Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Vogts Sisters

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Come early - 5-6:30 p.m. - to enjoy dinner from the Pizzarte food truck and our pre-show jam in the pavilion. Bring an acoustic instrument to join the jam, or just listen!

Touring the Midwest since May 2012, the Vogts Sisters have gained widespread recognition for their haunting vocals and tight sisterly harmonies. Abigail and Maggie Vogts have garnered numerous awards in regional and international songwriting competitions and have over 30 original songs that fit seamlessly into their acoustic Americana-folk act, blending timeless music with sweet sister harmony. A few of their musical influences include Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, and Gillian Welch.

Among their many awards: First place in the New Song Showcase at Walnut Valley (Winfield) Music Fest, 2014-18; and first place in the Indie International Songwriting Competition.

“Beautiful, folksy bluegrass plays over haunting vocals and harmonizing mature lyrics. … A rich listening experience that stays with you and proves they have what it takes to keep ol’ timey music alive and well.” — Bill Jones, Red Dirt Nation.

"Hauntingly gorgeous ... angelic voices." — Frank Gutch, Jr., No Depression Album Review

http://www.vogtssisters.com

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; concert starts at 7 p.m.

Opening acts: Springs singer-songwriter Ree Backus and Colorado “folk poet” Christopher Ryan.

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID; free for ages 12 and younger. (Become a member and save!)

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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The Acoustic Mining Company
Sep
13
5:00 PM17:00

The Acoustic Mining Company

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Come early - 5-6:30 p.m. - to enjoy dinner from the Pizzarte food truck and our pre-show jam in the pavilion. Bring an acoustic instrument to join the jam, or just listen!

The music of Acoustic Mining Company is as familiar as an old friend, just as acoustic music should be.

 The percussive mandolin style of Terry Martin and banjo work of Patrick Padgett interplay like overheard conversations, while classically trained members Chris Kolakowski, upright bass, and fiddler Joel Denman take the discussion into entirely unexpected directions. Two guitars and harmony voices complete a full, warm sound, provided by Jeff Ames and Steve Suh. 

Whether the band is offering up a traditional fiddle tune, covering a unique song or breaking ground with original songwriting there's always an exciting relationship at work, joining disciplined musicianship with acoustic mayhem.

There is a Colorado sound, a special something we all enjoy here that requires no name. From Boulder's Fox Theatre to Crestone Music Festival, every musician feels it, every listener hears it. AMCO has developed a distinct take on that sound for over 10 years, playing the venues, breweries and festivals that connect us to that Colorado experience. AMCO is simply in the right place, doing the right thing, making interesting, engaging acoustic music.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; concert starts at 7 p.m.

Opening acts: Celtic band Foinn Sliabh and New York singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID; free for ages 12 and younger. (Become a member and save!)

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Anglum Mock & Greene
Aug
23
5:00 PM17:00

Anglum Mock & Greene

From left, Sean Anglum, Lewis Mock, and Cindy Wheeler Greene.

From left, Sean Anglum, Lewis Mock, and Cindy Wheeler Greene.

Come early - 5-6:30 p.m. - to enjoy dinner from the Pizzarte food truck and our pre-show jam in the pavilion. Bring an acoustic instrument to join the jam, or just listen!

Anglum Mock & Greene’s intoxicating Americana mix of country, folk, bluegrass, folk-rock, and timeless ballads sparkle with brilliant songwriting talent, a gorgeous vocal blend, and fine acoustic playing.  

Early in 2018, songwriters Cindy Wheeler Greene and Lewis Mock came together for a co-writing experiment. The duo quickly invited Sean Anglum to join them, creating a strong songwriting triad, something the three “threatened” to do for many years.  

As 2019 dawned, the trio headed to Nashville to record what would be not only their first full-length album, but also a testament to their songwriting craft.  The album, One Day Closer, was recorded in a mad six days of sessions, and released in May.

Pop culture fiend Sean Anglum was nurtured by his classical-pianist mother and inspired by the Three B’s (Beatles, Beach Boys and Byrds). His original songs have been performed and recorded by a variety of country, folk, and rock artists.  Anglum nearly grabbed the hit-song “golden ring” when his song “Café Light” was optioned for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in the 1980s. “Café Light” continues to be an audience favorite where ever it is performed.  

Lewis Mock began performing professionally at eight years of age. For 26 years he was the house guitarist at The Broadmoor. He has opened for the Temptations, Reba McEntire, The Kingston Trio, Barbara Mandrell, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Bernadette Peters, and has performed with Melissa Manchester, Maureen McGovern, Debby Boone, Linda Purl, and Suzy Bogguss, as well as Jim Hall, Elvin Bishop, Jim Salestrom, Nelson Rangell, and John Denver's band.  He has performed more than 11,000 professional gigs. 

Mock’s legacy includes recognition from the American and Music City Song Festivals, and performances with the Colorado Springs Symphony, at the Pikes Peak Jazz Festival, and the Newport of the Rockies Jazz Festival. In 2018 he was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.  He has performed on award-winning national television commercials, movie soundtracks, and recordings. His licks have been published in Guitar Player Magazine. He taught for 10 years at the Colorado Springs Conservatory teaching guitar and musicianship, and in the last few years has been an instructor at the Colorado Roots Music Camp.

Cindy Wheeler Greene was a founding member of the iconic Colorado Springs band Fall River Road through the 1970s. In the early ‘80s she left for Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where she sang publishing demos and session background vocals, and learned songwriting from the greats. She sang backup for Tammy Wynette, zigzagging across the country on a tour bus. She ended up in Nashville, where she worked for publishing companies and had songs recorded by many artists, including a big hit for Lari White with her song, “Now I Know,” which was played on the radio more than a million times. Cindy was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk songwriting competition in 1998. Now she has moved back to Colorado Springs, the one place that has always felt like home, and is working with musicians who have remained her longtime friends and collaborators.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; concert starts at 7 p.m.

Opening acts: Jimmy Lee Robbins, and a special visit from Bill Stewart and his brother, Black Rose co-founder Murry Stewart; they will be joined by Marianne Danehy and Dick Carlson.

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID; free for ages 12 and younger. (Become a member and save!)

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Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Rachel Laven & Sweet 'Shine

Rachel Laven with Sweet Shine

Rachel Laven with Sweet Shine

Come early - 5-6:30 p.m. - to enjoy dinner from a guest food truck and our pre-show jam in the pavilion. Bring an acoustic instrument to join the jam, or just listen!

Driven by the electric vocals and provocative songwriting of 2016 Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition Award winner Rachel Laven, Sweet ‘Shine is a Texgrass super group comprised of Laven (guitar/vocals/songwriting), and multi-talented artists Steven Sellers (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Nathan Evans Fox (fiddle), and Jesse Thompson (bass). Sweet ‘Shine's limited engagements and modern take on traditional bluegrass and American forms offer audiences a range of sensitive storytelling and foot-stompin' fun.

Sellers & Laven met in high school at San Antonio's magnet arts school, North East School of the Arts where Sellers studied instrumental music and Laven studied musical theatre. Sweet 'Shine, however, didn't form until two years after they graduated, when Laven challenged Sellers to pick up a banjo and the two sought out friends to join their bluegrass project. The four quickly realized they weren't a traditional bluegrass group and used their multi-genre backrounds to create, a Texgrass, folkgrass, funkgrass band.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; concert starts at 7 p.m.

Opening acts are On Solid Ground featuring the Carnahan Sisters; and Dan Bjugstad.

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID; free for ages 12 and younger. (Become a member and save!)

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Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Dawn & Hawkes

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Come early — 5-6:30 p.m. — to enjoy dinner from Porkman’s Pit food truck and to join in (or just listen to) the pre-show jam in the pavilion. Bring an acoustic instrument to jam.

Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes formed Dawn and Hawkes after a chance meeting on an Austin dance floor. The first time they sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls “undeniably intimate.” Their initial duo effort, Golden Heart, climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 in iTunes singer-songwriter albums, kicking off a whirlwind of cross-country and international touring performances.

You might remember their nationally televised audition on "The Voice," in which they performed The Beatles' "I Just Saw a Face." Adam Levine and Shakira pressed the button turning their chairs. "That was my favorite performance I have ever seen — ever — on 'The Voice,' " Levine said.

Acoustic Guitar hails the musicality of their first full-length album, Yours and Mine, as “Impeccable vocal harmonies and instrumentation,” and Huffington Post summarizes “Transcendent alternative-folk — you will find yourself craving more from this amazing, dynamic duo.”

The pair stored their possessions and lived on the road, drawing inspiration from American deserts and mountains, to the South Australian coast. Upon returning to Austin, they set upon building a new home and self-producing their second full-length album, The Other Side, released in July 2018. The Austin American Statesman calls it “10 new tracks of sweet folk-rock – instantly appealing tunes – rooted in the singer songwriter heyday of the early 1970’s, they also fit well into the modern-day indie-folk revival.”

Doors open 6:15 p.m.

Opening acts are Americana singer-songwriter Beni Brosh and “wandering roots troubadour” Shawn Taylor.

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID. Free for ages 12 and younger. (Become a member and save!)

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Shaky Hand String Band

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Come early, 5-6:30 p.m., for dinner from the Smokin' J BBQ food truck and pre-show jam (bring your instrument and join in on the jam, or just enjoy).

Shaky Hand String Band was founded high in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and in its two years the band has performed across the western United States. Shaky Hand's free spirited personalities are inspired from the mountain town lifestyles in which they live. It’s heard in their original lyrics, and felt in their high-energy, feel-good licks. The band's fresh approach to old-time tunes and modern jam band music captures the hearts of new fans everywhere they go. Steadily growing a fan base from touring, and their first album, “Two Miles High,” Shaky Hand String Band is quickly filling a niche in the fast evolving music industry. Dirt stomping and catchy lyrics are the heart beat of Shaky Hand String Band. Members consists of Jess Rose Moidel (fiddle), Patrick O’Halloran (banjo), Todd Webster (mandolin) and Loren Zyniecki (Guitar).

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Opening acts: Austin-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Jana Pochop and Nashville Americana artist Chris Moyse, winner of the 2017 Kerrville songwriting competition.

$10 general admission; $5 members and students w/ ID; free for ages 12 and younger. (Become a member and save!)

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

Roma Ransom

Gordon Lewis and Grace Easley are Roma Ransom.

Gordon Lewis and Grace Easley are Roma Ransom.

NOTE: Food truck and pre-show jams are back! Come early, 5-6:30 p.m., for dinner from Wild Goose Catering and BBQ food truck. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in on (or just enjoy) a jam outside in the pavilion.

Great music should do three things: Connect you to the past, inspire you to envision the future, and find you wholly in the present moment. Roma Ransom - the duo made up of Grace Easley and Gordon Lewis — does all three. Their repertoire includes old-time traditional ballads like “Shady Grove” and “St. James Infirmary” as well as sounds from European cultures, mainly that of Romania (hence the duo's name), yet the music of Roma Ransom is distinctly their own. The sultry sweetness of Easley on vocals paired with the couples' vast instrumental array combine to form a style that can fit the mood for any setting. The couple was trained classically from an early age (Grace on violin/viola, Gordon on guitar).

Roma Ransom began as a musical group after Grace and Gordon began busking on the streets of Springfield, Missouri, and shortly after, they began dating. They relocated to Colorado Springs in 2011 for more musical opportunities and have traveled throughout the U.S. on tour in the past few years. They play every genre you can imagine, including country, pop, R & B, reggae, klezmer, Balkan , classical, avant garde, contemporary, jazz, cha-cha, rumba, Nepalese/Tibetan, Middle Eastern, Gypsy, funk, and soul.

Two nationally touring opening acts: folk duo Whitherward and singer/songwriter/guitarist Wayne Willingham.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. (Become a member and save!)

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Sofia Talvik

Sofia Talvik

Sofia Talvik

“Even though this young lady is from Sweden, I’d place her at the forefront of the American vanguard. One listen will tell you why and how," wrote PopDose’s Rob Ross about Sofia Talvik’s new album. And it’s no wonder since this Swedish singer/songwriter has toured through 47 states in her little 1989 RV otherwise known as Lil’Chief. She’s seen more states and more places in the U.S. than the average American, and she seems to love it. Her latest album, ”Big Sky Country” (named one of the five best Americana albums of the year by British newspaper The Telegraph) celebrates her love for the vast plains, big mountains and sandy coastlines in the states that she toured through, as well as the warm and quirky people she met on the road.

She’s played the big festivals like Lollapalooza and SxSW, opened for artists like Maria McKee and David Duchovny (X-files, Californication) but the intimate setting of a smaller stage where she can casually joke and communicate with the audience is really where her strength as a performer shines the most. After all she’s in it for the music, not the fame and fortune.

"A singer/songwriter who is able to evoke the essence of Laurel Canyon circa the ’60s," writes Lee Zimmerman on No Depression, continuing to compare her to giants like Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins. ”In many ways, Talvik seems destined to become their heir apparent, given that her songs are striking in an effervescent and incandescent sort of way.” he wrote.

More: http://sofiatalvik.com/

Opening acts are Lost Joe and Jim Young.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. Coffee, tea, water, baked goods available for purchase.

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Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Thunder and Rain

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Note: The Black Rose Acoustic Society is 25 years old this month! We’ll celebrate this Friday. You can have your music, and eat your (free) cake too!

Thunder and Rain is a four-piece acoustic Americana band from the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Consisting of acoustic guitar, mandolin, dobro, and upright bass, Thunder and Rain seamlessly blends their favorite elements of bluegrass, country, pop, and alt-rock to cultivate their own take on the American roots music traditions. Driven by the catchy choruses and dreamy melodies sung by Erinn Peet-Lukes, the band underscores her heartfelt songwriting with strong country grooves, lush harmonies and rich instrumental decoration. 

Erinn formed the band in the fall of 2013 when she moved to Colorado from Brooklyn, New York. Since then, she has added the classical talents of Ian Haegele (upright bass), the smooth sounds of Chris Herbst (dobro/lap steel), and the crisp chop from Dylan McCarthy (mandolin).

Thunder and Rain has played for audiences in Canada and Ireland, as well as across the U.S. Their meaningful lyrics and soaring choruses have connected with fans both young and old. They are now touring on the heels of their second full-length album, "Start Believing." Notable past achievements include being 2014 Rockygrass Band Competition finalists, #1 in Westword's Best Bluegrass Bands of 2016, and Erinn Peet-Lukes being a 2018 Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition finalist.

This show will start off with our always-inspiring Kids’ Open Stage, featuring young musicians, under the direction of our Kids’ Jam leader and guitar instructor Adam Gardino.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase.

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Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Pint and A Half

Tami and Duke Sheppard of Pint & A Half.

Tami and Duke Sheppard of Pint & A Half.

Dynamic Americana duo Pint & A Half spins out vibrant songs overflowing with heart, soul and stories. Rooted in Salida and led by songwriter Duke Sheppard (guitar, vocals) and Tami Sheppard (vocals, percussion), the group’s music rings out with memorable melodies, expansive vocal harmonies and lingering rhythms that celebrate the colorful tradition of folk, blues and country music and expand the group’s larger-than-life sound.

Pint & A Half’s chemistry and talent for personal storytelling simmer during their energetic performances.

The duo’s sophomore release, “Boomtown Ghosts,” was recorded at Howlin’ Dog Recording Studios in Alamosa, and features the additional talents of legendary producer and musician Don Richmond. The collection is brimming with timeless tunes inspired by the local stories and history of their hometown in the mountains. Vibrating with the band’s signature tight harmonies, the songs capture the boom-and-bust, up-and-down spirit of the West while exploring universal themes including love, change, growing older, and how people relate to each other and to the complex world.

Since the release of the home-recorded debut album, “Blue Sky Earth,” Pint & A Half has toured the country playing venues and festivals throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri, Illinois, and Texas, performing alongside beloved, award-winning acts including The Trishas, Gabrielle Louise, Michael Hearne, Shake Russell and many others. Pint & A Half has also found a large, enthusiastic audience on Spotify, iTunes Radio and community radio stations across middle America.

In 2017, the duo received the People’s Choice honor in the South West Indy Artist Awards for “Boomtown Ghosts” and was #1 in the fan poll on the syndicated radio program “Colorado Playlist.” The EP was also one of the top 10 albums for 2017 on the show “Backroads” on KDHX FM in St. Louis, MO.

Opening acts are soul-folk artist David Ryle and Tom Gannaway, who plays classical and acoustic guitar, Irish bouzouki and the oud (pear-shaped instrument played in Syrian, Persian, Turkish, Armenian, North African and Arabic cultures).

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase.

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Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Wood Belly

Wood Belly band members Chris Weist, Craig Patterson, Chris Zink, Aaron McCloskey, and Taylor Shuck

Wood Belly band members Chris Weist, Craig Patterson, Chris Zink, Aaron McCloskey, and Taylor Shuck

When a band like Wood Belly comes along to channel the music of the mountains, the sky is the limit. Led by a pair of prolific songwriters, their songs are carefully and collectively crafted to ring out with honesty and passion.

Wood Belly blends traditional bluegrass with modern songwriting and whether you’re spinning your partner around or hanging on every word, the result is the same. You’re left smiling and wanting more.

In 2018 the group released its debut album, “Solid Ground,” and won the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition.

Wood Belly was born when Chris Weist (mandolin) met Craig Patterson (guitar) and Chris Zink (dobro) at the Rockygrass festival in 2015. Within a year, they had teamed up with Aaron McCloskey (banjo) and Taylor Shuck (bass) and the music immediately fell into place. Since then the band has played at an ever-expanding list of great venues including the Mishawaka amphitheater, the Fox Theater in Boulder, and Cervantes in Denver. Their festival resume includes the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rapidgrass, the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, the Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival, The Wyoming State Bluegrass and BBQ festival, Snowygrass, Grapes and Grass, and more.

Opening acts are singer-songwriter-guitarist Joe Uveges and Colorado progressive bluegrass band Heavy Beauty.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase.

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Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble

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The Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble is always a favorite at Black Rose, with these students’ fresh takes on traditional bluegrass. The ensemble, under the direction of professional banjo player and CC music instructor Keith Reed, is an instrumental and vocal band created to provide students with a challenging and creative environment in which to develop bluegrass music. Students must audition to be in an ensemble, and they receive academic credit. The ensemble draws mostly from traditional sources including the greats Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and the Stanley Brothers.

Opening acts are singer-songwriters Sam Burns and Audrey Bussanich.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase.

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Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

The BUS: Braithwaite, Uveges & Sokol

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The BUS is back! Longtime favorites at Black Rose, The BUS - KJ Braithwaite, Joe Uveges, and Jim Sokol - drives a stunning vocal blend that dazzles when they perform Crosby , Stills, & Nash as well as their own originals. They’ve been performing on and off for years making laughter and harmony. They are local legends, and their originals are listener friendly, thoughtful, and filled with joy.

KJ Braithwaite, a rock and rockabilly guitar wizard, feels guitar in the same way as Eric Clapton: less is more, and space makes the music speak.  With numerous years of playing and three albums, he is also a fine songwriter.  

Jim Sokol has been part of four albums with Joe Uveges including the critically acclaimed “Up Please,” a 2008 release that also features Phil Volan.  His voice could be Irish tenor, it could be Sting, it could be David Grey. He never fails to have just the right quip for the moment, often at the expense of one of his fun loving mates. He brings just the right percussion for this acoustic sound, as well as the occasional soulful harmonica solo.

Joe Uveges has become a fixture on the Colorado Springs music scene with five Gazette “Best of” honors,  and publishing credits in film and with Goodnight Kiss Music out of California.  He has eight original albums released, the latest recorded in Nashville with Stephanie Pauline (“When the Smoke Clears”).

Opening acts are Peppergrass, the bluegrass, early country and folk band from Fountain Creek Nature Center; and singer-songwriter Emily Parasiliti.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase.

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The Sweet Lillies
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

The Sweet Lillies

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The Sweet Lillies’ high-energy, melodic tunes have quickly captured the hearts of fans in Colorado and beyond. The band, formed in November of 2013, credits its appeal to the original and compelling songwriting of three women who share an unwavering commitment to life on the road.

The magnetic combination of Julie Gussaroff on the upright bass, Becca Bisque on the viola, and Melly Frances on percussion and lead vocals – together with powerful three-part harmony and exciting instrumentalism – gives this band a rare and alluring sound. As testament to their appeal, The Sweet Lillies have already shared the stage with the likes of Peter Rowan, Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident, and Andy Hall of The Infamous String Dusters, Jeff Austin, and Bridget Law (founding member of Elephant Revival).

Based out of Colorado’s Front Range, The Sweet Lillies are continually expanding their audience and reach with a contagious love of music and a get-up-and-dance attitude that spreads lots of love and smiles.

Opening acts are James Nichols and singer-songwriter Zak Sloan.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase.

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Circus No. 9
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Circus No. 9

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Circus No. 9 is East Tennessee’s own progressive bluegrass outfit, blurring the lines between bluegrass, jazz, and rock. Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” the group has appeared alongside artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, and Larry Keel, among others. Comprised of musicians Matthew Davis, Thomas Cassell, Vince Ilagan, and Ben Garnett, Circus No. 9 is one of the most exciting new bands on the acoustic music scene today.

"Circus No. 9 represents everything that's good about the new generation of acoustic music. These guys already exhibit a maturity and musicianship that has me thinking we're going to be hearing great stuff from them for a long time!" - Bryan Sutton

Banjo player extraordinaire Matthew Davis is the winner of both the National Banjo Championship and the Rockygrass Banjo Contest. Davis has performed on the Grand Ole Opry, among other venues and shows around the country.

On the mandolin is Virginia native Thomas Cassell. Cassell is the winner of the 2016 Rockygrass Mandolin contest, and has performed on stage beside artists including the Bryan Sutton Band, Billy Strings, and more.

Holding down the low end for the band is Knoxville’s Vince Ilagan, who has a bass performance degree from the University of Tennessee and years of studio and touring experience. Ilagan has performed with artists including Justin Townes Earle, Jeff Sipe, Scott Miller, and many others.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Opening acts: Boulder harpist Margot Krimmel, and folk singer/songwriter Carmen Anthony Sacco.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase.

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+++ CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER+++  BLUE CANYON BOYS
Jan
11
7:00 PM19:00

+++ CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER+++ BLUE CANYON BOYS

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+++Sadly, this show is canceled due to bad weather and the likelihood of slick roads in the Black Forest. We’ll get the Boys back on our stage as soon as we can.+++

The Blue Canyon Boys are equal parts purists and innovators when it comes to Bluegrass: they stay true to the form’s roots while constantly reimagining their relationship to tradition. The result is a toe-tapping mix of haunting standards, genre-bending arrangements, and catchy original numbers—all built on the bedrock of their collective bluegrass mastery.

