In 2014 we rocked it out on two stages. The Pedersen Toyota Main Stage at Civic Center Park and the Pedersen Scion Stage at Washington Park. Check out the variety of musicians we saw in 2014. 2015 bands to be posted here in the spring.
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The Epilogues are a commanding indie/synth/rock outfit hailing from Denver, Colorado. Combining pristine melodies, meaningful lyrics, and dynamic keyboards, the band delivers polished and danceworthy tunes that carry a kick. After their hit single “Hunting Season" became a staple on the radio in Denver, The Epilogues gained explosive momentum with dazzling live shows, popular headlining tours, and enchanting music videos. From SXSW in Austin to The Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles, and CMJ in New York City the band has played with a plethora of incredible acts and taken the stage at some of the most exciting events across the country. The passionate urgency with which they play each show leaves fans both elated and yearning for more.
Collective SoulAlternative Rock
Hailing from the city of Atlanta, Georgia, Collective Soul shot to international fame with their 1993 release Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, and their mega #1 hit “Shine.” The album was a collection of Ed Roland’s demos that spread quickly through the college underground circuit and caught fire, going on to achieve Double-Platinum status. After having been invited to the 25th Anniversary Woodstock concert, Collective Soul went into the studio to record their sophomore follow up. The self-titled Collective Soul, released in March of 1995, would be the album that would help define their sound of catchy melodies and guitar driven songs. Containing four outstanding singles (three of which reached #1), “December,” “The World I Know,” “Where The River Flows,” and “Gel,” it became Collective Soul’s highest selling album to date. The album went Triple-Platinum and spent 76 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 charts.Collective Soul went back into the studio and vented their spleen on 1997’s Platinum Disciplined Breakdown, which produced two more #1 hits, “Precious Declaration” and “Listen.” 1999 brought the album Dosage, a critically acclaimed set of songs that fans count as the band’s best. The album took a meticulous six months to record, and provided another strong showing for the band, producing the #1 hit song “Heavy,” which would take the top Billboard spot for a (then) record of 15 weeks. Of the band’s 5th studio album, Rolling Stone cheered, “Blender simply shreds with unapologetic classic-rock energy.” Blender offered three more radio heavy smash hits with “Why, Part 2,” “Vent” and “Perfect Day,” a duet with Sir Elton John.After releasing a Greatest Hits set entitled 7even Year Itch: Greatest Hits 1994-2001, Collective Soul ended their contract with Atlantic Records and created their own label El Music Group. The first release on the label was Youth (2004). The lyrics, in particular “Better Now,” declared the band’s newfound confidence and independence. Two more records and a concert DVD were released under the El Music Group imprint in 2005 and 2006: the EP From The Ground Up andHome – their lush, live, concert event with the Atlanta City Youth Orchestra.In 2007 the band made an exclusive deal with all Target stores to be the sole seller of their 7th Studio album, Afterwords. The fans dug it, opening at #25 on the Billboard Comprehensive Albums Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top Internet Albums Chart, proving Collective Soul was now conquering the digital world. The album was later released wide on El Music Group.“Tremble For My Beloved” found Collective Soul on the soundtrack to one of the hottest movies of 2008 – Twilight. “We heard through the grapevine that Stephanie Meyer was a fan of Collective Soul’s music and lyrics,” says Ed. Expanding to tweens opened up a whole new audience for the band.In 2009, a new label and new momentum. Collective Soul released their latest studio effortCollective Soul, on Roadrunner Records.In 2010, Collective Soul parted ways with Roadrunner Records and returned to El Music Group.The band is currently touring and working in the studio.
We express our experiences as a shared unit, through music and an agreement of sound. No one always gets along, but with lows come highs and fighting always has an end. we accept struggle and are passionate about the lives we lead. We create the music that comes naturally to us and we're not afraid of change. We have all made changes for better and for worse but whats done is done and we are thrilled with the present. We all have a story to tell and whether it's audible, visual, silence or motion, we cant hide the fact that we are constantly creating new moments to share. We are American Authors from Brooklyn, New york.
My Body Sings ElectricIndie
My Body Sings Electric’s music resonates with a sense of playfulness and lust for life. When you meet them in person, it’s easy to see why. Call their music indie. Call it pop. Call it what you will. But when you connect with the music from this band of loveable misfits, you’ll feel as if you just met your five new best friends.Pop-sensibility can be a taboo in the indie world, but MBSE does not leave you wanting more. With introspective lyrics, danceable rhythms intricate instrumental work and dynamic live shows, they’ve crafted a fresh, energetic take on indie, pop and alternative rock.The band’s new album, “Part 1: The Night Ends” is slotted for release on January 28th, 2014, following a list of impressive dates including the 1st Bank Center in Colorado for KTCL’s Not So Silent Night with Young The Giant, Group Love, and Bastille. In 2014, the band expects to add to their growing list of highlights after signing a booking deal with APA Literary and Talent Agency. They’ve already built and impressive list of gigs including slots on main stage at Westword Music Festival, and dates with The Flobots, 3OH!3, Bayside, Cute Is What We Aim For and The Chain Gang of 1974.In the spring of 2012, My Body Sings Electric’s album Changing Color cracked the top 200 on the CMJ charts and the band inked licensing agreements with 17 national TV networks including Showtime, MTV, Bravo, Fox Sports and Discovery Networks. Later that year, the band was crowned winners of KTCL’s Hometown for the Holidays contest pushing MBSE into the ranks of hugely successful previous winners like The Flobots, Churchill, and Air Dubai.In 2011, My Body Sings Electric released their first full-length album “Changing Color" to a two-night run of sold out hometown shows at The Bluebird Theater. Changing Color was recorded in the winter of 2010 at Interlace Audio with Stephan Hawkes (Dance Gavin Dance, Johnny Craig, Fear Before). The record also featured the single "Step Into The Light,” recorded at the Blasting Room (Rise Against, Less Than Jake). The long list of packed shows in 2011 included a date at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Post ParadiseAlternative Rock
Blending strong lyrical and melodic influences from multiple genres, the four musicians comprising Post Paradise deliver an indie/alternative rock sound that is unique and memorable. Combined with a synchronized light show, Post Paradise bring a rock edge and reverberating beat to an underlying indie classical vibe, best showcased by the punctuation of the cello, played by Amy Morgan. Fusing the depth and beauty of the cello with singer/guitarist Nick Duarte’s signature vocals and edgy riffs, the two become the cornerstone of the quartet further enhanced by Mark Roshon on drums and percussion, and Chris Santolla on bass guitar. Together, the four create a sound all their own, with echoes of nineties alternative, modern indie poeticism, and classical music. Formed in 2008, Post Paradise is now a seasoned and recognized entity on the Colorado music scene, and recently performed at SXSW in Austin, TX at four showcases. The band’s second full-length album, “Digging Secrets,” is set for release in May of 2013.
Carolina Story's unique style of Folk music is derived from the dynamic of a married couple creating it. Their blended harmonies backed by guitar, harmonica and suitcase percussion create a sound that is solely their own. Their songwriting is based on their personal experience together on the road.
The Photo AtlasIndie/Punk/Dance
The Photo Atlas is a high-powered, enterprising alternative rock band hailing from Denver, Colorado. Melding together the fast tempo and blistering guitars of punk rock, with the undeniable edginess of indie rock and the perfectly punctual melodies of dance rock, The Photo Atlas truly delivers one of the most unique sounds in the industry. Top that off with intelligent and thought-provoking lyrics belted out by Andrews’ one-of-a-kind voice and you have an absolutely unstoppable band. Formed in 2004, the band is the creation of longtime childhood friends and gifted musicians Andrews, Threlkheld, and Hawkins, whose only goal was to create and share the music that dwelled in their souls. After experimenting with different drummers, the band solidified its lineup with the addition of Taylor at the beginning of 2011 and The Photo Atlas has never sounded better.
Stella Luce is a quirky blend of indie-rock, ethnic strings, and electronic experimentation featuring Fort Collins indie music scene veterans Alana Rolfe (viola, vocals), Brett Schreiber (bass, electronics), Tim Massa (guitar) and Sean Speer (drums). On their third album, Resurrection, Alana's sultry voice and silky strings remain at the forefront of a decidedly denser and more complex arrangement including the addition of shimmering guitars and sweeping synths played by Brett, and Sean's jazzy break-beats layered with electronic elements. Looking forward to their fourth album in 2014, the first to include newest member Tim Massa, Stella Luce is once again pushing boundaries and pulling heart-strings.
Pandas & PeopleAlternative
Pandas & People is a three-piece alternative folk band rooted in Northern Colorado. Held together by lead vocalist and bassist Joshua Scheer, guitarist Johnny Day, and pianist Megan Huffman, Pandas & People began as a side project in a basement in Greeley, Colorado in 2013. Feedback from family and friends shoved Pandas & People from the back burner toward the center stage, and, after recording their first single “On My Way” in November, the band was chosen as a top ten contender for a local competition put on by channel 93.3 KTCL. After being in the main radio rotation for almost two weeks, the song’s sales increased exponentially and listeners voted the song into the Top 3 in the statewide competition. The band has just released their new EP, and with a Midwest tour pending, Pandas & People offers a traditional folk sound with an underlying hint of alternative rock, creating an innovative fusion of sound that sticks with you from the moment you hit play.
The Wild AfterIndie/Pop/Folk
The Wild After is what happens when four rock troubadours embrace the musical unknown, discovering what comes next for a group that’s already left a mark on the Denver music scene.After their last band—hometown indie rock favorites The Heyday— took a hiatus last year, songwriter and lead singer Randall Kent and guitarist Ryan Buller didn’t know whether to press on or try something new. But after writing and recording with bassist Chris Beeble and Jesse Spencer on the drums, it was clear that what would become The Wild After would be something entirely different.In the middle of discovering their identity, the foursome were hand-picked by Warner Records to back up Matt Hires, the nationally known singer/songwriter, on a country-wide tour with Matchbox Twenty—and later with alt-rock pioneers The Goo Goo Dolls. It was the biggest exposure yet for the band, who honed their craft in arenas and clubs alike.Kent, who cites artists like Tom Petty and Ryan Adams as influences, made a New Year’s resolution to write songs every morning before the sun comes up and the day begins. Kent says that many of the songs on The Wild After’s forthcoming EP come from that hazy time, like the dreamy, experimental “Ocean Floor,” or the barreling rocker “Lesson Learned.”Kent says his group is trying to be more than your normal guitar-based band. With the experience and talent these four bring to the music scene, folks in Denver and beyond are waiting to hear what comes next from The Wild After.
Wasteland HopIndie/Hip Hop
From the Coloradoan:"Mixing influences from The Roots to The Black Keys, Fort Collins indie hip-hop band Wasteland Hop’s songs are a striking back-and-forth between soulful lead vocalist Steph Jay and MC Mickey Kenny, who shatters the divide between rap and poetry. The band blends Kenny’s insightful lyrics with high energy, funk-fueled beats, very much in the same vein as Colorado hip-hop artists Flobots.After recently wrapping up a tour with The Echo Chamber through California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho and Kenny’s home state of Alaska, the band is back in Colorado and ready for its debut Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest performance."
Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, The Holler! presents a bluegrassy sound, rock n’ roll personality and passionate vocals delivered with mountaintop exclamation. This group of prolific songwriters uses mandolin, guitar, bass, drums, and three bombastic baritone voices to create their Folkadelic sound. In the canyons of influence, with child-like eyes and wonder, these tone chasers relentlessly explore their roots in acoustic music and dramatic lyricism. This band’s bottomless cup of original repertoire is led by mandolin obsessed songsmith Michael Kirkpatrick, whose voice resonates with evangelical theatrics and gratitude. With Brad Poto on bass guitar and Peter Knudson on drums, The Holler!’s energetic live show is fortified with a groove that induces movement of body and mind. 12 years of sonic wanderlust has seen the band through many forms, employing sitar, keyboards, tuba, lap steel, accordion and world percussion into their evolving acoustic folk-rock format. Their repertoire artistically celebrates reverence for nature, the exploration of human consciousness, and their passion for festive community gatherings while echoing the Colorado landscape The Holler! calls home. In addition to original music, The Holler! has fun twisting up songs by influences such as: Led Zeppelin, Bjork, The Grateful Dead, Ween, Roger McGuinn, Taj Mahal, The Highwaymen, and Darrell Scott. They have a charismatic ability to connect with a diverse demographic of music lovers, shaking up dance floors, elevating love frequencies, and having lots of fun along the way!
The music we make stems from the great friendships we have. The seven of us were all destined for different paths, but through music we arrived at Rocktin Grove. Building from a love for funk, bluegrass, indie rock, classical, and world styles Rocktin Grove’s sound is a tasteful blend. Smooth fades, euphoric builds, infectious grooves, and soulful harmonies mix to form music that sweeps you away.Also interested in sustainable agriculture, the seven of us believe music and community action can help improve and empower our world. Calling Boulder, Colorado our home, the mountains, beautiful blue sky, and deep powder keep us loving life and loving music.
Reina Del Cid and the CidizensFolk/Rock
REINA DEL CID has been called “the girl next door” her whole life.When she takes the stage, she typically sports a ponytail and Converse sneakers. But a few notes into her first song, and it is immediately clear why this band and its unassuming front woman are capturing audiences all over the nation. Reina’s vocals are sweet as a summer’s day, and with her band of virtuosos, she delivers a spirited folk rock set with the spot-on luster of a veteran artist.The band’s secret weapon is female flat picker Toni Lindgren. She combines Tony Rice inspired bluegrass licks with a Hendrix infused rock sensibility, blowing audiences away at festivals and music halls across the country.Fresh off of well-received appearances at CMJ (New York), Summerfest (Milwaukee), and Underground Music Showcase (Denver), the band has announced its plans to release a sophomore record this fall.
Gora Gora OrkestarPolka/Marching Band/Alt-Folk
Gora Gora Orkestar brings the sounds of the Balkans to the Rockies with high energy performances. Formed in the fall of 2009, this 10 piece brass band is dedicated to making the audience dance with its infectious rhythm and own brand of feel-good music. The sound is an eclectic mix, blending Old World melodies of Eastern European folk, with the back beat of American funk and the sultry sway of South American tango into a genre coined “Brass-Hop”.This happy caravan of musicians is comprised of seasoned veterans in the performance, education, and composition of music. The “Infinite Swag” EP was released in 2011 featuring five of Gora Gora Orkestar’s most recognizable tunes with a follow-up record slated for release in 2014.Gora Gora Orkestar maintains a busy performance schedule which includes local and national music festivals along with headlining shows at a wide variety of venues. Community outreach is also a big part of the Gora Gora Orkestar mission as they have visited many public schools, performed for local 5k marathons and continue to participate in fund-raising for local businesses.
Shane “SF1” Franklin, a drummer, music producer, dancer, actor and emcee who began his career in performance. Born in Denver, Colorado Mr. Franklin started as a member of the drama group and the children and youth choirs in church. A graduate of Denver School of the Arts/ Career Education Center Mr. Franklin studied both music and audio engineering. Upon completion of high school he continued his education at Berklee College of Music and received his Bachelors Degree in Music Business Management from the University of Colorado Denver. SF1 plans to continue to inspire and touch the world with his music and performance ability as a whole.In 2012, SF1 released his sophomore album “Inamorata”. Inamorata, which is Italian for A woman with whom one is in love or has an intimate relationship, is a “rollercoaster of love” album to its core. From the initial meeting between a man and woman, to the head over heels feeling, to the break up, to the calm after the storm. SF1 has teamed up with Music Producer and long time friend Cesar Gonzalez to craft a fresh sound that integrates Afro Cuban, West African, Middle Eastern, Jazz, and Rock all infused with a Hip Hop foundation. With amazing arrangements, an all star cast of featured vocalists, and SF1’s creative song concepts, Inamorata captures the attention of every fan of love.SF1 is sure to be considered one of today’s multidimensional talents that possess an array of skills that is sure to captivate and electrify any stage. Not your typical rap/hip hop artist of today but truly an artist in its true essence. Video footage, music videos, performance dates, photos, the opportunity to sign up to his mailing list can be found at sf1music.com as well as facebook.com/sf1productions, twitter.com/sf1music and youtube.com/sfinest22
Hey Lady!B-52s Tribute Band
“Hey, Lady!”, winner of the 2012 Leftapalooza Mile High Tribute Band Competition, was founded in 2009 by sister/brother duo Deb Britton and Steven Blasinsky with the mission to spread the love, the fun and the wacky party spirit of the B-52s across Colorado and beyond!This is not your average background-music cover band. “Hey, Lady!” is an EVENT BAND; captivating and entertaining audiences of all ages with their passion and energy. Their concert-style shows provide special effects, outrageous wigs and costumes, spunk and contagious B-52’s dance grooves that will take your special event to the ultimate level of celebration.
Mosey West released their third EP Bermuda on Tuesday January 7, 2014. The six-song, self-produced EP was recorded at the legendary Blasting Room Studios in Fort Collins, CO in the spring of 2013. The record was engineered and mixed by Andrew Berlin (the Lemonheads, the Descendents, Drag the River) and mastered at Focus Mastering in Omaha, NE by Doug Van Sloun (Bright Eyes, She and Him, Damien Jurado).Mosey West fuses psychedelic, folk and country-rock influences in a haze of distorted guitar and reverb-soaked vocals. The group formed in Fort Collins, CO in 2011 and self-released two well-received EPs in their first year together. Their debut EP Vaca Money was released in 2011 followed by their sophomore EP Merica released in 2012. The band is known for their live energy, soaring harmonies and unique performances.
This project was created to spread latin reggae rythms and its movement throughout north america. It also intends to introduceLatin reggae bands so their voices can be heard. Mono Verde is made up by members from countries like Mexico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Saint Thomas and U.S who are in a continuous search for experiences to create spiritual and revolutionary music
Vices I AdmireAlternative
“The music is refined and potent. These songs will stick in your head. They will make you move. They aren't cock rock, they aren't stadium rock, they are super-garage rock, vibrant and fiery. ” (Nate Ragolia, Gas Lantern Media, August 2012).Vices I Admire is an alternative rock band from Denver, CO. Formed in 2002 in Fort Collins, CO originally under the name Plan B. The current lineup is Dave Curtis (vocals, guitar; 2002-present), Dan Battenhouse (bass, vocals; 2009-present) and Alex Simpson (drums, vocals; 2012-present); for performances, a second guitarist spot is filled by various musicians, the most recent being Scott Uhl (of Glass Delirium).Vices' music is an amalgam of various influences and – though, decidedly rock – nods to hip hop, folk and funk. They have been compared to Panic! At The Disco, Foo Fighters, Foxy Shazam, Candlebox, Incubus, My Chemical Romance, The Matches, Queens of the Stone Age, AFI and even Prince. Their songs are generally guitar-driven, but also feature unusually melodic bass lines and colorful drum work. However, the defining sound of Vices throughout its various lineups are the personal – often cryptic – lyrics and vocal gymnastics of front man, Curtis.
Brian Payne MusicIndie/Folk/Blues
The story began in 2001 when friends and Tulsa natives Brian Payne (guitar/lead vocals) and Parker Ferrell (guitar/mandolin/vocals) realized their identical interests in music/songwriting and decided to start a simple acoustic duo. Dubbing themselves and a couple friends Lyle Newearth & The Runaways, they soon became a regular staple at churches, coffee shops and small venues citywide. Their energetic and impressive live shows soon became events to see, quickly building a large and mostly high school age audience, consistently packing venues beyond the maximum capacity. With influences ranging from Ray Lamontange and Gregory Alan Isakov to Paul Simon and JJ Cale, he has created a melodic, soulful love child born into the New Tulsa Sound and transplanted into an indie folk heaven (Boulder, CO.). Melody, harmony and rhythm have not been lost over the decades, merely rediscovered in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains