Mountain Fair Week is Here!! *** The Haymarket Squares on Thursday *** The Badda Boom Brass Band on Friday *** The Deer Returns on Saturday *** The Black Lillies on Early Sunday

Live Music Fans,

We had a wonderful time last week with the Seth Walker Trio, Wood & Wire and the Nefesh Mountain Bluegrass Band.  It has been so sweet to book bands of this quality and they have all been fantastic to hear in the little old room.  We hope you got a chance to enjoy some of it with us.  These are special times in the shop!  Take advantage of these beautiful opportunities while they are here.  You never know when these acts are going to hit the big time (like Lake Streeet Dive and the Band of Heathens) and your chance to see them in our amazing sounding, intimate, byob space has passed.  So, come on out when you can and avoid any regrets.

I like to say that the most important acts are the next ones.  Last week is in the record books and the hard drive for GrassRootsTV.  And, I am happy to report that we have even more acts for this coming Mtn. Fair week than we had last week.  Special times.  Here’s your chance to come out to Sopris Park for some excellent music acts and then come over to our place to hear four fantastic acts that are coming to visit from all parts of the country.  Another chance to continue the Fair vibe into the early evening.  I am wearing my dancing flip flops this weekend and holding on for the special, once-a-year ride that Mtn. Fair weekends always gives me.  Stop by and give us a big summer hello while you’re in town for the Fair fun.

See you at the shows!!


We have been having a great time with hearing talented acoustic string players lately and out room is perfect for stringed instruments.  So, I thought we should kick off the Fair Week with this highly entertaining band.  Another pro act for the week.  Warm up your Fair spirit a little early on this special weeknight show.  Why not?

“The Haymarket Squares are Arizona’s finest purveyors of punkgrass. Righteous anger meets 4-part harmonies and bluegrass instruments for a moshpit hoedown! We got our start as a trio in 2009 and have since played more than 500 shows in the U.S., Canada and Europe. We’ve developed a loyal following among folks who appreciate rabble-rousing lyrics wrapped in a catchy melody. Known for our long sets and short songs, a typical Haymarket Squares show features ecstatic dancing, blindingly fast mandolin, and broad smiles. Who knew changing the world (or at least singing about it) could be so much fun?”


Friday Nights of the Fair weekend typically have the biggest crowds and the most energy.  It’s surely a special night as part of our consecutive Friday Night Streak and the dancing crowds are something to behold as the room expands into a street dance.  Might even bring old Chuck, our 1966 GMC pickup truck for some outdoor seating again.  All part of the unique scene that the Fair always brings to this little old town for nearly 50 years.  Amazing tradition.  Quite a scene! So, I thought that a big brass New Orleans style band would fit the night perfectly.  Come by and see if I got it right.

“Badda Boom Brass Band is a New Orleans style brass band who blend the street music tradition of the Crescent City with hip hop, funk, rock, pop and world music for a truly unique sound! Founded in 2015 in Denver, Colorado, they are the house band for Bierstadt Lagerhaus and bring the party wherever they go with a versatility that spans parades, street corners, festival stages and everything in between. Their aim in life is to make you shake that booty!”


This fantastic band from Texas has become one of our favorite touring bands over the years with their spectacular shows over the years.  They were picked to play the coveted Friday Night slot at the Fair so you have two excellent chances to hear this very cool band.  Check them out and become fans like us.  And, know that they will sound even better in the little room on Saturday.  Go to both shows, right?

“Described as transcendental Texas folk, Cosmic Americana, and stargaze surf-western, The Deer weave psychotropic soundscapes and tranquil, vivid dream-pop. From Austin, they are borne of a densely creative atmosphere, and stand out with their versatile and accessible sound. Members include frontwoman Grace Rowland Park (The Blue Hit), upright bassist Jesse Dalton (MilkDrive, Green Mountain Grass), guitarist Michael McLeod (Good Field, Linklater film composer), drummer Alan Eckert (Dimitri’s Ascent, A Live One), and their newest member, string player Noah Jeffries (MilkDrive, South Austin Jug Band). Frequent collaborator Roger Sellers (Bayonne) also adds some of his touch to their songwriting and production.”

“What began as the solo recording project of singer/songwriter Grace Rowland Park, the group formed its core membership in 2012 under the band name Grace Park & The Deer, and released “An Argument for Observation.” The songs have a dark, folky feel; eerily lilting melodies with unexpected subjects like stalking, mysterious neighbors, and violent clashes. Through the recording process they found a spark lit by natural chemistry, on and off the stage, and they began performing and touring together with alternating guests – some of whom ended up becoming permanent members. Grace’s screen-printed cover art would later be a finalist for Austin Music Industry Awards’ Best Album Art for 2014.”


“Four men. Four friends. Four artists, each of whom could rightly put out a solo record tomorrow, tied together by a bond to something that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

“Going from a six-piece to a four-piece, it’s given these guys space to shine and grow and evolve, and the chemistry has gotten better,” says Contreras, who in another life was the mandolin-shredding bandleader of Robinella and the CCstringband, once signed to both the Columbia and Dualtone labels. “These guys have become not just sidemen or guns for hire; they’re invested. Their opinions count, and their creativity is as much a part of this record as mine. There are songs that I wrote; that Sam (a veteran of the Americana group The Everybodyfields) wrote; that we wrote in any combination and all of us together.

“It’s pretty simple, when you get down to that romantic notion of having a band. We rehearse together, we travel together, we hang out together because we’re dedicated, and I think the music is really showing that now. For me, it’s been years of learning to set your ego aside, but experience teaches you that you have to.”

He found himself with the right set of players: Quinn, who won songwriting awards and was once a labelmate of the Avett Brothers during his time in The Everybodyfields; Schaefer, a guitar wizard and a veteran of the Texas alt-country band Mickey and The Motorcars; and Townsend, the youngest member of the band who was brought in on drums in 2015 and has quickly become the group’s veteran anchor.

“Bowman brought that positive attitude, that work ethic, and for me, he’s been the guy,” Contreras says. “When Sam joined the band, we were getting a rock star. This guy’s been around the block, done it all and succeeded. He’s written great songs, played big stages and had the band that will go down in music history as one of the seminal ones in the genre. With Dustin, he had moved to Nashville to pursue a solo career, but when he joined up, we all got along and played well together.“With all of these guys, we kind of hit the ground running. I think there’s mutual respect there on a creative level — we’re very different personalities, we make very different types of music and have very different writing styles, but we recognize that when we work together, we come up with something new and different that none of us could do on our own.”

The band wears its influences on its sleeve for every song of the new record. Laurel Canyon breezes blow up dust from the SoCal desert on the Eagles-tinged “Out of the Blue,” Townsend pounds out a methodical rhythm that sets the stage for glorious harmonies on “Don’t Be Afraid,” and “No Other Way” sounds like a distant cousin of Wilco’s “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” with its freight-train hooks, courtesy of Schaefer’s six-string alchemy that manages to lift every song from great to sublime. “Snakes and Telephones,” another lead by Quinn, swirls with psychedelic overtones and torch ballad longing.

“We just don’t want to be a throwback band. We want what we do to sound new and fresh and modern, and I think even the album cover of ‘Stranger to Me’ represents that. It’s sharp, and it’s smart, and the mountains are a nod to both recording in Asheville and the house we did a lot of the pre-production in, which was this 1960s, modern-nouveaux place that looks like it belongs in the Hollywood Hills. And that ties back into the fact that while there’s a mountain quality to this record, it’s a departure as well.

“We’re venturing out from a pure East Tennessee sound, and hopefully that comes through,” he adds. “Our voices, especially mine and Sam’s, are unique to that region, but production wise, we wanted this to really reflect the direction in which we’re going.”

 See you at the Fair!  Or, skip the park and come out for our great lineup this week.  Looks like some great live music and good fun is heading our way this summer week.

Musically Yours,

Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon