Emily Barnes, Bellhoss
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
"[We] can't recall the last time we encountered anything as fresh as Michelle Lewis" says Jim Fischer of The Beat. "With a smile that could melt you like butter in the microwave, Lewis is a no-frills singer-songwriter, delivering literate love songs with her airy, gentle soprano and surprising exuberance." Too refined to call folk and too personal to call pop, her music surprises listeners who think they know what to expect from a singer-songwriter, and those who never expected to like one.
If you meet Michelle before you hear her music, you might be surprised to find out she plays folk. She doesn't fit the profile. She quotes Homer Simpson before Paul Simon. She prefers Mardi Gras to Earth Day. She drives fast. She throws snowballs. She talks loud, she eats meat, and if you leave the mayonnaise off her sandwich she might try to fight you.
If you hear Michelle's music before you meet her, you might be surprised at her exuberance. Her songs throw you against a wall. They kick you out of the house and walk around naked. They call up to heaven. They crumble at your feet.
At first, it doesn't add up.
But then you get to know her better and you begin to notice that she always tells the truth. You notice that she's been listening the whole time. You realize how much she values sincerity and that, even when she's clowning around, she's just being herself.
Then you listen to her lyrics and you hear the triumph. You understand that she finds as much exhilaration in performing her music as she does the rest of her life. More, even. You realize that when she performs she is living the life to which her songs aspire.
Michelle's music is caring, vivacious and completely authentic. Watch her perform and you will understand. Her fingers articulate every note; her voice picks out every word. But you don't hear notes and you don't hear words. When Michelle plays, all you hear is music, and it all makes sense.
Tucked away in a town so tiny it isn't found on most maps, singer-songwriter Emily Barnes can be found sitting on the stone steps of her 200 year old home stitching together the latest melody from the fabric of her mind. That is on the rare occasion she is home. 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. Like the house she sometimes rests her head in, Emily is an old soul and her live performances stand the test of time. There is a feeling one gets when witnessing something authentic and rare, and that aura permeates the room at an Emily Barnes show.
Bellhoss is Becky Hostetler. Becky writes sad songs for herself and for people who keep secrets. Becky specializes in puppy birthday parties (alongside run-of-the-mill sad dog birthday clowns) and government acronyms.
$10.00 - $15.00
The Walnut Room - Walnut Street Location
Mon, October 15
Thu, October 18
Fri, October 19
Sat, October 20
Tue, October 23