Cervantes' and Be On Key Present
Everyone Orchestra - A Flood Benefit Conducted by Matt Butler ft. John Kadlecik (Furthur), Sunshine Garcia Becker (Furthur), Dan Lebowitz (ALO), Steve Molitz (Particle), Allen Aucoin (Disco Biscuits), Bridget Law (Elephant Revival) & More
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 16 and over
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THE EVERYONE ORCHESTRA conductor/founder Matt Butler has taken its participants, both on stage and off, on improvisational journeys with the most diverse of lineups at festivals, theaters and philanthropic events both nationally and internationally. A laundry list of hundreds of musicians, dancers, singers, guest conductors and community organizations have embraced the experience of EO in single shots of musical adrenaline to the soul. Tuning in to his energy, the band and audience utilize The Conductor as their pivot to the set mood of each passing jam as he communicates with the musicians using hand signs, whiteboard and assorted mime suggestions.
The list of Everyone Orchestra participants is an increasingly wide and intercontinental group including members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, moe., String Cheese Incident, The Flecktones, Club d’Elf, ALO, Tea Leaf Green and Adrian Belew, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Tuvan throat singers, live painters, dancers, chanters, choirs, hula hoopers, firespinners, jugglers, stiltwalkers, storytellers, a presidential candidate and hundreds of others among a growing legion of other performers.
Marching clearly into uncharted territory, The Everyone Orchestra balances the challenges of live group improvisation with triumphant tension and release conduits of music which head deep into the soul. This unique collaborative of performance deeply encourages and requires audience interaction. The edge of your seat enthusiasm for what is next is the fuel behind the continuous musical experiment of The Everyone Orchestra.
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, currently performing with Furthur, a band founded by Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead in August 2009.
John Kadlecik was born on June 28, 1969 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. His father a city manager, and his mother an artist, John's family moved every few years, and he grew up in several mid-western towns. Omaha, Nebraska; Cincinnati, Ohio; and then, in Davenport, Iowa at the age of nine, John began to study classical violin. Moving to Palatine, Illinois in the Chicago suburbs at the beginning of his high school years, John caught the rock-n-roll bug, and, on a quest to understand improvisation, began teaching himself guitar and mandolin. While still in high school, John played guitar in several bands, covering a broad spectrum of American and British “guitar rock” as well as writing songs and learning the rudiments of multi-track recording.
John flirted briefly with college life, going to William Rainey Harper College as a classical guitar music major. But, he began living on his own, and found work, school, and his own local bands to be too much on his plate. It was during this time that a friend turned John onto the Grateful Dead. He fell in love instantly, and, shortly thereafter, dropped out of college. By this time, however, John was already playing out a few times a year, anywhere an underage musician could find a gig, and Chicago would be where he called home for the next fifteen years of his life.
Once he turned twenty-one, John began playing regularly with several local and regional groups, most notably Hairball Willie and Uncle John's Band. While most of the bands he played with wrote their own music, in 1997 John co-founded the group, Dark Star Orchestra, a band exclusively devoted to playing the well-documented actual setlists of the Grateful Dead. Originally started as a side-project house band for some of the best local deadhead musicians, “DSO” rapidly became a nationally touring band, attracting many guests to join them onstage, including John Fishman, Mike Gordon, Sam Bush, Jorma Kaukonen John Popper, Sanjay Mishra, Tom Constanten, Vince Welnick, Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir to name a few.
While spending the better part of twelve years of his life touring with DSO, John also found time for other musical projects, both live and studio. A bluegrass band, numerous short-lived original groups, and then in 2003 John began playing sporadically with Melvin Seals. Out of those shows came a group with Melvin called The Mix, also featuring Greg Anton, Jeff Pevar, and Kevin Rosen. The Mix toured nationally and went on to sign a recording contract, releasing a full length CD in 2004 titled, American Spring, but eventually disbanded for lack time in everyone's schedule to tour. And then, of course, in 2009 John departed from Dark Star Orchestra to join Furthur.
John now lives near Washington, DC with his wife, Katy Gaughan, and, when not on the road with Furthur, performs in the DC area with the newly formed and simply named John K Band, as well as solo acoustic and special guest appearances.
Sunshine Garcia Becker
Born Sunshine Garcia on a hot July 1st day in 1972, Sunshine was born to sing and has been blessed beyond imagination to do it as her full time career. Her primary project for the past 15 years has been as a member of the acappella vocal band out of Oakland, CA - SoVoSo. Sunshine also teaches as a vocal performance coach and leads workshops and residencies focusing on using your voice as a musical instrument and as an instrument for positivity in the world. She also is a vocal instructor for YPI - Young Performers International - www.youngperformersintl.org
Married in 2001 just weeks after 9/11, Sunshine was proud to become a Becker -- marrying bass player and executive salesman Bill Becker.
Sunshine works as a studio session singer and comes from a family of musicians. Her highlights onstage when not performing with Furthur include performing with the king of the funky drums, Zigaboo Modeliste, and many many amazing tours and performances with SoVoSo and the groove driven rock band Passenger.
Sunshine is excited for the musical journey that lies ahead and savors her other full time job of being Mom to first-born son Geddy.
I began my musical career singing for R&B/Soul bands, however I quickly developed an insatiable taste for the blues I have performed along side such greats as Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, Bruce Hornsby, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh, and The Moody Blues, etc. Additionally, I have sung in studio with many well-known artists including Phil Collins, John Hiatt, Leon Russell, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Albert Hammond and many others.
After moving to LA, while working on Clapton’s ‘Behind The Sun’ tour, I started doing a number of jingles, and became the ‘spokesinger’ for a clothing chain, performing a few blues-oriented spot campaigns for them. This reignited my passion for singing the blues and, it was at this time I joined a band called Little Feat, and the next 15 years I would go on to write, record and tour as one of the lead vocalists.
Now I have gone solo and formed “The Shaun Murphy Band”. "I feel that I have come full circle back to my roots where I feel so much at home, and that’s singing the blues. Let’s face it, no one would be where they are without all their personal history, most of which I have no regrets. I have had so many wonderful people in my life, made so many friends, and have so much gratitude for all of the influences that have blessed and touched me along the way."
I truly understand and appreciate all forms of music and it is with great pride and pleasure that Lonesome Road Agency present my works to the world. Enjoy!
I'm on a plane. They have a power outlet between the seats so I am getting all charged up as I type! Summer is about here again, but keep in mind... this is the Summer of 2013. This will only happen once.
Flying to Portland Maine today to start another tour with Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, in which I will also cross paths with ALO at Bonnaroo in Tennessee. The Gramblers have four weeks of shows ahead. We'll be driving in a Sprinter, an exciting first for us. Captains chairs and a TV, woohoo! We've got some NE dates with Gov't Mule, then Mountain Jam Fest in upstate NY near Woodstock, an East Coast run to Bonnaroo, and then a straight shot home through the great Southwestern states. This tour will end in South Lake Tahoe opening for the great Steve Miller.
It's been busy days, busy weeks, busy months lately. Splitting time with Nicki Bluhm and ALO has been a challenge, but in a great way. I feel lucky to be part of such awesome projects. The Summer and Fall calendar is filling up, but hopefully will get a little downtime in the Winter.
It's been tricky keeping my tour page here up-to-date, so I went the lazy route and just put up links to the bands I'm out with. And besides tour schedules and all, keep an eye out for the new Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers album coming out late this Summer, as well as another John Craigie album coming out even sooner. I'm happy to say both sound top notch!
What else?... Have a great Summer, of 2013! Make it magical. Cheers, Steve
Composer and keyboardist Steve Molitz has played over a thousand shows around the world since he started his career as a touring musician in 2000. His Los Angeles based electrorock band Particle has played all the major US festivals from Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza, and has received critical praise from Rolling Stone, CNN, and The New York Times. Their 2004 instrumental studio album (produced by Tom Rothrock) was named one of the Top Ten albums of 2004 by the Associated Press, and was later remixed by Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay. Molitz has also played hundreds of shows since 2004 as a member of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s touring band, Phil Lesh & Friends. In 2005, Grateful Dead percussionist and Grammy award winning world musician Mickey Hart joined Molitz and Particle for a 30 city U.S. tour under the name Hydra. Molitz has also recorded and performed live with a wide range of top musicians spanning genres from Pop and Electronica to Rock and Americana. Highlights include performances with The Allman Brothers Band, Chris Robinson (Black Crowes), Levon Helm (The Band), Tricky, G Love, and members of The Doors, Phish, and Dave Matthews Band.
Known in part for his innovative approach to playing and programming vintage keyboards and analog synthesizers, Molitz has made several appearances at Moogfest (A Tribute to Bob Moog), and recently participated in the development and design of the latest Moog Synthesizer, the Little Phatty. He also recently completed an interview along with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock for The Fender Rhodes Story, a forthcoming documentary about the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano. Molitz’s music has also been featured in film and television, and recent highlights include his contributions to the score and soundtrack of the forthcoming Ridley Scott film, ‘Tell-Tale’, as well as the music he wrote and recorded for the Universal video game ‘Scarface: The World Is Yours.’
Allen began his musical career not onstage, but instead in education and composition. This included instructing and writing for award winning percussion ensembles and teaching drum lessons. While attending Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts Allen was given the nickname DrFameus and it has stuck ever since. Like so many of us, college was not exactly a punctual time for Allen. He became known as the guy that was famously late all the time; so much that a friend gave him the honorary doctorate, DrFameus.
After moving back to the southeast from Boston, Allen continued to work as a teacher and percussion instructor while touring with the band “Skydog Gyspy." In 2005 Aucoin acquired his current role as the drummer for Philadelphia electronic act, the Disco Biscuits. Since winning the “drum off” held by the Biscuits in Atlantic City, Allen has played 450-500 shows with the quartet including shows at the Gorge Amphitheatre and Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Keep an eye out for live shows and studio work from Drfameus!
That simple line atop Elephant Revival's Facebook page contains only five words, but reveals volumes about the band's reason for being. Music unites us in ways that no other medium can. Even when we don't understand one another's languages - we can be moved by a rhythm, soothed by a song. Brought together by a unified sense of purpose - the spirit of five souls working as one, in harmony, creating sounds they could never produce alone.
The five souls in Elephant Revival are Sage Cook (banjo, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass and fiddle); Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle); Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox); Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, bass); and Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo). All share vocals and write songs. Paine delivers additional beats via footstomps on plywood, her stockinged feet doing near jigs as her hands, encased in antique leather gloves, rub silver nickel against corrugated metal.
This Nederland, Colorado quintet are, needless to say, quite a sound to be experienced - especially when they fall into the pocket of a groove containing elements of gypsy, rock, Celtic, alt-country and folk.
The Indie Acoustic Music Project simply labeled their sound "progressive edge." At least, that's the category in which it placed the band when it gave their Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records release, BREAK IN THE CLOUDS, a best CD of 2011 award. It's as good a label as any to convey what Rose has described as their mission: "to close the gap of separation between us through the eternal revelry of song and dance."
Elephant Revival also shares a commitment to responsible stewardship of the planet and its inhabitants, working with organizations such as the Conscious Alliance, Calling All Crows, Trees Water & People, and other nonprofits supporting humanitarian causes. Their very name was chosen out of empathy for a pair of zoo pachyderms who, upon being separated after 16 years, died on the same day. The band related that heart-rending story during their April 2012 debut on fellow Coloradoans Nick & Helen Forster's internationally syndicated "eTown" radio show - like Elephant Revival, a blend of music and social consciousness.
Sitting in the audience during their performance, one music blogger was moved to write, "Elephant Revival serenaded the crowd with arabesque melodies, harmonies and rhythms that braided and coiled into a sublime aural tapestry. Their instrumental dynamics, verse, and even the harrowing story that inspired their appellation, invoked the majesty, mystery and sorrow of Mother Earth."
Campout for the Cause festival organizers put it this way in an affectionate shoutout on their Facebook page. "We love Elephant Revival so much," they wrote, "not just for their incredible music and conscious lyrics, but for their commitment to living up to the standards they set forth and setting positive examples."
It's a paradigm worth spreading, and that's what Elephant Revival members intend to continue doing as they carry their music around the world, speaking one song at a time.
Dead Phish Orchestra
The Dead Phish Orchestra is:
Paul Murin - guitar
Ted Tilton - keyboards
Brian Adams - bass
Chris Sheldon - drums
The Dead Phish Orchestra is comprised of four longtime friends creating a concert experience which interweaves a seamless web of Phish and Grateful Dead tunes. Listeners often find their brains split open and melted, with some claiming their faces got stolen right off their heads.
Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ‘em out on the dance floor stringband from Denver. Originally from the Midwest, they’ve quickly amassed a rabid fan-base in the Colorado Mountains and Front Range, hungry for the catchy and lyrically-poignant original material pouring forth from this prolific group of capable musicians.
Their live shows have become that of legend, with energy and stage antics that guarantee one hell of a night out. Equally comfortable rocking a packed club, playing backyard BBQ’s, or providing tasteful mountain music for your wedding, this band does it all…with style.
Originally from Iowa City, IA, Eufórquestra (pronounced: yoo • FOHR • keh • struh, think Euphoria+Orchestra) relocated to Fort Collins, CO in August 2008 and has made a splash on the Colorado music scene with its progressive, genre-crossing funk fusions and a relentless tour schedule. Eufórquestra is quickly spreading its High Intensity Global Dance Music, a unique, rhythmic blend of sound, integrating such genres as Afrobeat, Reggae, Afro-Cuban, Samba, Soca, Funk, Salsa, and Dub. Eufórquestra’s music is igniting dance floors across the country, with a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss” (Chris M. Slawecki; AllAboutJazz.com). As the band puts it, "we just want to make people dance.”
