Peter Mulvey on Thursday with John Statz *** Ride the Rockies Welcome Party on Wednesday at 4pm *** Saturday Night Sing-a-long with Dan Sheridan

Live Music Fans,

We had a fun weekend of live music starting last Friday Night with the fantastic duo “The Dead Horses”.  Then, on Saturday Night we rocked the little room with the Outer Vibe.  We continued the rock vibe in Sopris Park on Sunday at 3pm with the talented local rock band, Sleepy Justice.  The weekend concluded with more pop-rock with the Outer Vibe.  The weather was just about perfect and KDNK did a live broadcast. Sweet! Now, it’s on to the new week and three more excellent live music events.

Hope to see you at the shows!

WEDNESDAY – JUNE 12TH – RIDE THE ROCKIES WELCOME PARTY – TOWN PLAZA AT 4TH AND MAIN STREETS – LIVE MUSIC FROM 4PM TO 8PM – FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT

For another year, the annual Ride the Rockies event has chosen little old Carbondale to be a stop on their route.  Our award-winning local Chamber staff is organizing a welcoming party with live music on the Town Plaza starting at 4pm.  And, KDNK will be serving cold beverages for the thirsty riders.  Come out and enjoy the free live music, have a drink with the tired bikers and enjoy the Spring weather.

4pm – Roaring Fork High School Jazz Band (10 beautiful horns) – 5pm – The Wolf Tones (Wes and Jay Engstrom) – 6pm – Callin Old Souls (local 4 piece band) – 7pm – Guilty Pleasure (local trio)

THURSDAY NIGHT – JUNE 13TH – PETER MULVEY AND JOHN STATZ – 7:30PM – www.petermulvey.com www.johnstatzmusic.com

Peter is one of our all time favorite singer/songwriters.  He first came to the room opening for Chris Smither on a wonderful night.  We have loved having him back in the room many times since then.  Peter is the real deal and a first-class troubadour.  This life-time musician has toured for decades and this visit he is making on his bike.  Looking forward to some new stories from this remarkable musician.  Don’t miss this one.  And, the bonus for the evening is fellow bike rider, and singer-songwriter-guitarist, John Statz; who was just hear for one of our Songwriters in the Round nights.  Some good stuff on a weeknight, for sure.

“Peter Mulvey is a veteran singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, as a busker, and from there moved on to performing in the subways and streets of Boston, Massachusetts. This led to his first record deal and a leap tofull-time national and international touring, beginning in the early Nineties.

Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana. A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led to a spoken word piece, “Vlad the Astrophysicist”, which became a TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book. In 2007 he began an annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car and airplane- the 10th annual bicycle tour will happen this September. He has taught songwriting and guitar workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across the U.S.

In 2015, “Take Down Your Flag”, his song about the victims of the shooting at the AME Emanuel Church in Charleston, reached 200,000 people when many songwriters, including Ani DiFranco, Anais Mitchell, Keb’ Mo, Paula Cole, & Jeff Daniels re-wrote the middle verse and posted their own videos of the song. This movement led to an online benefit concert, and a deepening of the friendship between Mulvey and DiFranco. Early in 2016 DiFranco produced “Are You Listening?”, Peter Mulvey’s 17th record, which will be released March 24th on Righteous Babe Records.

Mulvey continues to tour, playing over a hundred shows a year as he has for the past twenty five years. This is the core of what he does: music, in a room, performed for a live audience.”

BIO FOR OPENING ACT: JOHN STATZ

“The truth is that John Statz got his heart broken in 2017. And another truth is that he did it to himself. Unpacking the pain and understanding the reasons behind a failed relationship led the Denver-based singer-songwriter to record his most intimate album to date, tracked in his living room with some of his closest friends. Ernest Hemingway once gave the advice that one should, “write hard and clear about what hurts”, and so John did. John takes us into the steep terrain of desire, hope, and longing that sometimes lingers beyond the defined end of a relationship. We retrace our steps. We look at what we thought we knew. We ultimately discover and face the truth under the stories we told ourselves along the way. Darkness on the San Juans is a pause for reflection, and then it is an open road back to oneself.

One of the more prolific young songwriters working in the Folk/Americana genre today, John Statz has released eight studio albums and performed all over North America (including Canada and Mexico) and Europe, all in just twelve years’ time. The Boston Globe has called John’s music electric, urgent folk; aching, sweet country-rock while American Songwriter has said that he writes the kind of songs that float through your mind and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening. On his last three albums John worked with some of the best producers in the genre: Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), Jeffrey Foucault, and Megan Burtt. For this go around, John invited Nathan Edwards—a former college buddy who is now a recording technology professor at their alma mater, The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh—to co-produce an elemental, heartfelt acoustic record.

John Statz was given a guitar by his grandmother when he was 15, which turned out to be perfectly timed for a teenager who, after ten years of piano lessons, had lost interest in classical music and had taken to learning John Lennon and Elton John tunes. It wasn’t until Statz was 19 and attending university in Oshkosh that he began writing songs. The spark lit after attending a show at the storied Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, who quickly became heroes, and, later on, friends and collaborators. The first record, Dusk Came Slow, was engineered by the very same Nathan Edwards who co-produced Darkness on the San Juans, completing a circle of sorts between past and present. John moved to Denver in 2010 where he casually gardens in his backyard, cooks almost entirely in cast-iron cookware, and reads presidential biographies in chronological order.”

SATURDAY NIGHT – JUNE 15TH – SING-A-LONG WITH DAN SHERIDAN, ALAN NELSON AND THE ROOM – 7:30 – www.dansheridanaspen.com

You should know by now that I am always up for a good, new musical idea, right?  So, here we go again with a new idea for a show in the little room of musical wonders.  I have heard about a national movement of people getting together to sing songs.  Like a video with Rufus Wainwright leading a few thousand random folks singing a Leonard Cohen song (Choir, Choir, Choir is one such movement).  Then, our old friends and fellow musicians, Dan Sheridan and Alan Nelson sent me an email about wanting to have a night where people can get together and share songs together.  With absolutely no judgement on anybodies voice and/or “lack of talent”.  The whole purpose is to enjoy singing songs and making live music in “The Church of Steve”.  Why not, right?  Sounds like an excellent service, don’t you thing?  Here’s a few words from Alan and Dan.

“We worked up 6-7 song from JD, Elvis, Everly Bros,Beatles,ALan Jackson ( Living on love). Everyone sang and loved it.  We were advised to consider quitting our day jobs!  What a hoot.  Ginny said she was singing and thinking it sounded great, “and I can’t sing at all !”

Biography for Dan Sheridan

“A balance between politically-charged modern themes,  and timeless stories built on emotive melodies, complex open  tunings and a wry sense of humor.

2002 First Place

Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Songwriter Showcase

2001 First Place

Swallow Hill Songwriting Competition

1993 First Place – Telluride Troubadour Contest

When an artist truly has something to say, others easily recognize it. This is the case with the most recent collection of songs by Dan Sheridan on his new release, Recycle. Beyond the strong melodies and the effortless flow of words is a simple feeling that these songs may have always existed, and Sheridan’s deft touch as a songwriter merely uncovered them. This is the magic of Sheridan’s work, and what has made him one of today’s most artistic singer-songwriters. Never resorting to shock value or falling back on time worn cliches, the beauty of Sheridan’s work lies in the longing and detachment of his characters in these pastoral landscapes.

Dan is the obvious, “pro, ringer” in the mix and his guitar playing will keep the song train on the tracks.  Should be a sweet, fun time singing in the shop.  Come on out and give it a try just like me.  Why not?  I’m betting it will make me feel good.

Musically Yours,

Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon