Places w/ Foxfield Four
Vetta Star, Avalon Landing, The Constant Tourists
1578 South Broadway
Denver, CO, 80210
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:20 PM
This event is 21 and over
PLACES is an American Rock and Soul band based in Denver, CO. Formed in the summer of 2008 in Missoula, MT by the songwriting duo of Tyler Glasgow and Checkers Barker as well as his brothers Branden and Drew. Joined by Jon Hatridge and Devin Welch, PLACES has crafted a dynamic catalog of good old fashioned Americana music. With a sound that is hard to define and a live show that is harder to rival, PLACES has become Denver’t best kept secret.
The band is fueled by honest lyrics and a soulful delivery, driven by a dynamic rhythm section, and coupled with three and four part harmonies. "With echoes of music from the likes of Tom Petty and Counting Crows, Places' latest release offers instant accessibility to a sound rooted in the canon of classic American balladry and songwriting." -A.H. Goldstein, Westword Magazine
"No More Wasted Days", the bands latest release, is the band's proudest collection of songs to date. It was recorded live at The Blasting Room, and produced with the help of Grammy Winner Greg Richling (of the Wallflowers) and engineered/mixed by Bryan Cook (Train, Hanson, Beck).
The band has become known for their inspiring and solid live performances. Glasgow's vocal and guitar work is captivating and raw, the Barker's bring a highly dynamic and electrifying show with their signature dueling drumset approach to join the grooving rhythm section and intricate vocal work that provides a solid backbone to their movement.
PLACES has become a top live act in a popular and booming Denver music scene while continuously expanding their fan base across the country. They've had the opportunity to share the stage with The Wallflowers, Allison Krauss and Union Station, Mayer Hawthorne, The Head and the Heart, Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down, Brett Dennen, Eve 6, Jackie Greene, Great American Taxi, Valencia, Anarbor, Tyler Bryant and Nine Days.
They sold out CD Release shows in both Denver and Missoula, MT where the band started. They are continuing to build a following through the online community and their growing schedule of live dates.
Foxfield Four, formerly The David James Band, began as a piano-driven four piece in the tradition of Ben Folds, Jamie Cullum, and Jerry Lee Lewis. After earning a degree in classical piano, David James and his brother Preston teamed up with two like-minded Denverites–Wes Barton and Justin Francoeur–to create 2010′s ‘Street Performer’, an album that has garnered local praise for it’s catchy melodies and jazz-inspired style. The final track, ‘Alcohol.edu’, earned James the BMI John Lennon Scholarship. The album has been played on 93.3FM KTCL, 97.4FM KBCO, Colorado Public Radio, Pandora, and multiple other stations around the country. Musicians and non-musicians alike can appreciate the band’s ardent approach to writing and inspired live performances.
In 2011 Foxfield Four added Trumpet (Colton Crandell), Tenor Sax (Max Bessesen), and Mike Albrecht (guitar) who have since helped guide and refine their sound. The first EP under their new name Foxfield Four, entitled “Weatherman”, will be released summer of 2012. In the mean time, the group is constantly writing and recording new material as part of their quest for ‘Pop Music Rehabilitation’.
Led by the classically trained pianist, David James, Foxfield Four is a pop-rock, piano-driven spectacle in the tradition of Ben Folds and Jerry Lee Lewis, whose energy and prowess on stage reminds their listeners that music can be both technical and inviting; honest and exciting. With his brother, Preston, and fellow Denverites, Wes Barton and Mike Albrecht, James takes the audience on a roller coaster of dynamic melodies, fun-loving harmonies, gripping rhythms and supernatural solos.
Their 2010 album, "Street Performer", released under the moniker, The David James Band, garnered local praise for its catchy melodies and jazz-inspired style. The final track, "Alcohol.edu", earned James the BMI John Lennon Scholarship. The album spins on 93.3FM KTCL, 97.3FM KBCO, Colorado Public Radio, Pandora and multiple other stations around the country. Musicians and non-musicians alike can appreciate the band's ardent approach to writing and inspired live performances.
By 2012, Foxfield Four included a horn section, with Colton Crandell on trumpet and Josh Clark on sax. Recently opening for Mayer Hawthorne, The Head and the Heart and chosen to perform in Denver's Westword Music Showcase 2013, Foxfield Four continues to propel forward, releasing their sophomore EP, "Weatherman", in early 2013. With a guest appearance by American Idol's Mathenee Treco on its title track, "Weatherman" is already a hit amongst critics and fans alike. Consistent with their determination to throw caution to convention, this six-member four-piece dazzles fans with an up-tempo and mature groove, sprinkled with a healthy dose of James' acrobatic piano gymnastics - continuing their never-ending quest for "Pop Music Rehabilitation".
