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Wed, May 31

Tickets on sale 3/31 at 10AM! Jack Ingram

Genre: Country
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Throughout a recording career that has spanned more than 20 years, Jack Ingram has maintained a reputation for uncompromising, personally charged song craft and energetic, charismatic performances, earning him prominent stature in a prestigious tradition of iconoclastic singer-songwriters. Ingram's prior work has won him a fiercely devoted fan base as well as reams of critical acclaim, and now Midnight Motel marks a creative milestone for the veteran artist, his sound ever evolving while showcasing some of his most expressive, emotionally raw songwriting to date. Ingram made Midnight Motel independently to avoid outside influences and have creative freedom to write and record. “It was really important to me at this point in my life to avoid thinking about any commercial decisions about the music,” explains Ingram. “Every night after my kids went to bed, I'd go into my music room and stay in there until about three or four, just working out the songs like I did at the beginning of my career. Or while on the road, sit up late at night writing in motel rooms. I wanted to bring people into that space with me." And so Midnight Motel turned into an album that is as real and honest as it could be. “Signing with Rounder Records to release this album was a perfect fit because of their expertise and love for good music, no matter the genre,” Ingram says. His eighth studio album, and his first since his 2009 smash Big Dreams & High Hopes, Midnight Motel features spare, stripped-down instrumental arrangements that highlight the intimacy and urgency of such new originals as "I'm Drinking Through It," "Nothing to Fix," "Can’t Get Any Better Than This," and "All Over Again." The album's organic late-night vibe is perfectly suited to the material, and brings out the emotional edge in Ingram's deeply felt vocals.
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Fri, June 2

SOLD OUT! The Smithereens with Rubber Planet

Genre: Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

"I think it's as good as anything we've ever done," Pat DiNizio says of Smithereens 2011, the Smithereens' first album of original songs in 11 years. "I hate to use the term 'comeback album,' and it certainly wasn't planned that way, but it really feels like it," adds his longtime bandmate Jim Babjak. "It has the raw vibe of our early albums, while showing that we're moving forward and that we're still at the top of our game after 31 years." Indeed, the 13-song set shows the New Jersey-bred quartet to be making some of the most urgentmusicoftheirthree-decadecareer,deliveringtheirtimelessbrandofpunchy, heartfelt rock 'n' roll with as much fire as ever. Such instantly memorable new tunes as "Sorry," "One Look At You," "A World of Our Own" and "Rings On Her Fingers" exemplify the Smithereens'trademarkbrandofpunchymelodicsongcraft,drivenhome byDiNizio's expressive vocals and emotionally complex lyrics, along with fiery e n s e m b l e performancesthatshowofftheuncannymusicalchemistryoflongstanding musicalpartners DiNizio,BabjakandDennisDiken,andlateradditionSevero"the Thrilla"Jornacion,who joined in 2006. Smithereens2011'stitleslylyacknowledgesthefactthatit'stheband's11thstudioalbum, and that it's been 11 years since their last collection of original material. The album's moniker—as wellasitscoverdesign—alsopaystributetothefoursome'sbeloved1989 releaseSmithereens 11. Smithereens 2011 also reunites the group with revered producer and kindred musical spirit Don Dixon, who was at the helm for the Smithereens' breakthrough 1986 debut album EspeciallyforYouanditsmuch-loved1988follow-up GreenThoughts,aswellas1994's acclaimed A Date with the Smithereens. Thebandinauguratedthenewalbum'sbirthcyclebyspendingamonthhammeringtheir new compositionsintoshapeatthesame12-dollar-an-hourEastVillagerehearsalspace where they'd rehearsed in the 1980s. They then recorded the bulk of Smithereens 2011 in an action- packedthreedayswithDixonandhisfrequentcollaboratorMitchEaster,who servedasthe album'sengineer,atEaster'slegendaryFidelitoriumstudioinKernersville, NorthCarolina. "We pretty much picked up where we left off with Don," Diken notes. "He's a super musical guy with great ears, and he has lots of good ideas for the arrangements. He knows our strengths as individuals and as a team, and he has the know-how to capture the essence of who we are and what we do. But basically, he puts us in the studio, mics us up and lets us go to work." After the band returned from North Carolina, additional recording was done at DiNizio's house in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. "There was no pressure, no rush," says DiNizio. "We didn'thaveadeadline,sothealbumwasallowedtoevolveorganicallyandfindits ownlevel." The resulting album is a consistently riveting distillation of the qualities that set the Smithereens apart from the pack when they first emerged in the 1980s, and which have continued to endear the band to a large and fiercely loyal fan base in the years since. The Smithereens' three-decade history is a story of substance, integrity and persistence triumphing over shallow artifice and transient trendiness—of hard-working underdogs achieving success on their own terms by sticking to their guns and ignoring the dictates of pop fashion and music-industry convention. Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and original bassist Mike Mesaros grew up in Carteret, New Jersey,forgingafriendshipasteenagersthroughamutualloveof'60srock'n'rolland other vintage sounds. After meeting the similarly inclined DiNizio, the four formed the Smithereens,andwonsomelocalrenownwithapairofindependentlyreleasedEPs, 1980's Girls About Town and 1983's Beauty and Sadness. The Smithereens were already a seasoned live act by the time they achieved surprise commercialsuccessin1986withtheirfirstfullalbumEspeciallyforYou,withspawned the MTV hits "Blood and Roses" and "Behind the Wall of Sleep." The band continued to reap considerableairplay,criticalacclaimandfanloyaltywiththesubsequentlongplayers Green Thoughts, Smithereens 11, Blow Up, A Date with The Smithereens and God Save The Smithereens, which yielded such enduring numbers as "Only a Memory," "House We Used to Live In," "Drown in My Own Tears" and "A Girl Like You." Smithereens 2011 caps an extended period during which the Smithereens limited their recordingeffortstoaseriesofthematicreleasesthatpaidhomagetothegroup's formative influences. They tipped their collective hat to the Beatles with the twin Fab Four tributes MeetTheSmithereens!andB-SidesTheBeatles,andhonoredTheWho withThe Smithereens Play Tommy. The band also delivered a memorable seasonal set with the holiday-themedChristmaswiththeSmithereens,andaffirmeditsstatusasoneof rock'smost powerful performing units with Live In Concert!, recorded on stage in the band's home state. "I didn't realize how fast the time flew by since the last time we made a record of our own songs," Babjak observes. "But we never stopped playing live, and we've released five albums in the past four years, so it's not like we haven't been working." The band members also engaged in an array of extracurricular projects during the years betweenGodSavetheSmithereens,theirpreviouscollectionoforiginals,and Smithereens 2011. DiNizio released a string of solo albums, became a satellite-radio personality, and emergedasapioneerinthehouse-concertfieldbyplayingsoloacoustic showsinfans' homes. Babjak worked with his side combo Buzzed Meg. Diken released an album with his newprojectDennisDikenwithBellSound,playedonalbumbya varietyofartistsranging from Tommy James and Ronnie Spector to the Minus 5 and Amy Rigby, and put his encyclopedic knowledge of pop history to work on a multitude of writing projects. Throughitall,theSmithereenshavemaintainedabusyperformingschedule,preserving their reputationasoneofrock'shardest-workinglivebands,andcontinuingtothrillthe devotedfan base that's stuck with them over the years. "These days, the band is playing as well as we've ever played, with more focus and more intensity," DiNizio asserts, adding, "We still feel like we have something to prove. We have to hit a grand slam every night, and we have to be twice as good as bands half our age. And we've got this body of work that spans over 30 years, so we'll play at least two, two-and-a-half hours every night and bang through the songs like a freight train." The same qualities that have endeared the Smithereens to their fans over the years—and allowed the band to outlast the various fads and trends have come and gone during that time—are prominent on Smithereens 2011, which marks the beginning of an exciting new phase for the band. "We really played our hearts out when we recorded these songs, and I think that that comes across on the album," Diken says. "We have a lot of fans who've been with us since the beginning. But I've also been amazed at how many people at our recent shows have told us that they were seeing us for the first time. I think that this record will speak to both generations." "Oneofthebeautifulthingsaboutthisnewrecordisthatnow,inthecurrentmusic- industry environment, we can do exactly what we want to do," DiNizio states. "Radio as we knew it in 1986 no longer exists, so we don't have to think about making things acceptable for the radio. The rulebook has been thrown away, which liberates us to just make the records that we want to hear. That's basically what we've always done, but now the gloves are really off."
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Fri, June 9

Randy Hansen Band Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Genre: Rock/Tribute
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

For over thirty years, Randy Hansen has been building a reputation as the foremost Hendrix tribute on Earth. As one of the few players officially recognized by the Hendrix family, he has been successfully doing his act since the '70s, stunning audiences worldwide as he channels the spirit of Jimi and perfectly recreates the stage presence and skill of the legendary axeman.
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Sat, June 10

Mr. Majestyk's 8 Track Revival

Genre: Rock/Tribute
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

So, what exactly *is* MR. MAJESTYK'S 8-TRACK REVIVAL (And His Cavalcade of All-Stars)?? We're glad you asked. To answer that, we must enter (not so quietly) into the realm of GENIUS: A Band forged with the toughest musicians there are, performing musical masterpieces from THE ERA: the 1970s. Their musical choices don�t dwell within the obvious cheese, nay; they drill deep into the medulla oblongata for the songs you REALLY LOVED when they were played on the radio. These are the songs that blasted from the 8-track player of your '70 Challenger as you hurtled thru the desert, Vegas-bound.
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Sun, June 11

Acoustic Alchemy

Genre: Acoustic/Jazz/Nu-Jazz
Doors: 3:00PM
Show: 4:00PM

Acoustic Alchemy is the guitar-based duo that personifies what has come to be known as New Adult Contemporary music. With the release of This Way, Acoustic Alchemy's first album under Higher Octave/Narada Jazz's association with Blue Note Records, guitarists Greg Carmichael and Miles Gilderdale celebrate a remarkable two decades since 1987's Red Dust and Spanish Lace established the British ensemble as an ever evolving, powerhouse force in contemporary jazz. Their thousands of fans around the world may be feeling nostalgic, but the duo - while keeping their trademark acoustic guitar synergy front and center - Is clearly committed to forging ahead, following the laid back pop-soul vibe of American/English (2005) with their most aggressive and swinging, hard rocking and artfully jazzy disc to date. Join us for a night of enriching music with a group that is now twenty years in the making, yet still forging new sounds, styles and song-scapes.
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Sun, June 11

Acoustic Alchemy

Genre: Acoustic/Jazz/Nu-Jazz
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Acoustic Alchemy is the guitar-based duo that personifies what has come to be known as New Adult Contemporary music. With the release of This Way, Acoustic Alchemy's first album under Higher Octave/Narada Jazz's association with Blue Note Records, guitarists Greg Carmichael and Miles Gilderdale celebrate a remarkable two decades since 1987's Red Dust and Spanish Lace established the British ensemble as an ever evolving, powerhouse force in contemporary jazz. Their thousands of fans around the world may be feeling nostalgic, but the duo - while keeping their trademark acoustic guitar synergy front and center - Is clearly committed to forging ahead, following the laid back pop-soul vibe of American/English (2005) with their most aggressive and swinging, hard rocking and artfully jazzy disc to date. Join us for a night of enriching music with a group that is now twenty years in the making, yet still forging new sounds, styles and song-scapes.
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Wed, June 14

Puddles Pity Party

Genre:
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

The 'Sad Clown with the Golden Voice' is back with a suitcase full of all new emotional anthems and plenty of Kleenex! As with any Pity Party performance, it's not all sadness and longing. Puddles' set is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments.

With more than 164k fans on Facebook and over 32 million views on Youtube, including his acclaimed version of Lorde's Royals, Sia's Chandelier and other pop favorites, Puddles Pity Party has toured extensively in the US including multiple sold out shows at Joe's Pub in NYC, the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco and the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. He has also performed many times in the UK at Soho Theatre London, a sold out run in 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and he was a feature performer in La Soiree's Southbank show that won the Olivier Award in 2015. Other worldwide festival appearances include the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Perth Fringe World, Melbourne International Comedy Fest, Just for Laughs Montreal, Belgium's Gent Festival, Festival Supreme (LA), Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle), Moontower Comedy Festival (Austin), First City Fest (Monterey) and MusikFest (Bethlehem).

"It seems like a parody. But when Puddles opens his mouth to sing, it's beautiful. Operatic." - The Boston Globe

"His special effect is a textured voice laced with melancholy…what makes him transcend the trope is his vulnerability." - The New York Times

"Clever and often hysterically funny… (Puddles) is ideally suited to songs popularized by belters old and new like Tom Jones, Sia and Celine Dion, all of which he performs with tear-jerking bravura…" - LA Weekly
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Thu, June 15

Emporium Presents Puddles Pity Party

Genre:
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

SOLD OUT!

The 'Sad Clown with the Golden Voice' is back with a suitcase full of all new emotional anthems and plenty of Kleenex! As with any Pity Party performance, it's not all sadness and longing. Puddles' set is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments.

With more than 164k fans on Facebook and over 32 million views on Youtube, including his acclaimed version of Lorde's Royals, Sia's Chandelier and other pop favorites, Puddles Pity Party has toured extensively in the US including multiple sold out shows at Joe's Pub in NYC, the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco and the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. He has also performed many times in the UK at Soho Theatre London, a sold out run in 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and he was a feature performer in La Soiree's Southbank show that won the Olivier Award in 2015. Other worldwide festival appearances include the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Perth Fringe World, Melbourne International Comedy Fest, Just for Laughs Montreal, Belgium's Gent Festival, Festival Supreme (LA), Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle), Moontower Comedy Festival (Austin), First City Fest (Monterey) and MusikFest (Bethlehem).

"It seems like a parody. But when Puddles opens his mouth to sing, it's beautiful. Operatic." - The Boston Globe

"His special effect is a textured voice laced with melancholy…what makes him transcend the trope is his vulnerability." - The New York Times

"Clever and often hysterically funny… (Puddles) is ideally suited to songs popularized by belters old and new like Tom Jones, Sia and Celine Dion, all of which he performs with tear-jerking bravura…" - LA Weekly
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Fri, June 16

The Rippingtons feat. Russ Freeman

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

Fans that have followed Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons for any stretch of time over the past quarter century know the versatile award winning and Grammy nominated guitarist/composer, and producer has long had a penchant for naming songs and albums after exotic places (Aruba, Kenya, Morocco, Weekend in Monaco, Sahara, etc). In recent years, Freeman has noticed that The Rippingtons' fan base has increased exponentially, as the group's longtime admirers transfer their passion for the music to their children. Several Rippingtons albums have been inspired by Freeman's travels, and collectively, they have formed the life soundtrack for hundreds of thousands of contemporary jazz fans worldwide for a quarter century. The titles of each hit Ripps album has often reflected Freeman's deep wanderlust, whether he had actually been to the places he wrote about or was just dreaming of them in musical terms. These include Kilimanjaro, Tourist in Paradise, Welcome to the St. James Club, Weekend In Monaco, Live in L.A., Sahara, Brave New World and Live Across America. In 2006, the band celebrated two decades of instrumental magic with The Rippingtons 20th Anniversary, a remarkable CD/DVD package that included a CD of all new Ripps music and a DVD featuring a colorful retrospective as well as exciting videos from over the years. On their latest Peak Records album, Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons take their lucky fans on a trip of a lifetime to Cote D'Azur. Traveling with them is their trademark jazz cat, by artist Bill Mayer, who again graces the CD cover art. Next time out, who knows? Freeman's musical passport still has a lot of open space to be stamped, and the journey continues!
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Fri, June 16

The Rippingtons feat. Russ Freeman

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

Fans that have followed Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons for any stretch of time over the past quarter century know the versatile award winning and Grammy nominated guitarist/composer, and producer has long had a penchant for naming songs and albums after exotic places (Aruba, Kenya, Morocco, Weekend in Monaco, Sahara, etc). In recent years, Freeman has noticed that The Rippingtons' fan base has increased exponentially, as the group's longtime admirers transfer their passion for the music to their children. Several Rippingtons albums have been inspired by Freeman's travels, and collectively, they have formed the life soundtrack for hundreds of thousands of contemporary jazz fans worldwide for a quarter century. The titles of each hit Ripps album has often reflected Freeman's deep wanderlust, whether he had actually been to the places he wrote about or was just dreaming of them in musical terms. These include Kilimanjaro, Tourist in Paradise, Welcome to the St. James Club, Weekend In Monaco, Live in L.A., Sahara, Brave New World and Live Across America. In 2006, the band celebrated two decades of instrumental magic with The Rippingtons 20th Anniversary, a remarkable CD/DVD package that included a CD of all new Ripps music and a DVD featuring a colorful retrospective as well as exciting videos from over the years. On their latest Peak Records album, Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons take their lucky fans on a trip of a lifetime to Cote D'Azur. Traveling with them is their trademark jazz cat, by artist Bill Mayer, who again graces the CD cover art. Next time out, who knows? Freeman's musical passport still has a lot of open space to be stamped, and the journey continues!
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Sat, June 17

All Ages Show! Trace Bundy

Genre:
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Internationally-acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed "Acoustic Ninja" play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers. Bundy's unique career has brought him across the world, with sold-out concerts in 26 countries and counting - from high-tech performance halls in South Korea and Italy, to remote villages in Zimbabwe and Guatemala. He has independently sold over 99,000 albums on his record label, Honest Ninja Music. His video clips circulate virally at astonishing speed, with over 35,000,000 YouTube views to date. Trace was named "Most Promising New Talent" of 2008 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, as well as winning third place in the magazine?s "Best Fingerstyle Guitarist" category the same year. Over his many years of touring, Trace has shared the stage with Brandi Carlile, Olivia Newton-John, Neko Case, Judy Collins, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Phil Keaggy, David Wilcox, David Knopfler (Dire Straits), Bill Nershi (String Cheese), Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings), Chris Hillman (the Byrds), and Stanley Jordan, among others. Jimmy Leslie at Guitar Player Magazine blogs "It was easy to see why Bundy plays bigger venues on each tour. In his hands, the acoustic guitar is an imagination station, and there was no telling where he is going take the audience at any given turn. Thrilling stuff." Dave Kirby from the Boulder Weekly says "Possessing a staggering acoustic technique, on both right and left sides, Bundy has made his reputation as a next generation solo guitarist of serious repute." Audiocast Magazine from Austin, TX agrees: "Bundy's live show is without a doubt an event that needs to be witnessed rather than told about. With such a jaw-dropping performance, Bundy's live concert is a slap in the face that would leave a palm print on the memory of everyone in the audience." Take a minute to check him out and you'll agree that Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard.
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Sun, June 18

