Live Music Fans,
We had some great live music last week with three excellent shows starting with Jeffrey Foucault on Wednesday, Friday Night with some talented young players from Colorado College and a special early Sunday Night show with Jackson Emmer along with Clint Alphin. Some wonderful live music that I hope you got to enjoy along with us. The room was full for all three shows so many thanks to the fans who were lucky enough to make it.
But, I’ve known for years that we are only as good as the next show. And, lucky for us, we have even more beautiful live music this week starting on a special Wednesday Night with two talented acts. Please note that KDNK will be doing a special live broadcast of the show from 9pm to 11pm. Be sure to tune into the show if you can’t make it in person and thank the best little radion station around for this treat.
The week ends on Friday Night with the return of a very cool Western Slope band on Friday. And, who knows, there might even be more musicians gracing our stage before the week is done. Stay tuned! My musical life is full of surprises. Just booked a cool flamenco group from Denver. Keeping myself entertained and inviting you all along for the ride. Why not jump on the musical bandwagon. Just might be good for what ails you.
See you at the shows!!
“If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting a girl named Laura Goldhamer, then you have also had the pleasure of walking into the sun. Goldhamer is bright. She’s eccentric. She’s motivated and focused. And at the end of the night, she probably puts on one of the most intriguing and jaw-dropping shows in town.” – Jonathan Bitz, Denver Syntax
“Laura Goldhamer draws from a variety of purely American traditions; however, Laura’s ability to merge traditional Americana with the avant-garde, mixing inventive homemade technologies with earnest folk, is particularly noteworthy. During performances, she projects her intricately composed stop-animation films (which she has created to illustrate her song lyrics). These visuals are synced with live music delivery, as well as with an installation of her self-constructed speaker/drum/doorbell machine, affectionately named “The Roboctopus”, which is an eight-channel robotic percussive ensemble using speakers in drums, doorbells on music stands, and solenoids rigged up to hit cymbals.”
“As a folk songwriter, guitarist, old-time banjo player, stop-motion animator, & instrument inventor, Goldhamer enlivens crowds with laughter and awe, conveying her intimate and focused energy in a unified and immersive musical, visual, and kinetic performance.”
“Kevin Larkin is a composer, performer, producer, educator and a founding member of Denver-based music collective Chimney Choir. His work often explores the intersection of the organic and digital aspects of sound, incorporating manipulated field recordings and processed acoustic sources. With Chimney Choir he has written two original ballets for contemporary dance company Wonderbound, arranged and performed with the Colorado Symphony, performed at Ted-X Boulder, and conceived and performed numerous immersive musical experiences including 2016’s (dream) show in collaboration with Colorado Public Radio. The band was also asked to lead Colorado Creative Industries 2015 Detour project, which featured performances and songwriting workshops in communities across the state.
Kevin has released two solo albums under the name Pineross and composes ambient/sound collage music under the moniker Aamateur Aastronomy. He has collaborated with filmmakers, dancers, environmentalists, songwriters, and poets. As an educator he has taught mandolin, guitar, computer production and early childhood music education along with performing in schools through the Think360 Arts program. When not working on music, you can usually find Kevin in a hammock somewhere off of 285 searching for Yetis.”
FRIDAY NIGHT – THE STILLHOUSE JUNKIES – 8:30PM – www.stillhousejunkies.com
Born in a distillery in Durango, CO, Stillhouse Junkies play a delirious, head-spinning mixture of original roots, blues, funk, swing, and bluegrass music. With all three band members sharing vocal duties and swapping instruments, the Junkies conjure a wide range of tonal landscapes that pay tribute to the iconic sounds of Gillian Welch, the Allman Brothers, Tim O’Brien, the Wood Brothers, John Hiatt, and countless others while breaking new musical ground with their genre-bending original material.
VOCALS, FIDDLE, GUITAR / ALISSA WOLF
VOCALS, BASS, BANJO / CODY TINNIN
VOCALS, GUITAR, MANDOLIN / FRED KOSAK
Alissa began studying the violin at age 8. She followed her heart to numerous summer academies and has studied intensively through the Music in the Mountains Conservatory, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Conference, and the Berklee College of Music Summer Programs. Inspired by attending local folk festivals such as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Alissa began exploring all types of music beyond classical including bluegrass, swing, and jazz. Through this she found her true passion – improvisation. While she attained a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound, she continued to play for the love of music.
Cody Tinnin was born in Page, Arizona and moved to the Durango area in 2001. Influenced by his father, Glenn, Cody started playing trombone at a young age and developed an ear for jazz. Cody began playing bass guitar and quickly transitioned to upright. Through his uncle, Bruce Tinnin, Cody refined his bluegrass chops and gained an affinity for traditional American music. Cody joined the Outta Hand String Band in 2004 before following his culinary passions to Austin, Texas. While in Austin, Cody frequented the live music scene, refining his palate for outlaw country music at venues such as the Hole in the Wall and the White Horse Saloon. After close to a decade deep in the heart of Texas, Cody returned to the Durango area.
Fred has been musically active since first taking up the guitar at age 15. Over his 12 years as a professional musician, he has played in numerous ensembles of varying styles and instrumentations, ranging from funk cover bands to intimate acoustic duets. Over the past 15 years, Fred has played mandolin and guitar with numerous New England and Colorado-based roots musicians and acts, including Billy Wylder, Three Tall Pines, Acousticana, Creek River String Band, Ethan Robbins (Cold Chocolate), Greg Lizst (Crooked Still), Zach Hickman (Josh Ritter), the Professors of Bluegrass from Yale University, the Badly Bent, and more. In addition to his facility with a broad range of musical styles, he is a seasoned performer with experience at major festivals and storied venues alike.
I love it when we have talented musicians come visit and share their music. Our room has been sounding gorgeous lately; best ever. So come out and enjoy these three acts that have gone way out of there way to entertain us. The least we can do is show up and applaud their effort, right? Hope to see you out enjoying live music in the best little byob music venue around this neck of my woods. Bet you won’t be sorry that you left the house or your money back. Guaranteed! That’s how sure I am. Give it a try.
Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon