MEET THE BANDS
TROUT STEAK REVIVAL
Ever since winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, Trout Steak Revival has quickly become the quintessential Colorado string band. The band won an Emmy Award for a soundtrack they contributed to a Rocky Mountain PBS. They have collaborated with school children in mentoring programs in both Denver and the mountain communities. Their music is featured on Bank of Colorado’s radio and television advertisements. Most recently, Westword named them Denver’s Best Bluegrass Band and they were nominated as a Momentum Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Defined more by expressive songwriting and heartfelt harmonies rather than any one genre, Trout Steak Revival crosses over and blends the bounds of folk, indie, bluegrass, and roots evoking its own style of Americana. With five band members all contributing unique lyrics, lead vocals, acoustic instrumentation, and harmonies, Trout Steak Revival delivers memorable tunes to an energetic fanbase that grows hand-in-hand with the band.
Gasoline Lollipops is a Colorado band that combines the sincerity of dirt-floor folk with the energy and rebelliousness of punk. It’s an all-new incarnation of alt-country that’s both high energy and heartfelt, like the American highway’s soundtrack.
The band, which won Denver Westword’s 2016 award for Best Country Artist, has been honored to open for some phenomenal national acts, including the Chris Robinson Brotherhood; Lucero; Todd Snider & The Hard Working Americans; Robert Earl Keen; Junior Brown; and Dale Watson.
Both 2014 and 2015 brought multiple awards and accolades to the Gasoline Lollipops, including being selected to play six showcases in Austin during SXSW 2014; getting voted “Best Band – Boulder, CO” in the Colorado Daily’s 2014 and 2015 polls; being selected as one of only six bands across Colorado for the highly coveted SpokesBUZZ Emerging Artists Incubator program; and winning the Oskar Blues Battle of the Bands in 2015.
Somewhere in the midst of time, 4 musicians were called together and quickly became best friends. They began their journey with songs written in reflection of their love for the west. Deep in the Colorado Rockies, they forged their expansive and unique sound centered around the creative writing of their dobro player Mike Testagrossa. The angelic water droplets of light come to you by their enigmatic mandolinist, Will Thomas. Underneath their melodic core lies the rock solid rhythm section. Bassist, Angel Edgemon's haunting vocals and melodic rhythms were summoned in an Appalachian forest; meanwhile, radiating spiritual guidance through his drum mastery, Dax Hunter Jordan set the unit apart from imitation. With the right amount of love, dreams, and relentless passion, we now have the spiritual weight that has become Heavy Beauty.
Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ‘em out on the dance floor string band from Denver, Colorado. Their music is well-steeped in Americana roots, with vocal harmonies that are high, lonesome, and tight. Their picking ranges from lightning-fast to mountain mellow. They are a bluegrass band that would satisfy a picky old-timer and delight fans of newgrass, a delicate balance indeed.
In the summer of 2006, Alex Thoele and Jon Pickett met while playing guitars around a campfire, high on a mountaintop in Estes Park, CO. The two have been entertaining and writing music since. In 2010, they were joined by mandolin player and fellow midwesterner Jarett Mason and shortly after by James Weatherly on banjo, the band’s only Colorado native.
They've become known for winning over crowds with creative, fun original songs that flow from the mountains, through them and right back to you. Pure Mountain Music! It's obvious these guys love what they do, engaging their growing fan base with energy and stage antics that guarantee one hell of a night out.
“Banshee Tree makes a surprisingly original and enticing mix of gypsy jazz, folk pop and swing.” – Westword Magazine (Denver)
Currently located in the Front Range, Banshee Tree has quickly developed a reputation as one of Colorado’s most multifaceted young bands. Combining the sounds of acoustic instruments with a diverse blend of EDM,Jam,& Early Jazz. Thomas LaFond’s intrepid lyrics & compositions serve as a platform for Hot Swing, Pop Folk, and deep house grooves. Fans of Gogol Bordello, Caravan Palace, and Django Reinhardt will appreciate this driving, earthy acoustic dance music. Their newest release, “In the Company of Crows”, is currently available through Bandcamp, Itunes, and Spotify.
Founded in upstate New York by Guitarist Thomas LaFond & Vocalist Kalyn Pembridge. Jason Bertone joined in 2016 as well alongside Nick Carter(Violin) rounding out a lyrical & supportive string section. Banshee Tree has supported & played alongside Vince Herman(Leftover Salmon), Bonnie Paine & Dan Rodriguez(Elephant Revival), Tom Hagerman(Devotchka), Taarka, Gipsy Moon, Nick Forester(Hot Rize), Russell Batiste JR, Joe Krown, Walter “Wolf-man” Washington, Dylan Perillo Orchestra, Grande Orquestra Navare, Cabinet, and many others.
With Kalyn’s departure from the band In 2017, Banshee Tree shifted to a high energy electric sound, while still retaining the love of early jazz. Michelle Pietrafitta Joined In 2017 and has since added her tactful drumming as well as vocal harmonies. Since they have played Colorado’s Beanstalk 2017 and Arise Music Festival 2017.
Monocle Band is a refreshing sound in the vibrant landscape of Colorado Americana.
The angelic voice of a Colorado choir girl turned earthy roots songstress. The gritty stories of an intellectual outlaw who has found a home in folk music. The pulse and flow of a seasoned five-piece band that can turn from yearning country ballad to electrified rock soundscape to stomping bluegrass romp in the drop of a downbeat. This is the sound of Monocle Band.
Since the band’s inception in 2010, Monocle Band has relentlessly kept its creative fire alight. Initially taken with the stark beauty of the music of Gillian Welch and the free-spirited bluegrass picks that abound in Colorado, the group has grown to embrace a holistic approach to American roots music. Muddy blues, keening old-time fiddle tunes, country rock rave ups, and impressionistic folk songs all play equal part as sources of inspiration. The group released their first, eponymous album in 2013. Recorded in the roots music capitol of Lyons, CO, the record was quickly met with national radio play and acclaim from prominent media outlets and Americana fans alike. From sun-kissed bluegrass festivals to intimate house concerts to packed dance floors of prominent clubs and theaters, the band has performed hundreds of times since. And there is no sign they’ll be slowing down anytime soon.
Great Blue (Shirl Lawrence and Steve Kaplan) is an acoustic folk duo with eclectic tastes. We started singing with friends while living in Boulder more than three decades ago. We first (literally) “sang for our supper” the very first night we moved to New York State. For 35 years, we’ve been heard at coffeehouses within the Hudson River Valley. We sang at Clearwater festivals for more than a decade as members of the Walkabout Chorus and the Hudson River Sloopsingers. Our musical sources are rather eclectic: they include Kate Wolf’s haunting ballads and songs echoing Clearwater’s environmental message. Listeners often comment about the beautiful sounds Shirl’s voice has graced them with, and the harmonies we craft together. We are now called “Great Blue”after the observant heron we often find during our kayak trips. Now that our day jobs are behind us, Great Blue has flown to our permanent nest in the Colorado Rockies.