Month: January 2017

Harper Powell with Tony Furtado

Award-winning local musician set to open for two-time national banjo champ Inspired through events, emotions and life experiences, Harper Powell, 18, often writes song lyrics in an hour. A senior at Salida High School, Powell will open for Tony Furtado at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Salida SteamPlant. “I’m passionate about music because that is when I’m most myself. I can be totally immersed in the emotion (of a song). I can be in a different world and be truly connected to the music, and I invite other people in to feel that as well,” Powell said. Starting with...

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Tony Furtado on songwriting, his new album and ‘experimenting’ in Colorado

Songwriter and Americana are two words that are often hung on musicians as loosely as low-rider jeans on a pogo stick. In Tony Furtado’s case, they fit like tailored slacks.  Since he picked up a banjo at age 12 – when the mainstream music was Michael Jackson and Blondie – he was drawn to the more adventurous sounds of live instrumentalists and folk storytellers like the Eagles and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He saw John Hartford on TV and was enthralled by the banjo. Furtado recalls the moment when he rode home in the back of his dad’s pickup from the...

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Liver Down the River

Durango jam band celebrates river lifestyle at Victoria Tavern Liver Down the River from Durango brought paddles, a large stuffed fish and strong musicianship to Victoria Tavern Jan. 26. The high-energy band played original songs packed with extended instrumental jams with fiddle and mandolin setting a jig-like, fast-dancing mood. The band consists of Patrick Storen on the harmonica and mandolin; Emily Winter on fiddle, viola and vocals; Dylan Ruckel on guitar and vocals; Derek Abt on bass and vocals; Tyler Rice on banjo and vocals; and Carter Colia on drums and washboard. The original members of the six-piece band met seven years...

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Know your Hairitage

Colorado group teases success from ’80s hair band rock Hairitage headlines Buena Vista’s live music scene this weekend with a performance at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Lariat. The Colorado band with members from Salida and Denver plays classic rock covers with an emphasis on ’80s hair bands. Martin Epp, bassist for Hairitage, grew up in Salida but moved to Denver in the early ’80s and quickly found his niche in the Denver music scene. As Epp explained, the roots of Hairitage date back to this period and Lionize, a hair/metal band formed in 1986 after members of Helen Killer jumped...

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Musician Profile: Bones

Through all the career changes, address changes and bands, two things have remained constant for Trevor “Bones” Davis: a love of music and a passion for teaching. His parents deserve most of the credit for instilling these passions. Bones’ father was an opera-singing adventure boating guide, and his mother, a pop-music-loving swim instructor. Growing up in Santa Fe, Bones said he was “in the water” helping with swim lessons from the age of 6 and began accompanying his father on sailboat lessons two years later. When Bones was 12, his musical preferences evolved from Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Led...

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