Whiskey Tango

Whiskey Tango

For the past three years, the Denver based quintet Whiskey Tango has been motivating Colorado crowds to move their feet with their high energy shows and high octane attitude. This Bluegrass band has grass roots, and in the winter of 2012 they emerged from their basement studio with their debut album Groggy Mountain Mornings. Capturing the rawness of the band, as well as their tenacious tone and attitude, this album reeks of wild-west whiskey fueled thoughts and has a cornucopia of sounds that may surprise you. This band isn't just Bluegrass, it’s “foot stomping slamgrass.”
Formed in 2009 within Denver’s Jamband scene, Whiskey Tango embraces sounds from many genres and brings it all to a boil with mind blowing live improvisation. For 52 weeks straight, Whiskey Tango had a standing Tuesday night gig at Denver’s Jamband headquarters, Quixote's True Blue, and “Tango Tuesdays” became a fixture of the Denver scene. That year shaped Whiskey Tango into a band on a mission to get their music heard by a wider audience and eventually led the band to trim their line-up down to five core members.
While they are the first to admit there is no way a studio recording can capture the energy of their explosive live show, Groggy Mountain Mornings showcases the bands diversity. The album features elements of Bluegrass,
Country, Rock, Funk, Reggae and Psychedelia-woven together into one seamless collection of songs. Unanimous love for The Grateful Dead just may well be the unifying thread that holds the Whiskey Tango tapestry together and their love of “Space” left no space unfilled.
All lovers of traditional Bluegrass as much as The Grateful Dead, this band will satisfy hippies, hillbillies, traditionalists and listeners with a thirst for something new. It was that fresh perspective that caused RELIX Magazine to seek out Whiskey Tango and invite them to include the Groggy Mountain Mornings track “Annalisa” on the December/January RELIX CD sampler.
On the drums is Luke who can play with a jazzy finesse or really smack the skins when need be. He sings a killer harmony vocal and takes the lead on occasion. Rounding up the rhythm section is Bill whose booming, bouncing base lines give Whiskey Tango their funkiness. With the best Bluegrass voice in the band he sings harmony and lead vocals as well. Zac picks on acoustic guitar and is a dynamic player, switching effortlessly from rhythm to lead guitar. Keyboardist Nate sings and writes many of the original songs. His keys add the funky dance feel to Whiskey Tango. Matt adds a virtuosic element to Whiskey Tango with his blistering banjo lines and complex melodies. His deep understanding of music theory and structure is evident in his songwriting. Whiskey Tango is a sum of its parts and each member shapes the music in a profound way.

In order to increase their fan-base, Whiskey Tango has begun to play up and down the front-range and lace the mountain towns with their high energy, goodtime music. The future looks bright for Whiskey Tango as they branch out around Colorado and beyond, definitely a band to watch in the future.

Blaring horns. Funky rhythm section. Hot singers. And a room full of dancing people. In Due Time makes a groove so fat, it wears Al Roker’s old clothes, a jam so tasty, your grandma puts it in her ambrosia, and a beat so hot it makes Beelzebub sweat. The six piece Denver funk band consistently fills local music halls with fresh sounds and, more importantly, dancing people. Book In Due Time and you’ll see why: Music comes first. Boundaries get broken. And everybody, everybody is invited to come on in.

Shane “SF1” Franklin, a drummer, music producer, dancer, actor and emcee who began his career in performance. Born in Denver, Colorado SF1 started as a member of the drama group and the children and youth choirs in church. A graduate of Denver School of the Arts/ Career Education Center, SF1 studied both music and audio engineering. Upon completion of high school he continued his education at Berklee College of Music and received his Bachelors Degree in Music Business Management from the University of Colorado Denver. SF1 plans to continue to inspire and touch the world with his music and performance ability as a whole.
SF1 began emceeing at the age of nine, influenced by his cousin EM3 and his father, Dank Emcee. He is a trained musician, actor, dancer and a percussionist that has trained with the late Betty Ryer, John “Mr. Tap Dance” Williams, Judy “Fatu” Henderson, Stephan Griffin, Ernesto Diaz, Eguie Castillo, Jo Bunton Keel and Cleo Parker Robinson. He has appeared in The Eulipions “The Black Nativity”, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance “Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum” and The Colorado Opera’s “Porgy and Bess” to name a few. As an avid musician he has directed music in such productions as, “Stepping to a New Day” & “A Journey through Five Points.”
Staying with a true entrepreneur’s spirit SF1 founded Tega’s Percussionary Groove Session, Whymzical Notationz and now has company called Cornbread Entertainment, which showcases & develops new talent and provides music production through SF1 Productions. These are the integrated elements that contributed to the production of the “Cornbread” album.
In December of 2009 SF1 released his debut hip-hop album entitled “Cornbread”. The album contains 12 tracks that feature a vast arrangement of traditional hip hop, African and Latin influenced rhythms with a fusion jazz spice top with an Andre 3000 twang.
In 2012, SF1 released his sophomore album “Inamorata”. Inamorata, which is Italian for A woman with whom one is in love or has an intimate relationship, is a “rollercoaster of love” album to its core. From the initial meeting between a man and woman, to the head over heels feeling, to the break up, to the calm after the storm. SF1 has teamed up with Music Producer and long time friend Cesar Gonzalez to craft a fresh sound that integrates Afro Cuban, West African, Middle Eastern, Jazz, and Rock all infused with a Hip Hop foundation. With amazing arrangements, an all-star cast of featured vocalists, and SF1’s creative song concepts, Inamorata captures the attention of every fan of love.
SF1 is sure to be considered one of today’s multidimensional talents that possess an array of skills that is sure to captivate and electrify any stage. Not your typical rap/hip hop artist of today but truly an artist in its true essence. Video footage, music videos, performance dates, photos, and the opportunity to sign up to his mailing list can be found at sf1music.com as well as facebook.com/sf1productions, and youtube.com/sfinest22

Drop Switch

Drop Switch is a modern sound hailing from Denver, Colorado. Fusing hip-hop, rock and soul, it is their high energy level and uniquely fresh blend of styles that brings this group to the next level. A Denver non-profit, Helping Hands, had this to say about Drop Switch."This solid six-piece is representing Denver in a smooth and sophisticated way that will soon be turning heads."

These six musicians are set apart by their intricate original material laced with complex rhythmic subtleties. This group is led by the soulful bluesy voice of Emma Wallingford who can be compared to the likes of Adele. Along side is Sheldon "Logistixx" Valdez, giving the group a whole new dimension with his creative lyricism and rhythmic flow. The driving force is without a doubt the rhythm section led by the tight drumming of Collin Mcnellis. Zach Hislop’s bass lines perfectly sync with the punchy kick drum creating one tightly knit machine. The melodic fretwork by Alex Hawley and Chris Overlid tie everything together for one diverse, cutting edge group.

Through excellent musicianship and flavor, Drop Switch ensures that even the narrowest musical tastes will be satisfied. This is sure not to be the last time you hear of this up and coming group.

These six musicians are set apart by their intricate original material laced with complex rhythmic subtleties. This group is led by the soulful bluesy voice of Emma Wallingford who can be compared to the likes of Adele. Along side is Sheldon "Logistixx" Valdez, giving the group a whole new dimension with his creative lyricism and rhythmic flow. The driving force is without a doubt the rhythm section led by the tight drumming of Collin Mcnellis. Zach Hislop's bass lines geniusly sync with the punchy kick drum creating one tightly knit machine. The melodic fretwork by Alex Hawley and Chris Overlid tie everything together for one diverse, cutting edge group.

Through excellent musicianship and flavor, Drop Switch ensures that even the narrowest musical tastes will be satisfied. Having almost every member being a music major, this group writes music with something for everyone. This is sure not to be the last time you hear of this up and coming group.

Tim Yunker & The Sound Junkies

Tim Yunker and Alex Buxton are Colorado Natives. They attended the same high school, but rarely associated with each other... Until 2008. Tim Yunker and Alex Buxton united to create a sound that can only be described as unique. The two performed throughout Colorado and recorded the album "Duck and Cover" in late 2009. It soon became obvious that the band wouldn't proceed much further without a drummer. Tim received an e-mail one day from Chris Winslow who claimed to know all of the duo's songs and was interested in the position. He's been the Sound Junkie drummer ever since. Coming from New Hampshire, Chris brought a powerful mix of east coast percussion to the project . Being an incredibly versatile drummer, Chris conceived a style all his own that can only apply to the Sound Junkie mission. The ever-expanding project aims to bring something entirely new to the entertainment industry, both audibly and psychologically. The new al bum "Microphones Don't Lie" has been recorded and will soon be released. Microphones do not lie, so pick up the album and see what they picked up.

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Whiskey Tango with In Due Time, SF1, Drop Switch, Tim Yunker & The Sound Junkies

Friday, June 21 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM at Herman's Hideaway