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Rachel Laven & Sweet 'Shine

  • Black Forest Community Center 12530 Black Forest Road Colorado Springs, CO 80908 United States (map)
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.

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!)

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