Ever since founding members Jason Hicks and Gary Dark launched the Blue Canyon Boys in 2006, the Blue Canyon Boys have raised the bar for bluegrass bands. They bring it all: seamless brother-duet style, crisp instrumentation, unvarnished lyrics and subversive humor. After winning first place 2008 Telluride Bluegrass festival band contest, the Blue Canyon Boys went off at full tilt, taking the bluegrass circuit by storm, performing in illustrious venues across the country as well as internationally.

Their distinctive sound, honed from over a decade of performing together, moves easily from instrumental wizardry to playful ribbing. Ultimately and repeatedly, they hit a high note—the rare confluence of harmony that leaves the soul ajar.

The seasoned quartet features Gary Dark on mandolin, Jason Hicks on guitar, Drew Garrett on bass, and Chris Roszell on banjo. Their latest album, eponymously called The Blue Canyon Boys, is perhaps their most polished and poignant yet. Classic bluegrass, clean and raw, blends effortlessly with the band’s homegrown compositions, then peppered with a judicious cover or two, such as the band’s riveting take on Pink Floyd’s “Time.”

Whether calling on their old timey musical roots or reconnoitering the future, the band’s musical prowess never wavers. This is high lonesome sound at its best: a driving pulse that weaves through harmonies and fierce rhythms, always with the reminder that as long as the music plays we are never quite alone.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

One opening act: On Solid Ground Featuring the Carnahan Sisters.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase.

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Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Rifters, with Holiday Potluck & Singalong

Photo by Dave Hensley

Photo by Dave Hensley

Join us for the annual holiday potluck, concert and singalong! Special notes:

  • Please bring a dish to share. if your last name begins with letters from A-Q, bring an appetizer. If your last name begins with R-Z, bring a dessert item. 

  • We'll supply beverages.

  • Doors will open at 6 p.m. 

  • Potluck noshing begins at 6:30 p.m.

  • Show starts at 7 p.m.

  • No opening acts

The Rifters formed in 2002 in the fertile and creative music scene of Taos, New Mexico from members of two popular bands already active in the area. Jim Bradley and Don Richmond of Hired Hands, and Rod Taylor of the Rounders, who had all known one another for years playing in the acoustic dance-oriented Americana music scene of northern New Mexico, decided to join forces to form The Rifters. Putting out more music than it seems should be right for three guys on stage, the Rifters employ a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments, combined with soaring three-part harmonies. The years of playing to the dance crowds in their northern New Mexico homeland has given their music a toe-tapping rhythm that is engaging and undeniable.

And just what sort of music do The Rifters play? From the liner notes to their self-titled first CD, released in July 2004 on Howlin’ Dog Records: 

“It’s music that comes from where we come from – both from the high desert and mountain landscape of our home and from the background and experiences of our lives – sort of a laid-back high-energy gentle giant old blue-buffalo-grama-grassy, cowboy, folky, shake-a-leg with a smile sort of thing. A rift is a split or a gap, sort of the like the Rio Grande Rift that we all live on or around. But this music is more about bridging gaps. For us the music is what ties all the different times and places together. We hope you enjoy it.”

The Rifters released their second CD The Great River in 2011. It's a collection of both original tunes and songs by other writers that the Rifters have put their own stamp on and made their own.

In May 2013 the band released a live CD, “Live at the Sagebrush,” featuring songs recorded over a period of a year at one of their favorite haunts, the Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico. From the liner notes of the CD: “Three voices and three sets of hands playing various combinations of instruments form the sound of the Rifters, captured here just as it comes off the stages of the “clubs along the Sangre de Cristo,” to quote an Eliza Gilkyson song. And for decades, the Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico has been a place where you could hear the southwestern folk-Americana music of northern New Mexico, and also a place where you could see the dancers who form such a part of the ecology of the vibrant area music scene. The Rifters have played there regularly since their formation in 2002 and for many years before in their former bands The Rounders and Hired Hands. We decided to record our shows at the Sagebrush through 2012 and early 2013 with the idea of releasing a live album that carries a hint of the energy that happens there.”

In spring 2016 the band released their first all-original CD, “Architecture of a Fire,” with songs by all three band members, as well as a handful of co-writes with others, including Chuck Pyle on the title track. It also includes the full studio version of the popular song “A Hundred Miles,” which was also included on the live CD. One of the songs on “Architecture,” “I Got News for You” (written by the band with lyrics by Don’s wife Teri McCartney), was also covered by Michael Hearne and Shake Russell on their “Only as Strong as Your Dreams” 2016 Howlin’ Dog Records release.

The Rifters are:

Rod Taylor on guitar, mandolin, and vocals. Rod lives in Cimarron, New Mexico, and is recently retired from being head of cattle operations at Philmont Ranch. In other words, he doesn’t just look like a cowboy. Although Rod is well known for playing traditional western music at cowboy poetry gatherings, his musical influences run from The Beatles to The Allman Brothers to old blues to Willis Alan Ramsey and back again. Rod’s rich lead vocals provide one of the most immediately recognizable elements of The Rifters’ distinctive sound.

Jim Bradley on bass and vocals. Jim is a long-time Taos resident and is a native New Mexican, born in Las Cruces. Jim’s powerful rhythmic and percussive playing provide the pulse for The Rifters’ energetic acoustic rhythms. He has played his Fender bass from Alaska to Manhattan and many places in between, from the mountain bars to the big festival stages with touring national acts. Jim holds down many of the high harmony vocals in the Rifters’ rich vocal arrangements, and with the release of “The Great River” has begun to stretch out into some lead vocals.

Don Richmond on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, pedal steel guitar, harmonica, accordion, trumpet and vocals. Don was a founding member of the near-legendary Colorado band Tumbleweed (1973 – 1990) and the Colorado-New Mexico band Hired Hands (1992). Don lives in Alamosa, Colorado and also owns and operates Howlin’ Dog Recording, one of the most respected acoustic-oriented recording studios in the region, and has appeared on dozens of recordings by many of the region’s top artists, as well as numerous projects under his own name and with his former bands. Don’s multi-instrumental skills help provide the variety and excitement audiences enjoy in a Rifters’ performance. He also covers lead and harmony vocals.

