HomeVibe Presents A Benefit for Colorado Organization for Victim's Assistance (COVA)
Mike Mangione & The Union
Dan Craig, Jeff Brinkman
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO, 80205
This event is 21 and over
Mike Mangione & The Union
Tenebrae is the latest work from singer-songwriter, Mike Mangione and his band. Since its release the band has received favorable press form all corners of the country, including the honor of being selected as New York Magazine's pick of the week in September 2007. Indie Launchpad defines Tenebrae as "a phenomenally great album," while Indiemusicstop has labeled it "a definite must have for any fan of folk and Indie music genres." Aside from its life in the press, for the band the album marks a dénouement of sorts, the culmination of a process that began as a search for a subtle, organic, yet dynamic and expressive sound.
Born in a northern suburb of Chicago and now residing in Milwaukee, Mangione is no stranger to movement and change. Following the 2005 release of There and Back, which charted CMJ at number 16, Mangione has logged approximately one hundred and fifty shows per year throughout the country including such notable performances as SXSW, Midwest Music Summit, Chicago's Mobfest, and Milwaukee's Summerfest. He has opened for performers like Jamie Cullum, The Samples, Will Hoge, Jacks Mannequin, Lifehouse, Brian Vander Ark, and Michael McDermott.
Through his travels Mike met with producer Duane Lundy (The Apparitions, Scourge of the Sea, The Parlour Boys, Vandaveer, Martha Berner) and the two quickly developed a relationship. "Duane and I had a lot in common in terms of musical influences. We had the same vision for the album and decided to record as much as we could live, with very little overdubbing, so that the performances could breathe and bleed together – literally bleed together into the microphones."
The two began recruiting for the sessions, pulling from their catalog of contacts. Mangione co-wrote and arranged most of the music with his brother, Tom, and called on him to do all the lead guitar work. Over the years, furthermore, Mangione had developed a relationship with the band, The Samples, and recruited Samples keyboardist, Karl Dietel. Lundy brought in Robby Cosenza (The Apparitions, Scourge of the Sea) to play drums. John Collins, a Chicago-scene veteran who had recently begun playing upright bass for Mangione on the road, was an appropriate fit for the album, rounding out the rhythm section.
Just as the band started to come together, Mangione had an auspicious experience. "I was sitting at mass in Milwaukee and heard this young guy playing cello; it blew my mind. It was such a compelling and moving instrument, I knew I had to add it to the band." Mangione promptly recruited Patrick Hoctor, a student in Milwaukee, to become the band's cellist. Soon thereafter, Kristina Priceman, a violin student, was asked to join the band to complete the group.
For two weeks Mangione and Co. recorded in a converted warehouse in Lexington, Kentucky. "That was probably the longest length of time I have spent in one place in quite some time," Mangione quipped. Immediately following the completion of the album the band resumed its extensive touring.
Colorado Native Dan Craig is steadily becoming a staple for Denver's local music lovers. His sound, landing somewhere between Josh Ritter and Damien Rice, seems to capture emotion with brilliance and has the ability to whisk you away with every song.
Like good wine, each release from Craig shows striking maturity with carefully crafted words. Dan's live shows range from the classic solo guitar set up to a varying ensemble featuring cello and mandolin, making his unique sound even more captivating. Simply put, Dan Craig's music feels like home.
After a stint away from Colorado to attend the University of Pennsylvania, Dan returned to his hometown to settle in and share his music. Dan Craig's music has recently been featured on the hit show "One Tree Hill" and has shared the stage with many artists including Gregory Alan Isakov, Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing), Ari Hest and Katie Herzig in the past year.
From New York to LA, this touring independent artist gained a steady and loyal following all over the country and abroad. With singles like 'Alchemy', 'Solid Ground' and 'Enough', Dan Craig's new record due out August 2010 is a shoe in for playlists this fall. Among other things, Dan is on the verge of releasing his fourth full-length record, Alchemy, with a fifth and solo record due out Christmas 2010.
Tiffiny Kallina – whatstheruckus.com
For Jeff Brinkman, writing a good song is like filling a pool with his emotions and inviting others to jump in. At age 7, he started learning guitar. After losing his mother to cancer when he was 10, he wrote a letter to her, which turned into his first song. Since then, Jeff has been sharing his experiences through writing and playing music.
The late night bar scene was a dark and narrow road during Jeff's early years as a struggling musician. He almost threw in the towel looking for a fresh start, but instead found inspiration in sobriety.
Jeff and his team now offer their music to causes that move and shake the spirit, motivating people to make a difference. Their most recent album, "To The Bones," is a fusion of loss, love, insight and hope. It's music where others can find a piece of themselves.
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