in festivals along with folks like Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, David Crosby, Lucy Kaplansky and Greg Brown. 

Mary Huckins' song "Somebody's Brother" received top honors in the 2001 Walnut Valley Festival songwriters showcase in Winfield, Kansas and her song "Dig Real Deep" recently received top honors in the Chris Austin Song Contest at MerleFest in Wilkboro, N.C. The group was again honored to make it into the final round of the Independent Record Label Awards this past year. They are certainly on their way up! 


Dan Navarro

October 3, 2010

Songs of loves lost and dreams re-gained

 

For twenty years, Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro have written, recorded and toured for a growing national audience as the duo Lowen & Navarro. Their nine CDs showcase self-penned songs of experience, colored by supple acoustic-based arrangements centered around their intertwined voices. 

 

Songwriters of notable cachet, their works have been recorded by artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the worldwide Top 5 smash "We Belong"), The Bangles, The Four Tops, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations and a host of others. Out of their success as songwriters came the impetus for forming Lowen & Navarro: They wanted to sing their songs themselves. 

Five years ago, Eric was diagnosed with ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) and is sadly no longer able to perform. We’re proud to be presenting the Colorado solo debut of Dan in a poignant celebration of life lived, loves lost and dreams re-gained. As good as his writing is, Dan is even better known for the quality of his live performances.


Rebecca Folsom

Saturday, September 4, 2010

www.rebeccafolsom.com

One of Denver’s favorite songwriter/musicians with an incredibly sultry voice

The light in her eyes must be what Rebecca Folsom is talking about when she says, “The untamed light is what lays hidden beneath all those layers of domesticated ‘sit and stay’ conditioning.” She laughs, and then adds, “Those are the layers I want to peel back, to reveal the Shine!”

It’s been written of Rebecca that her sound is sultry, but she might change that word and make it “soultry”. Performing for thousands at Red Rocks and before a packed house of 6,000 in Nashville sparked faith in her dreams, and forced her to admit that she was transcending her previously held self-conceptions. Her career path in music has been organic, growing from performances at local clubs and coffeehouses, to raising the bar during her international tour, playing on BBC in Northern Ireland..

Her songs invite us to reflect on life’s choices and dance with them. Whether she sings a cappella or with a full band is not the point for Rebecca. A true professional, she likes to shake things up to fit the situation, and to keep herself fresh. The important thing is that she wants us to care about the brilliance of this life. She wants us to remove whatever dulls us, to climb out of our inhibitions and, as she says, “Let’s be too much!”


Acoustic Eidolon

Saturday June 26, 2010

 

www.acousticeidolon.com

Contemporary instrumental combining world-class cello and the world’s greatest “double-necked ‘guitjo’” player

 

Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada. 

With seven CDs and 1 DVD to their credit, these masterful artists continue to captivate audiences throughout the world with their signature "new acoustic" sound and boundless possibilities in blending Celtic, Folk, World & Latin music influences, something that Dirty Linen magazine praises as “a sumptuous musical feast.” They are described by the Swallow Hill Music Association as "an evening of brilliant instrumentality," and Georgia's Good Life magazine enthuses, “Acoustic Eidolon offers concert-goers a chance to absorb some of the most powerful and intriguing music on the scene today."

Their original sound is created by the mixing of their diverse musical backgrounds and their unusual instrumentation including the one-of-a-kind double neck guitjo, an instrument of Joe’s own design praised by USA Today as a “beautiful harp-like sounding instrument ... like nothing they've ever heard before.” The double-neck guitjo has 14 strings and Joe has developed his own style and technique, playing both necks simultaneously. Classically-trained cellist Hannah Alkire studied with G. Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet and is recognized internationally for her stunning tone and emotional, impeccable playing and for taking the cello places it's never been before. 

The two joined their personal lives after forming their musical alliance and were married in 2001. The result is a coupling of intricate and passionate music with genuine and engaging stories.

Venues in Europe have included Saint Paul’s Cathedral and The Royal National Theatre in London, the Spandau Theatre in Berlin Germany, the Guitars For Hope Festival in France. While in Australia they enjoyed a variety of venues from small folk clubs to the prestigious Mackay Theater in Mackay Australia. In the US, Acoustic Eidolon has recently performed at venues such as The Kennedy Center, the prestigious Florida State University arts festival "Seven Days of Opening Nights," Chicago Cultural Center, International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville TN, the Volcano Theater, Volcano National Park, HI, Scottish Rite Auditorium in Cambridge, OH, the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre in Denver for the Colorado Performing Arts, the Frederick Brown Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA, Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Vancouver Island Music Festival. They are featured on the nationally-syndicated radio programs “WoodSong’s Old Time Radio Hour,” “Echoes” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”


 

Chuck Pyle

Friday, June 25th, 2010

www.chuckpyle.com

Singer/songwriter and “Zen Cowboy”


Admired as a sly humorist and an innovative guitarist, Chuck Pyle has performed for the Colorado Legislature, on Austin City Limits, and at Bill Gates' home. He's had his songs recorded by John Denver, Chris LeDoux, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Jerry Jeff Walker. He sees what's best about America, writing songs about love lost & love found, forgetful cowboys, heroic highway patrolmen, and brain stems gone "critical".

When reviewers first gave him the "Zen Cowboy" moniker, he decided to, as he says, "Always ride the horse in the direction it's going," and took the nickname to heart, shaving his head and blending his upbeat perspective with old-fashioned horse sense. He mixes infectiously hummable melodies with straight-from-the-saddle poetry, quoting bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys. 

Chuck Pyle came from Iowa in 1965 when, "Boulder was mostly gravel streets", and resides on the front range of Colorado. He does 100 dates a year all across the country, playing festivals and theaters, coffeehouses and house concerts. We’re proud he’s made Acoustic Alley one of his stops this year.


Wendy Woo

Friday April 30th

www.wendywoo.com

Well-known local singer/songwriter

With Danielle Ate the Sandwich

 

Wendy Woo (www.wendywoo.com). Her energetic personality, musical skills, and spirited songwriting have made her a media and fan favorite and have taken her to venues across the country including the Fox Theater and Red Rocks in Colorado, the Bitter End and the Living Room in New York, the Hotel Cafe in Los Angles, the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Sweetwater in Mill Valley, and Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia.

