The music continues at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Lariat with performances by Southern California rock band Porcelain Hill and Boulder-based jam band Lady and the Gentlemen. Porcelain Hill got started in 2012 when Darnell “Big D” Cole and Nathalie “Wildfire” Campos met after college and started performing as a duo. Two years later they met Jacob Lucero and morphed into a hard-driving power trio.
Cole said the band first played at The Lariat during its first U.S. tour and returned to Colorado for gigs at The Lariat and in Denver last fall. The “genuine, kind-hearted people” and the “incredible, beautiful setting” of Buena Vista made quite an impression, Cole said. “The people are cool, laid back and welcoming,” including Lariat co-owners Robbie and Court Johnson ‒ “awesome place, awesome people and great atmosphere. … We felt really welcomed.”
Cole said he even met a BV shop owner who gave him “a nice leather jacket.” Cole had stepped into the store and noticed it had a few guitars. He started “talking guitars” with the owner and ended up playing guitar for about an hour. Before he could leave, Cole said he was amazed by the man’s kindness when he offered Cole the jacket. With BV having endeared itself to band members, Cole said they can’t wait to bring their funky, bluesy rock songs back to The Lariat along with some “grittier” tunes from their upcoming album. Check out Spotify for a taste of Porcelain Hill music, and Cole said to definitely “bring your dancing shoes” to the show Saturday.
Lady and the Gentlemen is an eight-piece jam band from Boulder formed by musicians who frequented a local jam session for a year before creating the band. Featuring violin, horns, powerhouse vocals and some of Boulder’s best musical talent, the band encompasses multiple genres with in their own unique style interspersed with improvised jams. Each band member brings songwriting skills to the table, contributing to the band’s unique, soulful sound and wide-ranging styles. They return to The Lariat for their third performance since playing there during the Vertex weekend. If you haven’t heard their live show yet, be sure to catch them Saturday before they have to start playing larger venues.