Music 2023 - Boulder International Film Festival

Music 2023



Free Live Music @ The Velvet Elk
2027 13th St.

Thursday, March 2nd, 6-9:30pm
Saturday, March 4th, 6-9:30pm


For the 11th anniversary of the BIFF Singer-Songwriter Showcase, we collaborated with Sonic Guild to put together a roster of local Colorado musicians. 8 acts will perform, 4 per night, that have been selected by a music industry advisory board, Sonic Guild members, and selected media partners. These acts will perform this year at our new venue, The Velvet Elk.

We have a hand-picked host of performers who are excited to share their music with you. We’re thrilled to continue our commitment to local, original music with these and other great performers.

Dave Tamkin

Thursday, March 2 | 6:00 PM

Singer/Songwriter, Dave Tamkin, currently resides in Boulder, CO. He has created his own unique style of rhythmic-acoustic sounds that’s based around a fresh musical vision. His shows vary from intimate solo acoustic performances to a full band experience (DT&CO.) encapsulating a mixture of personal lyrics and skilled songwriting set against a high-energy percussive backbone. He’s shared the stage with Guster, The Samples, Brendan James, Rusted Root, Donavon Frankenreiter, Butch Walker, Freddy Jones Band, Eric Hutchinson, Willy Porter, The Violent Femmes, and Peter Mulvey to name a few. Tamkin has a style that’s hard to resist. His lyrics are unabashedly honest and his passion for playing is undying.

Saja Butler

Thursday, March 2 | 7:00 PM

Saja Butler is old Southern roots Music wrapped up in a crispy, sex’d up, Blackneck shell.

Birthed down South and living in Colorado, her sound emits tones of sultry smoky seduction, airy breezy hope, and down right dirty sass.

She’s been playing Music since a kid and has honed her craft in her solo career, her studio, Urban Monk Studios, and in her band Lois and the Lantern. Uplifting herself and others with the Gift of Music is why she is here.

Veronica May

Thursday, March 2 | 8:00 PM

Veronica May is a blend of music and madness. Plugging in and digging in on her electric guitar or dragging her fingers across sandpaper on the body of her acoustic guitar. She builds layers of acoustic elements not often heard from the instrument. She’s a multi-instrumentalist and she also has Bipolar 1, two facts that combine to produce a unique musician whose life work of
destigmatizing mental illness is set to music. Veronica May seeks to spread hope, joy, vulnerability, and support through her music. She’s also on a mission to rock your world musically. Her music has been compared to Alabama Shakes, Queen, and KD Lang.

Megan Burtt

Thursday, March 2 | 9:00 PM

Megan Burtt is an international touring singer/songwriter decorated with national recognition. She is the winner of the Kerrville NewFolk, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and Westword Music Award and a finalist in Mountain NewSong, Songwriter Serenade and Great American Song Contest.

December 2019 marked the 10th year Megan performed throughout the Pennsylvania state maximum security prison system with her band.

Megan has toured as a headlining artist, and as support for acts including Gregory Alan Isakov, Marc Cohn, Brett Dennen, Glenn Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket, Lissie, Stephen Kellogg and Leanne Rimes. In 2015 she collaborated with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra as a featured artist.

Anna Cutler

Saturday, March 4 | 6:00 PM

The music bug found Anna at a young age. When she turned six, Anna was gifted her first electric Yamaha keyboard that she went on to play through college. Inspired by other singer-songwriters like Norah Jones and John Craigie, she loves to connect with fans through lyrics and story telling. She often offers her crowd comedic relief in between songs because sometimes the truth in her lyrics hits hard. She has sung to crowds as big as ten thousand people but loves to play cozy and intimate venues just the same.

Lucas Wolf

Saturday, March 4 | 7:00 PM

Lucas Wolf is a South Dakota born, Arizona raised singer songwriter currently touring the western region of the United States. He has supported bands such as Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Leftover Salmon, Lion Vibes, Gipsy Moon, Mountain Standard Time and more. He writes heartfelt, thoughtful lyrics and his songs are delivered with passion and sincerity each and every time. Once upon a time he lived as a wandering, hitch-hiking busker playing his music from town to town, never knowing where he would end up next. As time went on, life on a never-ending road lost its allure and he decided to stay put a while and pour himself fully into his music. He is currently working on his second full length record out of Boulder Colorado.

Claire Heywood

Saturday, March 4 | 8:00 PM

Claire Heywood is a songwriter whose music has been featured on CPR News, 105.5 The Colorado Sound, KTCL 93.3, and Colorado Public Radio’s Indie 102.3.

After playing solo sets for small listening audiences alongside poets, comedians, and writers in Denver for several years, Heywood self-released an EP titled “The Wind, It Howls” in March 2019. In 2020, Heywood released three singles: “Python,” “Letter Day,” and “I Won’t Resign My Love For That Old Dream.” The songs were recorded at the home studio of bandmate/producer Michael Sandoval and sees Heywood take on new roles as a rhythm guitarist and co-producer.

Influences range from Rilo Kiley to Lucinda Williams.

Dzirae Gold

Saturday, March 4 | 9:00 PM

Dzirae Gold is a Denver based RnB Singer. Her sultry vocals have been described as “smooth as liquid gold” and her music is often compared to a Memphis Soul inspired Pop style with a classic jazz influence, which inspired the name “DZIRAE GOLD” – fresh, sexy, and timeless. While, you’ll love the sultry twist DZIRAE GOLD puts on many of your favorite pop songs, and her crooning rendition of some of the best vocal jazz classics, it’s DZIRAE GOLD’s deep and thoughtful original lyrics and passionate instrumentals that will surely stir your heart and mind.

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