Live Music Fans,
Every year for the past 40, I have had a great time in Sopris Park celebrating the annual Mtn. Fair. So, it seems very strange and sad that for the first time, we won’t be able to enjoy all the live music, vendors and friends in the park. Well, there was that one year when the power went out for the entire town and we had to make live music by candlelight in the shop and Laurie Loeb started the very first drum circle. Our town is nothing, if not, adaptable and this year takes the cake for having to adapt. There will not be any live music from the Sopris Park Gazebo but there will be lots of artistic events happening thanks to Carbondale Arts. One of those options is tuning into Grassrootstv.org for our 15th Streamin’ Steve’s show that features 3 great music acts.
Carbondale Arts has been hit very hard by Covid-19 as their two major fundraisers had to be cancelled. Losing this years Green is the New Black fashion show and the Mtn. Fair in Sopris Park has never happened before and their staff has responded to the crisis in many ways. One good idea was to use the shop for live streaming some great musical talent that we have been starved for these past 4 challenging months. We are so fortunate to have amazing musicians right here in the valley and they have really come through in providing high quality live music on 13 streams. We still can’t safely host our fantastic live audiences but thanks to GrassRootsTV, First Bank. our crew of volunteers and brave musicians, we have been able to provide some great live music in our streams to hundreds of viewers for each live show. We hope you enjoy it.
And, don’t forget to tune in for this Friday show, our 14th Streamin’ Steve’s stream. Both Jackson and Gabrielle have graced our stage many times in the past decade and they are two of the best singer/songwriters around the Western Slope and beyond. Great original lyrics, beautiful voices and good pickers make for a gorgeous performance this Friday as we keep the Streak alive approaching 1,000 consecutive Fridays. What challenges? Keeping it rolling with a great deal of help from my friends. Thank you!
Please celebrate the Mtn. Fair weekend safely and tune in for some excellent live music at www.grassrootstv.org and remember to donate to Carbondale Arts. Time to be a friend in deed.
See us in your streams. Stay well.
FRIDAY NIGHT – JULY 24TH- JACKSON EMMER & GABRIELLE LOUISE – 7:30PM – www.jacksonemmer.com www.gabriellelouise.com – Streamin’ Steve’s at www.grassrootstv.org
Presented by: GrassRoots Community Network & FirstBank – Audio by: Ralph Pitt at http://stealthtraxx.online – Video Taping and streaming – Jeremy Isenhart
�Few are writing songs like Jackson Emmer.� � Rolling Stone
“Jackson can�t help it that songs keep him up at night. Born with an unrelenting creative spark, Jackson has quietly built his reputation as a songwriter�s songwriter on the outskirts of country music. His work blends humor with heartache, and tradition with exploration. Emmer�s whiskey-smooth, conversational singing style is as distinct as his writing. He often croons at a whisper, drawing listeners in with his relaxed, understated delivery. Lately, Emmer has drawn critical acclaim for his 2018, sophomore album, �Jukebox.�
“While honing his gentle, country sound on the backroads of America, Emmer moved around the US for almost a decade. Colorado, North Carolina, and Vermont were his main anchor points. He began performing in local blues bands at the age of 18. Too young to be admitted through the front door of a bar, Emmer often had to sneak in through the kitchen to play. A few years later, he found work in string bands and bar bands before focusing on the craft of songwriting. Never one to shy away from a side-hustle, Emmer has worked nearly 40 jobs to support his �music habit.� Grocery shelver, limo driver, waiter, museum attendant, and produce farmer- the list goes on. This varied background has become a key ingredient in Emmer�s writing.”
“Jackson Emmer is often compared to artists like John Prine, Guy Clark, and Roger Miller. In 2018 he won awards for his songwriting at the Telluride Troubadour Contest (Telluride, CO), Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase (Lyons, CO), and Songwriter Serenade (Moravia, TX). He has opened for or co-billed with: Leon Bridges, Della Mae, John Oates, and The Wood Brothers, to name a few.
” Emmer tours the US regularly, performing approximately 100 shows each year- most of which are house concerts. However, he has appeared at several historic venues and festivals, including: Telluride Bluegrass Festival, House of Blues (Houston, TX), Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), The Iron Horse (Northampton, MA), and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (Lyons, CO). Emmer lives in Carbondale, Colorado.