Wendy has released eight CDs, displaying a wide variety of styles. Angels in the Crowd (1997) is a collection of mellow jazz and folk-inspired ballads. Wide Awake and Dreaming (1999) is a full band production with funk and jazz rhythms. Ecolalia (2000) features Woo’s songs and acoustic guitar interwoven with her father’s poetry. Gonna Wear Red (2002) is a tightly produced series of rock tunes with touches of funk, blues, and folk. Walking the Skyline (2004) has songs in three genres: intimate solo acoustic; expansive upbeat pop/folk; and full band funk. Angels Laughing (2005) is a live solo acoustic album. Luxury (2007) is a mix of power pop, arena rock, and even some electronica influences. Saving Grace (2009) is an album of acoustic duets with Roch Hoch.

Wendy is s five-time winner of Westword’s Best Singer/Songwriter and is now in their Hall of Fame) and has been named best Boulder musician by The Boulder Weekly, best singer/songwriter by The Boulder Daily Camera, and best local artist by the Colorado Daily. As winner of the Colorado Lilith Fair Talent Search, she shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan and The Indigo Girls.

Danielle Ate the Sandwich (www.danielleatethesandwich.net) was born in Nebraska and has lived in Colorado since 2000. One lucky day in December, 2008, she had a video featured on youtube’s homepage. Since then, she’s been an online sensation with listeners from all over the world have watching and commenting on her videos and songs (last count with more than 2 million total views). Her MySpace page says it all—Danielle’s music sounds like “seven minutes in heaven with the most popular girl's significantly less attractive best friend.”


Sweet Talk Radio

April 18, 2010

www.sweettalkradio.com

Husband/wife duo with folk/pop sensibilities

 

It’s all about chemistry. The science of matter. Properties and reactions SWEET TALK RADIO is the husband and wife team of Kathrin Shorr & Tim Burlingame. Their new CD, “My Hallelujah”, much like the lyrical images it references – Hank Williams, the mighty Mississippi River or the changing current of a love affair – is full of strength and vulnerability.

With undeniable chemistry both on stage and off, STR create alt-folk-pop songs full of depth and yearning, delivered with an earnest desire to connect.

Together, Kathrin and Tim have had songs featured in numerous television series like “In Plain Sight”, “Army Wives”, “Beautiful People” and “Joan of Arcadia”, as well as commercials for Sears and Mattel.  SWEET TALK RADIO have opened for/shared the stage with:  Colin Hay, Shawn Colvin, The Weepies, Glen Phillips, Kelly Jo Phelps, Kenny Loggins, Crosby Loggins and Jimmy LaFave.

Written and produced in their home studio in Los Angeles, “My Hallelujah” draws on the dynamic combination of Shorr’s passionate vocals and Burlingame’s spacious guitar. It’s all about chemistry.  Songs that matter. Properties and reactions.


The Nadas

January 10, 2010

www.thenadas.com

Acoustic duo version of the “alt-country roots rock band”

 


Founding members Jason Walsmith and Mike Butterworth join us. Originally playing acoustic music, this band branched more into the roots rock genre, but they return to their original acoustic presentation as they join us for this very special “unplugged” show. If you’ve never seen them, you’ll be amazed the poetry and storytelling in Mike’s songs and wowed by the magic of Jason’s, whose self-avowed goal is to someday compose the simplest, yet most aching, love song ever. If you have heard them before, you’re in for a real treat as they open themselves up through this stripped-down presentation.

Over the past 15 years, these two singer/songwriters from Iowa have share their wit and wisdom with hundreds of thousands of fans. Through 6 CD releases, Jason and Mike have been a songwriting unit, skillfully evoking the romance, introspection and uncertainty of living life on one’s own terms in the 21st Century. Their latest CD, The Ghost Inside These Halls, chronicles all the things that go along with embarking on your 30s, wives, kids, house payments and the like. “The beautiful thing is our fans have grown up with us, so it makes it even easier for them to relate to at least something in every song,” Butterworth says.

Southern Exposure

  
Saturday
, Nov. 7, 2009  

Modern and traditional bluegrass

“If the Banjo were any good, the Beatles would have used it”. This quote came from a well-respected record producer in the 1970’s. Somewhat confused but inspired by these words, Southern Exposure emerged in 1981 and has never looked back. 

With one hand in contemporary bluegrass and the other reeling out some traditional tunes, Southern Exposure can both draw on the past and bring you to the present with a wide array of music put into the bluegrass idiom. Old favorites like “Uncle Pen”, and “Rocky Top”, mixed in with newer gems like “City Of New Orleans”, and ”Carolina In The Pines”, some old fiddle and banjo tunes with a new twist and even a little western swing and Cajun music. 

Sprinkle in a good dose of comedy on stage and you will see why they have cut a trail to concert halls and festivals all over the Rocky Mt. Region. Over the years, Southern Exposure has played major events such as The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rocky Grass, and The Black Hills Festival in South Dakota. They have appeared at noteworthy venues around Colorado such as The Arvada CO Center, The Paramount Theatre, The Boulder CO Theatre, Gerald Ford Amphitheatre in Vail, The Greeley Stampede, and are the annual band for The Denver CO Post Train to Cheyenne Frontier Days. Major events include The National Hockey League all-star week in Denver CO, Taste of Colorado, First Night Colorado, a performance at The Air Force Academy, and The KYGO Fourth of July show. 


 
Dan Navarro

September 19, 2009

www.lownav.com

Opening: Rj Cowdery 

With special guest Michael Lille

Songs of loves lost and dreams re-gained

For twenty years, Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro have written, recorded and toured for a growing national audience as the duo Lowen & Navarro. Their nine CDs showcase self-penned songs of experience, colored by supple acoustic-based arrangements centered around their intertwined voices. 

Songwriters of notable cachet, their works have been recorded by artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the worldwide Top 5 smash "We Belong"), The Bangles, The Four Tops, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations and a host of others. Out of their success as songwriters came the impetus for forming Lowen & Navarro: They wanted to sing their songs themselves. 

Five years ago, Eric was diagnosed with ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) and is sadly no longer able to perform. We’re proud to be presenting the Colorado solo debut of Dan in a poignant celebration of life lived, loves lost and dreams re-gained. As good as his writing is, Dan is even better known for the quality of his live performances.


 
Cosy Sheridan

September 18, 2009
  
www.cosysheridan.com 

Opening: Rj Cowdery 

Songwriter extraordinaire mixing wry insight and humor 

Cosy’s wryly insightful songs have been showcased everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Dr Demento Show. Live audiences quickly learn why she been called “one of the era’s fines and most thoughtful sing/songwriters.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine wrote, “If I were going to throw an all-girl dinner party at which I wanted to laugh and cry from the hors d’ouevres to the chocolate pudding, Cosy Sheridan is the first woman I’d invite.”

Sheridan is one of the pre-eminent songwriters in the acoustic/folk scene documenting the lives of modern women. She place the fast-paced culture of 21st century America into a mythic context with insightful, energetic and often comic effect. She first appeared on the national scene in 1992 when she won the songwriter contests at both the Kerrville Folk and Telluride Bluegrass festivals. Since then, she’s been on the road and at home in Moab, Utah writing songs and releasing CDs (five at last count). She’s a well-known songwriting teacher as well, and audiences will be thrilled with her performance.


 
Randall Williams

July 1, 2009

inger/songwriter known as “the partial capo guy”

Opening Act: Award-winning Houston songwriter, Brian Kalinec

Two hours after informing his voice teacher that he was leaving the world of classical music, Randall Williams graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Mons, Belgium at the head of his class. He felt that classical music lacked the inclusiveness of folk music, and that the inevitable division between performer and audience was unbearable. So Randall returned to the world of traveling with his guitar, writing songs in train stations and sleeping on couches, then singing and playing on street corners, cafés, and pubs.

As the "Partial Capo Guy," Randall has written two books for Hal Leonard, recorded a DVD for Kyser Musical Products, and given workshops at some of the biggest festivals in United States. As a performer, Randall has been a finalist in the Founder's Title and Mid-Atlantic Song Contests, A regional finalist at Kerrville, a showcase artist at Northeast and Midwest Folk Alliance, and at the International Folk Alliance in Memphis, and an Audience Favorite at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. His 2007 live release, "One Night in Louisiana" made a respectable dent in the folk DJ charts (One single, "Lebanon," was #8 in May,) and he's generally a nice guy to have around, capos or not.

Randall joins us as a featured performer after wowing our audience in 2008 opening for Dakota Blonde.


 
Dakota Blonde
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dakota Blonde

Well-known, local acoustic trio
 

Joining us for a record
4th time!


Photo by MaryLynn Gillaspie

This vibrant acoustic "trio" is made up of Mary Huckins (yes, from South Dakota) whose sweet strong vocals are the linchpin holding the group together, the smooth steady guitar playing and cool harmonies of Don Pinnella (nope, not blonde) and the charming acoustic bass work and humor of Tony Raddell. Performing originals and covers that are a unique combination of folk, bluegrass, and country with a little Celtic tinge - the trio nails their tight harmonies. They are an unusual group - they met through their careers in music therapy, working with children and adolescents who are emotionally troubled. That special capacity for empathy could explain the titanium bond the band quickly makes with their audience. All three come from musical families, and their charm stems both from the music they play and from the family feeling they bring into any concert hall or venue. Their shows are very personal! You'll walk away feeling like you've always known them. Dakota Blonde has shared the stage with Nickel Creek, John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson, Pete Huttlinger, Tony Furtado, Jim Horn, John Sommers, Jim Salestrom, Firefall, Mollie O'Brien and the list goes on. They also played in festivals along with folks like Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, David Crosby, Lucy Kaplansky and Greg Brown. 

Mary Huckins' song "Somebody's Brother" received top honors in the 2001 Walnut Valley Festival songwriters showcase in Winfield, Kansas and her song "Dig Real Deep" recently received top honors in the Chris Austin Song Contest at MerleFest in Wilkboro, N.C. The group was again honored to make it into the final round of the Independent Record Label Awards this past year. They are certainly on their way up! 


Shalom Feivel & Rocky Mountain Jewgrass

April 11, 2009
7:30pm (doors open 6:45p)
 

 
www.rockymountainjewgrass.com

Shalom Feivel and Rocky Mountain JewgrassTM blends traditional bluegrass-style playing with Jewish themes and roots music. Manny Ladis (mandolin), Saul Rosenthal (guitar), Gail deVore (fiddle), Sandy Reay (upright bass, Dobro) and Ben Cohen (banjo and whatever else is needed) bring a little picklin’ and grinnin’ and a high lonesome kvetch to their performances.

 
A lot of foot stomping fun – but be careful you shouldn’t hurt yourself! 

Acoustic Eidolon
 

March 5, 2009

www.acousticeidolon.com

Contemporary instrumental combining world-class cello and the world’s greatest “double-necked ‘guitjo’” player

 

 

Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada. 

With seven CDs and 1 DVD to their credit, these masterful artists continue to captivate audiences throughout the world with their signature "new acoustic" sound and boundless possibilities in blending Celtic, Folk, World & Latin music influences, something that Dirty Linen magazine praises as “a sumptuous musical feast.” They are described by the Swallow Hill Music Association as "an evening of brilliant instrumentality," and Georgia's Good Life magazine enthuses, “Acoustic Eidolon offers concert-goers a chance to absorb some of the most powerful and intriguing music on the scene today."

Their original sound is created by the mixing of their diverse musical backgrounds and their unusual instrumentation including the one-of-a-kind double neck guitjo, an instrument of Joe’s own design praised by USA Today as a “beautiful harp-like sounding instrument ... like nothing they've ever heard before.” The double-neck guitjo has 14 strings and Joe has developed his own style and technique, playing both necks simultaneously. Classically-trained cellist Hannah Alkire studied with G. Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet and is recognized internationally for her stunning tone and emotional, impeccable playing and for taking the cello places it's never been before. 

The two joined their personal lives after forming their musical alliance and were married in 2001. The result is a coupling of intricate and passionate music with genuine and engaging stories.

Venues in Europe have included Saint Paul’s Cathedral and The Royal National Theatre in London, the Spandau Theatre in Berlin Germany, the Guitars For Hope Festival in France. While in Australia they enjoyed a variety of venues from small folk clubs to the prestigious Mackay Theater in Mackay Australia. In the US, Acoustic Eidolon has recently performed at venues such as The Kennedy Center, the prestigious Florida State University arts festival "Seven Days of Opening Nights," Chicago Cultural Center, International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville TN, the Volcano Theater, Volcano National Park, HI, Scottish Rite Auditorium in Cambridge, OH, the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre in Denver for the Colorado Performing Arts, the Frederick Brown Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA, Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Vancouver Island Music Festival. They are featured on the nationally-syndicated radio programs “WoodSong’s Old Time Radio Hour,” “Echoes” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”


Rhythm Angels
February 28, 2009

The Rhythm Angels are a duet with seamless harmonies and smart lyrics, both earthy and transcendent. As happens with traveling troubadours, careers found Celeste Krenz and Rebecca Folsom circling around each other for years. Celeste hails from the ranch country of North Dakota, while Rebecca comes out of the mountains of Colorado. It wasn't until they performed in-the-round at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee that they sang together for the first time. Inspired by the magic of their contrasting voices and harmony blend, they started performing together on a regular basis. After sold out shows across the country, it was clear audiences felt the magic, too.

Their individual accomplishments are extensive and impressive. Celeste and Rebecca have cut songs that have reached #11 on the Gavin American Chart, earned Best of BBC Radio and Television accolades, and won the Walnut Valley Song contest. The duo features a Top 100 selling artist on Amazon.com, a top two winner at the CMT/NSAI song contest, and a top 5 finalist at the Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase.

Their track record includes performances at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Gerald Ford Amphitheater, Nashville’s Summerlights Festival, and the Boulder Theater, and they’ve held down spots on the main stage at venues such as the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Colorado, Texas’ renowned Kerrville Folk Festival, California’s Strawberry Festival, the Sweet Pea Festival in Montana, and many more.

Their new CD Girls Like Us on High Horse Records will be released January 2009.


Roger McGuinn

Sunday and Monday, 
November 9th and 10th, 2008

Opening Act:  Jaime Michaels

 

www.rogermcguinn.com

Legendary creative genius behind The Byrds and much more


© Photograph by John Chiasson


Jim McGuinn, later known as Roger, was already a veteran of the New York and Los Angeles music scene when he co-founded the group that would become the Byrds with Gene Clark and David Crosby in 1964. Prior to forming the Byrds, toured and performed folk music with the Limeliters, Chad Mitchell Trio and Bobby Darin as a guitarist and banjo player.

McGuinn, a Chicago native, studied at the Old Town School of Folk Music and was active on Chicago's folk scene, where he was strongly influenced as a teenager by Bob Gibson. Within a few weeks of finishing high school, McGuinn was working with the Limeliters in California, and he played guitar and banjo on their album "Tonight: In Person." McGuinn is also on the Chad Mitchell Trio's album "Mighty Day on Campus",1961. 

His experiments in merging folk and rock didn't please the folk purist, so he moved to Los Angeles to work at the Troubadour. It was after an opening set for Hoyt Axton that Gene Clark approached Roger with appreciation for his new musical blend. They started writing songs together in the folk den of the Troubadour. It wasn't long before David Crosby joined them and added his unique concepts of harmony to the duo, thereby completing the underpinnings for one of the most influential bands of the '60s. Mandolin player Chris Hillman was asked to join the group and learn to play the bass guitar. During a Thanksgiving dinner the band settled on the name "Byrds," and success was just around the corner. Columbia Records signed the Byrds in January 1965 and they recorded their first number one hit, "Mr. Tambourine Man."

Roger McGuinn disbanded the Byrds in 1973 to pursue his dream of a solo career. Come join us and experience a piece of history in Denver’s premier listening room.

Tickets for these two historic shows are only $40 in advance/$45 day of show and are available by phone only at 720-870-0397. They’re likely to sell out, so call early!

The Folkaltones & Jubilant Bridge
November 1, 2008

www.folkaltones.com

www.jubilantbridge.com

 
Local acoustic musicians and singers—a real night of “modern Americana”


The Folkaltones (www.folkaltones.com)--long time “Mother Folker” and nationally renowned singer/songwriter Carla Sciaky with Miriam Rosenblum and Hal Aqua, made its debut in early 2006. They deliver their own spin on everything from Irish ballads to Beatles and traditional fiddle tunes to contemporary songwriter material, with a generous dose of fun, complete with alluring textures and harmonies, and imbued with their adoration for every single tune that they have befriended.

Carla, Miriam and Hal pull from their eclectic musical backgrounds, including folk, classical, bands from the 60s and 70s, Jewish and mid-eastern, Renaissance, and Celtic, always striving to stay faithful to their sources and still allow for personal style. All three live in Denver, raising their respective families and juggling careers and the music habit. Some surprise guests may appear at any time. 

A dulcimer wizard and a pure-voiced poet are the heart and soul of Jubilant Bridge (www.jubilantbridge.com), a harmony-driven acoustic duo with a sparkling sound that is fresh and innovative. Intricate arrangements, harmonies “so tight, they pulse” (Mary Cliff—WETA-FM), and a sense of fun are the hallmarks of every Jubilant Bridge performance, a surprising range of critically-acclaimed originals, contemporary songs, and instrumentals. 

Although they come from a rich aural tradition, they surprise audiences with counter melodies, changing time signatures, and well-chosen dissonance. The instruments go beyond simple accompaniment; the arrangements and the songs themselves are meshed. They use the vocabulary, but step outside of the conventions, of folk, rock, and pop---not simply stitching together genres, but folding the seams under. 


The Nadas

September 13, 2008

www.thenadas.com

Acoustic duo version of the “alt-country roots rock band”

 


Founding members Jason Walsmith and Mike Butterworth join us. Originally playing acoustic music, this band branched more into the roots rock genre, but they return to their original acoustic presentation as they join us for this very special “unplugged” show. If you’ve never seen them, you’ll be amazed the poetry and storytelling in Mike’s songs and wowed by the magic of Jason’s, whose self-avowed goal is to someday compose the simplest, yet most aching, love song ever. If you have heard them before, you’re in for a real treat as they open themselves up through this stripped-down presentation.

Over the past 15 years, these two singer/songwriters from Iowa have share their wit and wisdom with hundreds of thousands of fans. Through 6 CD releases, Jason and Mike have been a songwriting unit, skillfully evoking the romance, introspection and uncertainty of living life on one’s own terms in the 21st Century. Their latest CD, The Ghost Inside These Halls, chronicles all the things that go along with embarking on your 30s, wives, kids, house payments and the like. “The beautiful thing is our fans have grown up with us, so it makes it even easier for them to relate to at least something in every song,” Butterworth says.