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission at the door.

No opening acts; instead we’ll enjoy the annual holiday potluck!

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Jim Salestrom
Nov
23
7:00 PM19:00

Jim Salestrom

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Jim Salestrom is an Emmy Award winning songwriter, a gifted guitarist, and a seasoned performer who has been writing and recording music since he was 13. He has performed for four U.S. presidents, at the White House, at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and at the Supreme Court for his friend Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. He has appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson three times and the Academy Awards show, as well as two HBO specials. Jim has also appeared on the Ellen, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas and Jay Leno shows. His music crosses generational boundaries and is enjoyed by fans of all ages. Jim likes traveling and meeting new folks and sharing his songs and stories that have taken him around the world.

In 1977, Jim, along with his band, Timberline recorded the The Great Timber Rush for CBS EPIC in Hollywood California. While touring with Timberline, they opened for Dolly Parton. This led to a long relationship with Jim playing in Dolly Parton’s band off and on since 1979, including her 2011 Better Day World Tour. 

While doing sound for John Denver at John’s first appearance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in 1972, he was one of the first to hear “Rocky Mountain High” at the sound check. Jim recorded vocals and banjo on John Denver’s “Different Directions” and sang with John in concert. He sang “Rocky Mountain High” at the Colorado State Capital when the song became the co-official state song of Colorado in 2007.

Jim has created a multimedia tribute to Buffalo Bill that played in May and June of 2017 in various venues in Colorado and he is now performing around the country. Jim also co-produces the Shetland Reel Music Festival each August in the Shetland Islands of northern Scotland.

Jim performs regularly at the Yellowstone Club and the Stock Farm Club in Montana, as well as at The Broadmoor. Recent trips to perform include Utah, Wyoming, California, British Columbia, West Virginia, Nebraska, Alaska, and Italy.

In 2016, Jim recorded “Crossroads” in Nashville at the Sound Emporium Studios. He later added a 46-piece orchestra from Macedonia.

Jim's most recent Nashville project, called “Shady Pine,” was recorded in 2017. Produced with longtime friend and John Denver's keyboardist Chris Nole, it features Sam Bush on several songs.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission at the door.

Instead of our usual two opening acts, we’ll have a special presentation by Jim Salestrom.

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Masontown
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Masontown

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Masontown’s sound is an exciting take on the American acoustic tradition. At once fresh and familiar, the group unites the sounds of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and new acoustic music into a sonic melting pot that hearkens back to our deep musical traditions while remaining defiantly modern in conception. The group includes a lauded fiddle champion and classical violinist; a veteran bluegrass mandolin player and composer; one of Colorado’s jazz guitar greats reborn as a flatpicking sensation; and an upright bassist with roots running deep in the classical and jazz traditions.

Echoes of the poignant exploration of the Matt Flinner Trio blend with the fierce drive of Bill Monroe and the plaintive songcraft of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West. It’s no surprise that the members of Masontown have shared the stage with many of these musical icons that their sound evokes.

Hailing from Northern Alabama, guitarist and vocalist Eric Wiggs has been an integral part of Colorado’s music scene for the past decade as a teacher and performer. After moving to Boulder to attain a master's degree in jazz performance, Eric soon fell in love with bluegrass music. His diverse musical background brings a fresh, sophisticated sound to Masontown.

Wiggs takes acoustic inspiration coming from local bands like Taarka, Elephant Revival, and the Railsplitters.

Serenity is what master fiddler Natalie Padilla Koob was immersed in from the very start, beginning life in Bozeman, Montana. After winning a fiddle championship at the National Old-time Fiddle Competition at the tender age of 8, she knew that music would play a profound part in the ensuing years of her life.

She earned a degree in violin performance from the University of Northern Colorado. She picked up a few more championships including: the 2015 Rockygrass Fiddle Champion, the Rocky Mountain Regional Grand Champion, 2015 National Young Adult Champion, and Weiser's National Twin Fiddling Champion with none other than her caring mother.

She is the associate concertmaster of the Greeley Philharmonic and performs with the National Repertory Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Boulder Philharmonic, and Sphere Ensemble.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mike Canney began playing the mandolin at the age of 10. He learned to play while being snuck into late night jams and festivals in the area by his banjo-player father.

After completing his graduate studies in Boston, he moved to Seattle for his doctoral studies in biomedical engineering at the University of Washington, and formed the band The Loose Digits, playing shows throughout the Pacific Northwest from 2006-2009 and recording two EPs. At the end of 2009, he moved to Lyon, France where he lived for six years and formed the group Lyon Bluegrass Revival from local French musicians and expats. Masontown is the fifth bluegrass band that Mike has been involved with over the past 20 years.

Bradley Morse has taken a circuitous route to Colorado via the Midwest and northern Florida. While he started on the electric bass, his strong interest in playing "sustainable music" led him to an all-acoustic instrument, the upright bass. With the upright bass in hand, he excelled in both jazz and classical music at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where he completed a degree in music performance. He currently plays in at least four bands. His diverse musical background lends itself well to Masontown’s intentionally untraditional sound.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission at the door.

Opening acts are David Burchfield & the Fire Guild and Carbondale-based singer-songwriter Jackson Emmer.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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hONEyhoUSe
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

hONEyhoUSe

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hONEyhoUSe blew the lid off the old Black Forest Community Center last time their powerful harmonies filled the room. The acoustic group combines the talents of five very diverse and seasoned artists into one unexpected musical force. Consisting of award-winning R&B/gospel soulstress Hillary Smith, earthy blues/folk singer-songwriter Yvonne Perea, sweet-voiced Mandy Buchanan, drummer Dianne DeLeon, and bassist Danielle Andrade, hONEyhoUSe seamlessly melds the lines of musical genres with original creations embracing blues, soul, folk, and Americana.

The New Mexico Music Industry Coalition has presented hONEyhoUSe with numerous awards, among them, Best Album, Song of the Year, Best in Americana, Best Vocal, and Best Production. These women have become a favorite at the Michael Hearne Big Barn Dance Music Festival, inciting the audience to rise to their feet during each performance.

hONEyhoUSe recently signed with Americana label Howlin' Dog Records to record and release their 5th album, “Kick Up The Dust.” They will begin a “Kick Up The Dust” tour starting January 2019.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission at the door.

Opening acts are Tom Gannaway, who plays classical and acoustic guitar, Irish bouzouki and the oud (pear-shaped instrument played in Syrian, Persian, Turkish, Armenian, North African and Arabic cultures); and singer-songwriter Matthew Birch.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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Beppe Gambetta
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Beppe Gambetta

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Beppe Gambetta, a longtime favorite at Black Rose, is continually composing his personal mosaic of sounds and flavors. From his background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has traveled the world and even crossed the “Iron Curtain” to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After 11 CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar.

While Gambetta still lives in his native Genova, he travels to North America at least three times each year. His reputation in the U.S. and Canada is reinforced by his participation in prestigious festivals like the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Merlefest in North Carolina, the Four Corners Festival in Colorado and Canadian Folk Festivals in Winnipeg and Edmonton, as well as events like the radio shows “All Things Considered” and “E-Town.” Beppe has performed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has performed with some great heroes of the folk scene including David Grisman, Gene Parsons, Doc Watson, Norman Blake, and with the band Men Of Steel: an international guitar summit (Dan Crary, Tony McManus, and Don Ross) of different guitar schools with complex musical interactions.

Gambetta's playing and singing stand out for their intimate emotions, communication, tone, sobriety, and humor. His music modestly avoids relying solely on his high level of technical excellence but reveals the innermost feelings of a brilliant, playful mind that is always exploring and innovating while staying firmly rooted in tradition.

He creates a fusion where American roots music and Ligurian tradition, emigration songs and folk ballads, steel-string guitars, and vintage harp guitars not only coexist but interact, weaving a deep dialogue.

 Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission at the door.

Opening acts are Denver-based The Choralary, a seven-piece ensemble featuring four-part harmony and guitar, banjo, mandocello, bodhrán, djembe, cello and flute; and singer-songwriter Leah Grams Johnson, a Berklee College of Music alumna and songwriting finalist in the Telluride Troubadour and Rocky Mountain Folks Fest competitions.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

 

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Beth Gadbaw Trio
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Beth Gadbaw Trio

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NEW THIS SUMMER: Join us 5-6:30 p.m. for a pre-show jam outdoors in the pavilion! This one will be a jam sampler led by Mike Watry; we’ll play out of the Black Rose Jam Sampler notebook. Bring your acoustic instrument and join in, or just listen. Come hungry -- the Lucy I’m Home food truck will be parked onsite with dinner eats for purchase.

Described by The Redstone Review as “a Celtic angel ... with all her heart in it,” and by Sing Out! as “lovely, with a light, bouncy energy ... her voice often acting as an instrument in itself,” folksinger Beth Gadbaw grew up singing harmonies with her triplet sisters in a musical household in Western Colorado.

Gadbaw came of age singing in Irish pubs and English folk clubs, and is a former Fulbright scholar and award-winning singer, composer, and teacher. She lives in Lyons, Colorado with her husband and two daughters.

Beth was drawn to Irish music at 7 upon discovering what it meant to be Irish-American. Her mother's side of the family hailed from upstate New York, having emigrated to America during the Great Famine (the story of her great-great-uncle Thomas Watson is recounted in her original ballad named for him and taken from his letters to sister Sara McGuire). Her love of learning about her family history first took her to Ireland in 1996 where she attended the Joe Mooney and Willie Clancy Summer Schools; subsequent summers found her camping on the beach at Miltown Malbay rising early to jump into the Atlantic before heading to singing classes and sessions until the wee hours of the morning.

After completing her masters in music education at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology, she returned to Ireland as a continuing education student at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she studied Irish Gaelic in evening classes in the city and attended residential intensives in Connemara.

It was not until spending a Fulbright year in Devon, England, that Beth fell in love with English folksong, attending folk clubs in the moors and on the shores of Devon and Cornwall. She bolstered her music-teaching income by busking on the picturesque, rainy streets of the villages of Southwest England, carrying her 26-string harp and her hat to collect pennies and pounds, singing all the way.

In 2016, Beth was commissioned to set the poetry of Welsh Poet Laureate Gwyneth Lewis for four-part choral voices. Her voice has appeared in productions for stage, for Colorado and Oregon Public Television, and on various recordings. She has made guest appearances with the Chieftains and has opened for The Battle Field Band, Lunasa, and The Seamus Egan Project. Most recently, she has toured with fiddler Sandra Wong and acclaimed bouzouki player Roger Landes.

Beth Gadbaw’s music can be heard on RTÉ’s Raidió na Gaeltachta and Radio 1, as well as on Colorado Public Radio, Folk Alley, Thunder on the Plains, and more. She performs as a solo artist, with high-energy traditional band Take Down the Door, and with ethereal Celtic harp and vocal duo Gadbaw & Krimmel.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission at the door.

Opening acts are Virginia singer-songwriter Ethan Schaefer and Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter David Ryle.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

 

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Emily Barnes Trio
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Emily Barnes Trio

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NEW THIS SUMMER: Join us 5-6:30 p.m. for a pre-show bluegrass jam led by Robert Hovermale outdoors in the pavilion! Bring your acoustic instrument and join in, or just listen. Come hungry -- the Wild Goose Catering food truck will be parked onsite with dinner eats for purchase.

Emily Barnes wowed our audience with a riveting performance as an opener in February, so we're thrilled to be bringing her back as a featured act. 

For the past few years, Emily has been tirelessly trekking down the open road playing venues of all shapes and sizes stopping listeners dead in their tracks with a voice that cuts to the bone and songs that pull on the heart strings. 

Now a nationally touring artist, Barnes continues to build a grassroots following from city to small town, one new believer at a time. Her sophomore album "Let in the Light" was released in 2017 and has been taking listeners through the nostalgia of finding oneself after the inevitable darkness seeps in. It is honest, it is raw, and as quirky as the show you are likely to experience. With an assortment of "found" instruments, lo-fi birds, pots and pans, this album paints a picture from start to finish. 

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Our opening acts are “fearlessly neurotic indie folk” singer-songwriter Andrew Delaney and guitarist/songwriter Jason Miller.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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By the Lee
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

By the Lee

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NEW THIS SUMMER: Join us 5-6:30 p.m. for a pre-show bluegrass jam outdoors in the pavilion! Bring your acoustic instrument and join in, or just listen. Come hungry -- the Smoking J's Barbeque food truck will be parked onsite with dinner eats for purchase.

By the Lee is a duo born of the Colorado-based band The Railsplitters. Inspired by touring the world together, Lauren Stovall and Peter Sharpe began cultivating new music while on the road.

Their sound draws on old-time, bluegrass and folk, featuring Lauren's striking lead vocals and Peter's skillful picking on mandolin and tenor guitar.

By The Lee creates an intimate musical listening experience blending nostalgia along with modern songwriting.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Opening acts are Colorado native/now New Yorker folk, jazz, soul, and progressive pop vocalist and songwriter Ruby Greenberg, and Black Forest guitarist and singer Kurt Astor.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

 

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Dawn & Hawkes
Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Dawn & Hawkes

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NEW THIS SUMMER: Join us 5-6:30 p.m. for a pre-show hootenanny jam led by Mike Watry outdoors in the pavilion! Bring your acoustic instrument and join in, or just listen. Come hungry -- the Wild Goose Catering food truck will be parked onsite with dinner eats for purchase.

Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes met when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. The first time they sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls "undeniably intimate."

Their initial duo effort, Golden Heart, climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 iniTunes singer-songwriter albums kicking off a whirlwind of cross-country touring performances withinfluential artists Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski, Patty Griffin, Old 97s, Robert Earl Keen, and showcases at festivals like Austin City Limits, Folk Alliance, AmericanaFest, South By Southwest and TEDx.

Acoustic Guitar hails the musicality of their first full-length, Yours and Mine, as "Impeccable vocal harmonies and instrumentation” Huffington Post summarizes "Transcendent alternative-folk — you will find yourself craving more from this amazing, dynamic duo."

The duo stored their possessions and lived on the road, drawing inspiration from American deserts and mountains to the South Australian coast while navigating a shared journey through mortality, grief, the after-life and compassion for differing perspectives. Upon returning to Austin, they set upon building a new home and recording a new album. The Other Side chronicles a new chapter of life paths they've traveled and is set to release in July.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Opening acts are the trio Kara and the Kosmos and "wandering roots" troubadour Shawn Taylor.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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Kraig Kenning
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

Kraig Kenning

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NEW: Join us 5-6:30 p.m. for a pre-show bluegrass jam led by Robert Hovermale outdoors in the pavilion! Bring your acoustic instrument and join in, or just listen. Come hungry -- the Black Forest Chew Chew food truck will be parked onsite with dinner eats for purchase.

Singer/songwriter and national slide guitar champion Kraig Kenning merges contemporary folk, acoustic blues, roots rock, and American fingerstyle while maintaining a close and personal connection with his audience. 

Kenning has shaped himself into one of the most capable performers on the planet. "There is an exchange at a spiritual level in a great performance. My goal is to journey with all my listeners to this magical place," he says. Kenning has inspired comparisons with Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Bob Dylan, and Jackson Browne, to name a few.

Chicago Tribune reviewer Dan Kening (no relation) notes "Kenning's deft finger picking and slide work on acoustic and steel resonator guitar is truly impressive, but so is his air for crafting intelligent, heartfelt lyrics and memorable melodies. Call his style laid-back music played with a burning passion."

At National Guitar's 1st Annual Slide Competition, Kraig took first-place honors as Best Unsigned Artist. He has opened for Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones, and slide guitar master Sonny Landreth; and he has shared lineups with club and folk series favorites such as John Gorka and Patti Larkin.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Opening acts are Denver singer-songwriter Brianna Straut and Boulder singer-songwriter Dave Tamkin.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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Dakota Blonde
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Dakota Blonde

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NEW: Join us 5-6:30 p.m. for a pre-show jam outdoors in the pavilion! Bring your acoustic instrument and join in, or just listen. Come hungry -- the Lucy I'm Home food truck will be parked onsite with dinner eats for purchase.

Dakota Blonde, made up of Mary Huckins, Don Pinnella and Tony Raddell, is one of the most unique acoustic sounds around. Their combination of original tunes and carefully selected covers, along with their endearing stage presence and humor, have earned them the descriptions “the darlings of the Front Range” and “the sweetest acoustic sound around.”

Dakota Blonde has received top honors for their songwriting, CD projects, and performances across the country and even internationally. Their newest CD, “The Love We Build,” was recently honored in the Independent Acoustic Project Awards. 

Joining Dakota Blonde on stage is multi-instrumentalist Ernie Martinez. Ernie is one of the most sought-after musicians in the region, playing stages near and far.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Opening acts are Ady Manral, a singer-songwriter from the foothills of the Himalayas, and Nashville folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ashleigh Caudill, who is originally from Western Colorado.

Coffee, tea, water and baked goods available for purchase inside the Community Center. 

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