In October 2009, the band released their third studio album, Soup, a collection of 11 tracks that captures the band at new heights in terms of songwriting, energy and production. In an effort to spread the album far and wide as an independent artist, the band decided to give the album away for free online at www.euforquestra.com. With nearly 10,000 downloads since the album’s release, the word is spreading!
With three full length albums, a new live album and a relentless tour schedule (over 100 shows per year), Eufórquestra has created a presence on the national scene, performing all over the U.S. at clubs, concert halls, community events, and festivals, such as Wakarusa, Summer Camp, Electric Forest, 80/35 (Des Moines, IA), Sweet Pea Festival (Bozeman, MT), NedFest (Nederland, CO), Camp Barefoot (Bartow, WV) and Iowa City Jazz Festival. In addition, Eufórquestra hosts their own festival, Camp Euforia, every year in July, just outside of Iowa City, in Lone Tree, IA.
Oakhurst's latest offering Barrel (their 5th), was produced and engineered by Joe Pisapia (K. D. Lang, Ben Folds & Guster) and wasrecorded at his own Middle Tree Studios in Nashville, TN. WithPisapia and Oakhurst front man Adam Hill's collaborative songwriting and Pisapia's guitar performances, Barrel takes a noticeable turn from the bluegrass tendencies that characterized the band’s previous efforts to a more genre-bending Americana and Bluesey reverberation. The arrangements and the harmonies are tight, pushing the songs towards a much broader audience with mainstream appeal.
Oakhurst has cultivated a more organic and mature sound, while seeking connection and inspiration from every audience they perform in front of. Barrel, being released on the band’s own imprint OakHorse, was a 2 year labor of love minus the whiskey that notoriously surrounded their songwriting in the past. With members coming and going throughout the process, Barrel features the breakout song 'Out West' which is a collaboration with Oakhurst's newest member, Daniel Lawrence Walker and an outstanding guest fiddle performance by Jeremy Garrett of the Infamous String Dusters.
Barrel is full of surprises and will keep fans both new and old wondering what comes next.
"When you get right down to it, it's all about the music, and while the music Oakhurst makes on Barrel isn't the kind that defies description, it's definitely the kind that defies any one description. The result is a perfect snapshot of an upward-bound quintet that's as broad-ranging as any you're likely to hear all year." ~ Jon Weisberger, Nashville Blogger
Gipsy Moon is a four-piece group of wandering artists on an endless journey toward good times and raw expression. With music as their carriage, strings as their weapon and the horizon as their aim, this unconventional band is not one to be missed. Their sound, often referred to as Gipsygrass, is something like a backwoods hoedown meets the smoking basement of a New York jazz club. Their soothing harmonies, raging solos and dirt encrusted bass lines bring an old time style into an exciting new dimension; one that hippies and poets, lovers and dancers, freaks and families alike can all come together and move in ways that their bodies have never known.
The members, made up of Silas Herman (guitar/mandolin), David Matters (banjo/vocals/guitar) Mackenzie Page (guitar/vocals/tenor guitar/washboard) and Collin Huff (bass/vocals/guitar) all take rest in the windy mountains of Nederland, Colorado. When they are not on the move you can find them here, forming cantos high up in the Rockies, making herbal concoctions out of the local flora or sharing a glistening jug of homebrew around a blazing campfire. This is but a small glimpse into the source of their musical inspiration. The content of most of their lyrics is a tasteful blend of nature based love songs, anti-establishment sing-alongs and down home simplicity with a gentle kiss of civil disobedience. They create music that is meant to plant inspiration in the soul and start a fire in the heart. They perform with the intention to build community and to invoke love in its wildest manifestation. They travel in order to experience life to its fullest and to build bridges that connect the frayed ends of the crumbling establishment to a new and beautiful way of existence. If one should ever come upon an opportunity to see Gipsy Moon, whether on the stage, in the woods or even sleeping in your back yard, they should be pleased at prospect of kicking off their shoes, smiling to the heavens and getting down and dirty to some rowdy ass picking.
The Drunken Hearts
Folks around the West are buzzing about The Drunken Hearts. The band's fiery sound is forged from Colorado's river banks and high peaks. The Drunken Hearts are on the verge of releasing their debut EP Live for Today produced by Railroad Earth's Tim Carbone.
The Drunken Hearts have shared the stage with names like The String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth, Elephant Revival, Greensky
Bluegrass, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Cornmeal, Head for the Hills and others. The Drunken Hearts' honest brand of alternative mountain music resonates deep within folks around the West. Infusing spirited vocals with guitar, upright bass, drums, fiddle, keys and banjo, you'll quickly find trouble trying to bottle their sound.
