The Belle Jar
Get Along, Matt Hoffman (of Strange Americans)
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM
The Belle Jar
The Belle Jar has hit the ground running since the five members converged in Denver from musically rich places like L.A., Texas, Chicago and Minnesota. This diversity fuels the catchy folk rock songs of lead singer Ryan James. After several years of teaching English and sporadically playing solo shows in southern California, Ryan moved home to Colorado to write and record the debut album Fall Systems Go. He recorded the album over a period of two years in various houses, churches, hotels and basements. On the album, he plays every instrument and sings every harmony. Not bad for someone who didn’t even play music until college.
Get Along is the musical alias of Nicholas and Cara Yañez. Their quirky take on electronic instruments, punk rock enthusiasm, and soul music create a novel sound – one with a subtle maturity for a couple of twenty-somethings. Cara’s classically trained voice packs a punch, leading an energetic pace set by her husband’s thumping beats and synth heavy melodies. The duo has a knack for venturing into different realms of sound to reflect their feelings of love, loss, frustration, and life as aspiring artists. US Represented agrees, telling readers that “although they are classified as ‘indie’ (the band) have such a breadth of techniques that classifying them is difficult”; and The Independent calls Get Along “One of the most original bands to come out of the Front Range”. The bands authentic take on music isn’t left to the studio, however, offering an energetic and unpredictable live show. The Scene offers up this summation "The two contrasting sounds meshed together like Yin and Yang, creating a sense of serenity within an adrenaline filled background. Both Cara and Nick jumped around with such energy that the audience had no choice but to join them”. Get Along looks to share their music with the masses; which would cause a lot of jumping. Exercise is good.
Get Along has shared the stage with acts such as Blondfire, Churchill,
Civil Twilight, Man Man, The Mowgli's, The Features, Gold Fields, The Octopus Project, The Unlikely Candidates, and more...
Matt Hoffman (of Strange Americans)
Matt Hoffman is an American folk rock musician who founded Strange Americans. Following the success of their 2012 release, A Royal Battle, Matt focused on a solo live and recording project, resulting in the forthcoming EP, Lateral Moves. A true musician, artist and visionary for the endeavor, Hoffman performed and recorded nearly all instrumental and vocal tracks on the record.
The songs dive deeply into an honest exploration of human experience and emotion, advocating a raw and simple-yet-meaningful perspective. While imaginatively descriptive in their landscape, the lyrics are packaged in the authenticity that fuels Hoffman’s real and passionate delivery, clearly connecting performer and audience.
On stage, Hoffman performs as a solo act, spouting out renditions of tunes that burst with emotive musicianship. The sheer dynamism and direction of the interplay between guitar and voice establish a remarkably rich and powerful texture; add a folky harmonica to the mix for an additional color in the palette and the result is a truly captivating, memorable live performance.