Zagriculture, Rocket Surgeons
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Why is Pop music so frequently dumbed-down drivel? Why does Progressive Rock and Fusion have such a difficult time writing songs that appeal to every listener? These questions are what SYLVA, a Rock/Funk band based out of the Boulder, CO area, seeks to answer. With a focus on catchy hooks, tight grooves, fat basslines, huge guitars and an unwavering dedication to solid songwriting, SYLVA has something for every listener.
SYLVA is born out of an equal love not only for Progressive Rock and Fusion bands like Dream Theater, Frost, Muse, Snarky Puppy, Herbie Hancock and Return to Forever, but also of the funky Pop and R&B stylings of Maroon 5, Jamiroquai, Toto, Prince, Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson.
The idea behind SYLVA has existed far longer than it’s been in the public spotlight, with some of their songs being created as far back as 2008 when bassist/producer Tony Dickinson and vocalist Travis Moberg founded the first iteration of the group. Since then, several musicians have come and gone through SYLVA’s ranks but Tony and Travis’ vision always remained. Finally in 2015, longtime friend and veteran Jazz drummer Pat Lewis and guitarist Peter Lacis came to complete the rock solid core that you hear today.
Zagriculture is a Denver, Colorado based band whose sound is influenced by funk, rock, jazz and jam music. The band formed in May of 2012 originally consisting of Roni Zagoria on keys and lead vocals, Josh Smith on bass, and Craig Hoggatt on drums. Joe Zimmet later joined the band bringing his considerable trumpet skills to round out the sound. Most recently, the addition of guitarist Joel Cheney and Joe Lilly on saxophone has even furthermore contributed to the group's dynamic. Zagriculture has been steadily gigging around Denver, surprising crowds and winning fans as well as gaining support from venues and fellow musicians.
Rocket Surgeons (formerly Filthy T) is the brainchild of six Denverites intent on blending modern rock and smart rap. The band’s signature sound is articulate vocals over soulful guitar parts and driving rhythms.
The city of Denver is a successful mix of polar opposites – tech startups flourish in a cowboy culture, East Coast and West Coast natives live together in harmony, and hippies and republicans co-celebrate 4/20. Growing up together in the Mile High City, rapper-producer Russell Ben Hedman and guitarist Joe Barnholt envisioned that the same effortless integration could be achieved in mixing the clever rhythms of hip-hop with edgy rock sounds. The original duo has been joined by singer Sami Davis, bassist Kirby Beegles, and axe man Joe Shull.
Rocket Surgeons has garnered continual accolades, including selection for 93.3 KTCL’s Hometown for the Holidays Top 10 and Big Gig Competition Top 10. As a live band, Rocket Surgeons has headlined and sold out numerous venues (including the Bluebird Theatre), won a spot as a finalist for Westword Magazine's Best of the West, and landed stage time to represent the Denver music scene at the first ever Denver County Fair. The group has opened for touring artists including The Flobots, Vanilla Ice, Rehab, and Sidewalk Chalk.
The band is also committed to doing great things for the Denver community. Rocket Surgeons has organized and played fundraising concerts for organizations like Children’s Hospital, the victims of the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, Claire Davis (Arapahoe High School shooting victim), and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado.
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