GABRIELLE LOUISE is a “nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice. The daughter of two vagabond musicians, Gabrielle inherited the predisposition to wanderlust and song.
“Gabrielle Louise’s music is anchored deeply in folk and Americana, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited and versatile delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy. Unafraid to take a musical escapade in the name of inspiration, Gabrielle is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next a smoky jazz chanteuse.
“Known for her authenticity and candor on stage, Gabrielle’s performances are notably present and sincere, a professional presentation of her private creative world. Her story-telling and banter envelopes and enchants, gently enticing her listener to release their grip on the status quo. Perhaps because of this quality, Louise has been entrusted to share the stage with greats such as Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Patty Larkin, Eliza Gilkyson, and Guy Clark.
“A poet, painter, prose writer and orator, Gabrielle has also presented a talk on autobiographical expression at TEDx, an independently organized TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event. Her talk, “The Breath of Experience,” stresses the importance of making time to both “inhale” what others tell us and mindfully “exhale” our own creative impressions of those stories. In the original songwriting realm, Louise has released a handful of records, the most recent of which were Mirror the Branches (2010), The Bird in My Chest (2014), and September 30th, 2016, If the Static Clears.”
NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT JULY 25th – 49th MTN. FAIR CELEBRATION – SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE MUSIC STREAM – DAVE JORDAN, NATALIE SPEARS, LIZZY PLOTKIN, THE REMINDERS, ALYA HOWE POETRY – 8PM TO 11PM
“Tune in on your computer, phone or KDNK as we celebrate this year�s 49th Carbondale Mountain Fair with a live stream concert from Steve�s Guitars. Enjoy performances from Alya Howe, Natalie Spears and Lizzie Plotkin, Dave Jordan, and The ReMINDers, for a fun-filled evening of music and magic. The Reminders are a rare and remarkable musical duo seamlessly blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. The group consists of Brussels-born emcee Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/ vocalist Aja Black, a collective creative force that�s hard to beat. Big Samir weaves intricate rhythmic patterns with a bilingual French/English flow, displaying his street-smart credibility in both his lyrics and cool demeanor. This is beautifully complimented by Aja Black’s confident delivery, diverse cadences, and unique vocal stylings. The two have an undeniable magical chemistry as they share more than lyrical abilities and stages.
“Natalie Spears and Lizzie Plotkin are well known in this region. They revel in the endless groove of Appalachian fiddle/banjo duets, funky blues bass lines, and soulful harmony singing. Their original compositions and reverent interpretations of old-time and bluegrass standards draw from a rich history of listening and learning from great American music of the past. They will be releasing their first album this coming fall. Join their email list and stay tuned for updates about the release. Lizzyandnatalie.com
“Dave Jordan is an award winning, critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader from New Orleans. His work has been described as �the personification of the New Orleans ethos� and among other accolades, he is a 3 time nominee for Best Roots Rock Band and Album by Offbeat Magazine�s Best of the Beat Awards. He has recorded and performed with a plethora on New Orleans finest, including Anders Osborne, Art Neville, George Porter Jr, and many more. WWOZ�s Marc Stone has lauded him �one of New Orleans� great songsmiths and bandleaders of my generation�. From his earlier work with the funk band Juice, to his current solo work, his music defies genre and embraces diversity.
“Alya Howe is a spoken word artist and leader in storytelling under her Alya’s Umbrella moniker. Stay tuned at www.carbondalearts.com. This event will be raising funds for the 50th Mountain Fair, coming our way in 2021. Long live the fair!”
Join the live stream on www.grassrootstv.org and remember you can donate some support to the musicians to help keep them alive during these challenging times. It’s all we have right now and it’s way better than nothing. Don’t you think? Hope so. We remain patiently waiting for it to feel safe for hosting audiences like for so many years before. Until then, we will keep the streams coming thanks to your support and well wishes. Please keep them coming our way. Continued thanks to our many sponsors listed partially below who have made the streams happen in this time living with Covid-19. Be well!
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