Month: August 2016

Ark Interviews The Black Lillies Cruz Contreras

I was fortunate enough to catch up with frontman Cruz Contreras of ace roots and americana band “The Black” Lillies” ahead of their show at the Steamplant tomorrow.  Below is what he told me.  As the Lillies return to the valley, their reputation for fun, hard driving music with powerful vocals and rhythms preceeds them.  Expect a packed Steamplant. Ark Magazine: I wanted to pick up on the fans.  I read in the Vanity Fair article that “Hard to Please” was fan-funded (which makes the title a little ironic:))  I have seen how excited your fans get each time...

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6 Volt Rodeo Brings Mike Daley, Country Swing Back to Salida and BV

When I contacted Mike Daley, the upright bass player for 6 Volt Rodeo about their shows at the Deerhammer Distillery and Currents Steak and Seafood, he responded with country manners.  Although he and the band currently reside in Clearwater Florida, they feel at home wherever people appreciate talented and smart dance music.  Mike grew up in Salida, and likes to take his band home with him from time to time.  This band brings a sound that is too rarely heard in the angst ridden caucaphony of modern music.  It plays at the melodic and rhythmic roots of the american...

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Salidascope to Open in Full-Size at Gallery Van de Water on September 3

Brewing since at least February 2016, is Salida’s free ‘zine called Salidascope.  This publication, brought to you by Zoe Rayor and Dustin Tidwell, is billed as “local goings-on, drawings, poetry, blurbs, thoughts, scribbles & expressions of self from the heart of the heart.”  What is boils down to is a submission-based pulished art gallery and platform for expression, where you will find a huge array of visual ideas from the minds of your local artists.  Some are linked to online galleries or books or artisan sites, some are anonymous statements.  Since Salidascope is curating both an underground and ground-level...

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Songstress Lara Ruggles to Make the Rounds in Salida and Buena Vista

Denver-based Lara Ruggles has been touring hard all summer throughout the country, belting out songs off her album Cynics & Saints, which came out on Immersive Records in October 2015, along with a deep catalogue. “Cynics & Saints’ powerful vocals, [with] lyrics as metaphorical as they are personal, and guitar-and-piano driven melodies take the listener on a journey that looks fearlessly into what it means to be willing to be broken; a reflection of the album’s creation,” says Ruggles’ press release.  Lara has been a two-time finalist in the Tucson Folk Festival Song Contest; won the Colorado Creative Industries...

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Cafe Dawn Goes Full-Service Poets Cafe on Sunday

Salida, CO – As you make your weekend plans, don’t forget that on Sunday 8/28, at 6:30, Cafe Dawn will host a poetry night.  The Poetry Consorts of Central Colorado are bringing in featured poets Lynda La Rocca, Laurie James and Peter Anderson.  Local poets are encouraged to participate during the Open Mic portion of the evening (2 min limit). A sign-up sheet will be available at 6:15 pm.  This is a rare opportunity to come and share in the coffeehouse arts experience, cheer and interact while dynamic people spill the inner workings of their minds.  What could be...

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