HOMEVIBE HOLIDAY SHOW: HIGHLAND RAMBLERS, THE FREMONTS, KEVIN MILESKI, 80'S SONG CIRCLE
Emily Barnes, Dave Tamkin & Brad Huffman, Josh Queen
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
North Denver’s Highland Ramblers create handmade, mile high music. Blending elements of Blues, Folk and Bluegrass, this ve piece draws inspiration from classic artists such as Graham Parsons and the Grateful Dead with a nod to more contemporary bands from Ween to Wilco. Over the past decade, their unique sound has earned accolades from Westword (Ten of the Best Bluegrass Bands in Colorado: 2016 Edition) and CBSDenver (Top Local Bluegrass Bands in Colorado).
2017 marked the release of their latest EP, Brand New Holes. The single Love Me on the Highway is a mid-tempo, honky-tonker exploring the tribulations of finding love in rush hour gridlock traffic.
Born in New York City and raised in Boulder, Colorado, The Fremonts weave Midwestern ghost stories into restless Americana music. Stephanie Dodd (originally from Fremont, Nebraska - vocals/keyboard/xylophone/accordion) and Justin Badger (originally from Fremont, California - vocals/guitar/kick drum) lace their sound with bluegrass, country, blues, folk and indie pop influences. By blending Dodd’s lyrical voice and Badger’s turbulent style, they take on a range of topics from sprawling tales of escape and ambition to quiet disenchantment with traditional roles in American family life. In their three years of creating music together, The Fremonts have unearthed fresh authenticity in their writing and performances through dedicated practice and community building.
His music has been called the new style of any generation. "There are a lot of singer-songwriters out there; but you pay attention when he performs. There's just something about the way he plays that makes you want to know what's next." Kevin Mileski has been hailed as the fresh new act bringing back the artistry of story telling by using just the right amount of new sound with the familiarity of the old. He evokes a feeling of home with finger style guitar and vocals that makes any listener a fan. He has touched the fans of all types of music from hardcore folkers to rappers and continues to do so with every performance on every stage.
Kevin is a nationally touring musician now based out of Colorado and uses every opportunity possible to play in other cities around the country from New England to L.A. He has opened for such major acts as Sam Bush, Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, Little Feat, and Gaelic Storm.
Kevin has been featured on many independent recordings, has teamed up with numerous professional performers, and has made his niche as a background vocalist all over the country for such artists as Dayna Lane, Andrew Ripp, Heather Waters, and Randy Coleman. He was voted in as a top 50 semi-finalist in the Independent Music World Series 2004 by TAXI for his album "Which Way Did He Turn?" which has sold over 1000 copies in the last two years. The 2006 release of "Through The Window" has resulted in Kevin's induction into the Independent Artists Registry. His music has been featured on Musicmatch.com, MP3.com, Audio Lunchbox, XM Radio, and recently on Whole Wheat Radio. It has been heard on public and commercial radio stations across the country.
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.
Dave Tamkin & Brad Huffman
Singer/Songwriter, Dave Tamkin, currently resides in Boulder, CO. He has created his own unique style of rhythmic-acoustic sounds that's based around a fresh musical vision. His shows vary from intimate solo acoustic performances to a full band experience (dBsound.Co) encapsulating a mixture of personal lyrics and skilled songwriting set against a high-energy percussive backbone.
He's shared the stage with Guster, The Samples, Brendan James, Rusted Root, Donavon Frankenreiter, Butch Walker, Freddy Jones Band, Eric Hutchinson, Willy Porter, The Violent Femmes, and Peter Mulvey to name a few. Tamkin has a style that's hard to resist. His lyrics are unabashedly honest and his passion for playing is undying.
When a chance encounter with a homeless man in a Denver parking lot left singer-songwriter Josh Queen thinking about how quickly people judge one another, a song was in the making.
There comes a time in every songwriter's life where the stories songs tell move from personal experiences to the things happening in the world around them. For this 28-year old songwriter, leaving the comforts of home in the Southeast was a catalyst for that change. The result is an introspective catalog of songs that examines the every day interactions people share and a reinvigorated passion for connecting with his audience.
Josh's love for music began at the ripe age of 12 in Aiken, SC, when he picked up his first guitar and taught himself how to play. After graduating from Clemson University, where he formed the band Upstart Jackson, Josh headed to Charlotte, North Carolina. While there, he established himself as one of the Queen City's most promising musicians, touring the Southeast with his band and recording two EPs, This Is Me Movin' On and A Life Less Deceiving. "Maybe," a single from the latter record, won Josh an Honorable Mention in the 2004 Billboard World Song Contest and was included on Alternative Addiction's Vol. 6 compilation disc.
In 2006, Josh relocated to Denver to chase his dream of being a songwriter. There, he has found his creative home, a new perspective on the world, and himself.
"Sometimes we need to be reminded that life is all about what we give back to each other," Josh says. "It's our struggles with those connections in life that make us who we are and shape the world around us."
Those connections are rife in nearly every one of Josh's songs, from the heartbreak of a loved one's illness in "Warm," the excitement of transformation in "Big Escape," or the turmoil of a friend's divorce in "Sideways." And then, there's the palpable guilt of "Strange Alibis," the chronicle of Josh's missed connection with that homeless man. Throughout, his songs capture the emotion and delicacy that play themselves out in life while the world continues to spin.
And while it spins, Josh writes.