All Proceeds will go to Jason and Jenny Lohse for their adoption of two children from The Congo
Two | Congo (Benefit) ft. Mackenzie Gault (of Flobots)
The Mile Markers, I'm With Her
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO, 80205
This event is 21 and over
Mackenzie Gault (of Flobots)
Mackenzie Gault is the powerhouse violist from Denver's own Flobots and co-author of the platinum selling single "Handlebars". A dynamic songwriter and performer, Mackenzie has been playing the viola for 17 years and has been featured by many local and national artists, both live and in the studio. She has performed with bands Rise Against, Michael Franti and Searhead, Devotchka and Matisyahu. An avid composer and teacher, Mackenzie is now thrilled to present her first ever solo project which will debut at Two:Congo, an adoption fundraiser."
The Mile Markers
Deeply rooted in old time, folk and traditional American music, The Mile Markers are a
modern American roots band based in Denver, Colorado. The power of The Mile Markers
rests squarely on the riveting vocal interplay and lyrical craftsmanship of the groups
founding members Julie Stratton (guitar/vocals) and Bevin Foley (fiddle/vocals). Lee
Patterson of the Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society put it well when he said “This well-balanced
and powerful duo has a stylistic maturity and sophistication well beyond their ages. The
duet’s vocals are expressive, nuanced and so in-sync that it seemed I was hearing one mind,
singing through two voices. Acoustic beauty like theirs is a rare find.” The group is further
rounded out and supported by the rollicking and clever stylings of banjo player Sal Clark
and bassist Nicki Handy. From Moab, Utah to Chicago, Illinois to the pacific northwest, The
Mile Markers continue to build an ever growing base of fans and friends anywhere their
musical travels take them.
The Mile Markers play music for the new depression. With an uncanny ability to draw the
listener into a very intimate landscape the songs of The Mile Markers are at once strikingly
personal and shockingly universal. Theirs is the fresh melody leaping out of the old radio.
Theirs is a sweet dusty music that celebrates love and loss equally; rejoicing in both the joys
and sorrows of life. Live The Mile Markers create an atmosphere of camaraderie and
celebration - reminiscent of some spontaneous revival - that serves as a call to the weary, the
doubtful and the ghosts that the time has come to drink whiskey and to dance around the
floor and to be uplifted.
In 2010, The Mile Markers released their debut album entitled “Take to the Road”. This
release led to many notable performances including the 25th annual Bolder Boulder (CO)
and inclusion on the Bolder Boulder compilation CD released by 97.3 KBCO, The Moab
Folks Festival (UT), Moab Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival (UT), Green Beer and
Bluegrass Festival (Denver, CO), The Denver Oktoberfest (CO), WHYS Bluegrass Festival
(WI), national tours to the Northwest and Midwest. This year includes the Colorado
Environmental Film Festival, the 20th annual Microbrews for the Environment (Boulder,
CO) and the Summer Solstice Music Festival & Benefit (Golden, CO). The Mile Markers
have also played shows with bands including, but not limited to Elephant Revival, Trout
Steak Revival, Pert Near Sandstone and The Hen House Prowlers.
“The Mile Markers CD gives a new twist on Old-Timey music. It’s hillbilly music
with songs that draw you into a very personal landscape, plus a punk
attitude. Home made in the best sense of the word. Like home-made pizza.” -
David Glasser, Grammy Award Winner, about the album Take to the Road
Danette Dacey Bohl
I'm With Her
I'M WITH HER
Angie Stevens & Haley E. Rydell
What should you expect when two established artists like Angie Stevens and Haley E. Rydell step away from their current projects and come together and collaborate? Both musicians were unsure, but excited at the prospect. As Rydell states, "I would be lying if I said I hadn't dreamt about working with Angie in a larger capacity than our previous impromptu performances. I had no idea what to expect, which in retrospect, I think was a good thing, because it left a totally blank canvas for us to work with." Stevens echoes her thoughts, "I wasn't sure what to expect. I have always been intrigued by Haley's writing style and musical abilities. I hoped it wouldn't be awkward!" And the band "I'm With Her" was born.
"I was surprised because it came together so easily. It felt natural and perfect," says Rydell. This should come as no surprise as both musicians bring a wealth of writing, recording and performing experience to the table. Stevens has released a live DVD and five CDs throughout her solo career and with her band "The Beautiful Wreck." Rydell has two recordings with "Haley E. & the Rydells" and another two with the Johnson Family Band. As part of this project, Stevens and Rydell are working on favorites from their individual catalogs, pulling in a few select covers and developing new songs. Rydell notes, "A lot of the music we worked on was new material, which was really fun, because even we didn't know exactly what we wanted to do with it yet. Over time, parts came together and it all made sense."
Both have a tremendous respect for the other and appreciate the uniqueness they bring. Stevens says of Rydell, "She has a musical interpretation I only dream of having. She can hear parts that I can't. She pushes me to be better musically." Rydell says this of her counterpart. "Angie brings a different vocal approach to our music. Can I say she's a bit more ballsy? "
More about Angie - Melding the influences of alt-country, indie-rock, contemporary folk and pop, Angie Stevens has settled comfortably into the shoes of an Americana artist with soul-bearing, live performances that have captured audiences all over the map. Stevens has gained national attention over the last few years following the releases of her first three albums. Her song, "Sleepwalking," was featured on HBO's "Big Love" and her video for "Stand Up Girl" was a pick of the week on CMT's "Top 20 Video Countdown." Most recently, Eddie Bauer selected "Give It on Back" to accompany in-store video in First Ascent locations. More about Haley - Born and raised in the flatlands of Fargo, Haley began playing the violin at the age of three and picked up her first guitar at thirteen. She taught herself to play and dreamed of someday playing in a band. She is fulfilling that dream now as a member of The Johnson Family Band as well as her own band Haley E. & the Rydells.
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