".... The band is more heart than drink." -- SecondStoryGarage.com
The Olora Bros.
The Olora Bros. are a Colorado based acoustic band comprised of Andrew Portwood (Frogs Gone Fishin'), Sean Healey, and Jake Wolf (Shakedown Street). The band features veterans of the Colorado music scene. This project is the embodiment of dedication to soulful music, and the concept that creative and positive energy, mutual respect and trust amongst good friends can yield the most beautiful and inspiring music on Earth. Still in its infancy, the collective belief is that if we do this right, our audiences will leave with hope, significantly happier than they were when they came. Jump on board with The Olora Bros. and let us remind you why you love music.
Big Medicine Gang
Keyboard player and producer A.G. Lunsfjord is a veteran of the record industry, with decades of engineering and producing under his belt. He has worked with greats such as Professor Longhair, Pat Metheny Group, Garcia & Grisman and many more. Recently producing local artists Caribou Mountain Collective, Tim Cook, Benny Galloway and others. Gragg creates an incredible soundscape with the use of a vintage bag of tricks and pianos. These sounds along with his knack for musical direction & arrangements are a corner stone of BMG's foundation.
Singer & guitarist Seth Strickland delivers a visceral rhythm guitar sound developed over a life time of writing songs and chord progressions. Strickland was a surrogate child of the Subdudes family in the 90's, getting his first gigs as a 19 year old with a Subdudes side project called Parlor Sessions headed up by John Magnie of the Dudes. Additionally, Seth's father Steve has been songwriting partners with the Dude's Tim Cook all of Seth's childhood. The three continue to collaborate when time allows.
Drummer Matt Coddel, grew up outside of Chicago & played in a number of projects around the Colorado area until he moved to Breckenridge. Coddel formed the band with Strickland and a former Bassist. Matt's approach to working a drum kit is funktastic hitting a zone between your ears and and your booty. Playing a minimal 3 or 4 piece kit, the amplitude and fervor with which he executes each hit is nothing less than bombastic.
Bassist Otis Lande is the newest addition to BMG. He's a high altitude, groove-gushing, bottom-end-bomb-dropper, known for his crushing knowledge of funk and reggae. His other awesome Colorado bands have included "Rogue Sound", "the Powerlung Rangers" and most recently "Mountain Standard Time" We are very excited for the new energy Otis brings as BMG's family continues to grow!
Trombone and producer Gustav Hoffman joined the line up in June of 2014. Gustav has many credits to his name including playing trombone with George Clintion and Parliament Funkadelic! He is also a recording studio owner/engineer in Denver CO. Gustav's melodic horn has been an incredible addition to BMG/
Alex Schult is the original percussionist. Al's style and taste ad great texture and groove to BMG's stew. Al has played with many great CO bands while maintaining an amazing mountain lifestyle.
Alexandra Schwan brings female soul to the Vocals. She now sings ands leads on guitar with the Sweet Lilies, singing with the gang schedule permitting. You can hear her powerful voice on the tracks "Bring It Home" and "Barley In The Silo" on BMG's debut album.
It's worth mentioning the bands unique elements that create "The Sound". Each member brings their individual interpretations of the music. All effects pedals and amps are analog, true bypass, tube powered, organic awesomeness!!! Digital gear? Nope...
$25 Day Of Show
Tickets Available at the Door
*** FREE BEER BEFORE 9 PM ***
Cervantes' will be providing a FREE keg until 9 PM or when it's gone. Doors are at 8 PM. Show up and drink as much free beer as you can between 8 PM and 9 PM.
THE EVERYONE ORCHESTRA WILL FEATURE:
John Kadlecik (Furthur)
Sunshine Garcia Becker (Furthur)
Shaun Murphy (Little Feat)
Dan Lebowitz (ALO)
Steve Adams (ALO)
Steve Molitz (Particle)
Allen Aucoin (Disco Biscuits)
Bridget Law (Elephant Revival)
The Euforquestra Horns
Dead Phish Orchestra
Grass For That Ass All-Stars feat.
- members of Oakhurst
- members of Gipsy Moon
- members of The Drunken Hearts
- members of The Olora Bros
- members of Groundscore
- members of Hwy 50
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
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Everyone Orchestra - A Flood Benefit Conducted by Matt Butler ft. John Kadlecik (Furthur), Sunshine Garcia Becker (Furthur), Dan Lebowitz (ALO), Steve Molitz (Particle), Allen Aucoin (Disco Biscuits), Bridget Law (Elephant Revival) & More
Saturday, November 16 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom