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Friday + Saturday Feb 23 & 24 2018
The Filmmaker Lounge
@ The Post
2027 13th St., Boulder, CO 80302
BIFF keeps the music alive for 2018 with the popular Singer-Songwriter Showcase. Festival goers are invited to hang with their favorite filmmakers in the Filmmaker Lounge at The Post Brewing Co. while listening to great music and discovering hot local talent.
Friday, February 23
The Monocle Band
The angelic voice of a Colorado choir girl turned earthy roots songstress. The gritty stories of an intellectual outlaw who has found a home in folk music. Monocle Band was born when Monica Marie met Bill Huston in Boulder. Marie’s heartfelt melody convened with Huston’s sepia-toned realism; a voice as pure as the mountain snow found its foil in plaintive tales of our quiet doubts and secret dreams. The two embraced their unique perspectives and, fired by a shared belief in the redeeming power of music, began writing songs together.
Flash forward to 2017, past hundreds of performances in Colorado and beyond, and the band has just released their highly-acclaimed sophomore album The Clearing, a record that No Depression has called “Topnotch folk pop…plenty of music to touch the gentle soul.”
Also Performing at the Boulder Theater before 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie, Saturday, 2pm
Bella Musser (muhs-er), age 20, is from Longmont, CO. Her music style blurs traditional genres, and is subtly infused with messages that relate to vulnerability, anxiety, love, and heartbreak. She released her debut EP, “Intrepid,” this past October, combining elements of alternative rock with electronic percussion, cinematic production, and singer/songwriter influences.
Also Performing at the Boulder Theater before Adventure Shorts with Ignite, Friday, 9:15pm
Alexa Wildish’s deep love for folk music, classically-trained voice, and awe-struck way of perceiving the world merged to become her inaugural and soul-driven progressive folk band by the name of Wildish. After producing two E.P’s and one Single, Alexa’s musical evolution led her to Boulder, Colorado where a series of life’s circumstances prompted profound personal and musical growth. In her new material, under her full name, one can sense the evolvement of feminine power that drives her mesmerizing vocals, direct lyrics, and her raw musical exploration on mandolin, octave mandolin and both acoustic and electric guitar. Her voice has been compared to the folk and soul sounds of Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy, and Laura Marling. She has played in renown venues such as eTown Hall and the StarHouse and has shared the stage with several of her musical heroes and friends. Watch for her new album, yet to be named, scheduled to be released in 2018.
Also Performing at theBoulder Theater Humor Me, 4:45pm Saturday
The music of Corey McCauley is driven by the experience of life, with sounds similar to Nahko & Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Twiddle. Finding inspiration in the lessons of life and teaching others those lessons through song, Corey has found his life’s mission. Born and raised in Duluth, MN near the beautiful shores of lake superior, he has spent the last 7 years traveling the Midwest telling his story and can’t wait to continue that here in Colorado.
Also Performing at the Boulder Theater before Dark Money, Sunday 2:30pm
Clay Rose is the lead singer and songwriter for Boulder-based bands, Gasoline Lollipops and The Widow’s Bane. Although his career as a band leader has spanned a decade, his solo songwriting career began in 1997. He has written and released nine all-original albums to date. Clay Rose’s ability to seamlessly cross genres from folk, to punk, to klezmer, to country has won him an array of awards including, Best Music Video at the Mile High Horror Film Festival 2012, for “Don’t Be Afraid; It’s Only Death” by The Widow’s Bane, and Gasoline Lollipops’ Best Country Band Award, by Westword Magazine 2015.
In 2017, Rose released two full length albums with Gasoline Lollipops, made their Red Rocks Debut, completed an extensive tour through Belgium and the Netherlands, and was commissioned by Wonder Bound Dance Studios in Denver to write a full-length ballet using all original music written for his other band, The Widow’s Bane. In addition, Rose is in pre-production for a full length solo album slated for release in 2019.
“Clay Rose is a songwriter worth his salt.”
-Dylan Owens, Denver Post
Also Performing at the Boulder Theater before The Game Changers, Friday, 4:15pm
Ted Thacker – The Red Tack
Ted Thacker was born and raised in Boulder. He began writing songs at the age of five while listening to the impeccable rhythm of his parent’s broken clothes drying machine. Throughout his teens, he commanded many inconsequential, yet exciting punk pop bands of varying nomenclature. In his prime he was the lead guitarist for the now infamous and defunct art punk band, Baldo Rex.
Now in his dotage, but not yet cane wielding, Thacker has endeavored his first true solo act. Under the moniker The Red Tack, Thacker has reinvented his musical self, complete with the obligatory, critically acclaimed CD, “(K)Night of the Sorrowful Face”.
Find his music anywhere you can, and listen to it. Then come see him do it live.
Also Performing at the Boulder Theater before BIFF Shorts After Dark, Saturday 7:30pm
Saturday, February 24
Rodes Rollins is a psychedelic rock, Americana-inspired singer-songwriter based out of Brooklyn, NY. Hailing from Colorado, Rollins draws much of her storytelling inspiration from western landscapes and sounds, and likes to refer to her music as “cowgirl poetry”. Rollins released her debut EP Young Adult in early 2017, which quickly put her on the map as an artist to watch.
Also Performing at the Boulder Theater before The Cured, Saturday, 9:15pm
Dafna is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Boulder. She mostly sings and plays piano, but she also plays drums, bass and guitar. She speaks both Hebrew and English, as her family is originally from Israel, which has been a strong influence on her music. Her goal with her music is to continue to share her personal messages with the community and create a positive impact in any way possible.
Also Performing Won’t You be My Neighbor, Sunday 12pm
Multi-instrumentalist Dallas Thornton has performed for audiences in 9 countries and received his bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music, where he studied modern production, scoring for film, and writing for orchestra and big band. 2018 marks the release of his 8th album, written and produced entirely by the 25-year-old Boulder-native. He’s a lover (and creator) of film, both artistic and humanitarian and is particularly interested in teaming up with a filmmaker in need of an original Indie-Pop/Rock soundtrack.
Also Performing at the Boulder Theater before The Party, Friday, 2pm
The first guitar he ever played he found in the neighbor’s trash can. This auspicious event was immediately followed by his performance debut, wearing only tight white underwear and a sombrero. Though the guitar had no strings, a committed 5 year old James played an arguably inspired take of La Bamba for the entire family, and has been performing in and around Boulder ever since.
Cured in the Colorado sunshine, his songs are high and dry and thirsty for rain and love alike. While there is a folky, earthy element to his songs, their aspiration is to a pop aesthetic in the school of masters such as Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Prince and Taylor Swift. In addition to writing and performing on guitar and voice for his own band, James also plays supporting roles in several other bands in Denver and Boulder, including with the 10-piece latin reggae funk rock powerhouse Jyemo Club.
Performing at the Boulder Theater before Two Trains Runnin’, Friday, 7pm
With a penchant for vivid storytelling, Josh Walker combines the emotions of everyday life with the musical spirit of his native Virginia. This shines through in his debut album, From an Empty Living Room, where listeners will find a mix of heartbreaking folk, humorous blues rock, and witty pop.
That he even boasts a single recording, much less a full-length album, still sometimes surprises Josh, as the beginning of his musical career was something of a happy accident. While out celebrating the completion of his master’s degree in history, he struck up a conversation with the musicians playing at the bar that evening. By the end of the night, Josh was in front of a microphone with a guitar in his hands. He hasn’t looked back since.
In support of Living Room, Josh hit the highway for a summer tour that took him from the Appalachians to the Rockies. Now living in Denver, he is busy crafting new songs for his next recording project, booking local shows, and planning his next tour.
Also Performing at the Boulder Theater before Elish’s Notebook, Friday, 12pm
Saturday, February 24
12-1:30pm BIFF Festival Tent Panel Discussion-Musicians, Filmmakers, and Music Supervisors: Working Together on Original Scores and Placements
Music makes a world of difference to every film, but navigating the ins and outs of music placement can be a challenge for both filmmakers and musicians. The panel discussion will explore both ends of the spectrum-what musicians need to know about placing music and what filmmakers needs to know about how to find the right music and the legalities around music usage.
Benom Plumb-Professor of Music Industry Studies CU Denver, former VP Licensing Bluewater Music
Ben Wysocki-Performing artist (drummer, The Fray), composer, engineer, arranger & producer
Ted Thacker-The Red Tac-Composer, Performing Artist & Sound Engineer
Ted Hudson-President, Color Wheel Music
Benom is the Assistant Professor of Music Industry Studies and Music Business Area Head at The University of Colorado Denver. He was previously Vice President of Licensing at Bluewater Music in Nashville, TN from 2007 through 2012, and before that, he worked as an independent licensing consultant. During his time at Bluewater Music, Benom coordinated all TV/Film licensing efforts, signing new talent, pitching songs, finding publishing royalties, negotiating various business deals and representing the company throughout the world at industry events. When he’s not at CU Denver, he can be found writing published articles about the latest music industry news for Denver-based music royalty marketplace, Royalty Exchange, or consulting for other music industry professionals throughout the country.
Ted has spent the past eight years negotiating music, footage, and photo licenses for use indozens of Oscar-winning documentaries and original programming at HBO. Previous to his work at HBO, Ted founded and played bass for The Damnwells, who toured with acts including The Dixie Chicks, Cheap Trick, and The Fray, where he and Ben Wysocki became buddies. Ted also worked on two tech startups in NYC, Hunch and Milewise, which were acquired by EBay and Yahoo! (respectively).
Ted Thacker began his career in the film industry right around the turn of the century, working various PA jobs for slick producers with receding hairlines. Eventually landing a place on the roster as sound technician and camera operator, he has worked for such television shows as, ‘Deadliest Catch’, ‘Biggest Loser’, ’60 Minutes’ and ‘Nightmare Next Door’ to name only a few. Along with a few feature documentaries, including the Academy Award winning film, ‘The Cove’, Thacker has also scored music for both television and film. His recent endeavors include lots of trips to Alaska with some truly insane explorers, and a new CD for his solo act, ‘The Red Tack’.
Performing artist (drummer, The Fray), composer, engineer, arranger & producer
Having spent the past thirteen years touring internationally as the drummer in the four-time Grammy-nominated band, The Fray, Ben has built a rare and extensive community of industry professionals, artists, and performers. Colorado is where his roots are, and he has worked with an array of artists here as an engineer, producer, and arranger. When not touring, recording, or composing, he’s an avid motorcyclist, record collector, and craft beer aficionado.
Opening Night Red Carpet Gala
Thursday, February 22 5:30-7:30pm
The Benny Goodman Sextet is widely regarded as the best small jazz group of all time. Our sound and style is modeled after that remarkable band but with a sophisticated and modern vibe. Our hard driving swing is refreshing and infectious, inspiring dancers and bringing toe-tapping joy to listeners of all ages. This music is incredibly difficult to play and we enjoy making it look and sound effortless. Our repertoire incorporates music from Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Lionel Hampton to Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. You’ll hear great swing music recently made popular by the likes of Dianna Krall, Michael Buble, and Harry Connick Jr.
The Brothers of Brass
The Brothers of Brass is a Denver based horn and drum outfit specializing in hard-hitting street music. The Southern brass tradition meets the streets.
Friday, February 23 5:00-7:00 pm
Lehi Petersen is a multi-instrumentalist based out of Denver. He has been playing and arranging music for over twenty-nine years; learning piano at the age of 3 and is proficient in piano, bass, percussion/drums, and guitar among others. Lehi has played in New York City, Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston and numerous other cities throughout the country. He has been consistently releasing music since 2001, keeping his genres eclectic and his options open to change and adaptability with every album or show performed. In 2017, Lehi embraced another form of the music industry engineering, recording, mixing, mastering, and producing music for Denver musicians.
Opening Night Gala at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center
Friday, February 23 5:00 - 7:00 pm 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, CO 80501
With music by the Longmont All Star Jazz Combo. Hot jazz combo comprised of the top jazz students from the St. Vrain Schools.
Friday Night Live Pro Leisure
Friday, February 23 9:30pm
Pro-Leisure’s original music is filled with stone cold solid grooves, spontaneous freestyle, and orgasmic booty shaking solos. This band has been rocking the circuit from coast to coast since 2002 and is proud to call Boulder home. Leave your frowny face at home as this is for fun people only!
Saturday Night Live The Filmmaker Lounge at The Post
Saturday, February 24
Don’t miss this very special performance of Colorado’s original jam band, Magic Music!
In 1970 George Cahill “Tode” and Lynn Poyer “Flatbush” were playing music on the lawn of The University of Colorado when they met fellow musician Will Luckey, from Martha’s Vineyard. The three came together as Magic Music and added Rob Galloway on bass. The sound was a cross between the English folk of Pentangle, the harmonies of CSN, the flute of Jethro Tull, and the traditional old-time music of Americana.
The Colorado string band began a series of brushes with recording/publishing contracts and national tours with the likes of Cat Stevens and companies like Tree Publishing in Nashville and Asylum Records in LA. In each case the gods conspired to keep them in Colorado, coming down to town in the school busses they lived in and playing all over the State and eventually the country.
In 1972 Chris Daniels, “Spoons” joined the band after Lynn left and Pam Nation took over on cello for a time – instead of bass. Solidifying the line up at the end of that year, Pam left and Magic Music added Kevin Milburn, “CW” on percussion and Bill Makepeace, “Das” on bass. MM spent the next 4 years recording music, touring around the country opening for acts like The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Doc Watson and playing the 2nd and 3rd Telluride Bluegrass Festivals. They played anything and everything (as seen in the iconic 1973 photo from the Alma Hotel) – from Native American flute to Indian tabla, banjo and mandolin to bass flute and pedal steel.
In a sort of successful hippie version of Camelot, they lived in the mountains of Colorado and eked out a living by supplementing their music income by haying, chopping wood and farming. As time took its toll and the taste in music changed from James Taylor to Donna Summer the band went their separate ways in 1976. But the songs remained. They wafted around the mountains where they were created, echoing up and down the canyons – as they had nowhere else to go.
Fast-forward 40 years and Greg Sparre, their ol’ pal road manager, began creating “reunion concerts” at his mountain valley home. Will invited childhood friend Tim Goodman to help them record a 2015 album with the help of some of LA’s best musicians like Jimmy Haslip, Tommy Major, Bill Payne, Scarlet Rivera and many others. And through that process, Lee Aronsohn (co-creator of the hit TV shows Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory) found Chris Daniels (Spoons) on the internet because of his band Chris Daniels & The Kings.
Lee had a dream: to capture the music and the story of a band he’d loved during his days as a student at CU in the 1970s. He’d sung songs like Will’s iconic “Bring the Morning Down” to his kids as they were growing up. Along with his partner and co-producer Fleur Seville, Lee brought the story, the music and the band – back together. You can hear and see it all when “40 Years in The Making: The Magic Music Movie” comes out some time in the near future. For now, you will have to be one of the lucky few that catches it at film festivals around the country. The Tim Goodman produced album is available on Spotify and the original recordings and the movie sound-track album will be out sometime in 2018. And for those who remember the days of Joni Mitchel and Richie Havens – CSN&Y and New Grass Revival – thank you for all the love.
BIFF Noir License No. 1 at Hotel Boulderado
Saturday, February 24 9:00 pm-Midnight
Colorado swing band leader Jeremy Mohney writes, sings, plays saxophone and jazz hot all since 2012. He has appeared at Colorado’s Mercury Café, Dazzle and the 1940’s Ball. He also leads tours to all parts. In July 2017, Mohney released his 5th original EP, “Burning In Me,” available on iTunes, Spotify and more. Keep an ear out, because his rooted sound keeps swingin’ out.