DICKIE, Future Things
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
DICKIE is the latest outlet for Midwest songwriter/guitarist Dick Prall. Designed to allow Prall to work within a band setting, while still keeping a foot within his solo-driven career, DICKIE is the collaboration of Prall, multi-instrumentalist/co-producer/engineer Tim King, and violinist Kristina Priceman. The result is a collection of dark, gorgeous narratives for Prall’s fifth full-length release. Threaded with beautiful string arrangements by Prall and King, the record comes in bellowing like a newborn, but settles into a pace of dynamic ebb and flow, ending with a Roy Orbison-styled recount of hopeful love that never bleeds into the saccharine.
Since forming DICKIE, the band has shared the stage with the talents of Young the Giant, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), and a national tour with Blind Pilot, while the 2015 self-titled record was listed by Music Existence as the “Best Indie Rock Release” as well as a Top 20 pick by Play B-Sides that same year.
To underscore the live performance, as well as partnering on a March 2019 release, vocalist/keyboardist Amy Friedl Stoner and drummer/percussionist Billy Barton have recently joined DICKIE. Friedl Stoner has an impressive solo career in her own right as a jazz/cabaret singer, with multiple featured performances at Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, and NYC’s famed Birdland Jazz Club.
Future Things is a guitar collaboration that began in late 2017 between singer-songwriter Matt Mondragon and bassist Cory Thomas. The songwriter duo is uniquely known for their bass heavy and overly busy guitar work that draws from a wide variety of influences. Thomas, known for his jazz-fusion style bass grooves, quickly found a explorative home within Mondragon’s non-traditional finger-style guitar work and heart-opening lyrical melodies. Mondragon has two self-recorded albums while Thomas has toured with multiple bands including Mike Comfort out of Northern California. Although Mondragon and Thomas are the core of Future Things, they are a collaborative project and work with several artists from in and around Denver, Colorado.
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.