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Neyla Pekarek with Modern Leisure; Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m., lost-lake.com
n the fifth century A.D., St. Patrick famously drove all the snakes out of Ireland. In 1925, Rattlesnake Kate Slaughterback shot and bludgeoned 140 of them while protecting her son near Greeley, Colorado. Now, Denver native Neyla Pekarek has written Rattlesnake
, a folk opera about the Rocky Mountain legend who — in addition to killing rattlers — spent time as a midwife, a taxidermist (of course) and a Prohibition bootlegger. Pekarek, whose day job is singing and playing cello in The Lumineers, may not sing any “ho heys” during the Slaughterback songs, but she does offer up a mean snake hiss. A studio album is on the way, and this is your chance to hear her preview the material up close and personal.