The Contribution & The Drunken Hearts 4.28.13

The Bluebird Theater
Denver, CO

Words By J-man
Photos By Kevin Hahn & J-man

The Contribution is a true collective of contributing talent from several of our scene's most coveted bands. From Railroad Earth, Tim Carbone. From The String Cheese Incident, Keith Moseley. From New Monsoon, Phil Ferlino and Jeff Miller. Though I am not sure where Sheryl Renee is from, it could easily be heaven. Lastly, the newest contributor, from The Everyone Orchestra, Matt Butler. Together they've created a completely different sound and feel from any of their aforementioned projects. We arrived at The Bluebird early finding their block of Colfax Ave. near empty, with only the friendly Bluebird staff out front of the venue leading up to the show. Following a quick bite at the Mexican restaurant across the street, we headed into the venue to catch one of my recent favorites, The Drunken Hearts. Led by vocalist/guitarist, Andrew McConathy, The Hearts put on of of the best sets I've heard the band perform. They dug deep into some of my favorites from their original catalog, reflecting a certain comfort and more developed compositions. The current incarnation of the band sounds the best that The Hearts hav sounded in the couple of years that I have been hearing them play. If you haven't checked them out, you should do so. Start by streaming their album Live For Today on Spotify!

Setlist: Don't Go > Under the Sun, Kaleidoscopic Eyes > Sakajawea's Reel > Kaleidoscopic Eyes, Happy When You Do*, Swingtown, Holes in My Shoes** > High Seas** > Holes in My Shoes**

* new original (1st time played)
** w/ Jeff Miller on electric guitar

Following the opening set, The Bluebird remained near empty. The evening's headliner hit the stage with smiles on their faces and a clear excitement to be performing together once again. The first set featured a handful of slower songs to warm up the Sunday crowd and included some fantastic calculated solos. The band also shared some new material in "Oh No," and "Ain't No Sin." The songs were solid and translated well live. Those in attendance, though few in number, were extremely attentive and grateful for the special evening. A short break came and went welcoming the second set and a much more energetic selection of songs including Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains The Same," "Hoedown," and "Fear of Nothing." The second set also featured new material with "The Great Boot" and "Passengers of Darkness," which sounded great! It was a shame to see such a low turnout for a group with some very reputable talent, though limited in the project's name recognition. Check out their album Which Way World on Spotify and see them live if given the opportunity!

Set One: Come Around, Back This Way, Oh No*, Time Was only Yesterday, Dream out in the Rain, Steady Ride, Not This Time, Year of Jubilee, Aint No Sin*

Set Two: The Great Boot*, The Song Remains the Same (Led Zep), The Race Is On (George Jones), Passengers of Darkness*, Which Way World, Hoedown, Walk Upon the Water, Fear of Nothing

Encore: Somewhere on a Train, Gimme Shelter (The Rolling Stones)

*=Brand New

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