All Ages Show! The Roosevelts

Genre: Americana/Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

The Roosevelts lead singer James Mason muses on the birth of their name: “It was Presidents’ Day. It was our first day in the studio. We had the songs, but we didn’t have a name. There were two of them, and two of us. – I like to think they would have been fans of our music.” As one half of the electric duo along with lead guitarist Jason Kloess, the two brothers – in song, not blood (though maybe beards) – carved a distinctive niche on the renowned live music scene of Austin, Texas, before their recent move to the music industry’s “third coast” – Nashville, Tennessee. Together, the songsmiths cultivated a sound that's a little bluesy, a little bit folky, and a little bit rock 'n' roll. Sure, there's some mandolin in there, but most importantly, it's just heartfelt, genuine music that belongs to them alone, not any genre. When forced to give it a name, the boys will tell you it’s “harmony-driven American rock with a 70s sensibility.” Still, some tastemakers are describing their sound as “warm, rootsy pop.” Ultimately, you might have to decide for yourself. The Roosevelts are a “live” band if there ever was one. 2016 found The Roosevelts completing a run of at-capacity tour dates and one-nighters with Robert Earl Keen, Green River Ordinance, and Grace Potter; a featured spot at the BMI Songwriters Festival in Key West; and hard-earned feature spots at world-famous, tastemaker festivals South by Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City Limits Festival. Their show provides a rousing, dance-worthy compilation of songs, but also features poignant tunes that scale the depth of their personality and communicate their story with remarkable power. Having a charismatic ability to connect with fans and a delightful set of songs, concert-goers can’t help but smile – making The Roosevelts a band that music fans of any genre can’t afford to miss.
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Tue, June 20

Emporium Presents Morgan James

Genre: Pop
Doors: 6:30PM
Show: 7:30PM

SOLD OUT

"A phenomenal talent whose feel for classic soul music is bone deep...This woman is on fire." -- The New York Times

One voice is all it takes. The right vocalist can make you fall in love at first listen, elicit tears, or bring you back to a different era altogether. A microphone and a stage remain the only necessities. That holds true for New York-based soul singer, songwriter, and Broadway chanteuse Morgan James. On her full-length debut for Epic Records, Hunter, she casts an unbreakable spell with a powerhouse voice, theatrical swing, and a soulful poise. Hunter boasts powerful and personal renditions of Prince's Call My Name (reached Top 15 at Urban AC radio and #1 most added) along withHall & Oates' "She's Gone" and Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark". Morgan assumed co-writing duties on eight of the collection's eleven tracks and even performed all of her own background vocals and harmonies. She is proud to note that no vocal tuning of any kind has been used on any of her albums. From the empowering farewell of Fed Up On You to the mournful rumination of Say The Words, or the soulful duet with Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper, "Let Me Keep You", she continually bares it all—both emotionally and musically. In addition to "Hunter", Morgan has released a live tribute to Nina Simone, "Morgan James Live", as well as an EP featuring some of her fan's favorite covers, "YouTube Sessions". (She can also be heard on countless theatre and concept soundtracks). Since Hunter'srelease, Morgan's music videos have accumulated more than 45 million views (and climbing). With viral sensation Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, Morgan toured the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She is currently touring with her band and in the midst of writing her next album!
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Wed, June 21

Emporium Presents Morgan James

Genre: Pop
Doors: 6:30PM
Show: 7:30PM

"A phenomenal talent whose feel for classic soul music is bone deep...This woman is on fire." -- The New York Times

One voice is all it takes. The right vocalist can make you fall in love at first listen, elicit tears, or bring you back to a different era altogether. A microphone and a stage remain the only necessities. That holds true for New York-based soul singer, songwriter, and Broadway chanteuse Morgan James. On her full-length debut for Epic Records, Hunter, she casts an unbreakable spell with a powerhouse voice, theatrical swing, and a soulful poise. Hunter boasts powerful and personal renditions of Prince's Call My Name (reached Top 15 at Urban AC radio and #1 most added) along withHall & Oates' "She's Gone" and Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark". Morgan assumed co-writing duties on eight of the collection's eleven tracks and even performed all of her own background vocals and harmonies. She is proud to note that no vocal tuning of any kind has been used on any of her albums. From the empowering farewell of Fed Up On You to the mournful rumination of Say The Words, or the soulful duet with Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper, "Let Me Keep You", she continually bares it all—both emotionally and musically. In addition to "Hunter", Morgan has released a live tribute to Nina Simone, "Morgan James Live", as well as an EP featuring some of her fan's favorite covers, "YouTube Sessions". (She can also be heard on countless theatre and concept soundtracks). Since Hunter'srelease, Morgan's music videos have accumulated more than 45 million views (and climbing). With viral sensation Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, Morgan toured the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She is currently touring with her band and in the midst of writing her next album!
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Thu, June 22

Tickets on sale 4/14 at 10am! Drinkin Bros Podcast

Genre: Comedy/Podcast
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

'Edgy, inundated with comic relief and real talk from guys just like you and me. You won't stop laughing. Unless you suck - then you won't get it in the first place.' - Dave
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Fri, June 23

Jennifer Knapp with Megan Burtt

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Jennifer Knapp has experienced enough chaos and turmoil in her life that she could write about it on every album. Instead, she made Love Comes Back Around, a collection of songs that focus on what really matters. Produced by Viktor Krauss, Knapp’s latest features 10 compelling new tunes exploring love — but not the easy kind. These are love songs for grown-ups who have come a few miles. “It’s not just sex, it’s not just physical relationships,” Knapp says. “It’s hard work. It’s loss, it’s forgiveness, it’s a lot of things wrapped up in one.” Love Comes Back Around pairs her fearless songwriting and strong, expressive voice with rootsy arrangements: there’s growling guitar and a snakey beat on opener “Straight Road,” subtle horns layered into the background on “Perfect Pardon” and the mournful interplay of piano and acoustic guitar on “Roll Over Me.” Knapp’s vocals are the centerpiece of the title track, which she says is “a look at the mundane things in our lives, between who makes the bed and who doesn’t, and what makes you miss your partner when she’s gone.” In other words, the real stuff. Knapp knows plenty about that. Love Comes Back Around is her sixth album in a music career with two distinct sections. After releasing three contemporary Christian albums in the late ’90s and early 2000s, she took a long break from music and moved to Australia before resuming her career in 2009. The following year, she came out as gay and released Letting Go, her first mainstream album. Set Me Free followed in 2014, in conjunction with a memoir, Facing the Music: My Story on Howard Books/Simon & Schuster. “At this point in my life, I’ve been in a relationship for well over a decade, I’ve had a public controversy and had to weather the storm over my sexual orientation in public, I’ve had to deal with what my faith does or doesn’t mean to my music,” Knapp says. After all that, she was ready to focus on something else. “I started thinking about a universal approach to what love is, and not just the sappy part.” Knapp’s return to music included moving back to Nashville, where she was based earlier in her career. “I’ve experienced Nashville in two ways,” she says. “At the heart of my stardom, so to speak, when things were really busy and I toured a lot, the irony was that even though I made my home here and worked professionally here, I wasn’t home enough to enjoy the camaraderie.” This time around, she’s home enough to have become part of a creative community. That’s how she connected with Krauss: friends of Knapp’s who knew the producer’s work recommended him. After Knapp listened, she invited Krauss out for ice cream and asked him to work with her on Love Comes Back Around. “If you don’t deliver music that creates the emotional space to dive into the lyrics, a lot of the subtlety is lost, and Viktor really understands that,” Knapp says. “He’s seen everything and played with everybody and has all these phone numbers, but he’s actually really humble and sincere, and that allows an artist like me to have confidence in my own work.” When she’s not occupied with music, or doing advocacy work on behalf of LGBTQ people of faith through her Inside Out Faith organization, Knapp is working on a master’s degree in theological studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School. It’s not what she thought she’d be doing now when she was a young singer first starting out, but life has a way of carving its own unexpected path — and so does love. “There’s something beautiful in all of that,” Knapp says. “That’s why we call it love. And if it weren’t hard sometimes, we wouldn’t appreciate the beauty. And if it weren’t beautiful, we wouldn’t be willing to keep going through the hard parts.”
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Tue, June 27

Tickets on sale 4/14 at 10am! Jason Eady

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

On the heels of his last two albums, both having charted on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and Heatseekers charts–Mississippi bred singer /songwriter /guitarist Jason Eady will release his highly anticipated sixth album in 2017. Produced by Kevin Welch, the collection merges Eady’s distinct sensibilities into a stripped-down, roots-oriented sound that showcases the gritty elegance of his songwriting. For Eady—who names Merle Haggard, Guy Clark, and Willie Nelson among his main inspirations—instilling each song with so much graceful honesty proved to be his greatest achievement and thrill in creating the new album. “When you first get started making music, your ideas are grandiose and more about the big picture. But the longer I’ve done this, the more I’ve realized that the real joy comes from the process rather than the end goal,” he says. “Now it’s about getting better and finding more of myself with every album.” Despite its subtle approach, the album radiates a warm vitality that’s got much to do with Eady’s gift for nuanced yet unaffected ‘slice-of-life’ storytelling. Guest performances include Tammy Rogers of The SteelDrivers, Courtney Patton and Vince Gill. The yet to be named album is slated for a Spring release by Thirty Tigers and supported by national and international tour dates throughout 2017-18.
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Wed, June 28

