Bluegrass has become a mainstay in Colorado. The music of the mountains speaks to us and we can feel it in our souls. When a band like Wood Belly comes along to channel it, 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. 2018 has been an exciting year as the group released their 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 (Boulder), and Cervantes (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.
aka Laser Bunny
Aka Laser Bunny is an acoustic experience not to be missed. Alex Johnstone (mandolin, fiddle, vocals) and Aaron McCloskey (guitar, banjo, vocals) have been making music together for over a decade and their connection on stage is clear. They started aka Laser Bunny in 2003 in Crested Butte, CO. The band played regularly before going on hiatus in 2005. They have now re-formed and are hitting the front range. Aka Laser Bunny combine bluegrass and americana with a splash of jazz and funk while maintaining a tight sound, great harmonies, and inspired arrangements.
Safe Boating is No Accident
Safe Boating is No Accident has ridden the high plains turf wave since 7 years after 9-11. Wry, self-aware facemelting and end user focused, SBiNA prefers to think of themselves as a post-reverb answer to global aesthetic terror.
Sampling the classic flavors of Steve Earle and The Band and the stylings modern legends like Sturgill Simpson and Wilco, the band moves effortlessly from stomping country-rock to a yearning ballad of the illusive American Dream. This is music inspired by the poignant landscape that gave the band its name: alight with promise but haunted by the ghosts of a dark past. Western Skyline songs come alive with stories of relatable characters; three part harmonies sing of their triumphs and struggles; soaring electric guitar solos hint at the vast landscape beyond and an insistent groove moves the tale forward all the while. This is a sound to dance to in the Rocky Mountain sunshine, a sound that will turn your face to the mystery of the stars, a sound that could bring a tear for a lost lover, or the embrace of a new one. The four members of Western Skyline have been part of some of the best bands to come out of Colorado’s vibrant roots music scene: Bonnie and the Clydes, the Danny Shafer Band, Monocle Band. Focused with renewed energy on a group of original tunes, these inspired musicians are devoted to bringing Western Skyline to life.