Erika Ryann, the Bell Hours
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
David Dondero is an American songwriter, guitarist, former lead singer of the band Sunbrain. In 2006, NPR's All Songs Considered named David one of the "best living songwriters" alongside Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Tom Waits.
Dondero started his musical career on drums at the age of 10, due in part to the fact that he "was always drumming on stuff with my hands". Dondero released four records with the Clemson, SC-based punk/hardcore band Sunbrain (three on Grass Records and one on Ghostmeat Records), before breaking up in 1995. The following year, Dondero joined This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb for nearly two years as their drummer. He left in 1998 to focus on his solo material. Dondero has toured with such acts as Crooked Fingers, Jolie Holland, Against Me!, The Mountain Goats, David Bazan, Preston School of Industry, Bright Eyes, Tilly and the Wall, Erik Petersen of Mischief Brew, Spoon, and Willy Mason. Dondero currently resides in Austin, TX.
Erika Ryann pulls her sound from dimly lit honky tonks, small western towns, and years lived in the tangled woods of southwestern Colorado. She writes music to ease what consumes her. From a wild hunger for outlandish, country-freedom to flitting moments and heart-wrenching memories, her music is her way of working through and coming to some understanding with the human condition.
the Bell Hours
A cornerstone of The Bell Hours’ music is that it impresses so much upon you with so little. If you walked into their show, you wouldn’t be able to pick them out of the crowd, not until an awkward person shuffles onto stage from somewhere. In a way their normality shows something simple and pure and creates the flare in the music. The complexities come later when the music has set in, an odd but pleasing arrangement of dynamic Indie, Folk, and Rock music, with a unique voice. If their music seems different and stands out from other music in the Denver music scene, it’s because it’s following songwriter Klaus Larson’s style and voice has created something that’s just not like the usual music in the scene. Inspiration comes from everyday life and the simple joy or pain of the moments where ideas begin… uncomplicated. Their set and new self-titled album emphasize the dynamics of these moments that we all experience in an array of tunes that are fast and slow, loud and soft, joyful and moody, melodic and monotone, and even sometimes a few of these at once.