Tickets on sale 5/5 at 10am! David Archuleta

Genre: Pop/Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

David Archuleta became a star when he was just 16. In 2008 more than 30 million television viewers fell in love with his angelic voice and their 44 million votes made him runner-up in Season 7 of “American Idol.” Soon after, the young Utahan signed with Jive Records and his first single “Crush,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of its release. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the track sold 166,000 downloads that first week in the U.S. and subsequently more than 1.92 million digital copies. Three months later, David’s self-titled album, “David Archuleta,” went gold, selling more than 750,000 copies in the U.S., and more than 900,000 worldwide. “It was so neat to see how positive fans were about ‘Crush,’” David said of the enthusiastic reception for his chart debut.
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Fri, June 30

Tickets on sale 3/31 at 10AM! Hazel Miller & Friends

Genre: Blues/Soul
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Whether she is singing blues, jazz, pop, or gospel, her voice charges the songs with a primal dose of genuine soul. Her voice has been called stunning, moving and powerful. Hazel Miller is not just a great singer, "she is a force of nature!" declares the Rocky Mountain News. A sought-after performer in Colorado for the past 14 years, Hazel has regularly performed with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and was a regular performer on the ETown Radio Show, aired on NPR.
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Thu, July 6

Mizel Museum's Cultural Concert Series Presents Barbelfish Balkan Band

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Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

Barbelfish specializes in the music of Bulgaria and Macedonia, featuring the vocal harmonies of Julie Lancaster and Loren Uecker (from the group Planina) along with the instrumental virtuosity of Jesse Manno (percussion), James Hoskins (cello and gadulka), Steve Mullins (tambura, mandolin, and guitar) and Amy Self (clarinet and naval). Barbelfish performs Balkan dance music , along with the hauntingly beautiful songs from this ancient musical tradition.
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Fri, July 7

Tickets on sale 5/5 at 10am! Marcia Ball

Genre: Blues
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” Living Blues declares, “Her originals sound like timeless classics and southern soul masterpieces that no one else can imitate.” Of the new album, Ball says, “I don’t make a record until I have something to say, stories to tell, messages to impart. I try to make records that are true to me,” she continues, “and this one couldn’t be truer.” On The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man, the message is loud and clear: Marcia Ball has plenty of surprising and thought-provoking stories to tell, and the two-fisted piano prowess, sweet and soulful vocals and superlative songs with which to tell them.
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Sun, July 9

Tickets on sale 3/31 at 10AM! Uncle Lucius

Genre: Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

A band Carpenter calls “Southern rock for the thinking man” doesn’t shy away from outside-the-box influences. Galloway quotes philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti and mythologist Joseph Campbell in the same breath as Willie Nelson, while Greco evokes The Band and bebop drummer Max Roach with equal aplomb. Each member recognizes that authenticity requires a constant seeking, that at no time may an artist arrive at who they truly are. Instead they must look always beyond their present confines, in order to remain unsettled enough to create. Certainly there’s risk involved when a band decides to go its own way. Freedom carries with it the weight of responsibility after all. That Uncle Lucius seems destined for a broader audience should come as no surprise, for music that comes from the heart and speaks to the soul.
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Thu, July 13

Tickets on sale 5/12 at 10am! Eileen Ivers

Genre: Celtic
Doors: 6:30PM
Show: 7:30PM

“She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing …then she focuses her attention outwards to the audience, who shout and cheer and answer her calls in a deafening chorus.” - The Irish Times "Ivers has charisma and technique to burn …it's all about tradition and renewal." - Boston Globe Eileen Ivers and the band, Matthew Mancuso, Buddy Connolly, Lindsey Horner and Dave Barckow are Connecting the Roots of Celtic and American Roots Music ...from Bluegrass music to Country music, and French-Canadian music to Cajun music.. Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, guest starred with over 50 orchestras, original Musical Star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, All-Ireland Banjo Champion, Sting, The Chieftains, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, founding member of Cherish the Ladies, movie soundtracks including Gangs of New York and Back to Titanic, performed for Presidents and Royalty worldwide…this is a brief list of accomplishments, headliners, tours, and affiliations. Fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today and a pioneer and educator in her musical field. The Washington Post states, "She suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle.” Billboard Magazine calls Eileen “a sensation”, the Irish Times raves “a virtuoso”, and her hometown New York Times recognizes Ivers as “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin”. Ivers' recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. Even though she has won over 30 All-Ireland Championship medals (one of the most in the history of the competition), Eileen is hailed as one of the great innovators in the Celtic, Roots and World music genres. She has influenced scores of young players in these traditions. Her latest recording is 2016 release, “Beyond the Bog Road” on eOne Records. Irish Music Magazine called it “a triumph …a musical Magnus-Opus”, and the album reached number one on the Alt-Country Roots Music Chart. The CD and its extensively researched sixteen-page liner notes, written by Eileen, focuses on the influences of the Celtic tradition on Roots music (bluegrass, French-Canadian, Cajun, Appalachian, Americana) and how the music journeyed on to become a fundamental ingredient of the American Country music tradition. In 2017, Ivers founded her current touring project, “Universal Roots”, a five-member ensemble featuring Matt Mancuso (lead vocals, guitar, trumpet, fiddle), Buddy Connolly (button accordion, whistles, piano, vocals), Lindsey Horner (upright and electric bass, baritone sax, vocals), and Dave Barckow (lead vocals, percussion, guitar). Together with Eileen on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bodhran, and live looping, the group showcase the connection of roots music through a staggering diversity of instruments and vocals. National Council for the Traditional Arts chairman, George Holt, has noted “a superb band …full of passion and virtuosity”. Pre-production is underway for Eileen’s next recording project, which will be released at the end of this year. Eileen Ivers will change the way you think of the violin.
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Fri, July 14

Tickets on sale 5/5 at 10am! Kory Brunson Band with Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts

Genre: Country
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Hailing proudly from Colorado, KORY BRUNSON BAND combines a polished rock sound with down home country feel producing what they describe as "Hard Country". Their debut album "Hard Country" produced two top 100 singles with “Girls Night Out” landing at #76 and "We Know You're Out There" climbing higher to #63. While the band’s music can be heard on many radio stations across the country, they have also toured across the heartland of America. Highlights include the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Mile High Stadium, Red Rocks Amphitheater, as well as supporting national acts Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Gretchen Wilson, Lee Brice, Chris Cagle, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Little Big Town. Constantly writing and touring, this powerhouse "HARD COUNTRY" band continues to blow audiences away worldwide, and will release their follow up album later this year.
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Sat, July 22

Tickets on sale 5/5 at 10am! Louis Colaiannia with Donovan Johnson Band & Perpetual Motion

Genre: Classical/Jazz
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

The music of Louis Colaiannia transforms musical notes into ethereal images that captivate the soul. Entrancing with its passion, his music will encompass your being allowing you to experience emotion in waves. Influenced by the works of such immortal composers as Beethoven, Mozart, and Rachmoninoff, Louis Colaiannia intoxicates with their same passion, complexity, and enchantment. Described by Scott Taylor, Veteran Radio Consultant and Award Winning Programmer, as an, “Incredible composer and performer with a touch of Tesh, Brickman & Yanni all rolled into one. His music is both soothing and uplifting, allowing the senses to feel every note.”
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Sun, July 23

All Ages Show! Lee Dewyze

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

"I am a songwriter. I am a poet. I am a lyricist. I am a singer. I am an American Idol Winner," confesses the handsome, charismatic and introspective Lee DeWyze. "Some people have a hard time understanding how those things can go hand in hand." Collectively all of these gifts have coalesced to garner DeWyze a place as one of the most exciting singer/songwriter’s to emerge in the past decade. A Millennial troubadour, DeWyze’s depth as a songwriter along with his earnest ability to drive home a song with a delicate balance of deep emotion and subtlety, call to mind some of his earliest influences like Simon and Garfunkel, Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens) and Johnny Cash. DeWyze’s songs have spent several consecutive weeks in the top forty on the Billboard Hot AC Chart, been featured on the insanely popular gritty drama The Walking Dead, NBC’s musical drama Nashville, showcased in commercials and topped charts abroad in Ireland and Italy. In the six years since DeWyze has evolved from being crowned an American Idol winner, he has continued to refine his artistry. In numerology six is regarded as one of the most harmonious and stable single digits, representing balance, sincerity, love, and truth. Whether you believe or not, one thing for sure is that DeWyze seems to have arrived at such a place in his journey thus far. "I think for once I am making music that is just me. All the way through,” smiles Lee. February 12, 2016, Shanachie Entertainment will release Oil & Water, Lee DeWyze’s fifth solo effort and highly anticipated label debut. His resonant, soulful and at times raspy tenor combined with his prodigious guitar playing serve to underscore themes of the heart as ten songs unravel into compelling poetic prose and striking arrangements.
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Thu, July 27

Tickets on sale 5/5 at 10am! The Black Lillies with The Cordovas

Genre: Alt Country
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

The Black Lillies’ story is one of hard work and highway miles … a story that traces their evolution from a group of friends making music in songwriter and frontman Cruz Contreras’ living room into what is now one of Americana’s biggest success stories: an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between folk, soul, red dirt country, blues and jazz. More importantly, The Black Lillies’ story is still unfolding, with the band’s sharp, southern-influenced songs — including Americana radio hits like “Hard to Please,” the kickoff single and title track from the band’s most recent album — leading the charge. Centered around multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Contreras (Robinella and the CCstringband), and featuring a rotating cast of incredible musicians including bassist and vocalist Sam Quinn (the everybodyfields), drummer Bowman Townsend (Jill Andrews), and guitarist/vocalist Dustin Schaefer (Micky & The Motorcars), The Black Lillies enter this chapter as one of the most visible, viable groups in contemporary roots music. Hard to Please, produced by Grammy winner Ryan Hewitt and recorded at Nashville’s legendary House of Blues Studio D, earned praise from Rolling Stone Country, NPR, American Songwriter and beyond, debuting at #12 on Billboard Heatseekers and #30 on Billboard’s Top 200 Country Albums. 2013’s Runaway Blues and 2011’s 100 Miles of Wreckage both fared similarly well, with outlets like Entertainment Weekly praising the band’s “strong roots-folk songwriting, sweet harmonies, and charismatic indie spirit.” The Black Lillies promoted each release in the blue-collar tradition: by hitting the highway, racking up 230 gigs in 2014 alone and averaging 175 during the remaining years. That road-warrior work ethic has become as integral to the band’s success as Contreras’ songwriting, taking the band from coast to coast, border to border, and even country to country. Proudly independent since their formation, The Black Lillies were one of the first independent bands to play the Grand Ole Opry and have since returned dozens of times – sharing that stage with big-budget bands and major-label mainstreamers. They’ve chased down success on their terms, ignoring the trends of Nashville and focusing on a sound that, as Vanity Fair notes, “continues to cross generations and musical genres – country, folk, blues and…a touch of the Dead, for good measure.” With a reimagined lineup, new songs and the same dedication to touring, the Lillies continue to sink their roots deep into the Americana landscape.
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Wed, August 2

Tickets on sale 5/5 at 10am! Jonathan Fritzen & Darren Rahn

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

JONATHAN FRITZEN

Take one of the hottest composers and keyboard players in instrumental pop, add in featured performances from the likes of Gerald Albright, Paul Taylor and Nils Landgren, hook them up with ten wonderful new tunes and what do you have? The answer is ‘Fritzenized’, the latest album from the Billboard chart-topping, artist Jonathan Fritzén. It is the Swedish American’s fifth solo CD and follows the critically acclaimed ‘Magical’ from which the title cut blasted a path to #1 on every smooth jazz airplay chart on the planet. The fact that even before it’s release date, ‘Fritzenized’ has already become a chart topper says much for a collection that, two years in the making, is Fritzén’s most personal to date. Writing, producing and (for the first time) mixing every track, he comes closer to his true musical vision than with any other project he has created so far. A case in point is the aptly titled ‘A Funky Night’ that finds him reuniting with vocalist Laila Adele. As Jonathan explains, “Laila is not only a long term collaborator of mine but also one of my favorite singers. The groove for the song was inspired by one of the most sampled drum loops in rap music, ‘Juicy Fruit’ that I thought would fuse nicely with my own musical spices.” There is no doubt it worked out just fine and much the same can be said of ‘Guacamole’, which has a vibe of the kind Fritzén first heard when touring in Nicaragua many years ago. “After the shows”, Jonathan recalls, “we would go out to the local clubs to party. The songs that the DJ’s were spinning would often have this beat they called “reggaeton” and this is my own take on it. Guacamole is probably my favorite thing to eat so I thought it would be a good title for the tune.” It features Swedish trombone player Nils Landgren, one of Europe’s most famous jazz musicians, and another guest performer that Fritzén was eager to have on board is Gerald Albright whom Fritzén describes as being one of the greatest sax players on earth.

DARREN RAHN

With over 25 #1 radio singles and multiple Grammy nominations over the past 11 years as an artist, producer and mixing engineer, Darren Rahn has become urban jazz’s premiere sonic architect, the “go-to” guy for established genre greats and up and comers looking for their next sure-fire hit. Yet in signing with Woodward Avenue Records and recording his fifth album, the British Columbia born, Denver based saxophonist – who launched his solo career with Soulful in 2004 - is after something more meaningful than a few more instantly infectious smashes. The multi-talented performer’s desire to launch his second decade as an innovative powerhouse by creating music in his truest voice, straight from the heart, is perfectly in line with the label’s unique mission: to let artists make music authentic to themselves, beyond the trappings of formulas and strictly commercial considerations.
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Fri, August 4

Tickets on sale 5/5 at 10am! Vaud and The Villains

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Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Vaud and the Villains is 19 piece 1930s New Orleans orchestra and cabaret. With echos of Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Session Band, they are Americana Noir meets Moulin Rouge. A genre bending spectacle…at once seedy and inspiring…gritty and sublime. Bring your wretched souls, your sins and your dancing feet…they will save you and you will never be the same…
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Fri, August 11

Norman Brown

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

GRAMMY® Award winner Norman Brown is on close intimate terms with his audience. For almost two decades, it has been an engaging, mutually rewarding relationship, with the multitalented guitarist, composer and singer offering tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz and his fans melting into satisfied aural bliss with every succulent, jazz inflected note. It‟s a veritable “love fest” – and Brown keeps the good vibes going on his long- awaited new release, Sending My Love, arriving this June on Peak Records. “I‟m a loving guy -- I hear that a lot. I started reading my emails and the fans were sending me so much love that I wanted to send them love back,” explains the artist, who wrote nine of the ten tunes on this offering. “The CD is about pure love, love in all its many aspects: a personal relationship and a general love for the planet and for people. We should be kind to each other,” he adds.
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Fri, August 11

Norman Brown

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

GRAMMY® Award winner Norman Brown is on close intimate terms with his audience. For almost two decades, it has been an engaging, mutually rewarding relationship, with the multitalented guitarist, composer and singer offering tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz and his fans melting into satisfied aural bliss with every succulent, jazz inflected note. It‟s a veritable “love fest” – and Brown keeps the good vibes going on his long- awaited new release, Sending My Love, arriving this June on Peak Records. “I‟m a loving guy -- I hear that a lot. I started reading my emails and the fans were sending me so much love that I wanted to send them love back,” explains the artist, who wrote nine of the ten tunes on this offering. “The CD is about pure love, love in all its many aspects: a personal relationship and a general love for the planet and for people. We should be kind to each other,” he adds.
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Thu, August 17

Passion4Arts Presents Art & Soul Music Showcase feat. TheVoice, Gregory Goodloe, Gladys, Danae Simone & More!

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Doors: 4:00PM
Show: 5:00PM

The Lineup:
TheVoice
Gregory Goodloe
Gladys
Danae Simone
Jovan Mays
Shayla Monique
Theo Wilson
Smooth E & The Grooves
Marques Clark


The Passion4Arts Project initiative was founded in 2016 by Good Mornings Coffeehouse, LLC to provide an annual venue for national, regional and local artists to showcase their talents in music, poetry and art. Our mission is to deliver positive entertainment for the community through music and art by expressing the diversity that life offers through creative means . A celebration of great food, great drinks and our outstanding cultural community, Passion4arts kicks off the 2nd Annual Art & Soul Music Showcase in style . Having an established art and culture scene within a community reinforces the idea that a strong movement of local arts and culture is a vital part of a community’s economy. We are currently working on gaining our 501(c)( 3 ) non - profit status. Without your support, local artists would not have the opportunity to create a positive impact in the community.
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Sat, August 19

Dave Barnes The Joke Concert

Genre: Stand Up Comedy
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

We all have music that transports us back in time. The song your family sings every holiday. The track that makes you reminisce about a first love. The music that instantly reminds you of where you came from but also of how far you've come. For Dave Barnes, that music is from the 1970s Los Angeles scene where the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Jackson Browne left the greatest mark. It is these early influences’ sounds that encapsulate the direction of Barnes’ latest release, Carry On, San Vicente. "This is one of the most true versions of myself that I've probably ever made." says Barnes. Barnes is a respected Nashville songwriter who received Grammy and CMA nominations for Blake Shelton's recording of his song "God Gave Me You," and has also penned songs for Tim McGraw, Marc Broussard, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes, Matt Wertz, Ben Rector and many others. He has toured extensively over the past 14 years as an artist showcasing his catalog of nine full-length albums, including his latest nine-track release Carry On, San Vicente as well as opening for artists including Bonnie Raitt, Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Lady Antebellum, One Republic and more. Dave approached the creation of Carry On, San Vicente differently than past releases, wanting to craft a specific sound and an easy listening experience where fans could keep the album on repeat all day long as they go about their lives. "I sat over a couple of weeks thinking about what the next move was in my career. I figured what would be fun to do now in this stage, where I have enough of a bedrock of music that people know what I do and who I'm about, would be to venture out a bit. Or in this case, return to the roots of what inspired me in the first place," he says. After watching the Eagles documentary History of the Eagles, he thought it'd be fun to create a piece of work that embodied the 1970s Los Angeles music scene and started writing songs that he planned to release in the form of an EP. Pretty soon he had more songs than an EP typically offers. “I had a couple of prerequisites – I really wanted it to feel desert-y and sparse and evoke that kind of imagery. I also wanted it to be something you could sing to pretty easily – on the first listen, the second and third chorus you can sing along. That was the biggest deal. The singability factor was key," he explains. "When you hear those Eagles songs, Jackson Browne songs, Fleetwood Mac, so much of that stuff is so memorable melodically. They're really difficult to write but they're so easy to sing and participate in and that was important to me to try and pull that off.” Songs like album opener "She's the One I Love" embody the catchiness and musicality of the aforementioned era of music with its layered guitar parts and vocal harmonies. Meanwhile, the soaring "Sunset Santa Fe" with wavering pedal steel accompaniment and slowed guitar parts paints a vivid landscape for the listener. A thank you letter to his wife for allowing him to create a space to live out his dream, it's a song he calls one of the most honest tracks on the record. "I do feel like every time I listen to 'Sunset Santa Fe' it becomes more potent," he admits. Highlights on Carry On, San Vicente include the country leaning "Glow Like the Moon," complete with banjo accompaniment. Barnes says it's the closest he's ever come to making a country record. Meanwhile, piano ballad "Wildflower" has him channeling Billy Joel once again as well as Elton John with piano as the focal point of the song alongside memorable lyrics and electric guitar riffs. "It was more of an indulgence," he says of the guitar interlude. “It’s a fun musical moment on the record.” Title track, "Carry On, San Vicente," is a song of encouragement that sounds like it would fit perfectly in an Eagles’ set list. It's a song that Barnes' hopes uplifts the listener. "Memories don't make us who we are/ There's a silver lining in every scar/ Everything's forgiven/ Forgettin's up to you/ Carry on, San Vicente," he sings. A constant creator, Barnes says he is always trying to expand how people view what he does. "I think it's cool for people to go, 'I really didn't know that he could do this.' As people give you the grace to push the edges of what you do, you create more space to continue to do that." Barnes concludes that Carry On, San Vicente is a return to the beginning, confessing that the music shared in the nine songs is as honest as he has ever been in showcasing himself. "It's so much of what I grew up listening to. This is the kind of music that if I have to listen to something all day without hitting pause or forward, this is the music - it's so innate to me," he concedes. "It's so much of my soundtrack growing up, this world, this genre of music.” Carry On, San Vicente is a departure from the sound that fans have become used to from his past eight albums but it is an album Barnes stands behind and he is sure his fans will embrace and enjoy. So whether you grew up a fan of the 1970s Los Angeles music scene like Barnes, or have your own personal soundtrack that transports you back in time, Dave Barnes' Carry On, San Vicente will fit perfectly in any music collection.
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Tue, August 22

