Live Music Fans,
We had a wonderful start of our outdoor concert season in Sopris Park yesterday. The weather was spectacular and we loved hearing great live music while relaxing in the shade with a refreshing breeze. Does not get much better than this in the old town. I hope you got to enjoy some of the music and/or heard some on KDNK. The next Second Sunday will be on July 8thwith Banjiri, Let Them Roar and Eldergrown. See you there.
This week, we are keeping up the busy summer pace that has started this season. On Thursday, we get to hear some talented local players when they get together with an old friend to make some sweet live music. Then, on Friday Night I booked another very talented touring act coming to visit with their cool original songs for the first time. And the music week ends on a very sweet note with another visit with one our favorite touring bands from the Bay Area. Love the T Sisters and their fantastic vocal harmonies and great songs. They have made some really fine live music for us in the past so don’t miss this one. And, it’s a special early show on a Sunday Night.
See you at the shows!
THURSDAY NIGHT – JUNE 14TH – SKIP NEW & FRIENDS – 8:30PM
Since we started making live music happen in the old Dinkel Building in 1993, we have always looked for ways to support local musicians. Skip got to know many of them when he lived here and some of them will be joining him for a special reunion to make some more sweet live music in the shop. That includes Jimmy Dykann, Steve Frischmann, Larry Gottlieb, John Zajicek and Gordon Wilder. A good list of some of the best long time local musicians coming out on a Thursday Night to entertain their friends and neighbors. This is a rare one so come on out and enjoy it with us.
“Skip New is a singer/songwriter whose catchy songs are steeped in acoustic guitar folk rock, as much confession and diary as they are observation and documentation, and very much Americana. Drawing on influences from Country to Contemporary, Skip’s style of music is melody-focused and harmony inspiring, with a riff-driven guitar fingerstyle which includes a combination of flat-pick strumming and fingerpicking. Skip uses numerous guitars- from acoustic 6-string to electric 12-strings- during his sets for a variety of sounds and moods.
Skip was born in Rochester, Minnesota in 1953 and raised in Ohio. His father an Episcopalian minister, Skip (with his four younger siblings) were expected at church every Sunday until he left home days before his 18th birthday. From Ohio to Wyoming, SoCal to Hawaii, Colorado and now Portland, Oregon, Skip has had a guitar close at hand. Keeping track of his life through his own written songs was understood. Fingerstyle guitarists and writers like Paul Simon and Leo Kottke provided dangling carrots of what one might expect of one’s fingers, and songwriters like Bob Dylan, Lennon and McCartney, and Tom Petty teased with the ease in the way in which they convey their seemingly effortless chord structure, melody, and lyric. With these influences underlying, Skip continues working towards refining his own skills as a storyteller, picker and performing artist.
Twenty-five years on the Western Slope in Colorado brought Skip a diverse musical experience. From the mid-70’s through the 90’s Skip performed with many Roaring Fork Valley musicians in bands like “Anything for Money” and “Skip Towne and the City Limits”. He was a sound engineer in venues including the Wheeler Opera House and the erstwhile Paradise Club in Aspen, for shows ranging from Jimmy Buffet to “The Nutcracker”. He was also instrumental in organizing the first Roaring Fork Valley Fair, co-producing the musical portion of that very successful 3-day event.
Preferring a regular job over the uncertainty of a musician’s career path, Skip has nonetheless continued to write, sing and perform regularly. Now retired from nursing after 23 years, Skip’s love of performing continues with greater ease and focus. He lives happily content with his wife and family in Portland, Oregon, where he performs with his trio Redneck Hippie.”
FRIDAY NIGHT – JUNE 15TH – THE CRANE WIVES – 8:30PM – www.cranewives.com
In Japanese folklore, the crane wife is a bird disguised as a woman who spins fine silks from her own feathers, until her identity is discovered. The Crane Wives spin fine songs from whole cloth, and you will never want the melodies to leave your head. From murky origins in Chinese restaurants, high school ska bands, and dorm room jam sessions, the band came together in 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and immediately began gathering a following with intricate melodies, sister-harmonies, and compelling songcraft. Initially part of the indie folk boom, their sound has grown and broadened with each new recording till categorization becomes difficult: rock, pop, folk? Just call it really good music. Audiences and critics agree: seven “Jammie” awards from influential radio station WYCE in ’11, ’12, ’16 and ’17; winner of Best Folk/Country song from international competition ArtPrize for “Easier” in ’12; and selection as one of ten “Entries We Loved” from the renowned NPR Tiny Desk Contest for “High Horse” in ’17. Kate Pillsbury: guitars, vocals, a twinkle in her eye that tells you she sees through your BS but chooses to be amused by it. Emilee Petersmark: guitars, banjo, vocals, boots that will stamp out injustice wherever it may lurk. Ben Zito: bass, occasional howls, secret production weapon. Dan Rickabus: drums, harmony vocals, engineering, relentless and frankly exhausting levels of positivity. Four albums released to date: “Safe Ship, Harbored” (2011), “The Fool In Her Wedding Gown” (2012), “Coyote Stories” (2015), and “Foxlore” (2016), plus a series of new singles in 2017, all available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp, CDBaby, and hell, even Myspace. If you want to hear about love, life, fear, hope, pain, and the occasional natural disaster, this band, and these songs, are for you.
SUNDAY NIGHT – JUNE 17TH – THE FABULOUS T SISTERS – 7:30PM – www.tsisters.com
“The T Sisters, born and raised in California and now based in the creative hub of Oakland, embody harmony. It’s in their blood, bones, and history. They have been singing and writing music together since childhood, and the lifetime of practice shows. The group is made up of Erika (guitar, vocals), Rachel (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Chloe Tietjen (percussion, vocals). Distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism, the T Sisters’ sound represents a continuum of music: from roots to pop influences, moments of stunning a cappella to swells of groovy indie folk. The sisters’ contemporary yet classic sound invites a range of likenesses, from the Pointer Sisters and the Everly Brothers to modern family bands like the Avett Brothers and First Aid Kit. With their soaring sibling harmonies, sassy stage presence, and inventive songwriting, these three sisters embody a fresh and soulful take on folk/Americana. The trio gains a whole new dimension when they add their powerful rhythm section of Steve Height on bass and Marlon Aldana on drums.
In the last few years, they’ve been honored to support such acts as Amos Lee, The Wood Brothers, Todd Rundgren, Elephant Revival, The California Honeydrops, and more. Notable performances include Merlefest, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (support role), Sisters Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Americana Music Association Festival, Music City Roots, and Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’ Following their 2014 debut album Kindred Lines (produced by folk/bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis), the T Sisters released their self-titled full-length album in October of 2016, followed by Live at Telephone, an EP recorded live to tape at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, CA. They are currently working on the next album, part of which has been recorded in Nashville at Alex the Great Studio.”
So, there’s three excellent reasons to leave the house and escape the heat in our cool little room of musical magic. Come on out every chance you get. Some great acts heading our way!
Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon