June 20 – First Drive In – Bio
From songs that make you smile and groove, to soulful ballads that might just bring a tear to your eye, Colorado performing artist Jenn Cleary will impress you with her thoughtful songwriting and dynamic performance. She can be found rocking festival stages with her band: entertaining at the Colorado Rockies games; jammin’ it up with blues harp player Mad Dog Friedman; or playing solo at intimate house concerts. Jenn’s latest album is Blues Full of Heart; featuring crowd favorites from Janis Joplin to Stephen Stills to John Prine.”
Chris Daniels was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2013 with Judy Collins, Joe Walsh, John Denver, Poco and many others. He started his career in music as an original member of Magic Music. Chris Daniels & The Kings was formed in 1984 and they are in their 36th year of recording and touring.
Cari Minor and Ray Smith became Strangebyrds in 2011, writing moving songs about times past and present. Their blend of spot on harmonies and commitment to finessing and honing their craft has developed into a sound they call “Blue Collar Folk.” The magnetic synergy of Strangebyrds’ unique Americana music has forged a reputation for captivating audiences with powerful, universal truths layered within stunning musicianship. Ray Smith performed and recorded the original music score for Muscle Shoals at his studio in Rollinsville.
Shanna in a Dress is your quirky best friend who refuses to wear pants. She says what everyone is thinking but no one else will say and you’ll get an uncensored journey of clever humor and heartbreak with a hefty side of entertainment at her shows. This witty wordsmith is known for making audiences laugh and cry, sometimes in the same song. Think Jason Mraz mixed with Ingrid Michaelson with a twist of Phoebe Buffay from Friends all wrapped up in a sweet voice accented by guitar, piano, and ukulele.
The Duo of Elena (voice) and Khabu (baritone guitar, ukulele, cavaquinho) explores original compositions along with jazz standards, Brasilian and Italian songs. Their originals, composed specifically for this instrumentation, delves into quirky lyrics written in the Italian and English languages, odd time signatures, extended and 12-tone-esque harmonies, and soaring instrumental melodies. Thelonious Monk, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Carlo Alberto Rossi are among the favorite composers whose music provides a platform for wide interpretation and improvisation.
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Teresa Storch & Peter Lacis are a dynamic folk-rock duo out of Longmont, CO. They have played and toured internationally together since 2014, combining Teresa’s soulful, heartfelt vocals and lyrics with Peter’s funky, killer guitar chops to move you inside and out.
Jill Teas & Andy Ard are an acoustic duo with lots of harmony in the tradition of Indigo Girls and Simon & Garfunkel. Jill is co-founder and director of Voices Rock, Denver’s original rock choir. Andy is an award-winning songwriter and band director for Voices Rock. A recent highlight for them was performing with the choir at Red Rocks Amphitheater to open for Lady A in 2018.
John Bunzli is a Colorado based singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalist. He has been gaining recognition for his tight, catchy songs, which often explore the darker side of the human condition but always do so with a sense of compassion and sincerity. John will be joined by Derek Ray Kirkman on upright bass.
Antonio Lopez has the “it” factor. There are those in the know, and those who don’t know yet. His acoustic soul and modern folk sound garners comparison to artists such as Amos Lee and Paul Simon. Serving as the executive director of the non-profit Sound Bridge Music, he vows to do what he can to help support the Front Range music community navigate through the challenges raised by Covid-19. His next album Roots and Wings will be coming out in the fall of 2020. Antonio has collaborated with artists such as folk luminaries Don Conoscenti and Daniel Valdez (Santana, Linda Ronstadt).
Jack Hadley was born in the Philippines and spent his childhood in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. His mother bought him an acoustic guitar at the age of twelve because she wanted to keep him busy. He learned to play music by ear, playing music by everyone from Hendrix to Dylan, unaware that he was learning the foundation of American music – the blues. Jack has been writing his own blues-based music for more than ten years now. With two full-length CDs under his belt, “Deeper” and “The St. Louis Sessions”, he is releasing “Daybreak In Alabama – The Langston Hughes Project” in 2020.
Scott Dale is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Boulder performing his Americana Rock around the Boulder/Denver area and various mountain towns. Influences include 1970’s L.A. music scene from Jackson Browne, Jorma Kaukonen, Neil Young, Poco, Lyle Lovett, Grateful Dead, Eagles, and more.
The musicians on his debut CD, “Tiny Diamonds”, include Rusty Young (Poco) on pedal steel, Nick Forster (Hot Rize) on guitar, Daniel Sproul (Rose Hill Drive) on lead guitar, and many other talented players delivering the music on the same level as your favorite 70’s vinyl but with a modern edge.
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Quirky” is the word most frequently used by critics and radio folks to describe Martian Acres. At the center of the Martian Acres sound is the long-term songwriting and performing duo, Bob Story and Dennis Wanebo. Over the years, the duo has received two John Lennon International Songwriting Awards and their recordings have established a fan base stretching from Paris (Texas and France) to Japan. The duo’s performance song list (originals and covers) runs along a wide musical river . . .from blues to country to rock to blues. Along the way, you will hear unusual new takes on some old standbys that “you thought you knew.”
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This Boulder-based singer-songwriter picked up her first guitar at age 12 and hasn’t put it down. In addition to guitar, Finn plays ukulele and piano, and her sound and style and voice have been compared to Regina Spektor, Dodie Clark, and Phoebe Bridgers. Finn has released two EP’s, and earlier this year released her first LP, When the Power Comes Back On which won the grand prize in the folk category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.