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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Greensky Bluegrass & Billy Strings 9.15.19 (Photos)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Incubus & Dub Trio 9.13.19 (Photos)

Fillmore Auditorium
Denver, CO

Photos by Laura Collins (Lateralus Photography)


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www.incubushq.com

www.dubtrio.com

Monday, September 16, 2019

Caribou Mountain Collective 9.13.19 (Photos)

Saturday, September 14, 2019

STS9 & Thriftworks 9.7.19 (Photos)

Friday, September 13, 2019

Dr. Dog & Shakey Graves 9.11.19 (Photos)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

STS9, OTT & Marvel Years 9.6.19 (Photos)

Monday, September 9, 2019

970 Avonfest 9.6 & 9.7.19 (Photos)

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Phish 8.31.19 (Photos)

Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Commerce City, CO

Photos by Charla Harvey Photography


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www.phish.com

Saturday, September 7, 2019

5 Bands Not to Miss at Bourbon and Beyond


Kentucky Expo Center
Louisville, KY

Words & photos by Charla Harvey Photography


On September 19, 20, and 21, the Bourbon and Beyond Festival will return to Kentucky—home to the bourbon capital of the world.
This year, the new location will be outside the Kentucky Expo Center at Highland Festival Grounds in Louisville.

This festival will include bourbon over 40 different brands including Angel’s Envy, Jim Bean, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, etc. They will also have bourbon workshops, tastings, and bourbon experts!

As for the beyond, they have a variety of food options from local vendors, chef demos, gluten free and vegetarian options, so everyone can find something they like! One of the chefs is actually Tiffani Thiessen, who used to play Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell!

Arguably most importantly though is the incredible lineup! They have headliners such as Foo Fighters, Robert Plant, Daryl Hall and John Oates, ZZ Top, and beyond!

The Flaming Lips are playing Friday! The Lips have been around since 1983, when they came together in Oklahoma. They always have wild theatrics at their shows. In 1990, they used pyrotechnics at a show and almost burned down the venue! Lucky for them, that show got them signed with Warner Brothers Records. This year’s tour featured props like a giant inflatable rainbow and lead singer Wayne Coyne crowd surfing in a hamster ball! Check them out and see what they will do this time!

On Saturday, Trey Anastasio Band will grace Kentucky with their genius. Founded in 1998, this band consists of, obviously, Trey Anastasio (commonly known as lead vocalist and guitarist for Phish), Russ Lawton (drums), and Tony Markellis (bass), Cyro Baptista (percussion), Ray Paczkowski (keys), Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet, vocals) and Natalie Cressman (trombone, vocals). Trey has written and co-written over 152 songs for Phish, and he brings his talent and magic to TAB with an entirely different set of equally talented musicians.

Fruition will also be playing on Saturday! They are a bluegrass/folk band from Portland, Oregon. They got their start by busking on sidewalks all over the country. Now, they play much bigger gigs, like Jam Cruise and other festivals, Red Rocks, and of course Bourbon and Beyond! Not only are these guys super talented musicians, they are also very friendly people! They are usually seen hanging out supporting other musicians’ sets before and after theirs. Maybe you will get to meet them at the festival!

On Sunday, Leon Bridges will bring the soul to the stage! I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays his song, “Beyond,” at this festival, though his most well-known song is “Coming Home.” Wall Street Journal has described Leon Bridges as a “throwback to 60’s soul a la Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.” Don’t miss his set!

Dustbowl Revival is an Americana soul band based in Venice, California. They are not as well-known as the other bands listed here, but that’s just for now—they just formed in 2008! They can be compared to bands like Lake Street Dive. They combine funk, rhythm, and brass with strings in a uniquely beautiful way. If you catch their set, you are in for a treat!

www.bourbonandbeyond.com

Friday, September 6, 2019

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival 8.16 - 8.19.19


Planet Bluegrass
Lyons, CO


Words & Photos by Ty Hyten Photography

Dramatic shifts in the Colorado summer weather didn’t impede this year’s Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons. Brief and sudden downpours rolled in and soaked the crowd, rattled sun shelters, and brought strangers together in tight spaces. Ultimately, the storms blew through quickly enough not to put a damper on the buoyant atmosphere. The annual festival is set on the beautiful Planet Bluegrass grounds, a pastoral space bordered by the St. Vrain Creek. The nonchalant environment is the perfect backdrop for folk, bluegrass, country, and soul artists, both local and national. The festival lacks the scramble bouncing stage to stage, long lines, and twenty-somethings in costume. Instead, the festival has been crafted to be relaxing and family friendly. Adding to the ambiance is an impressive collection of artists who care deeply about songcraft. You can catch music from a tarp, under a sun shelter, or ankle deep in the St. Vrain.

Friday, August 16:

As festival-goers rolled in Friday, Lyon’s boy-next-door, Daniel Rodriguez, shared a mix of new songs and songs written with the recently disbanded Elephant Revival. Elephant Revivals’s Charlie Rose as well as another Lyon’s resident, Arthur Lee Land, joined Rodriguez on stage. Rodriguez’s gentle folk pop was given new legs by Land’s guitar playing, injecting something reminiscent of the Grateful Dead.

The highlight of the day came with North Carolina’s Mandolin Orange. Their deeply personal songwriting, sharp wit, and genuine vocals embodied the heart of the festival. Band member Andrew Marlin’s insouciant vocal, melodic and meandering mandolin playing paired beautifully with partner Emily Frantz’s easygoing voice. Folks Fest is no stranger to messages of equality, peace, political critique and Mandolin Orange delivered all three artfully.They played “Gospel Shoes” and “Wildfire” both beautiful examples of storytelling that highlights some of the ugliness that plagues America. They also covered Colorado hero and touring mate, Gregory Alan Isakov’s “Amsterdam;” fitting for the home crowd.

Friday ended with folk legend Ani DiFranco. Ani was a force of nature. A tight ball of energy, she bounced in front of her mic, slammed the strings in her open-tuned guitar with an infectious smile while wearing her conviction on her sleeve. The set was powered by heavy bass, love, and positive energy.

Our night cap included the Folks Fest tradition of standing in line for the tarp lottery. A cast of characters and diehards stretched the sidewalk into the venue, singing songs, and making new friends in an attempt to get first crack at the venue the following morning.

Saturday, August 17:

Saturday began with a burst of bad weather while Virginia’s The Steel Wheels served up a collection of upbeat bluegrass songs. They excellently delivered several songs in the traditional single mic style.

Portland’s Haley Heynderickx was a great surprise sandwiched in the middle of the day. Her brand of indie rock was unexpected and extremely enjoyable. Her sense of humor was dry and dulled the discomfort of the falling rain. She mentioned more than once that the band wasn’t accustomed to playing stages of that size, but I suspect they’ll have many more large stages to come. Heynderickx’s subdued voice, quirky song writing, dissonant guitar lines, and inclusion of a trombone were wonderfully melancholic and a refreshing juxtaposition with the more traditional music of the day.

Another surprise was Canadian trio East Pointers, who performed on the mainstage and a second set Sunday at the Wildflower Stage. The group blended highly polished pop vocals with rapid-fire Celtic picking and fiddling paired with digital drums. Both sets had the crowd moving in a way they hadn’t moved yet, with the Wildflower Stage bursting at the seams on Sunday.

The biggest crowd of the night was Violent Femmes whose brand of uniquely instrumented punk music had the huge crowd moving. They worked many of their big songs, including “Blister In The Sun,” “American Music,” “Please Do Not Go,” and “Day After Day.” The music was nostalgic for many, but relevant enough to connect with younger fans as well.

The evening was capped by a performance by Ben Folds. Ben only shared the stage with a gigantic Steinway grand piano. Folds energetically hammered the keys and flexed his piano prowess with masterful beautiful interludes. He played a mix of Ben Folds Five songs and his solo work. Notably, his set missed the 1997 hit “Brick,” but included hits “The Luckiest” and “Rockin’ the Suburbs.” After seeing his lighthearted and highly energetic performance, it was easy to understand all the hype I’d heard over the years about his live shows.

Sunday, August 18:

Sunday was kicked off by Colorado’s Gasoline Lollipops. Their gravelly mix of Americana and country mix was rowdy. They were the first of a long list of powerhouse bands that lit up the crowd under the perfectly sunny Sunday sun. The rivers were full of kids on tubes and wading parents.

Sunday was a display of the two most explosive acts of the festival, The War and Treaty and St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Those who packed out early missed perhaps the highlight of the festival.

War and Treaty, fronted by husband and wife Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter, was overflowing with soul. Trotter Jr.’s musical career took off while stationed in one of Saddam Hussein’s bombed out palaces in Iraq. There he had access to a piano and was encouraged to pursue music by his superiors. When one of those superiors was killed in battle, he began songwriting, eventually returning to the states to make a full-time go at it, where he met his future wife. Both singers dramatically belted their soulful songs. Michael dramatically fell to his knees at one point. The two had musical chemistry that mirrored their transparent love for one another. They exchanged loving glances as each other wailed their parts.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the Alabama seven piece was the perfect entree after War and Treaty. St. Paul was deliciously soulful, powered by frontman Paul Janeway’s powerhouse of a voice and stage antics that included rolling around on the stage and destroying a bouquet of flowers that were handed to him. The crowd was on their feet well into the sea of tarps, dancing to the syruppy songs punctuated by horns. Janeway’s buttery voice over the spinning of a leslie speaker made love to the crowd.

The festival ended with a longtime friend of the festival, Josh Ritter. Ritter is touring on his new excellent album, Fever Breaks and it was a first chance for Colorado to catch the songs live. His infectious smile and beautifully written songs were the perfect way to cap a weekend based on peace and songcraft.

As tarps and camping chairs were hauled out for one last night, the weekend and summer felt complete. It was another year on the stress free and joyful grounds of Planet Bluegrass, where the bands and fans connect more on a message of peace and love, than a strict adherence to the folk genre.

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www.bluegrass.com/folks

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Shubh Saran 8.26.19 (Photos)

Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

Photos by Fletcher Kim


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www.shubhsaran.com