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Wendy Woo

640 675 City Star Brewing

Wendy Woo has led anything but a “normal” life, which separates her from the average performer.  As the daughter of bohemian parents who were founding faculty members at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado, her childhood home was a truly eclectic social center. Influential Beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Ken Kesey would be regulars in the living room!

This unusual setting helped develop Wendy into an emotive singer as a child. She started playing the guitar just so she could provide her own accompaniment. After mastering the guitar, she began writing songs and performing in songwriting circles. She attended both the University of New Mexico and the University of Colorado, where she studied a variety of musical genres, theory and composition. Her many musical influences include everyone from folk chanteuse Suzanne Vega to the legendary Paul Simon. The trademark blended rhythms in Simon’s music inspired her to add similar complexity to her own compositions.

With this in mind, Wendy developed a technique she calls “Slaptap,” a method of creating a captivating visual and percussive backdrop using the guitar body and fret board.

Her innovative spirit led her to the storied steps of Boulder’s Fox Theatre for her first job in the music industry.  There she gained confidence as a performer, while learning the skills of self-promotion, booking and publishing.  The venue acknowledged her talent by slotting Wendy to open for world renowned headliners, including Counting Crows, Michael Franti and others.

Wendy’s dedication and competence was rewarded when she won the Colorado Lilith Fair Talent Search in 1999, sharing the stage with an elite lineup including the Indigo Girls, Shawn Colvin and Sheryl Crow.

Her versatility is evident by the wide variety of artists whom Wendy has since shared the stage, including The Fray, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, James Taylor, Counting Crows, Brad Paisley, Karla Bonoff and Big Head Todd and the Monsters.  Her tour stops have included performances at premier venues like Red Rocks (CO), the Living Room and Bitter End (NYC),  Hotel Café (LA), Bluebird Café (Nashville) and Eddie’s Attic (Decatur, GA).
Having penned and recorded over 200 original songs and playing over 150 dates yearly, she has gained a reputation as one of the most versatile performers on the circuit.  An example of that reputation is the legendary Carly Simon inviting Wendy to perform with her at “Festival of the Senses” on Martha’s Vineyard in 2014.

Wendy has also been named Westword Magazine’s Music Awards “Singer/Songwriter of the year” five separate times, resulting in her induction into Westword’s Hall of Fame.

The 2015 release of “Tipping Point”, which was produced by Grammy Award winner Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughn, Carlos Santana, Huey Lewis and the News) and mastered by Grammy winner Brad Blackburn (Maroon 5, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Black Eyed Peas and Sara Bareilles.), is a testament to her mastery as a tunesmith and a reaffirmation that Wendy Woo continues to live a life that defies the term “normal!”

https://www.wendywoo.com

Riley Ann and Sean Bennight

1024 576 City Star Brewing
Riley Ann and Sean Bennight are both active in their artistic communities through performing, teaching, and humanitarian arts initiatives. Their paths crossed officially onstage with ‘Mad Dog Blues’. Following their first performance together it was clear their musical styles were well aligned.  Pulling from a diverse range of styles, they deliver an emotive and unparalleled multi-instrumental experience. Featuring sweet harmonies over originals and Old-time favorites, the duo sounds reminiscent of Mandolin Orange, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, and The Honey Dewdrops.

http://www.rileyannsound.comm

John McKay

640 675 City Star Brewing

John McKay has been playing music since he was in High School. He always strived to create his own music as opposed to copying his favorite musicians. His tastes for such bands as Little Feat, Taj Mahal, the Beatles, Stones, Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Led Zepplin, to songwriters like Neil Young, Steve Earl, Bob Marley, Lyle Lovitt and Bob Dylan have been cooked up like a rock n’ roll soup called John McKay music. John McKay’s talents have landed him gigs all across the country from The Bitter End in New York, Eddie’s Attic in Decataur Georgia, The Carollton in New Orleans, Fox Theater and Boulder Theater in Colorado, The Abbey in Chicago along with numerous venues in between in most states in the US.

Rock • Americana • Blues • Guitarist

http://www.reverbnation.com/johnmckayband

King Cardinal

960 960 City Star Brewing

Brennan Mackey and Ben Waligoske of King Cardinal.

folk • http://www.kingcardinal.com/

The Seers

640 675 City Star Brewing

The Seers, an experimental folk-rock duo from Fort Collins, CO, have transformed their shared passion for great songs into a walking, talking, modern-day jukebox of musical versatility. With a “stunning repertoire” of over 700 covers and 100 originals spanning from alternative rock to Americana country, the Seers deliver sing-along performances that bring people closer together.

As a duo, three-piece, four-piece, and five-piece band, Seers perform at regional festivals (SXSW 2015 Colorado Music Showcase), weddings (in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado), private events, restaurants, bars, breweries, memorials, markets, and more. With over fifteen years of collaboration, it easy to see why they’re in high regional demand: they love to play.