Don Conoscenti 
& Kort McCumber

September 12, 2008

 www.donconoscenti.com 
www.kortmccumber.com

The best stringed instrument musicians you’ve ever seen with voices to match

Once a die-hard rocker, Don Conoscenti (www.donconoscenti.com) is one of the most respected musicians and critically acclaimed songwriters in acoustic music. His live performances are a soulful fusion of styles blended from his experience playing rock, jazz, blues, folk, funk and country. But his primary love is the landscape of story telling and songwriting. His "one man band" sound is driven by an unusual rhythmic sense and a finger style approach to guitar arrangement which is set apart by the use of partial and multiple capos. 

The performances are never canned. There are no set lists. Expect to go on an improvisational musical journey of unexpected segues, humorous reflections, stories and songs. Songs about lovers, outcasts, healing, loss, mystery, spirit, murder and redemption.

Conoscenti commands an array of instruments: acoustic and electric 6 & 12 string guitar, steel guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, percussion, flute, recorder, mandolin, banjo and didgeridoo. Through his expert picking style and wildly imaginative uses of capos and open-tuning, Conoscenti gets sounds from his guitar that you just have to experience to believe.

Kort McCumber (
www.kortmccumber.com) seamlessly blends folk, bluegrass, roots rock and Americana to create music to move you and make you move. When joined by his band, McCumberland Gap, it's a full-on "Original Americana Hootenanny"!

Kort is, in fact, a songwriter, a singer, a guitar player, a classically-trained pianist & cellist, a harmonica player, mandolin, banjo & bouzouki player, and, best of all, all-around good guy from Jacksonville, Florida. At the heart of it all is the music-- the noticeable strain of one genre and the hidden thread of another; a richly woven tapestry of folk, country, bluegrass, singer-songwriter, rock, roll and reverent. New songs with a hint of old that belies his years. And that's just what comes through on the records.

Live, it all takes on a more vigorous verve. "You never know where the next great memory is gonna come from," he often says, "And that's what makes it so easy to get up for each and every show." Kort currently resides in Boulder, Colorado, and his energy and enthusiasm never wane. With five CD's completed and more on the way, his library speaks for itself. Good songs well rendered. That's what you're in store for. And that's what you'll get. Good songs from a good guy who seems to just keep getting better.

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The Flying A's
Thursday June 19, 2008

www.theflyinas.com 

This powerful duo is one of the rising stars in Texas Music. From the exciting blend of Stuart Adamson's honky-tonk sound, aggressive guitar, distinct vocals and strong songwriting combined with Hilary Claire Adamson's soulful voice and passion filled songs, this duo is gaining momentum throughout the United States.


Country Rock, “Texified Jazz” and good old Southern Blues

With one listen, you can hear that they were both raised in Texas. Even "The Flying A" symbol they use is the official Adamson family cattle brand.

Their style combines a unique blend of rocking Country, mixed with breath taking ballads, "Texified Jazz" and good old Southern Blues that is sure to keep your audiences wanting more.

“Hilary is a petite beauty with a set of pipes…”
- Barker House Concerts


Chuck Pyle

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

www.chuckpyle.com

Singer/songwriter and “Zen Cowboy”


Admired as a sly humorist and an innovative guitarist, Chuck Pyle has performed for the Colorado Legislature, on Austin City Limits, and at Bill Gates' home. He's had his songs recorded by John Denver, Chris LeDoux, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Jerry Jeff Walker. He sees what's best about America, writing songs about love lost & love found, forgetful cowboys, heroic highway patrolmen, and brain stems gone "critical".

When reviewers first gave him the "Zen Cowboy" moniker, he decided to, as he says, "Always ride the horse in the direction it's going," and took the nickname to heart, shaving his head and blending his upbeat perspective with old-fashioned horse sense. He mixes infectiously hummable melodies with straight-from-the-saddle poetry, quoting bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys. 

Chuck Pyle came from Iowa in 1965 when, "Boulder was mostly gravel streets", and resides on the front range of Colorado. He does 100 dates a year all across the country, playing festivals and theaters, coffeehouses and house concerts. We’re proud he’s made Acoustic Alley one of his stops this year.

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Boulder Acoustic Society
 
Thursday May 8, 2008

www.boulderacousticsociety.net  

Contemporary string instrumental and vocal quartet that defies any simple description

Opening Act:  Benton Roark

Back by popular demand. It's hard a to put a finger on their style which is probably why we like them so much. All we can say is that when you bring together violins, bass, guitar, ukuleles, drums and an accordion; then mix it with a great sense of the history of Americana music; and finally add a truly professional, yet relaxed stage presence you get an experience you won't soon forget. 


 
Dakota Blonde

Saturday, April 19

 


Photo by MaryLynn Gillaspie

Dakota Blonde

Well-known, local acoustic trio

This vibrant acoustic "trio" is made up of Mary Huckins (yes, from South Dakota) whose sweet strong vocals are the linchpin holding the group together, the smooth steady guitar playing and cool harmonies of Don Pinnella (nope, not blonde) and the charming acoustic bass work and humor of Tony Raddell. Performing originals and covers that are a unique combination of folk, bluegrass, and country with a little Celtic tinge - the trio nails their tight harmonies. They are an unusual group - they met through their careers in music therapy, working with children and adolescents who are emotionally troubled. That special capacity for empathy could explain the titanium bond the band quickly makes with their audience. All three come from musical families, and their charm stems both from the music they play and from the family feeling they bring into any concert hall or venue. Their shows are very personal! You'll walk away feeling like you've always known them. Dakota Blonde has shared the stage with Nickel Creek, John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson, Pete Huttlinger, Tony Furtado, Jim Horn, John Sommers, Jim Salestrom, Firefall, Mollie O'Brien and the list goes on. They also played in festivals along with folks like Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, David Crosby, Lucy Kaplansky and Greg Brown. 

Mary Huckins' song "Somebody's Brother" received top honors in the 2001 Walnut Valley Festival songwriters showcase in Winfield, Kansas and her song "Dig Real Deep" recently received top honors in the Chris Austin Song Contest at MerleFest in Wilkboro, N.C. The group was again honored to make it into the final round of the Independent Record Label Awards this past year. They are certainly on their way up! 


Carrie Newcomer

Wednesday and Thursday, 
March 26 and 27, 2008

 

www.carrienewcomer.com

Musician, Storyteller, Singer/songwriter extraordinaire

Newcomer has garnered critical acclaim in recent years from the music media (Rolling Stone, USA Today, Acoustic Guitar) and by sharing the stage with a variety other performers, including Alison Krauss and Union Station, Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

“As a writer, I feel that we don’t have anything to give the world but the truth, we really don’t,” she says. “It’s obvious in a song or a story or poem when someone is speaking the truth and when they put their finger right on something real. You know it. You hear a song with that quality and it hits you at about chest level. And we also know when an artist is candy-coating it or saying something just for shock value. We hear so much of the lie everyday. So when someone makes a really true and sincere human statement it is powerful. It rings like a shot. As an artist that’s my goal.”


Ken Gaines and Karen Mal
 
Thursday March 20, 2008

www.kengaines.com and www.karenmal.com 

Acoustic singer/songwriters with a kick-ass mandolin—join us for a “post-St. Patrick’s Day” celebration

Some sell themselves for money
Some sell themselves for love
Some give their lives to pleasure
or some power from above.
If my grandchildren wonder
what I did with my life
Say I sold it for a song.
— Ken Gaines from "For a Song"

When you bring together a seasoned singer/songwriter from Houston with a musician/actor/director hailing originally from New England, what more can you say? 

Ken Gaines has the goal of writing great songs in just about every genre and style. You won't be able to put a finger on what he does from sweet lyrical ballads, to double entendre blues, to swingin' jazz, and redneck rock. "For all of the great songs that have been written I belong to a wonderful group of people who believe there are at least as many great ones still to be written." His voice has the range to cover all of these styles and his supple guitar work lays down arrangements instead of just chords. His lyrics are both powerful and poetic and highlight his skills as a story teller and observer of life.

Karen Mal, in three short years, has gone from a virtual unknown on the Austin acoustic music scene to one of the most sought-after performers around, both as a solo artist and as a sideman for others on mandolin, guitar, and harmony vocals. Originally from New England, more recently from Wisconsin, Karen worked in regional theatre for several years as an actor and musical director/composer before settling in Austin, Texas to play music full-time. She has lived and worked in places from Manhattan to Memphis, from Wisconsin to California, and toured in 40 states.

Ken and Karen re-join us at Acoustic Alley after their very successful show last March, so join us for a wonderful evening of song and storytelling. 


Wild Mountain Celts

 
February 13, 2008

www.shamrocker.com

An evening of Irish Song and Dance to benefit Heritage Irish Stepdancers

The Wild Mountain Celts is the celtic folk band version of well-known Irish rockers, The Indulgers. Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, the band's members are Damien McCarron guitar and vocals, Renee Fine violin, and Mike Nile guitar, mandolin, whistle, accordian, and vocal. Damien hails from Dublin and released his solo CD "Damien Promise - A Matter of Indulgence" in the early 90's. Renee Fine performed with the Boulder Symphony as well as several "mountain rock bands" around the Boulder area since the mid 80's. Mike Nile played bass with the legendary rock band "Spirit" for 13 years prior to relocating from Malibu California to Colorado and forming "The Indulgers" with Damien and Renee as well as Pat Murphy (drums) and Chris Murtaugh (bass). The Wild Mountain Celts were formed to focus on more of the stripped down "acoustic - folk - traditional style celtic music" not touched on by The Indulgers. The "Wild Mountain Celts" drive home a good-time pub sound mixing a bit of that "wild tornado rhythm" with a celtic melody.

In this special performance, Wild Mountain Celts will be joined by championship dancers from local Irish Dance Schoool, Heritage Irish Stepdancers, to provide a well-rounded evening of Irish entertainment. Proceeds from this concert will go to benefit the Heritage Irish Stepdancers school.


amilia k spicer

Sunday, November 11, 2007

www.amiliaspicer.com

Opening Act:  Matt Harlan

Contemporary singer/songwriter/keyboard player

Her voice is often described as haunting and ethereal, but it's the writing that really separates Amilia from the rest of the new generation of literary songwriters. Likened by one critic to a French chanteuse in a candle-lit cafe, her songs set a mood. They are intimate and visual, like walking into a movie. It's some kind of strange potion, but one that's perfect for that midnight ride with the windows down. There is an edge, a turbulence, in many of the places Amilia writes about, but not all of them. Her songwriting fuses together the different places she calls home- the languid textures of rural Pennsylvania, the swing and melody of Texas Americana, with the back alley bite of LA.

Given the cinematic quality of her music, it makes sense that Spicer’s songs can be heard in several movies. Equally at home from the cozy confines of Hollywood's Hotel Cafe, to the Kennedy Center in DC, Spicer’s defiant poetry never gets lost in the mix.

Though Amilia might be best known for her more poetic works, her live shows are really where she shines - you get to see all the layers coexisting there on the stage. There, after the cerebral lyrics and deep chasms left by the last, barely audible line, she invites the band up and reveals a quirky, light-hearted humor, either by her homespun stories or her left-of-center ditties.


Rebecca Folsom

Saturday, November 10, 2007

www.rebeccafolsom.com

Opening Act:  Jubilant Bridge

One of Denver’s favorite songwriter/musicians with an incredibly sultry voice

The light in her eyes must be what Rebecca Folsom is talking about when she says, “The untamed light is what lays hidden beneath all those layers of domesticated ‘sit and stay’ conditioning.” She laughs, and then adds, “Those are the layers I want to peel back, to reveal the Shine!”

It’s been written of Rebecca that her sound is sultry, but she might change that word and make it “soultry”. Performing for thousands at Red Rocks and before a packed house of 6,000 in Nashville sparked faith in her dreams, and forced her to admit that she was transcending her previously held self-conceptions. Her career path in music has been organic, growing from performances at local clubs and coffeehouses, to raising the bar during her international tour, playing on BBC in Northern Ireland..

Her songs invite us to reflect on life’s choices and dance with them. Whether she sings a cappella or with a full band is not the point for Rebecca. A true professional, she likes to shake things up to fit the situation, and to keep herself fresh. The important thing is that she wants us to care about the brilliance of this life. She wants us to remove whatever dulls us, to climb out of our inhibitions and, as she says, “Let’s be too much!”


