- Zola Jesus, aka Nicole Hummel, aka Nika Roza Danilova, toured Europe with Fever Ray, which explains everything.
Maybe history was all sealed when Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, but generally speaking, the small-venue "coffee house" style of performances will often take a more demure place in public consciousness than, say, arena shows (and, of course, their associated ticket sales). For dedicated listeners, however, these more intimate venues can facilitate truly memorable, and in some cases transcendental, live music experiences. You never know when you might catch a gem, so, with that in mind, here are two upcoming shows at smaller venues that are worth checking out.
Nashville-based, Nebraska-born singer/songwriter Rachel Price, who released her EP Home early last month, is cutting a fairly wide swath through Colorado on her latest tour, with stops in Steamboat Springs, Boulder, Golden, Creede and Buena Vista. Locals can catch her performing her latest material at 503W on Friday, June 16, and in addition to hearing her Americana-pop balladry, can also contribute to a good cause: Price will be donating a portion of her tip jar proceeds to All Breed Rescue & Training.
The following night, June 17, the New York-based Noelle Tannen & The Filthy No-No's will be performing at Front Range BBQ, which will likely make them the first band to have performed at both Front Range BBQ and The Knitting Factory. The classically trained Tannen and company are purveyors of a "theatrical synthesis of soul, jazz, and a touch of rock and roll," citing Stevie Wonder, Beck, Esperanza Spalding, The Coup's Boots Riley, and impressionistic composer Claude Debussy as influences.
Meanwhile, some new music festival news has come down the wire. Denver's Underground Music Showcase has announced its second round of artists, further solidifying the lineup for the sprawling indie music festival. Joining previously announced headliners Benjamin Booker, Red Fang and Esmé Patterson are Wisconsin "hypnagogic pop" singer-songwriter Zola Jesus, who has been described by the New Music Express as "a torch singer sonically shrouded in black lace," as well as San Francisco psychedelic rockers Sleepy Sun, and Denver's own indie-folk band Edison, fresh from national tours and a stint at SXSW.
Beyond that, there are even more familiar figures from the Colorado Springs scene joining the fray, including Briffaut, Dear Rabbit, HERESTOFIGHTIN, Cheap Perfume, Grant Sabin & The Juke Joint Highball, in/PLANES, Cocordion, Joseph Lamar, We Are Not a Glum Lot and Katey Sleeveless.
Speaking of Katey Sleeveless, you can also catch the Eros and the Eschaton frontwoman's new power trio, featuring Kellie Palmblad and Emily Gould, in support of singer-songwriter David Dondero at the Kreuser Gallery this Friday, June 16.
While there are no new announcements for Vineland's annual Bands in the Backyard festival, here's a reminder to country fans that it's happening this week, June 16-17, on the offhand chance they haven't already purchased tickets. This year's edition is headlined by Billy Currington, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett and Kane Brown.
Finally, for the electronic music-minded, time is again nearing for the annual Sonic Bloom music festival, which will take place June 15-18 at Hummingbird Ranch near Walsenburg. Among the acts performing are The Polish Ambassador, Gigantic Cheese Biscuits (comprising members of Big Gigantic, The String Cheese Incident and Disco Biscuits, naturally), Papadosio, The Floozies, Claude VonStroke, Haywyre, Minnesota, Space Jesus and many more. Check sonic-bloomfestival.com for the full lineup, information and directions, lest you simply end up at a rave in Rye.
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