As prolific songwriters and aspiring recording artists, Collins and Waters have been recording and releasing albums as The Seers since 2010. Their first was an underground, stream-of-consciousness EP titled “Universal Tree.” Two eclectic rock albums followed: “The Seers” (2013) and “Cellophane Eyes” (2014). In 2016, in collaboration with Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper, and Foster the People), The Seers released the indie folk EP “Signals” to critical acclaim. Their fourth release, the full-length “Better Days” is out May 13th, 2017

folk • rock
http://www.theseersband.com

Pennies on the Track

960 960 City Star Brewing

Pennies on the Track is a Colorado Front Range acoustic folk trio. Three singer/songwriters merge sweet vocal harmonies and versatile instrumentation into folk rock and blue grass barnburners, acoustic ballads and rock and roll. With original music and covers of some Americana’s greatest, the band brings something for everybody. The Pennies are Brian Good, Jack Keith and Neil Sperandeo, who met while playing in other groups, open mics and solo gigs. Now good friends as well as bandmates and collaborating songwriters, these guys play for the love of making music together, and that enjoyment reaches out to anyone listening.

https://www.facebook.com/PenniesOnTheTrack

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Sean Flynn and Don Cleason

640 675 City Star Brewing

Acoustic and electric folk rooted in soul.

http://www.flynncoband.com

Andy Adams

800 533 City Star Brewing

Andy Adams is an Oklahoma City based musician who has been performing around the City and State for over ten years. Vocally he possesses a wide spectrum of range and a variety of tone. He uses these aspects to add vivid and dramatic effect to enhance the mood and movement of the stories in his songs’. In combination with his guitar work this takes his narratives into enchanting tone poems. The authentic vocal commitment and scope of the narrative brings the listener out of the mundane and into a new world full of possibility.

Andy’s guitar techniques incorporate the essential Delta Blues style with a definitive Americana slant into a modern tradition of folkie fusion. The expanse of the rhythm spans the distance between the thunk of a chain gangs chuck and the winds’ long kiss as it whispers in the willows on a sultry summer night.

Many of his lyrical textures are literate self-contained accounts of everyday people with everyday problems. Each composition complete in soul and story in its own personal universe. Some of his more personal songs are boldly romantic in this time of shallow detachment and project a serious understanding of the love that makes relationships function without stress.

Andy Adams is an attractive bundle of talent. He can stand with the best vocally, as well as, on guitar, bass, harmonica.

Jon Garson and Late For Supper

960 719 City Star Brewing
Jon Garson and Late for Supper evolved out of a three year Friday night jam which took place at Jon’s Boulder home called POS (pickin on the strings) around 2014. Jon had the vision for LFS based on what he calls a “fluid band model,” a couple of core members joined by a changing blend of other musicians. Fronted by Jon Garson on upright bass, guitar, and vocals, Late for Supper draws from a who’s who of Colorado roots music bands. Members of The Railsplitters, Masontown, Monocle Band, Road West, Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams, The Western Flyers, Flat Five, The Matt Flinner Trio, are frequent staples of LFS gigs.
LFS is unique. It combines high level musicianship and high degree of fun, with an uncomplicated and low stress dynamic. LFS plays local venues, with front man Jon Garson also handling the bookings, sound equipment and other details. Many of these folks have played multiple LFS shows over the years in addition to holding their primary musical commitments, teaching music, and touring with their bands nationally and internationally. But above all they are friends, some for many years. Some have been in bands together. When their schedules allow, these excellent folks may take a Late for Supper gig. They embrace the opportunity to perform with pals they haven’t gigged with for some time, to connect in the way they love, through music, on stage together and, of course, in front of a appreciative audience.
Late for Supper plays locally around the Front Range and Denver and can be called upon for all types of events. From 3 to 5 pieces, you’ll hear LFS’s great harmonies, smooth licks and see their heartfelt camaraderie always!

Bluegrass • Americana • Honky Tonk • Swing

Greg Schochet

640 675 City Star Brewing

Greg Schochet is a full-time performer, teacher and producer in Boulder, Colorado. Equally adept on guitar and mandolin, he is fluent in number of acoustic and electric styles, including bluegrass, swing, and country.

A veteran of many touring and recording bands, his love of music and traveling has brought him to some of the most acclaimed venues in the country, including A Prairie Home Companion, Red Rocks, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as well as the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia.

Born and raised in the suburbs of New York city, Greg’s musical youth was framed by his father’s record collection and FM radio of the 70s and 80s. Combined with a deep love for all things traditional, twangy and old-timey, Greg’s musical sensibilities are wide-ranging and versatile.

He is an integral part of Colorado’s thriving roots music scene, and is a sought after instructor, session player, producer and collaborator.

fiddle tunes • old Western swing • country

http://www.gregschochet.com