Borderdrive

Friday, November 9, 2007

www.borderdrive.com

Acoustic music “without borders”

Borderdrive is bringing a fresh and exhilarating sound to the world of acoustic music. 1999 National Mandolin Champion Anthony Hannigan and Jillian Brosnan founded the band with the belief that music is borderless and not bound by the rules of a particular style. This “without borders” approach allows the group to blend the best forms of acoustic music into an original, captivating sound. Influences include swing, bluegrass, Celtic, ragtime, jazz, classical, Appalachian, pop, and others. 

Anthony, an award winning mandolin player and multi-instrumentalist, brings to the group a virtuostic and innovative style some compare to Chris Thile. While Jillian adds the sparkling sounds of flute, pennywhistle, and a broad vocal range that give Borderdrive its unique sound. The two perform a high-energy show as a duo or incorporate a full band to accentuate their distinctive style. Keep listening for this exciting band as they continue to create a new and dazzling sound.


The Winstons, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore

 
Thursday, October 11, 2007

 

www.thewinstons.com www.mollieobrien.com Rich Moore

Two well-known, local singer/songwriter duos

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Cheryl and Andy Winston met and began playing music together while attending college in nearby Fredonia, New York, where, individually, they were regulars on the coffee house scene. College was the setting for what was to be a life-changing event: their first gig as a duo, which was, to say the least, auspicious. "We opened for Little Feat," recalls Cheryl. "We got the word four hours before the show." "So, we cut classes, slapped on new strings and worked up some tunes," says Andy. "That was the very first time we played together."

After that triumphant experience there was marriage and a move to Boulder, Colorado, where THE WINSTONS languished for a time in unsatisfying careers. Finally, THE WINSTONS woke up to the error of their ways and recommitted themselves to music.

Mollie O’Brien has a voice the way Groucho Marx had a sense of humor, the way Secretariat had legs, and the way Elizabeth Taylor has eyes (or husbands). Try to imagine one without the other--impossible. Singing is as natural to Mollie as walking or talking. Her voice is a natural extension of herself. Anything she can imagine, she can communicate in song.

Jazz, R&B, blues, gospel, southern mountain traditional — you name it. And she approaches each with an ease that makes you think she was steeped in the style since the first time a note left her throat. 

Rich Moore is well-known and well-loved in Colorado's acoustic music family and has lived and performed here for over 25 years. He made his reputation early on as bassist and guitarist with stellar local outfits like The Solid Senders, and in recent years has been the rhythmic bedrock for Pete Wernick's Live Five, Celeste Krenz, and with ensembles fronted by his wife, the internationally-esteemed vocalist Mollie O'Brien. He is guitarist of choice for folk legend Tom Paxton, who invariably requests Moore as a sideman for his Colorado shows and says of Rich’s playing: 

"Whenever I'm trying to work out a guitar arrangement I inevitably come to a point where I ask myself, 'How would Rich play this?' Then I laugh at my pretensions to greatness and go back to my usual plunk, plunk style. Fact is, Rich plays the way I hear it in my head. I just wish my hands heard it that way, too."


Kort McCumber & McCumberland Gap
 

Thursday, Oct 4, 2007

Acoustic Guitar & Vocals 

Kort McCumber seamlessly blends folk, bluegrass, roots rock and Americana to create music to move you and make you move. When joined by his band, McCumberland Gap, it's a full-on "Original Americana Hootenanny"!

Kort is, in fact, a songwriter, a singer, a guitar player, a classically-trained pianist & cellist, a harmonica player, mandolin, banjo & bouzouki player, and, best of all, all-around good guy from Jacksonville, Florida. At the heart of it all is the music-- the noticeable strain of one genre and the hidden thread of another; a richly woven tapestry of folk, country, bluegrass, singer-songwriter, rock, roll and reverent. New songs with a hint of old that belies his years. And that's just what comes through on the records.

Live, it all takes on a more vigorous verve. "You never know where the next great memory is gonna come from," he often says, "And that's what makes it so easy to get up for each and every show." Kort currently resides in Boulder, Colorado, and his energy and enthusiasm never wane. With five CD's completed and more on the way, his library speaks for itself. Good songs well rendered. That's what you're in store for. And that's what you'll get. Good songs from a good guy who seems to just keep getting better.


Southern Exposure

  
Friday, Sep 21, 2007

 

Modern and traditional bluegrass

Opening Act:  MGD

 

“If the Banjo were any good, the Beatles would have used it”. This quote came from a well-respected record producer in the 1970’s. Somewhat confused but inspired by these words, Southern Exposure emerged in 1981 and has never looked back. 

With one hand in contemporary bluegrass and the other reeling out some traditional tunes, Southern Exposure can both draw on the past and bring you to the present with a wide array of music put into the bluegrass idiom. Old favorites like “Uncle Pen”, and “Rocky Top”, mixed in with newer gems like “City Of New Orleans”, and ”Carolina In The Pines”, some old fiddle and banjo tunes with a new twist and even a little western swing and Cajun music. 

Sprinkle in a good dose of comedy on stage and you will see why they have cut a trail to concert halls and festivals all over the Rocky Mt. Region. Over the years, Southern Exposure has played major events such as The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rocky Grass, and The Black Hills Festival in South Dakota. They have appeared at noteworthy venues around Colorado such as The Arvada CO Center, The Paramount Theatre, The Boulder CO Theatre, Gerald Ford Amphitheatre in Vail, The Greeley Stampede, and are the annual band for The Denver CO Post Train to Cheyenne Frontier Days. Major events include The National Hockey League all-star week in Denver CO, Taste of Colorado, First Night Colorado, a performance at The Air Force Academy, and The KYGO Fourth of July show. 


Jamie Michaels' CD Release Concert

Saturday, September 22, 2007

 

Acoustic Guitar & Vocals

Jaime sings. He always has. Always wanted to. Except maybe when he was in the fourth grade and Sister Mary Eymard used to traipse him and his two brothers around St. Mary's and force them to harmonize to Maguire Sisters tunes. Fortunately not too long after that he discovered what was going on up the road from the old Rhode Island homestead. And from the first act he ever saw at the Newport Folk Festival, a very young Tom Paxton, he knew what he wanted to do. That.

What followed was at least a lifetime and a half touring the deep South as lead singer for the Truly Dangerous Swamp Band, learning how to drive a truck while sleeping . . . actually, the tour lasted for a pretty constant 8 ½ years . . . the Swamp Band was out there rocking college campuses and clubs from Oxford, Mississippi to New York City, Princeton to Key West, opening shows for Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, Poco, Roseanne Cash and Vince Gill among others . . .

Living now in Santa Fe, New Mexico and back on the solo acoustic circuit, Jaime has released five solo albums plus his latest, Fool, a compilation album of mostly acoustic tunes for release in the US in on September 15th. Join us as we celebrate the release of Fool!


Albert & Gage

Thursday, August 23, 2007 

 www.albertandgage.com

Singer/songwriter duo

In Austin, Texas—a town overflowing with gifted singer/songwriters and guitar heroes—Christine Albert & Chris Gage have a nine year track record of making beautiful music together. Over the course of five duet albums, the duo has demonstrated that disparate backgrounds do not preclude musical soulmates from finding one another.

Their Burnin’ Moonlight album led an Austin Chronicle reviewer to exclaim, “(The songs are) beautifully framed by the duo's intertwined, yearning vocals, leaving a glow as luminous and bright as moonlight itself.” And the Houston Press noted, “From George Jones and Tammy Wynette to Richard and Linda Thompson, male-female duets are one of popular music's most delightful permutations. And the Austin-based duo of Christine Albert and Chris Gage easily slot right in with the best.”

Says Christine of her partner, “Musically, I like to go in lots of different directions”—from country songs to French chansons—“and Chris goes right along with me. It's not just that he plays bluegrass or folk or blues, but that he plays it all with so much integrity.” “After being a sideman for several years I was ready to start my own band again,” recalls Gage. “I wasn't sure exactly how that would manifest, and then I met Christine. What we brought out in each other was magical.”

Onstage, Albert's slender, dark beauty contrasts strikingly with Gage's craggy good looks. How gracefully they complement each other is easily apparent. 


John William Davis

Sunday, August 12, 2007

 www.losttribedreams.com

Singer/songwriter

 

Opening Act:  Gabrielle Louise

John (William) Davis, thanks to well-placed bribes, extortion schemes, and shameless begging is a 2005 South Florida Folk Festival New Folk winner, a 2004 Kerrville New Folk winner, and winner of the 2002 Swallow Hill Songwriting Competition. He was also a finalist for the Wildflower Songwriting Competition in 2003, but generally stunk more than the bribes could offset that particular outing. His debut album, Dreams of the Lost Tribe, received much critical acclaim (see above). It was one of only nine albums to earn a perfect '10' from Folkwax reviewers. One cut, 'Okefenokee', was runner-up for 'Best Roots Song of 2004' at the Just Plain Folks music awards ceremony in LA in October. Davis has been chosen as a judge for the 2005 Kerrville New Folk competition. Davis remarked on hearing the news, "Hot dang, I can smell them 55-dollar bills already!"


Mack Bailey and Rachel Levy

Sunday June 24, 2007

 

www.mackbailey.com

Contemporary singer/songwriter with 1950s/60s folk roots

Mack Bailey is a nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter who is gaining an ever-larger audience with his strong, expressive classically trained tenor voice, with an impressive range and pure clean quality. He writes sensitive original songs that express the deepest of human emotion, social conscience, and lighthearted fun. In concerts, he touches the listener's heart and tickles their funny bone. 

Mack performs solo and in two popular folk groups. In early 2004, he became a new member of the world-renowned legendary folk trio, The Limeliters, a beloved group that has entertained audiences all over the world for over 35 years. As a member of The Hard Travelers and "Tribute to John Denver" productions, Mack has sung with dozens of folk and country stars.

"It’s not what you get out of the music, but what the music gets out of you." - Mack Bailey


The Flying A's
 
Saturday June 23, 2007

 

Opening Act:  Jamie Michaels

www.theflyinas.com 

Country Rock, “Texified Jazz” and good old Southern Blues

This powerful duo is one of the rising stars in Texas Music. From the exciting blend of Stuart Adamson's honky-tonk sound, aggressive guitar, distinct vocals and strong songwriting combined with Hilary Claire Adamson's soulful voice and passion filled songs, this duo is gaining momentum throughout the United States.

With one listen, you can hear that they were both raised in Texas. Even "The Flying A" symbol they use is the official Adamson family cattle brand.

Their style combines a unique blend of rocking Country, mixed with breath taking ballads, "Texified Jazz" and good old Southern Blues that is sure to keep your audiences wanting more.

“Hilary is a petite beauty with a set of pipes…”
- Barker House Concerts


Acoustic Eidolon

Friday June 22, 2007

www.acousticeidolon.com

Contemporary instrumental combining world-class cello and the world’s greatest “double-necked ‘guitjo’” player

 

From the Vancouver Island MusicFest to the Kerrville Folk Festival, from the Kennedy Center in D.C. to St. Paul's Cathedral in London and the Spandau Theatre in Berlin, Germany, people have been praising the sound of Acoustic Eidolon.

Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire have combined their musical talents to create an exciting new acoustic instrumental sound. Joe plays an instrument he invented: the double-neck guitjo, a custom acoustic guitar with two necks, built exclusively for him. This one-of-a-kind instrument has incredible range and tonal qualities, sounding at times like a piano, dulcimer or beautiful harp. Combine that with Hannah's stunning tone and impeccable cello-playing, and you have the ingredients for some very moving music.

Acoustic Eidolon's recordings are a rich blend of both artists' musical influences and have been described as pure musical poetry. The bell-like quality of Joe's unique double-neck guitjo provides a lovely counterpoint to Hannah's elegantly inspired cello. It is truly a different and enchanting sound. Their live shows are very entertaining and include a few vocal selections, as well as pieces that borrow from Celtic, contemporary, bluegrass and Latin influences.


Boulder Acoustic Society
 
Saturday May 5, 2007

www.boulderacousticsociety.net

Contemporary string instrumental and vocal quartet that defies any simple description


Dakota Blonde
 
Wednesday, April 25

Dakota Blonde

Well-known, local acoustic trio


Photo by MaryLynn Gillaspie

Ken Gaines and Karen Mal
 
Saturday March 17, 2007

Opening Act:  
Jubilant Bridge

www.kengaines.com and www.karenmal.com 

Acoustic singer/songwriters with a kick-ass mandolin 


Dakota Blonde

October 28, 2006

Dakota Blonde

Well-known, local acoustic trio


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9656 West Danzig Place
Littleton, CO 80127 

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