Vetta Star is composed of drummer and vocalist Brandon Meagher, keyboardist and vocalist Joey Genetti, and guitarists Paul Edelman and Charlie Fitz. The four came together at the Lamont School of Music at theUniversity of Denver in 2009, studying jazz and commercial music. Soon to release their debut self-titled EP on November 2nd, 2012, the band is more excited than ever to perform the new EP in their hometown, Denver, and expand into surrounding regions. Please visit their website and Facebook page for more information about their debut EP release and future shows.
Avalon Landing formed “over some silverware and a tablecloth” at Alice’s Kitchen Restaurant in Buffalo, New York. Ten months later-- and 2,000 miles away-- the band played it's first show at The Bunkhouse Saloon in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The original three-piece line-up consisted of longtime friends Josh Rabenold (piano/vocalist) Mike Vargovich (guitar/vocalist) and Clayton Cobb (guitar/vocalist). The final pieces came into place when Buffalo based drummer Ryan Martin signed on to the cross country move, and Las Vegas native and bassist Danny Jacobellis found a niche in the pop/rock group. With that line-up solidified, Avalon Landing promptly recorded a self-produced demo of four original songs in their hometown of Buffalo, NY.
Since its inception, Avalon Landing was intent on being based in Las Vegas. “I had been visiting Las Vegas for years and when Josh and I were finally starting a band we decided it would be the right city,” said Mike Vargovich, guitarist/vocalist. “The music scene here is very diverse and there are several great venues that really support the local scene it just felt like the right place to make this happen.”
After releasing the four-song demo, Avalon Landing played more one-off shows in Las Vegas, appearing twice on the Neon Reverb Music Festival in March, and the 18b Music Festival in May.
Frequently described as piano based rock, Avalon Landing takes full-advantage of having four vocalists in the band utilizing incredible three-part harmonies that give them a unique vibe. Their musical inspiration draws upon influences ranging from Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab for Cutie,Tegan and Sara, and a vast range of artists that strongly exercise their melodic muscles.
Since their debut on the Las Vegas scene, Avalon Landing has wasted no time making a name for themselves in the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” Their demo was picked up by local radio stations and has been played on many weekly shows. Frequent performances in various casinos, showrooms, and lounges (The Palms, House of Blues, Mandalay Bay, M Resort, Palace Station, Green Valley Ranch, The Hard Rock Hotel) as well as in downtown Las Vegas venues has lead to the development of a loyal following as well as accolades from members of the local media and other Vegas musicians. Recent shows at Hard Rock Cafe on Las Vegas Blvd and House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay have seen the band really hitting a stride. They've become a staple opening for budding Vegas bands such as Imagine Dragons (Interscope), whose most recent show sold out The Hard Rock Cafe's 1000 cap room with Avalon Landing as direct support
In late 2011, Avalon Landing released a digital album titled "Demos, Dead Ends & Do Overs," while also starting the demoing process for a new full-length album to be released in 2013. The record will be produced by Brooklyn, New York based producer/engineer Bryan Russell (Coldplay, Starylight Run, The Academy Is, Destry, The Narrative, Envy On the Coast). During the process of writing and recording new material, the band will be seen continuing to perform in support of "Demos, Dead Ends & Do Overs," which can be found on iTunes and is streaming in full on the bands Purevolume page (www.purevolume.com/avalonlanding). You can also find the album available on Itunes and Spotify
The Constant Tourists
“With a diverse collection of sounds and styles, often within the same song, the Constant Tourists have captured a warm, organic vibe.” ~Westword
Rocky Mountain Battle of the Bands “Acoustic” winner, The Constant Tourists, play gypsy rock and mix Nate’s upbeat guitar lines and "smoky" vocals with Cassie’s old world influences vocally, on accordion, and trumpet lines.Their music will take you across the globe.
~I felt like I was in small cafe in Italy or a speakeasy of some kind~
This dynamic duo from Oregon moved to Denver, CO several years ago where they met Joel (mandolin), Dudley (bass), and Trent (percussion). Live concerts are always full of surprises!
Playing all over Colorado and the West Coast has given The Constant Tourists a substantial following wherever they go with some fans even following them from state to state and city to city.
Their first tour through NM, AZ, UT, and CO was a huge success! Thanks to everyone that helped make this possible.
~Any gal that plays the squeezebox and trumpet is okay by me!~