Tickets on sale 4/5 at 10am! The Alarm

Genre: Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

The Alarm was born in the UK in 1977 and by the time of 1981's debut single 'Unsafe Building', featured a daring mix of amped-up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description “Bob Dylan meets The Clash”. This is the sound of The Alarm that has been heard around the world ever since, with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and over 5 million sales worldwide. Following an initial breakthrough in North America with 1983's 'The Stand’, alongside the evergreen 'Sixty Eight Guns' which smashed into the UK charts soon after, The Alarm headlined their own 'Spirit of '86 Concert' before 26,000 fans in Los Angeles, transmitted around the world to millions via MTV's first ever live global satellite broadcast. In the summer of 1991, the demands of the road were at the heart of a very public swan song for the original members at London's Brixton Academy before the current lineup emerged causing worldwide controversy in 2004 through The Poppy Fields 'fake band' escapade. Released to conceal their true identity, the Alarm's first single of the millennium - '45 RPM' would ultimately take their signature electro - acoustic sound into the UK top 40 and back into the mainstream rock culture of North America. The true identity of The Alarm was eventually revealed by the BBC on Top Of The Pops and instantly triggered a rush of global media exposure, culminating in a US TV appearance on CBS Headline News with Dan Rather. The Alarm's return to prominence was halted almost immediately when, in late 2005, Mike Peters was diagnosed with an incurable cancer (A rare B - cell form of Leukemia), forcing the band into playing select shows only, that would be dictated by the chemotherapy / treatment regime that has kept Mike Peters alive ever since. In January 2006, Mike Peters was given the go ahead to resume normal touring and recording duties and the group continued with the release of 'Under Attack' which was bolstered by another Top 30 record in the shape of 'Superchannel' and 'Never Give Up Without A Fight'. A year later, Mike Peters founded the Love Hope Strength charity which is dedicated to 'Saving Lives - One Concert At A Time’ and now firmly established as one of the world’s leading rock and roll cancer foundations with over 1,500 lives potentially saved through its 'Get On Th List' program (including 24 matches found from Vans Warped Tour attendees). Throughout the course of his musical career, Mike Peters (aka The Man in The Camo Jacket), has taken The Alarm from relapse to remission and back, creating a unique musical legacy amplified by it's enduring message of Love, Hope and Strength.
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Sat, August 26

Tickets on sale 5/5 at 10am! Mary Fahl (formerly of October Project)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

"Sounding like no other singer of her generation" (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s NYC-based chamber-pop group OCTOBER PROJECT. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl's awe-inspiring power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication.Since the band disbanded, Mary has released several compelling albums, including the fantastic re-working of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" for V2 Records; her wonderful, original studio album "The Other Side of Time" on Sony Odyssey; and her acclaimed album "Love and Gravity". She has also written and performed songs for several major motion pictures, including the lead song ("Going Home") for the Civil War epic Gods and Generals. Now Mary returns with her album "Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House", a collection of twenty-three tracks recorded live at one of America's oldest vaudeville theaters and filmed for PBS to be aired starting in late 2014. Fahl's elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as thinking man's folk-pop which she performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contralto that Boston Globe critic Steve Morse calls "a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms". Her upcoming performance will include "Exiles", a song written for Anne Rice's new audiobook "The Wolves of Midwinter", a stunning cover of the Joni Mitchell classic "Both Sides Now", and many October Project favorites.
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Fri, September 1

Mark Ware Presents Vintage Trouble A Benefit for Judi's House

Genre: Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

THE CONCERT:
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the power and soul of one of the hottest bands on the planet as they tear up the stage in support of Judi’s House at Denver's most intimate concert venue...The Soiled Dove Underground. Imagine James Brown singing lead for Led Zeppelin, and you'll get an idea of Vintage Trouble's muscular, in-the-pocket sound. Best part of the show? 100% of all ticket sales and funds raised will be donated to Judi's House...100%. In fact, all the expenses associated with the production of this concert are being paid by the Title Sponsors to ensure that 100% of your money goes to Judi’s House!!

THE BAND:
Vintage Trouble has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Later…with Jools Holland just to name a few; as well as toured around the world with Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones and The Who. Their blistering performance on Later… with Jools Holland blew up Twitter as the 6th most tweeted topic worldwide just hours after it aired. The very next day, Vintage Trouble's self-released debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions (2012), entered the charts at No. 1 R&B Album, No. 2 Rock Album, and No. 13 on iTunes. The Bomb Shelter Sessions also earned praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, and Billboard. After touring with AC/DC in 2015, the release of Vintage Trouble’s second album, 1 Hopeful Rd., smashed worldwide charts, hitting No. 2 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart, No. 14 on the UK Album Charts, and the single ‘Strike your Light’ reached No. 1 in Japan. Vintage Trouble continues to tour non-stop to sold out headlining shows worldwide, as well as playing numerous festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, and SXSW. Website: www.vintagetrouble.com

THE CAUSE:
Founded by Brian and Brook Griese in 2002, Judi’s House, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is the only free-standing organization in the Metro Denver area devoted solely to supporting grieving children and their families. Since 2002, Judi’s House has supported more than 8,000 youth and caregivers towards their vision that no child should be alone in grief. Thanks to the generosity of donors and investors, there is no cost to families participating in Judi’s House services and programs. Website: www.judishouse.org
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Sat, September 2

Tickets on sale 5/31 at 10am! Sawyer Fredericks

Genre: Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Sawyer Fredericks has certainly come a long way from the 88-acre Upstate New York farm where he grew up. However, home is still a big part of his soulful, contemporary folk sound. "That's where I started playing guitar," he says. "It was so much fun growing up there. There was a lot of open space, and I was able to be around animals. Nature really inspired me. I feel like it gave me a different musical perspective." His stark honesty and soulful delivery turned him into a national phenomenon during the eighth season of NBC's Emmy Award®-winning The Voice. As part of "Team Pharrell," he emerged as the "youngest victor in the show's history" at just 16-years-old. Moreover, he made Voice history, becoming "the first artist to land 14 songs in the iTunes Overall Top 200 Songs Chart in one week." All in all, his digital sales exceeded 1 million cumulative singles, making him one of the show's most successful artists ever. Most importantly, Sawyer's time on The Voice taught him quite a few things. "I learned so much," he says. "It was incredible to be around that many artists and see so much talent. I took it all in. Getting to perform on that stage was amazing. I also remember Pharrell gave me a piece of advice that I'll never forget. He said, 'Stay true to yourself.'" That's what Sawyer does on his self-titled debut EP for Republic Records. Led by the striking and soulful first single "Take It All," the four-song collection introduces his singular style. "The process of co-writing was new for me," he says. "Learning to create a more upbeat song and work with someone else was a great learning experience. Lyrically, it's a love song about a guy who's at the end of his rope, and this woman has lifted him up." Elsewhere on the EP, "Lovers Still Alone" sees his voice take the spotlight over a rich sonic backdrop. "I got to work with a full band in the studio, and it came out really nicely," he goes on. "It's about a person who's with someone, but the significant other is not really acknowledging them or loving them. I think everyone's been through that kind of one-sided relationship." Ultimately, Sawyer forges a true connection between his roots and his passion for music that has lead him to where he is today "I want the lyrics and music to connect to the audience," he leaves off. "I just hope they feel when they hear me."
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Sat, September 30

Celtic Events Presents Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

Genre: Celtic
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

“You're about to watch one of the best fiddlers on the planet and a subtle guitar master work their magic. For a moment, stop, put aside your notion of jigs and reels, and just listen.” - NPR

"Make no mistake -- Martin Hayes is the most innovative and influential fiddler on the Irish scene today. He and guitarist Dennis Cahill deconstruct Irish melodies in revolutionary ways, opening them up for modern sensibilities in much the same way Miles Davis did with jazz or Eric Clapton did with the blues." The Boston Globe

"Irish fiddler Martin Hayes is such a formidable talent that even classical composers have begun writing for him. But to hear the real Martin Hayes, you need to hear his longstanding collaboration with guitarist Dennis Cahill." - John Schaefer, WNYC

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are two of the world’s leading artists in Irish music. Their adventurous, soulful interpretations of traditional tunes are recognized the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. The New York Times describes the duo as "stripping old reels and jigs to their essence, leaving space between the notes for harmonics and whispered blue notes...a Celtic complement to Steve Reich's quartets or Miles Davis's 'Sketches of Spain'." Fiddler Martin Hayes is considered one of Ireland's most innovative and influential musicians. He was raised in a famous musical family in County Clare where the music he learned from his late father, P. Joe Hayes, legendary leader of theTulla Ceili Band, profoundly influenced his musical accent and ideas. By age 19 Martin had won six All-Ireland fiddle championships. He is the recipient of numerous awards including Folk Instrumentalist of the Year (BBC), Man of the Year (American Irish Historical Society), and Ireland's Musician of the Year (Gradam Ceoil TG4). Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist from Chicago born to Irish-speaking parents from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. His spare, essential accompaniment to Martin Hayes’ fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. Dennis studied at Chicago's prestigious Music College before becoming an active member of the local music scene. Dennis has performed with such renowned fiddlers as Kevin Burke, Liz Carroll, and Eileen Ivers, as well as many Irish musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. Martin and Dennis have recorded three critically-acclaimed albums together on Green Linnet Records. In 1997 they released their first duet album “The Lonesome Touch”, followed by “Live in Seattle” in 1999. After a ten-year hiatus, in February 2008, Martin and Dennis released the studio album “Welcome Here Again.” The duo have performed around the world as well as for President Obama at the White House, the European Union in Brussels, and for the President of Ireland at the Royal Albert Hall in London. They also helped form the new Irish supergroup The Gloaming, which won Ireland's 2015 Meteor Choice Music Prize. They have collaborated with Bill Frisell, Ricky Skaggs, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and performed with Sting and Paul Simon. Martin Hayes has a track on the new album by Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, "Sing Me Home" (Sony Masterworks), which won the Grammy this year for Best World Music Album.
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Tue, October 3

Tickets on sale 5/19 at 10am! Ben Ottewell of Gomez

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

"It was going to be called Bones That Catch The Light," says Ben Ottewell of his third solo album, "but when I mentioned that to friends they either sniggered like Beavis and Butthead or thought it was too wordy." In the end this Chesterfield-born, Derbyshire-raised singer-songwriter opted for A Man Apart, a title with a pleasing ambiguity. "It could refer to my solo career away from Gomez, or to the crazy populist politics demagogues and thugs that seem to rule our world right now," he explains. "Or it could simply refer to a broken man; someone who has fallen apart." Given that Ben turned 40 last summer, and given that next year marks the 20th Anniversary of his former band Gomez's Mercury Music Prize-winning debut Bring It On, it was perhaps inevitable that his latest record was preceded by a fair amount of stock-taking and personal reflection. Demonstrating Ben's potent and ongoing love-affair with Americana -- and flecked with trace elements of what you might loosely call Derbyshire folk -- A Man Apart is the first solo album he has made without some kind of Gomez project lurking in the background. As such, he found the process both liberating and ever-so-slightly daunting. Throwing off the "security blanket" that is/was Gomez -- and untroubled by the question of whether the songs he was writing should be earmarked for himself or his former band -- Ben knuckled down. The two guitarleles (think ukulele with six strings) he bought for his nine-year-old twin boys proved a good investment -- though not for Joe and Ry. "They just hung them on the wall," laughs the singer, "but I picked one up and wrote [title song] 'A Man Apart' on it." While the ever-fertile ground of love and relationships tested feeds into the material that this passionate and famously gutsy singer has again co-written with childhood friend and former Tunng member Sam Genders, there are other themes afoot too. Fervent opener "Own It," for example, sees Ben reflect upon his time growing up in public with Gomez, while the album's aforementioned title track -- which was kick started by him reading about the disgraced American TV Evangelist Peter Popoff -- ultimately concerns the kind of populist politicians who deliberately exploit peoples' hopes and fears. "Most of these songs were written before the Brexit vote," says Ben, "but it would have been hard not to reference the Brexit and Trump debacles in some way. I live in Brighton and frankly we're all scared shitless. I've got a lot of friends who are European immigrants and it's a very strange and uncertain time for them." Like 2011's Shapes & Shadows and 2014's Rattlebag, A Man Apart began life in Los Angeles. The three days spent at The Chalet near Culver City were primarily to procure the services of ace engineer / bassist Will Golden and Richard Thompson's live drummer of choice, Michael Jerome. "There's this great liquor store across the road there on Washington Boulevard that's full of crazy fuckers," Ben explains, recalling the LA sessions. "They sell Bulleit Frontier Bourbon in every size you could want, and that was our fuel." From there he brought the record back to Mu Studios at The Laundry Rooms complex in Sheffield, where Martin Smith engineered and produced the record. Key contributing musicians during that stage included lead guitarist John Smith ("a true gent, and one of the best electric folk guitarists in the country") and Rhodes electric piano / Hammond organ player Joel White. It was when he wrote "Bones," Ben says, that he knew he had a record. "Just in terms of craft, I think it's one of the best things I've ever written" he says of the spare, cello-ornamented song. "It's basically about not being worthy of someone or something, but I think it's healthy to figure shit like that out." Elsewhere on A Man Apart, "Lead Me Away," with its nod to Dylan's "Simple Twist Of Fate," makes fine use of a the kind of portable field organ that army chaplains once utilised as a hymn machine, while "Walking On Air," with its gorgeous resonator guitar, spans a whole lifetime of adoration via sussed deployment of its titular pay-off line. "I still love my Americana and my JJ Cale," says Ben in summary, "but I think this is quite an English-sounding record. I feel like I'm really finding my feet as a writer, and I notice that the people who are coming to my shows these days aren't necessarily Gomez fans." Asked how the Ben Ottewell who collected The Mercury with Gomez in 1998 compares with the 2017 model of himself, meanwhile, Ben says this: "I was so crippling shy back then that I barely recognise that person. I was having a good time, but not feeling comfortable. We were all smart enough to know that it wouldn't last forever, though, and we found the surreal-ness of it all amusing. A couple of days after the Mercury we played to 20 people in Philadelphia, and that was when we started to be a proper band. "Nowadays, I just feel incredibly lucky to have had some kind of 20-year run at this, and if I can sustain what I do, great. I'm also starting to look a lot more like the way I sound," adds the singer, laughing. "I'm not this fresh-faced kid freaking people out anymore!"
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Thu, October 19

Tickets on sale 5/19 at 10am! Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers

Genre: Jazz/Blues/Rock
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

In a career that spans seven solo albums and countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Mindi Abair has made her mark on a broad stretch of the musical landscape that includes jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, funk and more. The powerhouse saxophonist/vocalist has made scores of friends along the way and earned the respect of top-shelf artists representing every one of the aforementioned genres. In addition to her acclaimed body of solo work that includes ten # 1 radio hits and close to half a million albums sold, Abair was the featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, jammed with Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman and joined rock legends Aerosmith for their 2012 summer tour. In 2014, Abair received a GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for Summer Horns, a #1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, featuring four of the most pre-eminent saxophonists in contemporary music. More recently, Abair received a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her follow-up solo CD Wild Heart. In addition to the years of hard work and dedication leading up to these successes, some of the credit is due to an impressive pedigree. Abair?s paternal grandmother was an opera singer, and her father was a saxophonist and B3 player in a band called The Entertainers ? a gig that kept the whole family on the road for several years of Mindi?s childhood. By the time the band broke up and the Abairs put down roots in St. Petersburg, Florida, five-year-old Mindi had already demonstrated musical aspirations of her own by taking up the piano. Since she first picked up a saxophone at age 8, Mindi Abair knew what inspired her, and followed her heart. She took part in every band program available in elementary, middle and high school. After a year at the University of North Florida, she transferred to Berklee College of Music, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in woodwind performance. Her powerhouse and emotive style hearkens back to the days of Junior Walker and King Curtis, when saxophone was as integral an instrument as the guitar in the early days of rock and soul. Abair recalls some wise counseling she received during her college years: ?My saxophone teacher Joe Viola told me every week, ?You have to start your own band. You?ve got your own sound. Don?t practice a bunch of David Sanborn or Wayne Shorter licks. Go out and make your own mark.? It was the best advice anyone could have given me.? She took the advice and ran with it, all the way to the opposite coast. She landed in Los Angeles, where she began a long dues-paying process that included touring gigs with Teena Marie, John Tesh, Bobby Lyle and Jonathan Butler. When she was home from the road, she booked her own band in just about any club that would have them. And on those occasions when none would, she played on the streets of Santa Monica. ?I didn?t want to wait tables when I had a music degree from the foremost contemporary music school in the world. I came here to play,? she says. ?I?d take my horn down to 3rd Street Promenade and just play. I paid my rent for quite a few months by doing that.? Bobby Lyle walked by one day and hired her for his upcoming world tour, jumpstarting her career. Those humble beginnings lead to an impressive list of early tours including Teena Marie, Adam Sandler, Bobby Lyle, The Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, Duran Duran and more. Abair released her first album, the independently-produced Always and Never the Same, in 1999, while touring with the Backstreet Boys. By the beginning of the new decade, the combination of nonstop performing and her well-received indie release had helped solidify her musical identity. ?By the time I signed on with Verve in 2002,? she says, ?I really knew who I was as an artist. I knew what I wanted to say, and every artist I?d toured with on the way here helped me shape who I was.? Known for writing the bulk of her own material, It Just Happens That Way, Abair?s major label debut in 2003, was the first in a string of chart-topping solo recordings on Verve that also included I Can?t Wait for Christmas (2004), Come As You Are (2005) and Life Less Ordinary (2007). She made the move to Peak, a division of Concord Music Group, with the 2008 release of Stars, an album that showcased ? more than any of her previous recordings ? her attractive vocal work as an engaging counterpoint to her solid saxophone chops. In Hi-Fi Stereo, released in 2010, paid tribute to the sounds of the ?60s and early ?70s harkening back to artists such as King Curtis and Junior Walker, icons that influenced Mindi from a young age. Her two seasons on American Idol in 2011 and 2012 led to her joining Aerosmith as their first saxophonist since 1973 for their 2012 Summer Global Warming Tour. And Clarence Clemons? untimely death led to her touring with Max Weinberg and a night at the Beacon Theater with Bruce Springsteen. ?I got off those tours, and I had this burst of electric energy to make some music of my own,? says Abair. ?Those tours really affected what I was feeling and what I was writing. I had spent so many nights on stage with these guys who were sweating and bleeding and giving it all for their audience. I wanted that strength and that abandon on my record, and I was inspired to make that happen.? Soon after, Abair joined a group called Summer Horns, assembled by fellow saxophonist Dave Koz for a record and tour. The lineup also included Richard Elliot and Gerald Albright. The resulting sax foursome crafted a record that paid tribute to the great horn bands of the late ?60s and early ?70s, including Tower of Power, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sly & the Family Stone and Blood, Sweat & Tears. The Summer Horns recording scored a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Recording, a validation of not only the collective talent on the record itself, but also of the lasting impact and influence of the music of that era. On her May 27, 2014 release Wild Heart, Abair plunged headlong into vintage rock and soul territory, harkening back to the days when saxophone was an integral part of the musical landscape. Wild Heart received a GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category in December 2014. After Wild Heart, she wanted to translate its edgier rock/soul sound to the stage. She called longtime friend Randy Jacobs (Bonnie Raitt, Was (Not Was), Willie Nelson) to join her live band. Randy brought his Detroit blues/rock edge to her music. In June, Jacob?s band The Boneshakers was playing the Newport Beach Jazz Festival on the same bill as Abair?s, and she hopped on stage before her band?s show to ?sit in? with The Boneshakers. The end result, Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers Live in Seattle, is scheduled for release on September 25, 2015 on Heads Up, a division of Concord Music Group. And if writing, recording and touring weren?t enough, Abair recently served a two-year term from 2013?2015 as President of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and now serves as a National Trustee. ?It?s been a very eye-opening and inspiring role,? she says. ?What an honor to serve as a leader in the most pre-eminent organization of the music business. This is a group of people who give back constantly to inspire and strengthen the next generation of music makers, and they remind me daily what beautiful power we hold as creators of music.? That sense of power and reach has become part of Abair?s creative philosophy in recent years and has made its way into her music as well. ?I?ve recorded, toured and collaborated with so many artists representing so many styles of music,? she says. ?I?m the luckiest person in the world to be surrounded by such talent and true artistry. I don?t care about labels or boundaries or preconceptions with music. I just want to play and create and keep moving forward.?
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Thu, October 19

Tickets on sale 5/19 at 10am! Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers

Genre: Jazz/Blues/Rock
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

In a career that spans seven solo albums and countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Mindi Abair has made her mark on a broad stretch of the musical landscape that includes jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, funk and more. The powerhouse saxophonist/vocalist has made scores of friends along the way and earned the respect of top-shelf artists representing every one of the aforementioned genres. In addition to her acclaimed body of solo work that includes ten # 1 radio hits and close to half a million albums sold, Abair was the featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, jammed with Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman and joined rock legends Aerosmith for their 2012 summer tour. In 2014, Abair received a GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for Summer Horns, a #1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, featuring four of the most pre-eminent saxophonists in contemporary music. More recently, Abair received a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her follow-up solo CD Wild Heart. In addition to the years of hard work and dedication leading up to these successes, some of the credit is due to an impressive pedigree. Abair?s paternal grandmother was an opera singer, and her father was a saxophonist and B3 player in a band called The Entertainers ? a gig that kept the whole family on the road for several years of Mindi?s childhood. By the time the band broke up and the Abairs put down roots in St. Petersburg, Florida, five-year-old Mindi had already demonstrated musical aspirations of her own by taking up the piano. Since she first picked up a saxophone at age 8, Mindi Abair knew what inspired her, and followed her heart. She took part in every band program available in elementary, middle and high school. After a year at the University of North Florida, she transferred to Berklee College of Music, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in woodwind performance. Her powerhouse and emotive style hearkens back to the days of Junior Walker and King Curtis, when saxophone was as integral an instrument as the guitar in the early days of rock and soul. Abair recalls some wise counseling she received during her college years: ?My saxophone teacher Joe Viola told me every week, ?You have to start your own band. You?ve got your own sound. Don?t practice a bunch of David Sanborn or Wayne Shorter licks. Go out and make your own mark.? It was the best advice anyone could have given me.? She took the advice and ran with it, all the way to the opposite coast. She landed in Los Angeles, where she began a long dues-paying process that included touring gigs with Teena Marie, John Tesh, Bobby Lyle and Jonathan Butler. When she was home from the road, she booked her own band in just about any club that would have them. And on those occasions when none would, she played on the streets of Santa Monica. ?I didn?t want to wait tables when I had a music degree from the foremost contemporary music school in the world. I came here to play,? she says. ?I?d take my horn down to 3rd Street Promenade and just play. I paid my rent for quite a few months by doing that.? Bobby Lyle walked by one day and hired her for his upcoming world tour, jumpstarting her career. Those humble beginnings lead to an impressive list of early tours including Teena Marie, Adam Sandler, Bobby Lyle, The Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, Duran Duran and more. Abair released her first album, the independently-produced Always and Never the Same, in 1999, while touring with the Backstreet Boys. By the beginning of the new decade, the combination of nonstop performing and her well-received indie release had helped solidify her musical identity. ?By the time I signed on with Verve in 2002,? she says, ?I really knew who I was as an artist. I knew what I wanted to say, and every artist I?d toured with on the way here helped me shape who I was.? Known for writing the bulk of her own material, It Just Happens That Way, Abair?s major label debut in 2003, was the first in a string of chart-topping solo recordings on Verve that also included I Can?t Wait for Christmas (2004), Come As You Are (2005) and Life Less Ordinary (2007). She made the move to Peak, a division of Concord Music Group, with the 2008 release of Stars, an album that showcased ? more than any of her previous recordings ? her attractive vocal work as an engaging counterpoint to her solid saxophone chops. In Hi-Fi Stereo, released in 2010, paid tribute to the sounds of the ?60s and early ?70s harkening back to artists such as King Curtis and Junior Walker, icons that influenced Mindi from a young age. Her two seasons on American Idol in 2011 and 2012 led to her joining Aerosmith as their first saxophonist since 1973 for their 2012 Summer Global Warming Tour. And Clarence Clemons? untimely death led to her touring with Max Weinberg and a night at the Beacon Theater with Bruce Springsteen. ?I got off those tours, and I had this burst of electric energy to make some music of my own,? says Abair. ?Those tours really affected what I was feeling and what I was writing. I had spent so many nights on stage with these guys who were sweating and bleeding and giving it all for their audience. I wanted that strength and that abandon on my record, and I was inspired to make that happen.? Soon after, Abair joined a group called Summer Horns, assembled by fellow saxophonist Dave Koz for a record and tour. The lineup also included Richard Elliot and Gerald Albright. The resulting sax foursome crafted a record that paid tribute to the great horn bands of the late ?60s and early ?70s, including Tower of Power, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sly & the Family Stone and Blood, Sweat & Tears. The Summer Horns recording scored a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Recording, a validation of not only the collective talent on the record itself, but also of the lasting impact and influence of the music of that era. On her May 27, 2014 release Wild Heart, Abair plunged headlong into vintage rock and soul territory, harkening back to the days when saxophone was an integral part of the musical landscape. Wild Heart received a GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category in December 2014. After Wild Heart, she wanted to translate its edgier rock/soul sound to the stage. She called longtime friend Randy Jacobs (Bonnie Raitt, Was (Not Was), Willie Nelson) to join her live band. Randy brought his Detroit blues/rock edge to her music. In June, Jacob?s band The Boneshakers was playing the Newport Beach Jazz Festival on the same bill as Abair?s, and she hopped on stage before her band?s show to ?sit in? with The Boneshakers. The end result, Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers Live in Seattle, is scheduled for release on September 25, 2015 on Heads Up, a division of Concord Music Group. And if writing, recording and touring weren?t enough, Abair recently served a two-year term from 2013?2015 as President of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and now serves as a National Trustee. ?It?s been a very eye-opening and inspiring role,? she says. ?What an honor to serve as a leader in the most pre-eminent organization of the music business. This is a group of people who give back constantly to inspire and strengthen the next generation of music makers, and they remind me daily what beautiful power we hold as creators of music.? That sense of power and reach has become part of Abair?s creative philosophy in recent years and has made its way into her music as well. ?I?ve recorded, toured and collaborated with so many artists representing so many styles of music,? she says. ?I?m the luckiest person in the world to be surrounded by such talent and true artistry. I don?t care about labels or boundaries or preconceptions with music. I just want to play and create and keep moving forward.?